• Classes

    Anticpated Start Date
    Meeting Times
    Summer 2023 Monday 8AM - 1PM; Tuesday - Friday (8AM - 2PM)  
    Summer 2023 5:00PM - 10:00PM (Monday-Thursday)  

    Course Info

    Length - Day
    12 Months (1050 Clock Hours) 

    Monday 8 am-1 pm; Tuesday-Friday 8 am-2 pm
    (Summer schedule) Monday- Thursday 8 am - 2:45 pm

    Length - Evening
    15 Months (1050 Clock Hours)

    Monday - Thursday 5:00 pm-10:00 pm 
    (Summer schedule subject to change.) 

    A history of felony convictions or substance abuse may adversely affect your ability to gain employment in this field. We encourage you to consider your personal history when making appropriate career choices. 

    2021-2022 Curriculum Frameworks
    Program Description

    Please note: AWS certifications for SMAW and FCAW are available to students for an additional fee. Passing the certification tests is not a requirement for graduation. 

    The objectives of the Welding Technology course are to develop the manipulative skills and technical knowledge required to pass entry-level employment qualifications for certifications or certification tests.

    The course includes instruction and practice in oxy-fuel cutting, manual shielded arc welding, gas metal arc welding, gas tungsten arc welding, flux cored arc welding, plasma cutting, carbon arc gouging, math and blueprints for welders.

    Employment/Career Opportunities
    Construction: companies that build commercial buildings, bridges, factories, homes, power plants, religious structures, schools, ships, tanks, tunnels, trailers or vessels.

    Custom fabrication and/or repair shops: agricultural, architectural, aerospace, artistic, medical, recreational/ sports, restaurant, robotic, transportation equipment or mechanical companies.

    Some 600,000 to 700,000 welding professionals currently work in the United States, making welding a critical skill that will always be in demand. Nationally, the average age of welders is 54 years old.

    Salaries for graduates range from $14.85-$23.08 per hour.
    Source:  Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation, Labor Market Statistics

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Will I be a certified welder when I graduate from the program?
    A welding certification is a hands-on, practical welding test that students must take, however, it is not required for them to pass in order to graduate.
    I have a felony; will this reduce my employment opportunities?
    Possibly. The date and type of felony are important factors. Employment opportunities are increased for those who have been released from prison or terminated their probation seven or more years ago, especially if there have been no additional significant charges during that time.  

    What types of welding will I learn?
    The four most common welding processes taught are:
    SMAW (Stick)
    GMAW (MIG)
    FCAW (Flux Core)
    GTAW (TIG)
    Students also learn: 
    OFC/W (Oxy-Fuel Cutting/Welding/Washing)
    CAC/G (Carbon Arc Cutting/Gouging)
    PAC/G (Plasma Arc Cutting/Gouging)

    What is the earning potential for experienced welders?
    Welding is a very diversified field; salaries are also diversified. Entry-level welders can make between $12-$20 per hour. Experienced welders can make from $28,000 - $80,000+ annually.

    What skills do successful welding students have in common?
    They have good attitudes, demonstrate self-discipline, good hand-eye coordination, and the ability to solve problems. A good attendance record and class participation are traits that successful students have in common. 

    What are the job opportunities in this field? 

    Welders are in high demand. Therefore, graduates have many options depending on individual skill levels. The welding field is booming in the Tampa Bay Area. Local fabrication and manufacturing shops are hiring from outside the Florida Area.

    Welders can consider jobs in the power and energy, aerospace, shipping, automotive, entertainment (movie and music) industries. Welding is a part of most trades, and therefore, it is everywhere..                

    How can I learn more about this career field?
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    For questions regarding the program please contact:  Farah.Remarais@hcps.net