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Fundamentals of Welding


The Fundamentals of Welding program prepares students for an entry-level position in welding. Through hands-on training and real-world experience, students learn basic skills that are essential in obtaining a job in the field. 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 Fundamentals of Welding program is an intensive training class that lasts for approximately 11 weeks.
 
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
 
The initial program is Fundamentals of Welding. Students may then move into the Art Metals, Fabrication Welding, Maintenance Welding, Pipe Welding, Combination Welder, and Advanced Welder programs to increase their skill set and marketability. The Combination Welder program combines Maintenance Welding and Pipe Welding
 
Art Metals
Rubric Number Course Name Clock Hours
WLDG 1008 Metal Sculpture 140
WLDG 1023 Welding Safety, Tools, and Equipment 48
WLDG 2013 Intermediate Welding Using Multiple Processes 64
WLDG 2040 Studio Problems in Art Metals 48
Total 300

When can I start? Courses start each semester! Call 214-860-5900 for details.

Who pays for the training? Financial assistance is available through a variety of sources!
 
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
 
Maintenance Welding
Rubric Number Course Name Clock Hours
WLDG 1015 Maintenance Welding 100
WLDG 1017 Introduction to Layout and Fabrication 115
WLDG 1053 Intermediate Layout and Fabrication 115
Total 330
 
Pipe Welding
Rubric Number Course Name Clock Hours
WLDG 1023 Welding Safety, Tools, and Equipment 48
WLDG 1035 Introduction to Pipe Welding 176
WLDG 1041 Pipe Welding 128
Total 352
 
Advanced Welder Technologist
Rubric Number Course Name Clock Hours
WLDG 2043 Advanced Shielded Metal Arc Welding 64
WLDG 2051 Intermediate Layout and Fabrication 90
WLDG 2053 Advanced Pipe Welding 176
Total 330
 
Program Cost
Fundamentals of Welding $2,513
Maintenance Welding $2,310
Pipe Welding $2,464
Fabrication Welding $2,310
Art Metals $2,100
Advanced Welder Technologist $2,640

Job Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, national statistics report a 10-19% growth rate for welders, with a projected 337,000 jobs opening over the next ten years. Many opportunities are available as an increase in retired welders creates a shortage of qualified individuals. Many sectors of the economy depend upon an increasingly skill-extensive welding industry. Automobiles, aircrafts, bridges and highways, and oil and natural gas pipelines are only a few examples. A growing emphasis on environmentally conscious enterprises, growth in oil and gas industries, and increasing amount of products relying on efficient welding provides numerous ventures for an individual to pursue.
 
Automation is not as much of a threat to welders as it is to other occupations within manufacturing. 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.
 
The median wage for welders is $17.27/hourly or $35,920/annually. The pay is often on a hourly basis and overtime is readily available for those who wish to gain extra earnings. Many industries provide lodging, meal allowances, and other incentives. Mastering more welding processes also allows one to gain more earnings.  Overall, experience, education, and specialization gives welders the opportunity to make extra income!

Program Spotlight

Interested in workforce training for a career in Industrial Maintenance (IM)? The Bill J. Priest (BJP) campus offers an IM program that prepares students for a successful career.

IM courses develop skills such as Basic Blueprint Reading, Introduction to IM, Safety Training and more.