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!
If you are within 180 days of release from active duty, you can train to become a welder at Tulsa Welding School (TWS) in just 18 weeks through the DOD SkillBridge Program.
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:
Tulsa Welding School
2545 East 11th Street Tulsa, OK 74104
Tulsa Welding School, Jacksonville Campus
3500 Southside Boulevard
Jacksonville, FL 32216
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. Welding, HVAC/R and electrical are diverse fields with many different career opportunities.
- Aerospace and Aviation
- Automotive Shops
- The Military
HVAC and Refrigeration:
- Refrigeration Technician
- Commercial Refrigeration Installer
- HVAC/R Service Technician
- HVAC/R Installation Technician
- Refrigeration Service Technician
- 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 training programs 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||$22,800 – $27,800||$21,450 – $24,350|
|Military Students||$20,930 – $25,535||$19,760 – $22,380|
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.Learn More
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.
The GI Bill® helps Veterans and Veteran families pay for postsecondary education. It features 2 main programs:
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:
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
Military scholarships are specifically for active duty and veteran students like you. Find out if you qualify for scholarships from these organizations:
TWS Understands the Unemployment Challenges Veterans Face
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.
|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:
|Professional Welder with
|Total Program Cost:||$22,800||$27,800||$25,700|
|Associate of Occupational Studies Degree Program||AOS in Welding Technology (AOSWT) 2nd AY|
|Total Program Cost:||$21,450|
|HVAC/R-Related Programs||Electrical Applications||Refrigeration Technologies||Electro-Mechanical Technologies|
|Total Program Cost:||$19,000||$19,000||$23,400|
For more information, please refer to the military pricing structure below:
|Program||Military Tuition Pricing||Fees||Total Program Cost|
|Professional welder With Pipefitting||$20,385||$5,150||$25,535|
|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
- 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:
- Contact TWS for more information.
- 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.
- Apply for admission to TWS.
- Start school!
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