The welding technical certificate program is two semesters. In the first semester, all students take Welding I which focuses on theory, SMAW welding, Oxy-fuel cutting, Plasma arc cutting and an emphasis on completing an AWS vertical certification in SMAW welding. In the second semester, students take three classes from a choice of shielded metal arc welding, flux core arc welding, gas Tungsten arc welding, two welding classes or an approved elective.
The certificate of proficiency in welding requires one semester and allows students to complete certification requirements in the 3G (Vertical) position and is completed after Welding I. A metal testing lab is available for welder certification in destructive and nondestructive testing through radiography.
Programs of Study
Books/Personal Equipment: $864
Certificate of Proficiency
Books/Personal Equipment: $499
Many local welding companies hire UA - Pulaski Technical College welding graduates. Many graduates join local unions for plumbers and pipe fitters, boiler makers, iron workers and sheet metal workers.
Average salaries start between $11 - $15 per hour in Central Arkansas. The American Welding Society is a great resource for nationwide welding career information and salary projections.