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Schools

Welding School Locator
U.S. public and private
AWS

Partial listing of U.S. schools
GoWelding.org

Many junior & community colleges offer low-cost training programs and A.S. degrees in welding. Local adult schools and nonprofit vocational centers may also offer welder training. See Tips & Advice for info on how to pick a school.

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Scholarships
American Welding Society

National Center for Welding Education and Training
WeldEd

Hobart Institute of Welding Technology

Lincoln Electric Welding School

Tulsa Welding School

Lynnes Welding Training

Underwater welding schools (From AWS)

Rochester Arc & Flame Center

Apprenticeship Programs

Ironworkers Union

Sheet Metal Workers

Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmiths, Forgers

United Auto Workers - Chrysler

Millrights Union

Helmets to Hard Hats
For recently discharged military personnel.

PG&E PowerPathways
Pre-apprentice training

Norfolk Naval Shipyard’s Apprentice program
Tidewater Community College

Ingalls Shipbuilding Apprenticeship

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See also: Military Training Opportunities

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Certification Programs

American Welding Society classes for inspectors, instructors, engineers and other jobs

AWS certified welder program

American Petroleum Institute classes

Note: Most schools and workplaces provide welding certifications free of charge to current students or employees. Be sure to take advantage of this service, since a certified welding inspector (CWI) may charge $500 or more to give the test privately.

Curriculum and Core Requirements

API Catalog (PDF)
See pages 10-11 for a concise description of the skills needed for pipe welding.

Occupational Outlook for Welding 2011
U.S. Bureau of Labor Stats

Welding Technician - Suggested Curriculum (PDF) Weld-Ed

SENSE (Schools Excelling through National Skill Standards Education) Program AWS

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