Structural Welder

Welding is the most common method for permanently bonding metal parts. Due to its strength, welding is used to join beams and reinforcing rods. In the program at Francis Tuttle Technology Center you will have an opportunity to gain knowledge for fabrication of a variety of metals including steel, aluminum and stainless steel. You will be prepared to qualify for the American Welding Society D1.1 Structural code using Shielded Metal Arc (SMAW), Gas Metal Arc (GMAW), Flux Cored Arc (FCAW) and Gas Tungsten Arc (GTAW). In addition, you will gain experience on how to use Oxygen/Acetylene and Plasma Cutting equipment. Welding Math and Blueprint Reading is also offered.

At A Glance

Open To

High School Juniors and Seniors, and Adults

Campus

Portland, Reno

Total Hours Required

900 hours

Length

Full-time: 8 months of instruction

Part-time: 16 months of instruction

Program length may vary based on progress rate and/or summer school attendance.

Times

Two sessions: 8:00 am - 10:55 am and 12:30 pm - 3:25 pm, Monday - Friday

High school students and part-time adults enroll in either the AM or PM session. Full-time adult students enroll in both sessions.

Courses

  • Welding Core 130 hours
  • Metal Cutting Process 120 hours
  • Workforce Staging 90 hours
  • Intro to Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) 140 hours
  • Intro to Flux Core Arc Welding (FCAW) 140 hours
  • Intro to Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) 140 hours
  • Intro to Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) 140 hours

Tuition & Costs

Costs for High School Students

Licensure / Certifications

  • Certification is per American Welding Society (AWS) D1.1 Structural Welder Code

Tuition & Fees

  • N/A

Textbooks, Supplies, and Certifications (Estimated)

  • Welding Helmet - $50.00-$80.00
  • Welding Cap - $10.00
  • Welding Gloves - $15.00
  • 100% Cotton Welding Shirt - $25.00-$90.00
  • Leather Shoes - $40.00-$100.00

Total Estimated Costs for High School Students

$140.00-$295.00 for equipment

Costs for In-State Adult Students

Licensure / Certifications

  • Certification is per American Welding Society (AWS) D1.1 Structural Welder Code

Tuition & Fees

  • $1,980
  • Application Fee: $15 (non-refundable)

Textbooks, Supplies, and Certifications (Estimated)

  • Welding Helmet - $50-$80
  • Welding Cap - $10
  • Welding Gloves - $15
  • 100% Cotton Welding Shirt - $25-$90
  • Leather Shoes - $40-$100

Total Estimated Costs for In-State Adult Students

Up to $2,290

This career major is available for Financial Aid
Financial Aid Information

Only daytime program students are eligible for financial aid

Costs for Out-of-State Adult Students

Licensure / Certifications

  • Certification is per American Welding Society (AWS) D1.1 Structural Welder Code

Tuition & Fees

  • $3,960
  • Application Fee: $15 (non-refundable)

Textbooks, Supplies, and Certifications (Estimated)

  • Welding Helmet - $50-$80
  • Welding Cap - $10
  • Welding Gloves - $15
  • 100% Cotton Welding Shirt - $25-$90
  • Leather Shoes - $40-$100

Total Estimated Costs for Out-of-State Adult Students

Up to $4,270

This career major is available for Financial Aid
Financial Aid Information

Only daytime program students are eligible for financial aid

Employment & Outcomes

Salary Range

$13.00-$25.00 (average = $16.14)

per hour

Pass Rate

75%

completion

Employment Opportunities

Graduates of this program are qualified to work for:

Welding Shops, Structural Fabrication Companies, Pipelines, Trailer Manufacturers, Refineries - New Construction and Shut Downs, Power Plants - New Construction and Shut Downs

Welding