The welding program provides students with the basic and advanced techniques of the welding procedures and processes common in industry. Specific operations such as grinding, flame cutting, metal preparation and the use of tools and equipment related to welding are included. Instruction in related math, blueprint reading, physical properties of metal, effects of heat shrinkage, basic joint designs, structural shapes, material design, layout and fabrication is included. Basic electric arc, advanced electric arc, oxyacetylene cutting and welding, MIG, and TIG welding practices are taught using stainless steel, aluminum and other metals. Practical work experience prepares students in the safe use of welding equipment while emphasizing the four basic positions of welding: flat, horizontal, vertical, and overhead.


Information Detail
Time Commitment Full Time
Typical Program Length 12 Months
Clock Hours 1,296
Class Type Day
Credentials Certificate, Diploma
Total Tuition/Fees $4,143.00
Textbook/Supplies Cost $870.00

Program Credentials

Option NameHoursCredentials
Tack Welder432Certificate
Shielded Metal Arc Welder648Certificate
Gas Metal Arc Welder972Certificate
Combination Welder1296Diploma

Campus Locations

McMinnville Campus
241 Vo-Tech Drive
McMinnville, TN 37110

Job Duties

Use hand-welding, flame-cutting, hand-soldering, or brazing equipment to weld or join metal components or to fill holes, indentations, or seams of fabricated metal products.

Job Outlook

Bright Outlook: Yes

Currently employed in the area: 10,180

Current job openings per year: 1,310


First Trimester: 
Shielded Metal Arc Basics
Gas Metal Arc Welding
Oxy-Acetylene Welding
Second Trimester: 
Cutting Processes
Plasma-Arc Cutting
Shielded Metal Arc Advanced
Welding Theory
Gas Tungsten Arc Welding
Stainless Steel Plate
Third Trimester: 
Shielded Metal Arc Advanced
Mild Steel Pipe


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