Welder Training


Find an accredited welding certification training or welding technology degree program at a local trade school or technical college.

“How much money do welders make? 

Welders earn a median annual wage of $39,390. The lowest ten percent made $26,800 while the top ten percent brought in more than $62,000 annually. Pay is determined by various measures such as skill, which industry the welder is in, and the size of the company.”[ref]

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Colleges with Welding Technology Programs

Listed colleges are accredited and offer financial aid assistance to those who qualify.

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Welding Career Information

“To become a professional welder, you must first either graduate high school or obtain your GED. After that, the requirements may vary by employer. Some will offer apprenticeships and training programs. However, most employers suggest, at the very minimum, a trade school diploma in welding. If you’re still in high school and considering going into the trade of welding, it is strongly suggested that you take all the shop classes your high school offers, along with loading up in math and science classes. And, consider finding a job opportunity at an auto body shop or anywhere you can learn about welding through a professional.

Trade or vocational schools offer diplomas in welding and community colleges offer associate’s degrees in welding technology. Through both types of courses, you will take physics, chemistry, blueprint reading, metallurgy, mechanical drawing, and shop math. You’ll also learn the essential art of heating and shape various metals, which welding is based upon. There will also be plenty of hands-on opportunities which will not only teach but give you the necessary exposure to experience, as well.”[ref]

Welder Training Cost

To get an Associate’s Degree:

  • Cost: $6,000-$55,000
  • School supplies, housing (if needed): up to $10,000
  • Program length:2 years going full time
  • Credit hours: 60-80 credit hours

To get a Diploma/Certificate

  • Cost: $3,500-$20,000
  • School supplies, housing (if needed): up to $10,000
  • Program length: 3 months – 2 years depending on program
  • Credit hours:18-40 credit hours

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