How should I choose a welding school?
There are several questions to consider if you’re choosing a welding school. First, do you know any welders you can talk to about the field and how they acquired their skills? Next, do some research so that you know the different areas of the industry and potential opportunities. Lastly, what about welding interests you?
These questions will help you answer what type of school you want to attend. For example, you may know that you want to go work at a plant down the road, or you may want a more well-rounded program. If you have a specific goal, choose a program with class offerings to meet that goal. On the other hand, if you’re not sure you like welding, you may want to take a “basics” class (like our 280-hour program) before you make a larger time and financial commitment.
Things to consider
Other things to keep in mind are:
- Schedule convenience. Do you want to take a night class? Do you need to accommodate a job or family?
- Do you need a school near home, or can you move near the school?
- Specialty programs or specialty metals. If you want to weld pipe or want to learn to weld stainless, you need to be sure your school teaches that.
- How long will it take you to finish, and does that match your goals?
- School resources, such as help applying for financial aid and good administrative staff.
- Accreditation, which means the school has been recognized by a reliable authority.
- Welding equipment. The school should be using newer equipment and/or equipment similar to what is used in the industry.
- What are the school’s program completion and job placement rates?
Lastly, and most importantly, ask about the instructors. Do they have industry experience? What are their credentials? Do they seem like they are personable?
There’s a reason Arclabs requires a campus tour as part of the admissions process. Get to know us, and we think you’ll find yourself at home here!