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Structural Welding Technician


Welding Technician

Fast Facts

Median salary:
$39,390 per year*
Median hourly wage:
$18.94 per hour*
Tuition and fees:
Program length:
24 weeks

Do you enjoy working with your hands? Are you interested in learning a skilled trade that’s valued in construction and many other industries?

If so, the Structural Welding Technician diploma program at Virginia College may be right for you.

As a Structural Welding Technician student at Virginia College, you'll have a chance to learn how to use modern equipment and perform tasks that simulate a real-life welding technician's job. You will receive hands-on training to help you learn the skills you need for welding jobs in construction, manufacturing, metalworking and other job fields. This diploma program is designed to help get you into the job market in as little as six months!

A Hands-On Structural Welding Diploma Program

In our newly expanded welding lab, you’ll receive hands-on training and learn what it’s really like to work as a welder. Our class sizes are limited, so our industry-experienced instructors have time to work with you on a one-on-one basis. You will have the opportunity to gain skills in all plate welding positions using:

  • Gas metal arc welding
  • Shielded metal arc welding
  • Oxyfuel cutting processes

In addition to welding skills, students will receive instruction in safety, blueprint reading and machine shop practices.

What Do Welders Do?

  • Utilize four major welding processes: SMAW, GMAW (MIG), GTAW (TIG) and FCAW
  • Read technical drawings and blueprints
  • Operate machines and tools safely
  • Demonstrate skills to meet code requirements for welding
  • Understand industrial quality control procedures
  • Perform other duties as required by your employer

Where Do Welders Work?

Graduates of the Structural Welding Technician diploma program may seek employment as entry-level technicians in welding and metalworking industries. Career opportunities also exist in construction, manufacturing, fabrication, sales, quality control, supervision and welding-related self-employment.

How Much Do Welders Make?

According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, welders earn a median annual income of $39,390 or a median hourly wage of $18.94*.

Get Started Now.

If you’re ready for a new career, today’s the day to start. The Structural Welding Technician diploma program is your first step, and classes are forming now. Financial aid is available to those who qualify. Contact us to learn more.

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* Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers, on the Internet at (visited September 06, 2017). Expected growth rate through the year 2024. National long-term projections and salary averages may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth or any particular salary. Median pay is the wage at which half of the workers in the occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. Median wage data are from the BLS Occupational Employment Statistics survey.

Certification is not required in the State of Alabama. However, qualified graduates from this program may be eligible to sit for structural welding certification at an AWS-approved site. The College makes no representation, promise, or guarantee that completion of this program assures passage of any certification examination or that this program is intended to prepare graduates for employment in any state other than Alabama. Prospective and current students and graduates are responsible for researching and understanding all examination, registration, certification, and licensure requirements, as well as employer requirements and/or preferences, in any state in which they seek to become licensed, certified, or employed. Virginia College does not guarantee employment or career advancement.

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