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Welding

This program prepares students for employment as welders in the fabrication and repair industry as well as the construction industry and it provides supplemental training for persons previously or currently employed. Through a combination of classroom instruction and hands-on laboratory experiences, this program teaches students to weld and cut metal by the oxyacetylene and electric arc methods. Students will become knowledgeable about the inert gas-shielded welding methods (MIG & TIG). Students will learn techniques of metal layout and fabrication through the use of special hand tools and machines. “AWS” and “AISI” standards are used to appraise welding performance. The content includes leadership, communication skills, human relations and employability skills, and safe and efficient work practices.


This occupation has an average wage of $16.68 an hour, based on the Florida Occupational Employment and Wages for Polk County.

Welding Technology:

Course # OCP Course Title Hours
PMT0070 A Welder Assistant 1 150
PMT0071 Welder Assistant 2 150
PMT0072 B Welder, SMAW 1 150
PMT0073 Welder, SMAW 2 150
PMT0074 C Welder 450
TOTAL HOURS 1050
Ridge Technical College
7700 State Road 544
Class Times

Monday-Friday
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Tuesday/Thursday
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Traviss Technical College
3225 Winter Lake Road
Class Times

Monday-Friday
7:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Tuesday/Thursday
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM