Professional Welder

icon-clock Duration: 7 Months

icon-book Campus Availability: Tulsa, OK Jacksonville, FL

Day two of this Professional Welder training program starts with hands-on welding classes, and the majority of classroom experience is through interactive workshop courses. It’s an exciting training program that will prepare you to jump-start your welding career in as little as seven months.

You’ll be trained on structural welding, fluxcore welding, pipe welding along with instruction focused on career and welding certification preparation.

Professional Welders work almost everywhere – automotive, aerospace & aviation industries; bridges & bikes; shipyards, shops & skyscrapers – wherever metal needs adhering, a welder is needed. It’s a training program that teaches you skills that can be used worldwide, so almost anywhere you want to go, your welding training can take you there.

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TWS is the Right Choice for Welding Training

Welding classes can be completed in as little as 7 months and consist of 80% hands-on welding courses from experienced professionals with only 1 day a week in the classroom. We offer flexible scheduling with morning, afternoon and evening welding classes available at both our Tulsa, Oklahoma and Jacksonville, Florida campuses. Welding Training features instruction and career options in:

  • SMAW
  • MIG
  • TIG
  • High Frequency TIG
  • FluxCore
  • Structural Welding
  • Pipe Welding
  • Aircraft Welding
  • Thin Alloy Welding
  • Pipeline Welding

Employment is Expected to Grow for Welding in the US to 439,200 Jobs by 2028!i

Flexible Class Schedules

Class schedules range from morning, afternoon and evening, depending on the program and campus location. TWS offers flexible schedules whether you are just graduating from high school, changing your career, or transitioning from military to civilian life. We work hard to find the right program and the right schedule to help you succeed. Contact us for more information on upcoming class times and start dates for the Professional Welder program.

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  • Employer Partnerships

    Employer Partnerships

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

  • The Right Tools for the Job

    The Right Tools for the Job

    When you begin your education at TWS, we provide you with an extensive gear package. You get the high quality professional tools you need to succeed. Ask your Admissions Representative for more information about the gear package for your program.

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    Scholarship Opportunities

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Program Courses

Introduction to Welding

Overview of welder career responsibilities, work safety practices, career success skills, importance of job attitudes and work ethics, maintenance of equipment, beginning review of welding symbols and corresponding welds, cutting torch operations, stick welding procedures, procedures to clean and evaluate welds, cut and prepare metal plate, perform overlap beads in various plats positions, and begin fillet welds for plate T-joints.

Phase 101

  • 75 Contact Hours
  • 15 Lecture Hours
  • 60 Lab Hours
  • 2.5 Credit Hours

Structural Welding I

In this welding course students will learn SMAW welding process, welding codes, rod selection, reading basic blueprints, calculating dimensions and completing layouts. Introductions to Learning Resource Center, research project instruction, and career success skills. Safety and operational procedures of Plasma and Carbon Arc cutting. Perform plate welding in various positions using 7018 electrodes. Perform Plasma and Carbon Arc cutting.

Phase 102

  • 75 Contact Hours
  • 15 Lecture Hours
  • 60 Lab Hours
  • 2.5 Credit Hours

MIG & Fluxcore Welding

Interpretation of pipe and fitting markings, metal color codes, pipe welding symbols, pipe diagrams and welds, sketch isometric drawings, completion of research project, MIG and Fluxcore welding procedures, perform plate welding in various positions (2F, 2G, 3G) using MIG and Fluxcore.

Phase 103

  • 75 Contact Hours
  • 15 Lecture Hours
  • 60 Lab Hours
  • 2.5 Credit Hours

Structural Welding II

Advanced projects beyond Phase 102 in blueprint and layout, perform plate welding in various positions (2G, 3G, 4G) using 6010 electrodes for stringer and 7018 electrodes for remainder. Also, pipe bevel preparation.

Phase 104

  • 75 Contact Hours
  • 15 Lecture Hours
  • 60 Lab Hours
  • 2.5 Credit Hours

Basic Pipe Welding

Techniques of basic pipe fitting, use of 90′s, T’s, flanges, valves, take offs, use of pipe blueprints, sketches, templates, and uphill welding techniques on pipe. Perform SMAW pipe welding with 6010 electrode stringer and 7018 electrode remainder in pipe positions of 2G and 5G.

Phase 105

  • 75 Contact Hours
  • 15 Lecture Hours
  • 60 Lab Hours
  • 2.5 Credit Hours

Pipe Welding I

Overview of TIG equipment and procedure setup, metals identification, tungsten safety and preparation. Perform 6010 electrode root and 7018 electrode fill and cap in 6G position. Perform TIG stringer and hot pass on T-plate. Perform TIG root and 7018 fill and cap on 2G and 6G pipe positions.

Phase 106

  • 75 Contact Hours
  • 15 Lecture Hours
  • 60 Lab Hours
  • 2.5 Credit Hours

Pipe Welding II

Operation requirements for portable equipment, weld test lab procedures and testing approaches, perform mild steel TIG welding on pipe in various positions (2G, 5G, 6G) using TIG stringer, fill, and cap.

Phase 107

  • 75 Contact Hours
  • 15 Lecture Hours
  • 60 Lab Hours
  • 2.5 Credit Hours

Advanced Pipefitting

This course continues the discussion of pipe fabrication relative to socket-weld pipe fabrication methods along with the identification, selection and installation of piping support systems. In addition, this course discusses the layout, installation and fabrication of butt weld pipe and relative flange, bolt and gasket identification and installation. This course will conclude with a discussion on copper pipe bending and joining processes along with grooved pipe fabrication and installation.

PFT 105

  • 125 Contact Hours
  • 42.5 Lecture Hours
  • 82.5 Lab Hours
  • 4.5 Credit Hours

H.F. TIG &/or Pipeline Welding

Thin alloy selection of tungsten types for aluminum and stainless steel, methods to maintain clean work environment, procedures for heat settings on thin gauge applications, purging stainless steel plate, weld cleaning on aluminum and stainless steel, perform aluminum and stainless steel welding on plate using TIG in various positions with different rod sizes. Pipeline selection of rod size, layout procedures for pipeline fitting, coating types and electrolysis prevention with anode protection, perform SMAW downhill stringer, fill and cap in 5G and 6G positions and inverted T. Also, a student may elect to specialize in only H.F. TIG or pipeline welding or a combination of both specialties.

Phase 109

  • 75 Contact Hours
  • 15 Lecture Hours
  • 60 Lab Hours
  • 2.5 Credit Hours

Career Preparation

This is the student’s final phase prior to introduction into the employment market with options for shop or field welding. Included are instruction in application for employment, preparing a resume, weld testing rigors, proper appearance, and job attitude. Lab competencies are 2″ 6G TIG all the way out, Structural plate with MIG root and Fluxcore fill and cap, 5G TIG root and hot pass with 7018 fill and cap, and 6G pipe welding using 6010 and 7018 fill and cap. All competencies must pass a Guided Bend Test.

Phase 110

  • 75 Contact Hours
  • 15 Lecture Hours
  • 60 Lab Hours
  • 2.5 Credit Hours

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Professional Welder Program School Calendar

TWS offers flexible scheduling with morning, afternoon, and evening courses.

Upcoming Class Start Dates

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Class Schedules

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

Alumni Testimonials

iEmployment is expected to grow for Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers(514121) in the US to 439,200 through 2028, in Oaklahoma to 10,460 through 2026 and in Florida to 16,280 through 2026
https://www.bls.gov/ooh/production/welders-cutters-solderers-and-brazers.htm.