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Art Metals

The Art Metals program prepares students for a career in either welding or metal sculpture. Art Metals courses teach intermediate welding skills as well as troubleshooting problems that may arise in art studio environment. This is an intensive program that utilizes hands-on training, and provides real-world experience. Each level of courses lasts approximately 11 weeks.

Art Metals is a metal sculpting program, that will familiarize you with the skills needed to become a sculptor or craft artist. The Art Metals program consists of two levels of courses: Fundamentals of Welding, and Art Metals. Completion of Fundamentals of Welding or instructor approval is required before taking Art Metals courses. 
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
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? 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

Tuition and Fees
Course Cost
Fundamentals of Welding $2,513.00
Art Metals $2,100.00
Who pays for the training?
Financial assistance is available through a variety of sources.
Welding As A Career

The Art Metals program opens up employment opportunities within the art industry. With welding experience, you may choose to pursue a career as a craft or fine artist. Craft and fine artists use a variety of materials and techniques to create objects that are beautiful or thought-provoking. Materials include ceramics, glass, textiles, wood, metal, and paper. They often strive to communicate ideas or feelings through their art.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 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. For craft and fine artists, a median pay of $20.90/hourly, or $43,470/annually, is reported. 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. Most craft and fine artists are self-employed. Others are employed in industries, such as glass and clay manufacturing, museums, federal government, and educational services. 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 craft and fine artists, there is a 5% national growth rate, with a projected 56,900 jobs opening over the next ten years. Many opportunities are available as an increase in retired welders creates a shortage of qualified individuals. Competition for jobs as craft and fine artists is expected to be strong. However, employers are always recruiting artists who display outstanding talent, creativity, and style. Therefore, an increase in specialization and experience will allow welders to be among the best job prospects.

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.
For more information on the Art Metals program please call 214 860-5900.

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.