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Fabrication Welding

The Fabrication Welding program emphasizes the application of fabrication and layout skills. Major emphasis is also placed on welding’s usage in construction and on structural shapes. Through hands-on training and real-world experience, students learn skills that are essential in working on structural metal parts. These skills include using various welding processes, blue print reading, and safety training. Safety classes are taught by an OSHA certified trainer and students receive completion cards at the end of the training.

The Fabrication Welding program consists of two levels of courses: Fundamentals of Welding and Fabrication Welding. Completion of Fundamentals of Welding or instructor’s approval is required before taking Fabrication Welding courses. Each level lasts around 11 weeks.
Level One: Fundamentals of Welding
Rubric Number Course Name Clock Hours
OSHT 1000 OSHA Basic Safety and Health 30
WLDG 1002 Fundamentals of Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) MIG 48
WLDG 1006 Fundamentals of Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) TIG 78
WLDG 1013 Blue Print Reading for Welders 48
WLDG 1021 Welding Fundamentals 155
Total 359
Fabrication Welding
Rubric Number Course Name Clock Hours
WLDG 1017 Introduction to Layout and Fabrication 115
WLDG 1053 Intermediate Layout and Fabrication 115
WLDG 2035 Advanced Layout and Fabrication 100
Total 330

When can I start? Flexible entry/exit. Call 214-860-5900 for more details!

When do I attend classes? 7:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. or 2:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Monday through Friday

Who pays for the training? Financial assistance may be available. Call for more information!
Welding As A Career

The Fabrication program opens up employment opportunities within the welding industry. Specifically, the skills obtained are useful in construction, manufacturing and assembling. Welders read and understand blue prints and construct machines and structures from various types of metal. Welders depend on a wide range of skills to cut, align, fit together, and weld structural metal parts.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median wage for welders is $17.27/hourly or $35,920/annually. For structural metal fabricators and fitters, a median pay of $34,530/annually, is reported. The pay is often on a hourly basis and overtime is readily available for those who wish to gain extra earnings. Overall, experience, education, and specialization give welders the opportunity to make extra income!

Many opportunities for welders are found in product manufacturing, construction, and repair and maintenance in structural metals, architecture, and machinery. Many welders work as part of a team in a fabrication shop, assembly plant, or machine shop. Welders are employedto build products, such as,aircraft, electronic and electrical, automobile and fiberglass. Further training and experience often leads to advancement. Many become welding technicians, supervisors, inspectors, and instructors.
Job Outlook

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports a 15% national growth rate (about as fast as average) for welders, with a projected 337,000 jobs opening over the next ten years. As for structural metal fabricators, there is a 5% national growth rate, with a projection of almost 100,000 jobs opening over the next ten years. Many opportunities are available as an increase in retired welders creates a shortage of qualified individuals.

Automation is not as much of a threat to welders, as it is to other occupations. Experienced welders are still needed to operate machines, inspect welds, and make adjustments. Also, only simple welds may be automated. Individuals must still perform custom jobs.

Program Spotlight

WELDING NEWS The Bill J. Priest (BJP) Workforce Training Department is very proud to announce that they have earned the prestigious designation of an Accredited Testing Facility (ATF) through the American Welding Society (AWS). This will allow BJP the ability to offer Welding certifications to students as well as meet the certification needs of business and industries that are served by the Institution.

Until now, San Antonio and McAllen have been the only other areas to offer this service, leaving North Texas industry traveling long distances to gain certifications.

Byron Zarrabi, the director of Welding, states, “This is an important and exciting accomplishment for the Welding program, Bill J. Priest, the Dallas County Community College District, and local industries. Bill J. Priest is also proud to announce that they have a Certified Welding Inspector (CWI), Pooya Koohbanani, on staff with plans for having all instructors obtain CWI certification.”

Learn more:
Fundamentals of Welding
Fabrication Welding

For details about graduation rates, program costs and other important information, view the gainful employment disclosure.