Welders specialize in joining materials such as steel and aluminum as well as varieties of plastic and polymer. Welders are present on industrial and commercial projects everywhere from skyscrapers to submarines. A structural welder creates and helps erect frames for large load-bearing structures like steel frame buildings and bridges. A pipe welder specializes in joining pieces of metal pipe together. Pipes often carry hazardous materials, so pipe welders must first be competent in structural welding before moving on to pipe welding.

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Welders are also known as Shielded Metal Arc Welders, Gas Tungsten Arc Welders, Gas Metal Arc Welders, Submerged Arc Welders, Electroslag Welders, and Flux-core Arc Welders

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ABC/CMEF Houston

CMEF has regularly scheduled craft training classes in core, electrical, instrumentation, millwright, pipefitting, carpentry, industrial painting, industrial insulation, rigging, scaffolding, welding, construction site safety technician, and crew leadership....

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Alvin Community College

Historically, the demand for skilled welders has always been high and all indications show that career opportunities are steadily increasing. In the past, Alvin Community College welding graduates have found jobs in a number of industries including petrochemical refineries, construction companies, fabrication shops and ship yards. The shortage of skilled welders has created a demand so great that ...

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Brazosport College

Welders make up 10 to 15 percent of a construction crew and are a vital part of any construction team. New construction projects in our community offer welders a golden opportunity to step right up and strike an arc. Welding is the melting and fusing of metal using heat or pressure — making the metal structure strong so it can support the building. Welders work in shipbuilding, bridges, power pla...

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Galveston College

The Welding Technology Program at Galveston College is designed to provide hands-on training on the same equipment used by business and industry. Students learn various welding processes including but not limited to shielded metal arc welding, gas tungsten arc welding, and gas metal arc welding. Students learn to perform welding skills in all positions and are able to acquire knowledge and exper...


Houston CC

Welding is the most common way of permanently joining metal parts. In this process, heat is applied to metal pieces, melting and fusing them to form a permanent bond. Because of its strength, welding is used in shipbuilding, automobile manufacturing and repair, aerospace applications, and thousands of other manufacturing activities. Welding also is used to join beams in the construction of buildin...

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Lee College

The Welding Technology Program offers specialized welding courses which train and prepare students for today’s industry. Students reinforce their classroom theory through hands-on training. Five well-equipped laboratories support welding instruction. When industry officials bring their specific needs to the college, we customize a course to meet each need. Refresher courses, new process training o...

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San Jacinto College

As construction rates steadily rise, so does the demand for talented welders. If you are seeking entry into this growing field, San Jacinto College is the perfect place to get your welding certification and explore your opportunities. We offer one of the largest and best-equipped training facilities in the region. Here you will learn all of the facets of welding technology, which can open career p...

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Lone Star College

The welding technology certificate program prepares the student for entry-level employment as a structural welder. The program provides the essential skills and safety practices in SMAW welding procedures in both structural plate and pipe. Courses completed in this certificate program may be applied toward the welding technology associate of applied science degree....

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Tulsa Welding School

Tulsa Welding School & Technology Center (Houston), a branch campus of Tulsa Welding School (TWS), opened in 2014 and offers Welding Specialist and Welding Specialist with Pipefitting programs. Students learn hands-on, technical competencies and skills in labs, workshops, and classrooms, with a curriculum designed to meet employers’ needs. Upon program completion, TWSTC graduates are equipped to s...

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College of the Mainland

Working with artistic precision, welders possess high-level skills that many companies, especially those in manufacturing, compete to employ. The overall employment of welders, cutters, solderers and brazers in the Gulf Coast from 2011 to 2020 is projected to grow 26.7 percent....

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