Be a Hero Even After Service

Tulsa Welding School is proud of your service and understands your sacrifice and we know you take pride in the work you do. Welders, HVAC Technicians and Electricians will build the world of tomorrow and keep it functioning into the future. Skilled trades are needed everywhere from new construction to rebuilding aging infrastructure or keeping the lights on and maintaining comfortable temperatures. Your service in the military might be over, but you can still serve your community. You are just at the beginning of your new professional career in the skilled trades. These jobs are in demand3 and communities are depending upon skilled and trained professionals like you!

As the largest welding school in the nation*, TWS has been training Veterans like you since we opened our doors in 1949. TWS has three campuses in three different locations in the US:

The Tulsa Welding School

Tulsa Welding School
2545 East 11th Street Tulsa, OK 74104

Tulsa Welding School, Jacksonville Campus

Tulsa Welding School, Jacksonville Campus
3500 Southside Boulevard
Jacksonville, FL 32216

Tulsa Welding School & Technology Center

Tulsa Welding School & Technology Center
243A Greens Rd.
Houston, TX 77060

Dedicated Expert Instructors

With more than 1,200 years of combined experience, our instructors will train you in the fundamentals of your program to set you up for success, no matter your amount of prior experience. TWS instructors know how to prepare new students for entry-level careers in welding, HVAC/R and electrical. Some of our instructors are also military Veterans. They understand the challenges that come with adjusting to life after service, and they’ll answer every question you have about transitioning to civilian life.

TWS classes are one day in the classroom and four days in the lab every week. When you’re a student with us, you learn by working with your hands and seeing your projects through from start to finish. Contact us to schedule a tour or join us for an upcoming open house. Tulsa Welding School faculty has over 1,200 years of combined experience across all campuses as of March/April 2020.

Contact us to schedule a tour or join us for an upcoming open house.

Tulsa Welding School faculty has over 1,200 years of combined experience across all campuses as of March/April 2020.

Careers That Build America

Our Veteran graduates have amazing career opportunities ahead of them. Employment in the skilled trades is projected to grow by the tens of thousands by 2030:

Welding: 34,100i
HVAC/R: 19,000ii
Welding: 66,100iii

Welding, HVAC/R and electrical are diverse fields with many different career opportunities.

Welding

  • Aerospace and Aviation
  • Automotive Shops
  • Shipbuilding
  • Construction
  • The Military
  • Manufacturing
  • Boilermaking
  • Steamfitting

HVAC and Refrigeration:

  • Refrigeration Technician
  • Commercial Refrigeration Installer
  • HVAC/R Service Technician
  • HVAC/R Installation Technician
  • Refrigeration Service Technician

Electrical:

  • Residential Electrician
  • Commercial Electrician
  • Industrial Electrician
  • Maintenance Electrician

Affordable and Efficient Career Training for Veterans

Complete your training program in as little as 7 months and at a more affordable price. TWS trainingprograms are less expensive than a typical four-year degree at a university.

Students Welding Related Programs
Tuition Price Range
HVAC/R Related Programs
Tuition Price Range
Non-Military Students $18,400 – $21,700 $15,400 – $19,700
Military Students $16,560 – $19,530 $13,860 – $17,730

 

TWS Training Program Length

  • Professional Welder: 7 months
  • Professional Welder with Pipefitting: 10 months
  • Associate of Occupational Studies in welding Technology: 14 months
  • Welding Specialist with Pipefitting: 9.5 months
  • Electro-Mechanical Technologies: 9 months
  • Refrigeration Technologies: 7 months
  • Electrical Applications: 7 months

Not all programs are available at all campuses or for all states. Contact your campus to determine program availability.

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Financial Aid May Be Available to Veterans and Family Members of Veterans

If you’ve served in the military or you are a dependent of someone who has, you may be eligible for military benefits. Financial Aid Advisors at TWS can help you select all of your options. Financial Aid is available to those who qualify.

GI Bill® and MyCAA Programs Are Available for Eligible Veterans, Active Duty and Dependents

The GI Bill® helps Veterans and Veteran families pay for postsecondary education. It features 2 main programs:

The GI Bill® provides these benefits for up to 36 months:

  • Money for tuition and fees
  • Money for housing
  • Money for books and supplies
  • Money for moving closer to school
Apply for the GI Bill

The Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts (MYCAA) program helps military spouses afford education in the form of several benefits:

  • Training and education financial assistance
  • Employment readiness counseling
  • Employment assistance and career services
Apply for MYCAA

We are proud to accept the GI Bill® and MYCAA programs for all of our training programs. These aren’t the only ways to afford your training. You might qualify for other forms of financial assistance:

FAFSA

By filling out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), you can determine your eligibility for federal grants and federal student loan funding for education.

What you need for FAFSA

  • Social security number
  • Drivers license number
  • Tax records
  • VA benefits documentation
  • Personal financial records

Learn More About Your Financial Aid Options

Military Scholarships

Military scholarships are specifically for active duty and veteran students like you. Find out if you qualify for scholarships from these organizations:

Learn More About Scholarships

TWS Understands the Unemployment Challenges Veterans Face

Unemployment has impacted everyone, including Veterans. The unemployment for Gulf War II Veterans in 2020 was 7.3%. The unemployment rate for all Veterans rose to 6.5% in 2020, one of COVID-19’s effects on the labor market.1iv

Our Career Services team is committed to helping Veteran students search for employment. We’ll work with you to determine where you’d like to work after graduation, connect you with potential employers, and help you write a resume and prepare for interviews.

What Veteran TWS Graduates Say About TWS:

"The instructors I had were excellent. I used to teach in the military. I was an ROTC instructor, teaching cadets, so I’ve had some teacher training. I know good teachers. I’ve seen these guys stay late, work with a student if they were having a hard time. They want everyone to succeed. If you go to TWS and you really want to get something out of it, if you put in the effort, you will succeed. You will learn a trade and learn it the right way. I have kids and grandkids. I would have no problem with them going to TWS to learn a trade because they are definitely legit. The tuition is worth every penny."

- Jose Pol, Tulsa Welding School Graduate and Veteran

"I spent as much time as I could welding. I was fortunate that I had my retirement money, my disability money and my GI Bill from the military; I could live off that and not have to work. So I spent my time learning as much as possible in a small amount of time. It’s seven months, but it goes by fast."
- Elijah Nichols, Tulsa Welding School Graduate and Veteran

"I also became good friends with an instructor. We’re from the same neighborhood in Houston. We both have the same Mexican American heritage, so right away we got along very well. We would weld and afterwards we’d go work out. He’d say, ‘I saw this on your weld. It looks like you need to do this.’ He’d give me pointers. Even when he wasn’t my instructor for a class, he still came around to my booth and say, ‘Let me see your work,’ or ‘How come you weren’t in your booth much yesterday?’ or ‘What were you doing?’ He was making sure I stuck with it. As long as you do good work and show that you’re trying, the instructors there are going to help you out."
- Mark Moreno

We partner with companies that need the next generation of skilled tradespeople to fill their open jobs. Here is what some of our employer partnerships say about hiring TWS graduates: Graduate results may vary

TWS Is Here to Help Veterans Start the Next Phase of Their Lives

Do you have any questions about enrollment, financial aid or other information? Contact us now. Or use the chart below to contact the department you’d like to speak to.

Tulsa Jacksonville Houston
Address 2545 East 11th St.
Tulsa, OK 74104
3500 Southside Blvd.
Jacksonville, FL 32216
243A Greens Rd.
Houston, TX 77060
Toll Free Number (800) 935-3776 (877) 935-3529 844-242-1213
Local Phone Number (918) 587-6789 (904) 646-9353 (281) 975-0500
Student Services (918) 960-5294 (904) 345-5558 (281) 975-0449
Business Office (918) 960-5277 (904) 345-5583 (281) 975-0454
Registrar (918) 960-5254 (904) 345-5560 (281) 975-0450
Career Services (918) 960-5253 (904) 345-5561 (281) 975-0441
Academics (918) 960-5256 (904) 345-5572 (281) 975-0430

Net Price Calculators

Use these calculators to calculate an estimate of what it would cost for you to attend TWS. For a moreaccurate quote, please contact the TWS Financial Aid Department directly. Choose your campus:

Tuition and charges are outlined below:

Welding-Related Programs Professional
Welder
Professional Welder with
Pipefitting
Welding Specialist
with Pipefitting
Tuition: $18,400 $21,700 $21,700
Registration Fee: $50 $50 $50
Lab Fees: $2,000 $2,300 $2,300
Course Materials/Textbooks $250 $400 $400
Gear Package: $850 $950 $950
Accident Insurance: $300 $300 $300
Total Program Cost: $21,850 $25,700 $25,700

 

Associate of Occupational Studies Degree Program AOS in Welding Technology (AOSWT) 2nd AY
Tuition: $17,500
Registration Fee: 50
Lab Fees: $1,400
Course Materials/Textbooks: $1,850
Gear Package: $350
Accident Insurance: $300
Total Program Cost:  $21,450

 

HVAC/R-Related Programs Electrical Applications Refrigeration Technologies Electro-Mechanical Technologies
Tuition: $15,400 $15,400 $19,700
Registration Fee: $50 $50 $50
Course Materials: $650 $650 $750
Gear Package: $850 $850 $850
Accident Insurance: $100 $100 $100
Total Program Cost: $19,050 $19,050 $23,450

For more information, please refer to the military pricing structure below:

Program Military Tuition Pricing Fees Total Program Cost
Professional Welder $16,560 $3,500 $20,010
Professional welder With Pipefitting $19,530 $4,000 $23,530
AOSWT 2nd AY $15,750 $3,950 $19,700
Electrical Applications $13,860 $3,650 $17,510
Refrigeration Technologies $13,860 $3,650 $17,510
Electro-Mechanical Technologies $17,730 $3,750 $21,480
Welding specialist with Pipefitting $19,530 $4,000 $23,530

Financial Aid is available to those who qualify.

Housing and Part-Time Jobs

Train for your new career with stability and security. The Student Services team will help you find housing near the campus and a part-time job if you need the extra income during school. TWS partner with Edurent to help all students find affordable housing. Learn more about Edurent.

Resources for Veteran Students

Your security and well-being are our top priorities. Below is a list of Veteran resources you will have
access to:

  • Local Vet Centers - Mental Health counselors
  • Duval County – City of Jacksonville Military Affairs and Veterans Department
  • USO Pathfinder
  • Texas Veterans Commission
  • Texas Veterans Affairs/Education and Training
  • Student Veterans of America
  • Hire Heroes
  • Work for Warriors

Ready to enroll? It only takes 4 steps:

  1. Contact TWS for more information.
  2. Schedule a personalized tour of our campus with an Admissions Representative. For out-of-state students, we have a virtual tour of our campus you can view.
  3. Apply for admission to TWS.
  4. Start school!

The appearance of U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) visual information does not imply or constitute DoD endorsement.

Accredited School, ACCSC. TWS-Jacksonville located at 1750 Southside Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32216 is recognized by ACCSC as a satellite location of TWS-Jacksonville located at 3500 Southside Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32216. Tulsa Welding School & Technology Center (TWSTC) in Houston and TWS-Jacksonville are branch campuses of Tulsa Welding School, located at 2545 E. 11th St., Tulsa, OK 74104. Tulsa, OK campus is licensed by OBPVS and ASBPCE. Jacksonville, FL campus is licensed by the Florida Commission for Independent Education, License No. 2331. TWSTC and TWS in Tulsa, OK are approved by TWC. TWS in Jacksonville is licensed by the Mississippi Commission on Proprietary School and College Registration, License No. C-668. Licensure indicates only that minimum standards have been met; it is not an endorsement or guarantee of quality. Licensure is not equivalent to or synonymous with accreditation by an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. TWS in Jacksonville is also regulated by: Office for Career and Technical Schools, 10 N. Senate Ave, Suite SE 308, Indianapolis, IN 46204; [email protected]; http://www.in.gov/dwd/2731.htm. GI Bill® Eligible (check with local campus for specific eligibility). The AOSWT program is an Associate of Occupational Studies degree program and is not an academic degree. The AOSWT program is not approved for the following states: CO, GA, LA, MN, and TX. For more information about our programs, please visit our website at: http://www.tws.edu/student-resources/regulatory-information/.

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.

Financial aid and scholarships available to those who qualify. Candidates need to refer to the scholarship information page to determine topic of essay (where applicable) and must meet all regular admissions requirements and be scheduled to start training prior to applying for a scholarship. If a student changes his/her re-enter date, the scholarship award may be forfeited. Scholarships are not transferable and most scholarships cannot be used in conjunction with any other scholarship TWS offers. In most cases, only one award will be given per student. If a student is eligible for multiple scholarships, the scholarship that is most beneficial to the student will be awarded. Scholarships will be distributed incrementally over the entire duration of the program. Scholarship eligibility requires continuous enrollment. Failure to maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress may result in the probation and possible loss of scholarship. Termination from training may also result in the loss of a scholarship, which may increase your tuition obligation to TWS. Tuition charges will be based on the amount reflected on your Enrollment Agreement. See the reverse side of your Enrollment Agreement or the School Catalog for the school’s refund policy.

* According to 2019 IPEDS data TWS has the largest total combined enrollment of students for all post-secondary schools in the U.S. with the designated largest program of CIP Code Welding Technology/Welder.

** https://www.cisa.gov/publication/guidance-essential-critical-infrastructure-workforce

1 Total number of estimated graduates for TWS calculated based on historic data available as of 12/31/2020.

***, 2 Welding BLS Salary Stats: According to BLS data annual mean salaries for Welders, Cutters, Solderers and Brazers (514121) in Oklahoma is $45,040, Florida $43,780, Texas $48,070, Tulsa $46,390, Jacksonville $42,910 and the Houston area $51,260. Average starting salaries for Professional Welder at TWS Tulsa $36,078, TWS Jacksonville $36,350 and Tulsa Welding School & Technology center $33,914 for graduates employed during the 12-month period of 7/1/20-6/30/21. HVAC/R BLS Salary Stats: According to BLS data annual mean salaries for Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers (499021) in Oklahoma is $47,670, Florida $45,450, Texas $49,360, Tulsa $46,590, Jacksonville $49,340 and the Houston area $54,920. Average starting salaries for Refrigeration Technologies at TWS Tulsa are not yet reported, TWS Jacksonville $32,351 and Tulsa Welding School & Technology center $32,469 for graduates employed during the 12-month period of 7/1/20-6/30/21. Electrician BLS Salary Stats: According to BLS data annual mean salaries for Electricians (472111) in Oklahoma is $51,630, Florida $45,880, Texas $51,350, Tulsa $49,350, Jacksonville $44,460 and the Houston area $53,180. Average starting salaries for Electrical Applications at TWS Tulsa are not yet reported, TWS Jacksonville $38,680 and Tulsa Welding School & Technology center are not yet reported for graduates employed during the 12-month period of 7/1/20-6/30/21. Construction Laborer Salary Stats: According to BLS data annual mean salaries for Construction Laborers (472061) in Oklahoma is $34,320, Florida $34,040, Texas $34,980, Tulsa $34,520, Jacksonville $35,040 and the Houston area $37,280. All BLS Stats reported as of May 2020. http://data.bls.gov/oes

3 AWS Welding Employment Stats: https://weldingworkforcedata.com/ Welding Employment Stats: According to BLS data Oklahoma employed 10,420, Texas employed 48,940 and Florida employed 13,510, Tulsa employed 4,430, the Houston area employed 18,090 and Jacksonville employed 800 Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers (514121). HVAC/R Employment Stats: According to BLS data Oklahoma employed 4,280, Texas employed 28,010 and Florida employed 33,210, Tulsa employed 1,220, the Houston area employed 8,220 and Jacksonville employed 2,430 Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanical and Installers (4999021). Electrician Employment Stats: According to BLS data Oklahoma employed 7,420, Texas employed 60,890 and Florida employed 41,900, Tulsa employed 2,430, the Houston area employed 15,700 and Jacksonville employed 3,780 Electricians (472111). Pipefitting Employment Stats: According to BLS data Texas employed 39,810 and Florida employed 25,610, Houston area employed 9,540 and Jacksonville employed 2,770 Plumbers, Pipefitters and Steamfitters (472152). BLS data is reported through May 2020 http://data.bls.gov/oes.

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