For Parents & Families
At Tulsa Welding School (TWS), we have been training high school graduates since the day we opened our doors in 1949. We take seriously your student’s quality of education, housing, affording tuition, career opportunities and safety.
It is as important to us as it is to you that TWS is the right fit for your student’s education, training and future career goals. Check out the guide below to help you make the right decision about your child’s future.
We are here to support students and their families. Contact us at: (800) 637-0778
Tulsa Welding School: Over 60 Years of Training the Next Generation of Skilled Tradespeople
Since its founding in 1949, TWS has evolved into the largest welding school in the nation*, preparing students for various careers in the skilled trades like welding, HVAC, refrigeration and electrical. 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
TWS Is a Safe Learning Environment
Safety has always been one of our top concerns at TWS. All students and faculty are expected to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) while on the campus. All clothing must be appropriate for both the welding and HVAC/R laboratories: Long pants, leather boots and long-sleeve shirts are the expectation at TWS. We also maintain a safe and clean environment on our campus to promote a healthy environment and to prevent the spread of infectious diseases. All 3 TWS campuses have staggered schedules, keeping a minimum of students on the campus at a given time while still ensuring each student can complete their entire training program. TWS practices social distancing, regularly cleans surfaces, and makes hand sanitizer readily available.
Our students look out for each other. TWS has a student ambassador program, who students can ask for extra help whenever they need it.
Expert Welding, HVAC/R and Electrical Instructors With Years of Experience
With over 1,000 years of combined industry experience†, our instructors use all of their knowledge to train students in the fundamentals of their program. No matter their age or experience, your child will receive in-depth instruction to prepare them for real-world industry job opportunities.Our instructors will provide personalized one-on-one instruction for each student.
It is not necessary that your child has any prior experience in their trade. Our instructors will assess and work with each student to align to their specific needs. TWS instructors begin teaching each training program as if the students have never even touched a tool before.
We are committed to the success of your student. Students can often arrange to stay after class to get additional help and guidance from instructors or work with tutors.
We encourage you to speak to our faculty in person and see for yourself. Contact us to schedule a tour or join us for an upcoming open house.
†TWS/Tulsa Welding School faculty has over 1,000 years of combined experience in the welding industry as of March/April 2020.
Welding, HVAC/R and Electrical Are Great Careers for Your Son or Daughter
Older tradespeople are retiring, leaving openings for the next generation. For example, the American Welding Society predicts a shortage of 400,000 welders by 2024.
Opportunity Meets Demand
The skilled trades hold a bright future of opportunity for anyone who wants to join them. Here’s how much employment is expected to grow by 2029 in each field:
Heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC/R): 15,100ii
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
Career Services Finds Job Opportunities for Your Student After Graduation
Our Career Services team has relationships with employers all over the country. They look for job opportunities for each graduate, and they will even help your student connect with employers, write a resume and prepare for interviews.
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:
"I like that TWS is very open to feedback on how it can improve. They want to meet with employers, to find out what we need their graduates to learn. That’s something that I really enjoy. They are always STEG-1167 looking to improve, to meet employers’ needs. They are very forward-thinking, bending to what the industry requires rather than sticking to a curriculum and simply pushing out graduates."
- Melina Anderson, Sabre Industries
"Tulsa Welding School is the only welding school we use for finding welders. Other than that, we use job boards for our sourcing. We attend the school’s career fairs regularly. We do conferences. We are open to anything that will get us qualified candidates in the door. Our career fairs at the Houston campus are often very successful."
- Brenda Aleman, LK Jordan & Associates
"TWS graduates take pride in their work; they get on well with others, they want to learn more, and they are driven to be successful."
- Mark Joseph, TD Industries
TWS Provides an Affordable and Efficient Option for Post-Secondary Education
Just as our students are unique, so are their educational pathways. While a 4 or 2 year degree might be the right path for some, career based education might be the right choice for others. At TWS, our students can graduate in only 7 months and be prepared for professional careers in welding, HVAC, refrigeration and Electrical. It saves time and money!
Not all programs are available at all campuses or for all states. Program availability varies by state and location. Contact your campus to determine program availability.
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. Program availability varies by state and location. Contact your campus to determine program availability
Investing in your Student’s Education and Future
Financial Aid is available for those who qualify. We highly recommend that you contact our Financial Aid Department to help you determine how your child can pay for tuition. There are many ways to explore financial support for your student’s training consisting of: Scholarships, Grants and financial aid (parent/student loans):
High School Welding Competition: Win a Free Full Tuition Scholarship
This yearly competition is your child’s opportunity not just to show off their welding skills, but also to win tuition scholarships to attend TWS. Last year over $245,000 in scholarships and prizes were awarded. Learn more about student loans.
Over $9.5 million in scholarships available!
TWS offers scholarships for high school seniors, women, out-of-state-students, military veterans and many more. Your child might be eligible for one of these.
Learn more about scholarships.
Available scholarship amounts are estimated for the period of 1/1/20 through 12/31/20 for the Tulsa, Jacksonville & Houston campuses combined.
TWS Graduates Receive Credentials to Help Them Find Work
When your child has graduated Tulsa Welding School, they receive proof they can show to employers. TWS programs provide grads with either a diploma or a degree, depending on the program, which we’ve broken down below:
- Professional Welder: Diploma
- Professional Welder with Pipefitting: Diploma
- Associate of Occupational Studies in Welding Technology: Degree
- Welding Specialist with Pipefitting: Diploma
- Electro-Mechanical Technologies: Diploma
- Refrigeration Technologies: Diploma
- Electrical Applications: Diploma
TWS Supplies Everything Your Child Needs to Be Successful
Every TWS student receives a gear package that contains all the tools they need for their training program. Your student will also receive a tablet to complete their assignments
TWS Helps Students With Housing and Finding Part-Time Jobs
Is your child from out of state? We’ll help them ease into a new living situation while they’re a TWS student. Our Student Services team will work with you and your child to locate housing near the campus and finding a part-time job if they need one during school. We partner with Edurent to help students find affordable housing.
Learn more about Edurent.
An Environment Where Your Child Can Learn, Grow and Thrive
As a TWS student, your child will have no shortage of places to go, things to do and foods to eat. All three TWS campuses are located in cities rich in culture and fun. Check out our guides below to get a glimpse into where your child will be living:
An Accredited School You Can Trust
All three TWS campuses are accredited schools by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).
†TWS/Tulsa Welding School faculty has over 1,000 years of combined experience in the welding industry.
‡Total combined available scholarship amounts for all TWS campuses are estimated for the period of 1/1/19 through 12/31/19.