Welder training program requirements and job requirements are not the same everywhere and can vary by State, school and employer. Most technical colleges and employers require high school diploma or GED. And employers will normally require certification or an undergraduate degree from a technical college.

Though some companies do offer excellent apprenticeships that will take you through the entire process.

Classes in a welding program

Not just heating and shaping pipes and metals, some of the classes you’ll take in your welding program include:

  • metallurgy
  • blueprint reading
  • pipe layout
  • advanced mathematics

In your classes you’ll learn to master soldering, brazing, casting, and bronzing too.

A vocational school program in welding helps you achieve a Certificate of Achievement. A technical college can help you expand your education and earn an Associate of Science in Welding or even further, a Bachelor of Science in Welding Engineering.

Welder Salary Info

In 2016 the average salary if a welder was $39,900 per year or about $18.94 per hour but depending on experience and the type of work you’re doing the pay can be considerably higher.