Professional Welder

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TWS is the right choice

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Over 37,000¹


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Over $7 Million

In Scholarships Available

Available scholarship amounts are estimated for the period of 1/1/2022 through 12/31/2022 for the Tulsa, Jacksonville & Houston campuses combined.

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Graduates Placed in all 50 States

Graduates initially employed in all 50 states according to our ACCSC Annual Report data for reports dated 7/1/18 – 7/1/23.

The Professional Welder program starts by helping students learn what it’s really like to be a welder: in interactive workshop courses and welding booths. In as little as seven months, you’ll be trained in structural welding, fluxcore welding and pipe welding. You’ll also be prepared to excel in job interviews and weld tests for various welding certifications.

The Professional Welder program trains you in the skills you need to work as a welder worldwide:

  • Aerospace and aviation
  • Automotive shops
  • Shipbuilding
  • Construction
  • The military
  • Manufacturing

Wherever metal needs adhering, a welder is needed. Are you ready to start training for career opportunities that can last a lifetime?

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TWS is the Right Choice for Welding Training

We offer our welding classes with flexible scheduling: morning, afternoon and evening classes are available at our Tulsa, Oklahoma, Jacksonville, Florida, Houston, Texas & Dallas Metro (Irving, Texas) campuses. Our classes will train you in the fundamentals of welding processes you’ll need to know as a professional welder on the job market:

  • Shielded metal arc welding (SMAW)
  • Metal Inert gas (MIG) welding
  • Tungsten inert gas (TIG) welding
  • High-frequency TIG welding
  • Flux-cored arc welding
  • Structural welding
  • Pipe welding
  • Aircraft welding
  • Thin alloy welding
  • Pipeline welding


Employment is Expected to Grow for Welding in the US by 42,600 Jobs by 2032!i

Flexible Class Schedules

Whether you’re just graduating from high school, changing your career or transitioning from military to civilian life, TWS offers flexible class schedules. We’ll help you find the right program and the right schedule to set you up for success. Contact us for more information on upcoming class times and start dates for the Professional Welder program.

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    Employer Partnerships

    TWS has partnerships with major employers across the United States. Our dedicated Career Services team will be there to support you every step of the way after graduation.

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    The Right Tools for the Job

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    Scholarship Opportunities

    Learn more about what scholarship opportunities are available and how you might qualify for one. Start the process of applying for a scholarship today!

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Upcoming Class Start Dates

Welding Classes StartTulsa, OK & Jacksonville, FL & Houston, TX & Dallas, TX07/08/2024
Welding Classes StartTulsa, OK & Jacksonville, FL & Houston, TX & Dallas, TX08/12/2024

Class Schedules for Tulsa, OK and Jacksonville, FL

Morning (M-F) Afternoon (M-F) Evening (M-F)
7:30am-12:30pm 1:00pm-6:00pm 6:30pm-11:30pm

Class Schedules for Houston & Dallas Metro, TX

Morning (M-F) Afternoon (M-F) Evening (M-F)
7:00am-12:15pm 12:45pm-6:00pm 6:30pm-11:45pm

Weekend Schedule for Tulsa, OK, Jacksonville, FL and Houston, TX

Tue/Thu (Classroom) Sat/Sun (Lab Days)
6:30pm-9:00pm 8:00am-6:00pm

Weekend Schedule for Dallas Metro (Irving, TX)

Fri Sat/Sun
6:00pm-11:00pm 8:00am-6:00pm

Are YOU ready to change your life? Listen to these TWS graduates who changed theirs.

We all come from different walks of life, and different circumstances, but it’s the hard work we do and the blood sweat and tears put in to make us who we are today.

Tulsa Welding School gave these graduates the structure, confidence, and guidance they needed to make a difference in their lives. It only takes one decision to start the journey on a path towards a better career. A better Life.

Hear the stories of these TWS graduates and how they changed their life:

Jonathan Garza

Coming from a place of darkness and addiction, Jonathan made the change he needed to get his life back on track for his family, career, and his stability. Professional Welding Graduate from our Houston campus - Hear his story on how TWS changed his life.

David Mclean

With so many options in front of him and no clear path ahead, David chose to invest in his life and make the decision to enroll at a trade school. TWS gave him the opportunities to be the best version of himself he could be. Professional Welding Graduate from our Jacksonville campus - Hear his story on how TWS changed his life

Cody Hudgens

Not basing his chances on luck, Cody took the opportunity of becoming a welder in his own hands after serving in the United States Marine Corps. TWS gave him the knowledge and skills he needed to take his passion to the next level. Professional Welding Graduate from our Tulsa campus - Hear his story on how TWS changed his life

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ALL New Welding Students Get an Oculus Quest 2 loaded with OcuWeld Training Software!

TWS is excited to launch OcuWeld utilizing Virtual Reality (VR) to enhance your welding training. OcuWeld is a new and innovative Virtual Reality (VR) welding simulator designed by expert welding instructors for our welding students.

You can access OcuWeld anytime, anywhere – with or without WIFI. It enables you to practice your welding skills as part of our program here at TWS and the Oculus Quest 2 is yours to keep!

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Program Courses

Welding Fundamentals

Train in the fundamentals of welding and begin learning the critical skills you’ll need for a welding career. Learn plasma cutting and carbon arc gouging procedures, arc welding processes, the basic layout of construction drawings and how to correctly read and interpret welding symbols. Learn how set up welding equipment, the components of an arc welding machine, and the various types of electrodes used in arc welding procedures. Using an E7018 electrode, students will also practice basic SMAW welding processes and techniques.


  • 4 Semester Credit Hours
  • 25 Lecture Hours
  • 100 Lab Hours
  • 125 Total Contact Hours
  • 2 Outside Prep Hours

GMAW/FCAW Processes

In this course, students learn how to set up and operate GMAW/FCAW welding equipment, as well as how to prepare pipe for GMAW/FCAW welding processes. GMAW, or MIG, uses a torch designed to provide a shielding gas for the weld and an automatic wire feed system that provides a constant feed of the filler metal. FCAW, or Fluxcore, uses a similar torch but uses a powdered flux to shield the weld. Students learn about isometric drawings and their importance as a three- dimensional picture of an object.


  • Prerequisite Course(s): WLD101, WLD110, WLD115, WLD120
  • 4 Semester Credit Hours
  • 25 Lecture Hours
  • 100 Lab Hours
  • 125 Total Contact Hours
  • 4 Outside Prep Hours

Structural Welding

The Structural Welding course introduces students to a number of different critical things:

  • Basic destructive weld testing techniques
  • The importance of quality welds to achieve maximum strength and integrity of the metal
  • Basic principles of metallurgy
  • Welding pipe

Students expand their knowledge about welding diagrams, drawings and the methods of coding various types of metal. Students will also learn the procedures for root pass, fill welds and SMAW processes.


  • Prerequisite Course(s): WLD101
  • 4.5 Semester Credit Hours
  • 25 Lecture Hours
  • 100 Lab Hours
  • 125 Total Contact Hours
  • 7 Outside Prep Hours

Basic Pipe Welding

This course trains students in the fundamentals of basic pipe welding with two critical welding processes: SMAW and GTAW.

For GTAW welding, students practice with basic root welding on pipe coupons.

In Basic Pipe Welding, students practice uphill and other welding techniques simultaneously. They practice welding in multiple positions as they travel around the pipe to complete the weld.


  • Prerequisite Course(s): WLD101, WLD110
  • 4 Semester Credit Hours
  • 25 Lecture Hours
  • 100 Lab Hours
  • 125 Total Contact Hours
  • 4 Outside Prep Hours

Advanced Pipe Welding

Students continue to practice their pipe welding skills, using the GTAW process to weld the root and complete the fill and cap portion of the weld using SMAW processes. Students also learn how to set up and safely operate portable welding units for structural and pipe welding operations, rig and balance pipe loads, use hand signal communication, and lift and place pipe in preparation for welding operations.

Electrical safety guidelines and the steps to prevent electrical shock are also taught.


  • Prerequisite Course(s): WLD101, WLD110, WLD115
  • 4 Semester Credit Hours
  • 25 Lecture Hours
  • 100 Lab Hours
  • 125 Total Contact Hours
  • 4 Outside Prep Hours

Welding Capstone

The Welding Capstone course challenges students to apply the skills they learned in previous courses, preparing them to transition from the classroom to the field.

During this course, students learn how to prepare resumes, practice for interviews, learn proper work habits and appearances and complete employment applications.


  • Prerequisite Course(s): WLD101, WLD105, WLD110, WLD115, WLD120
  • 4.5 Semester Credit Hours
  • 25 Lecture Hours
  • 100 Lab Hours
  • 125 Total Contact Hours
  • 7 Outside Prep Hours

Sound Interesting? Contact us for more information on this course and the Welding Training Program

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