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Whether you’re looking for employment resources, the student handbook or disclosures, you’ll find the resources you need here.
2020 Arclabs Student Handbook Adobe PDF reader required
Frequently used links
- EDUrent Housing Assistance
- College Navigator
Students can find additional consumer information about Arclabs here.
- O*Net Welding Occupations
U.S. Department of Labor’s Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Codes for occupations that our programs prepare students to enter
51-4121.06 Welders, Cutters, and Welder Fitters
51.4121.00 Welders, Cutters, Solderers, Brazers
51-4121.07 Solderers and Brazers
47-2221.00 Structural Iron and Steel Workers
- Selective Service Registration
- South Carolina Voter Registration Form & Texas Voter Registration Form
Students may download voter registration forms here, visit their local post office to obtain voter registration forms, or get voter registration forms from the administrative office of their campus.
- Campus Security/Clery Act
Annual Security Report (ASR) compiled and distributed by October 1 of each year that provides crime statistics that occurred on campus for the past three years; the ASR also contains school policies concerning campus security.
- FERPA Policy Adobe PDF reader required
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. It sets limitations in releasing personally identifiable information from school records and provides students certain rights with respect to reviewing records, amending incorrect information within the student record, and releasing records to the student’s designee(s). FERPA Release Forms are available in the administrative office of each campus location.
- Drug & Alcohol Prevention Plan Adobe PDF reader required
Arclabs maintains a drug and alcohol-free policy requiring all students to report to training in a substance-free condition. This Plan includes information on our policy, state and federal laws, financial aid policies regarding convictions related to the possession or sale of illegal drugs, health risks, and resources available to help students affected by drug and/or alcohol abuse.
- Career Pathways Program - High School Diploma
No high school diploma or GED, but interested in welding? No problem. Our Piedmont and Houston campuses have partnered with Penn Foster High School to offer the Career Pathways Program.
- South Carolina Adult Education
Locate your local GED Testing Center in South Carolina.
- Texas Adult Education
Locate your local GED Testing Center in Texas.
Each year Arclabs must distribute to all enrolled students a notice of the availability of the information it must provide in the following general categories:
- General disclosures for enrolled or prospective students
- Annual security report and annual fire safety report
- Report on athletic program participation rates and financial support data (Equity in Athletics Data or EADA)
- FERPA information (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974)
Method of Disclosure
- Arclabs will distribute a notification of the availability of this information to each student upon completion of the enrollment/admissions process.
- Paper copies of all policies may be obtained in the administrative offices of each campus location. A school official will be available during regular office hours to provide institutional and financial assistance information to enrolled or prospective students. Office hours are Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
All our training is designed with one goal in mind – to help you find a great job. Arclabs Welding School strives to meet and exceed ACCET standards for job placement – in fact, our 900 Hour program had almost a 90% job placement rate! While demand for welders is high and it’s our goal to help our students launch their careers, we cannot guarantee career placement.
We teach a job preparation course in our 280, 400, 900 and 1300 Hour
programs. Students will hone in on their resume writing and interview skills. Arclabs’ administration will assist graduates with resume prep, employment search, interviews and preparing for employers’ weld tests.
Local employers are invited to showcase their companies and open positions at the campuses’ career fairs. This give students and graduates valuable face to face time and interview opportunities.
Frequently Asked Questions
Charleston, Columbia and Piedmont
Day Classes: Monday – Thursday 7:00am – 4:00pm & Friday from 7:00am to 1:00pm
Evening Classes: Monday – Friday 6:00pm to 11:00pm
Day Classes: Monday – Thursday 7:00am – 4:00pm; & Friday 7:00am – 1:00pm
Part Time Night Classes: Monday – Friday 5:30pm – 11:30pm
Full Time Night Classes: Monday – Thursday 3:45pm – 11:30pm & Friday 2:00pm – 11:30pm
Over 90% of the total time of the 900 hour program is spent in the shop honing your welding skills.
Hands-on training at Arclabs Welding School is a great way to get started in a welding career. The Career Services team is here to help with the next steps, including:
- Preparing resumes
- Employment searches
- Interview preparation
- 20 free hours of booth time to prepare for employer welding tests
- On-campus employer presentations of the company and jobs available
- On-campus employer interviews with students
- On-campus employer weld testing for graduates
Our team works with both local and national employers to help graduates find positions.
Although we strive to find jobs for all our graduates, we can’t guarantee job placement. Enrollment in Arclabs or completion of the program does not guarantee employment.
Yes, attendance is vital. This is a fast-paced program that requires commitment and focus to succeed in the program. Daily attendance is important for our students to gain the knowledge needed for a career in welding. Students must achieve 85% cumulative attendance for graduation.
Professional welders work almost everywhere from the automotive, aerospace and aviation industries, to shipyards, shops and skyscrapers. Wherever metal needs to be joined, a welder is needed. Our training program teaches you skills that can be used worldwide, so almost anywhere you want to go, your welding training can take you there.
Only candidates who go through AWS Accredited Test Facilities (ATF) get AWS welder certifications. After the candidate takes his/her test at an ATF, the ATF conducts visual inspections and the tests required (typically bend samples or X-ray). The resident or contract CWI inspects the weldment prior to sectioning, inspects all test samples, and then determines if the weldment passes the qualification criteria stipulated in the code. The WPS and WQTR records are then sent to AWS where they are verified and filed, and a wallet card is issued. All AWS certifications are good for six months, at which time a welder is required to submit a maintenance form to renew and keep his/her certification current.
Students in the 1300 Hour Master Welder program will be given the opportunity to test for 3 certifications through the American Welding society (AWS) before graduation. Two AWS certifications are included in the 900 Hour Advanced Welding program.
We also offer training opportunities for businesses that already employ welders, but need to improve their workers’ skills. Arclabs can offer these companies various services including testing, qualification, assessment, and training.
We offer a variety of financial aid programs to help you pay for your training, including federal grants and loans, veterans’ benefits and payment plan options. For more information, visit our Financial Aid page.