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1,300 Hour Master Welder Program

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Program Overview

Master the fundamentals of welding and get started on your future – fast. This extensive welding training course is perfect for both beginners and welders with some experience who are interested in taking their structural or pipe welding skills to the maximum. Our hands-on training accounts for over 95% of this program and will allow you to develop and advance your craft in GMAW, SMAW, FCAW and GTAW in the shop and on our outdoor simulators. There are two advanced specialization tracks you can choose from: Advanced Structural Welding or Advanced Pipe Welding.

Upon completion, you can earn three Arclabs certifications in GMAW/FCAW on 3g plate, SMAW/GTAW on 3g plate, and SMAW/GTAW on pipe (if the advanced pipe specialization is chosen). You’ll have all the skills you need to work as an entry-level structural or pipe welder in the construction or industrial field anywhere you choose in the country.

Welding opens doors.

You don’t need to go thousands in debt pursuing a four-year degree at a traditional university to find a great career. Welding offers a quick path to an in-demand trade. Here’s a look at why it’s a good career choice:

  1. Welding is stable.

    While some people lose their jobs if the economy takes a downturn, welders are always in demand. From manufacturing to infrastructure repair, welders, cutters, solderers and brazers are essential workers, with 50% of all American-made products requiring the skills of a welder at some point.

  2. It doesn’t require years of schooling.

    You can get trained in the basics of welding in a matter of months. Even our most advanced program can be completed much faster than many degrees. That means you’re already employed in your new career while your peers at a traditional college are still working on their general education courses.

  3. It pays well.

    Like any industry, your potential to earn more money increases with time and hard work. But welding wages also start off well above average. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2019, the median pay for welders was more than $20 per hour.

  4. You can choose where you work.

    Because welders are needed everywhere, professional welders can travel or switch industries as often as they like. Want to work on oil pipelines in the Alaskan wilds? You can do that. Prefer to work in maritime repairs in sunny San Diego? You’re trained for that too. Wherever you want to go, qualified welders are needed.

What you’ll learn

In this 1,300 hour program, you’ll learn all the skills you need to launch a career as a professional welder. While 95% of all our programs are hands-on training, they do feature a small classroom component, as noted in the table below. Students will have the option to choose between two advanced specializations that focus on specialty metal:

Advanced Pipe Welding Specialization

Advanced Pipe Welding Specialization
GMAW/FCAW on Carbon Steel Pipe
SMAW on Stainless Steel Pipe
GTAW on Stainless Steel Pipe
GTAW on Aluminum Pipe
Detail Drawings for Pipe Welders
Advanced Pipe Project

Advanced Structural Welding Specialization

FCAW on Carbon Steel Structures
SMAW on Carbon Steel Structures
SMAW on Stainless Steel Structures
GTAW on Aluminum Structures
GMAW on Aluminum Structures
Detail Drawings for Structural Welders
Advanced Structural Project