5 Welding Programs for New Welders to Consider

The American Welding Society estimates we are going to need more than 370,000 welders in the next 10 years. Never before has welding training been more important. That’s why we’re always glad to hear of new or existing welding programs doing great work to boost this amazing industry. Here are some around the country for you to consider.

KKDW Welding Workshops

This is not your typical welding class. This is like summer camp for adults who enjoy making cool things.

Over the course of the day, Kelly makes her way around to each welding station to offer advice and feedback. (Photograph by Nicole Mlakar)

The KKDW workshops are led by husband-wife duo Kelly DeWitt Norman and Travis Norman on their property, in Fischer, Texas.  They offer several welding day-camps which takes you through the process of welding your own proper bench, wreath, or stool.

Class sizes are small and they even provide a homemade lunch. It costs $300 and includes training, materials and tools.

Click here to learn more about the KKDW welding workshops.


Piedmont Technical College

Piedmont Technical College in Newberry, SC already offers a welding program, but starting this fall they’ll begin offering those classes at night. That means people with full-time jobs who are may be looking to get into a new field will have a chance to take the courses.

Courtesy: Piedmont Technical College

“The Newberry County School District is very excited to partner with PTC to provide welding classes at the Newberry County Career Center which allows our students and community members an opportunity to obtain a Basic Welding Certificate,” said Jim Suber, superintendent of the Newberry County School District.

Classes will be offered in the evening, two days a week, during the fall and spring. You can learn more and register here.


Haney Technical Center

Haney Technical Center was recently lauded by the Panama City News Herald for its successful welding program.

Last month, all eight students who took the National Boiler Service (NBS) exam passed and were certified with NBS, all 24 students who took the American Welding Society exam passed and were certified, and 18 of the 22 Haney students who took the American Society of Mechanical Engineers welding exam passed and were certified

Jared Snow cuts a piece of metal at Haney Technical Center in Lynn Haven. (Courtesy Eryn Dion/The News Herald)

The school provides a rigorous 42-week course that prepares welding students in planning, management, technical skills, principles, and health and safety. Students can get started early, as the minimum age for the program is only 16.

Learn more about it and sign up here.



Conestoga College Welding Program

Sometimes the best options are the newest ones. And that could definitely be the case in Ontario, as Six Nations Polytechnic and Conestoga College have teamed up to offer a welding course in Brantford.

Courtesy: Vincent Ball/The Expositor

The eight-week program, scheduled to begin in the fall, aims to train students so they can work as production welders.

Students will learn theory, as well as get hands-on training focusing on the skills development using gas metal arc welding processes. After completing a test, students will get a ticket to show employers they are job ready.

Learn more about the program here.


Tidewater Community College and the Virginia Ship Repair Association

A relatively new and inexpensive welding program has sprung up in Norfolk, VA for folks hoping to get a job fairly quick.

The welding training program got started in January thanks to a collaboration between Tidewater Community College, Thomas Nelson Community College, Paul D. Camp Community College and the Virginia Ship Repair Association.

Randy Ware found himself in search of learning a new trade when he decided to enroll in the Virginia Ship Repair Association’s Pre-Hire Marine Skills Training Program. (

The entry-level program, taught by Vernon Sargent who has been in the shipbuilding industry since the 1970s, is designed to meet the needs of regional shipbuilding and ship repair companies at a time when the workforce is aging.

The classes, which run from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in order to simulate the shipyard’s first shift, are at a facility TCC leases from NSC Technologies on Mount Vernon Avenue in the Port Norfolk section of Portsmouth.

You can learn more about the program here.





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