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280 Hour Welding Program

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Program Overview

Want to get started in welding but aren’t sure where to begin? This is a perfect course for beginners who want to learn the GMAW/FCAW processes only. Upon completion of this course, the graduate should be able to start work as an entry level welder in the construction or industrial field using the GMAW and FCAW processes.


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 280 Hour program, you’ll learn the skills you need to launch a career as a professional welder. While 90% of all our programs are hands-on training, they do feature a small classroom component, as noted in the table below. Here is a detailed look at some of the courses you’ll take in this program:

Intro to Welding and Cutting Safety
Oxyfuel Cutting
Base Metal Preparation and Weld Quality
Weld Symbols and Detail Drawings
Employment Readiness