AWS Welder Occupational Skills Award

Occupational Skills Award (Fast Track)



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WLDGC 2103004 Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) 80
WLDGC 2103404 Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) 80
WLDGC 2102804 Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) 80
WLDGC 2104106 Shielded Metal Arc Pipe 80
Welding Master Certificate Total 320

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Master welders may find work in a variety of industries and locations, including commercial and industrial construction, offshore and underwater oil and gas drilling sites, automotive manufacturing plants, light manufacturing to heavy industrial fabrication plants, pipelines for water, petroleum and natural gas.

Many trades in manufacturing industries are adopting automated practices. As these trends continue, some welding processes may become partially or wholly automated, though well trained qualified welding operators are going to be in demand to operate the automated processes.

Individuals with expert welding skills will be in demand as certified welders, certified welding operators, certified welding inspectors, certified welding educators, and with this experience individuals can qualify for specialized welding processes and quality assurance inspection services. Non Destructive Examination (NDE) inspector is another potential career that well trained welders and welding operators find available with additional NDE training.

Since employers prefer applicants with diverse welding skills, acquiring expert-level training and education will help aspiring welders to be in demand in the job market for many years to come.


Program cost: $6,220

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