Welding Technology


This program is designed to provide technical instruction and skill development for the student to become gainfully employed in the welding field. The highly individualized instruction provides for both classroom instruction and practical work experience using hand tools and welding equipment. The major emphasis of the course is placed on electric arc, oxy-acetylene, tig and mig welding. Practical experience is gained by shop practice, projects and repair work using a variety of metals including steel, stainless steel and aluminum along with various other metals and alloys.

Broad Units of Study include Metal Preparation & Identification, Selection of Electrodes & Filler Metals, Fuel and Shielding Gases, TIG & MIG, Basic Metallurgy, Joints and How to Weld Them, Layout & Fabrication, Oxy Fuel, Shielded Metal Arc and Gas Tungsten, Arc & Gas Metal Welding, Welding Symbols, Pipe Cutting & Welding, Code Testing and Technical Information.


Information Detail
Time Commitment Full Time
Typical Program Length 12 Months
Clock Hours 1,296
Class Type Day
Credentials Certificate, Diploma
Total Tuition/Fees $4,008.00
Textbook/Supplies Cost $1,347.00

Program Credentials

Option NameHoursCredentials
Welder's Helper84Certificate
Shielded Metal Arc Welder432Certificate
Gas Metal Arc Welder864Certificate
Gas Tungsten Arc Welder1296Certificate

Campus Locations

Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Shelbyville:
1405 Madison St.
Shelbyville, TN 37160
Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Shelbyville-Franklin County Campus
925 Dinah Shore Blvd
Winchester, TN 37398

Job Duties

Use hand-welding, flame-cutting, hand-soldering, or brazing equipment to weld or join metal components or to fill holes, indentations, or seams of fabricated metal products.

Job Outlook

Bright Outlook: Yes

Currently employed in the area: 10,270

Current job openings per year: 1,250


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Tim Holder
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Randy Keele

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