Professional Welder

icon-clock Duration: 7 Months

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

Upcoming Class Start Dates

ClassLocationDate
Welding Classes StartAll Campuses09/20/2021
Welding Classes StartAll Campuses10/25/2021

Class Schedules

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

Weekend Schedule at Houston, Campus

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

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, and Houston, 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 to 452,500 Jobs by 2029!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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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.

WLD101

  • 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.

WLD105

  • 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.

WLD110

  • 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.

WLD115

  • 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.

WLD120

  • 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.

WLD125

  • 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

Alumni Testimonials

iEmployment is expected to grow for Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers(514121) in the US to 452,500 through 2029, in Oaklahoma to 11,300 through 2028, in Florida to 16,660 through 2028 and in Texas to 61,600 through 2028 https://www.bls.gov/ooh/production/welders-cutters-solderers-and-brazers.htm.