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Combination Welder

The Combination Welder program prepares students for a position in the world of welding. This is a highly intensive program that teaches both basic and advanced welding skills. Courses utilize hands-on training that give you real-world experience. Each section of the program lasts approximately 11 weeks.

The Combination Welder program consists of a combination of Fundamentals of Welding, Maintenance Welding, and Pipe Welding. Fundamentals of Welding must be completed before beginning Maintenance Welding or Pipe Welding.
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
Level Two: 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
Maintenance Welding
Rubric Number Course Name Contact Hours
WLDG 1015 Maintenance Welding 100
WLDG 1017 Introduction to Layout and Fabrication 115
WLDG 1053 Intermediate Layout and Fabrication 115
Total: 330

When can I start? Flexible entry/exit. Call 214 860-5900 for 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
Program Cost
Fundamentals of Welding $2,513
Maintenance Welding $2,310
Pipe Welding $2,464
Who pays for the training?
Financial assistance is available through a variety of sources.
Welding As A Career

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 give welders the opportunity to make extra income!

Most job opportunities are found within fabricated metal product manufacturing, transportation equipment manufacturing, machinery manufacturing, architectural and structural metals manufacturing, and construction.

With training and experience, there is much room for advancement within welding. Many become welding technicians, supervisors, inspectors, and instructors. Welding engineering is also an opportunity for those who have obtained a bachelor’s degree.
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.
For more information on the Combination Welder 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.