Welding Vocational Training in Waco

Get the hands-on vocational training you need to fire up your career in welding.

Student in the welding training program in Waco Texas getting hands-on training in TIG welding.
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Program Overview

27
Weeks

16
Courses

1 Certificate

Hands on training

  • Shielded Metal Arc Welding (Stick Welding)
  • Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW/ MIG)
  • Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW)
  • Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW/ TIG)
  • Learn Welding Safety
  • Machine Setup
  • Metallurgy

Career Services

  • Resume Building
  • Externship Placement
  • Job Placement Assistance
  • Interactive Profile
  • Video Interview Skills
  • Digital Badges
  • Employer Connections

In-Person Support

  • Admissions Advisors
  • Financial Aid Advisors
  • Instructors
  • Career Services
  • Student Ambassadors
  • Campus Directors

Badges & Certifications

Badges
Conveying expertise
to employers

Certification
Eligible to be earned
during the program

Get the Skills You Need to Become a Welder Today

Get out of the classroom and gain real-world welding experience from industry-employed instructors at SCI’s Waco campus. Gain the knowledge and skills necessary to join the Texas workforce in commercial, industrial, and small business environments. Learn modern welding techniques including:

    • Shielded Metal Arc Welding (stick welding)
    • Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW/ MIG)
    • Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW)
    • Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW/ TIG)

Become a Certified Welder in Waco, Texas

The welding certificate program aligns with industry credentials and sets students up with a broad knowledgebase to help perfect the skills that employers truly desire. Upon completion, graduates are well-prepared to take welding certification exams meeting the National Center for Construction Education and Research  (NCCER) standards.

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Spark Your Interest in Welding

Welding is required in all types of manufacturing and construction. Highly-skilled and trained welders are needed all over Waco and across Texas, and the demand for welders continues in industries like aerospace, construction, power, oil, and more.

Students who successfully complete this program will be prepared for an entry-level position in a variety of welding roles including:

  • Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) Welder
  • Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welder
  • Combo Welder
  • Assemblers and Fabricators
  • Boilermakers
  • Pipe Fitter
  • Jewelers and Precious Stone Worker
  • Machinists, Tool, and Die Maker
  • Sheet Metal Worker

Expect to Earn a Competitive Salary

According to CareerOneStop.org, the median annual salary for welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers in Waco was $38,101 in 2019. The average yearly salary of a welder depends largely on level of experience and location.

SCI Students have gone on to work for companies like:

*Based on graduates from 7/1/18-6/30/19 who were placed in their field or related field of instruction across all programs in accordance with reporting guidelines for the Council on Occupational Education.

Southern Careers Institute does not guarantee employment.

Courses

Course Summary 2020

Industry-experienced instructors equip graduates with the skills and knowledge needed to perform common welding tasks in a variety of industries through theoretical knowledge and practical lab-based work. Students learn welding safety, machine setup, metallurgy, and more.

WEL101 Welding Orientation and Safety

This course will introduce the student to the welding profession, welding equipment, and basic welding processes. This course will provide instruction on general safety, safe use of welding equipment, safe practices and safe handling procedures for heavy, hot, or sharp metals. Topics of discussion will include personal safety, lifting, rigging light and heavy loads, crane operator flagging, overhead crane operations, slings, chokers, and plate clamps, OSHA guidelines, material safety data sheets (MSDS), as well as proper personal safety equipment will be emphasized.

WEL102 Oxy-Fuel Cutting

This course will introduce students to Oxy-fuel cutting. The course will emphasize the proper usage, care, and maintenance of hand and power tools used in the welding profession, as well as safety in rigging and materials handling. Shop and personal safety will be a primary focus throughout the course.

WEL103 Welding Fundamentals

This course will introduce students to the welding profession, employment skills, customer service, and communication. Student will be introduced to the basic principles associated with cutting and welding materials. Shop and personal safety will be a primary focus throughout the course.

WEL104 Arc Cutting and Welding

This course will provide instruction on air-carbon and plasma arc cutting and gouging. Practical applications of cutting, gouging, soldering and brazing will set the foundation for almost all welding occupations. The course will also cover preparation of metals for cutting and welding as well as skills development in Shielded Metal Arc welding. Shop and personal safety will be a primary focus throughout the course. This is the course description

WEL105 Construction Basics

This course will provide instruction on basic mathematics, terminology, symbols, graphics, measurement systems and tools for reading and interpreting prints, mechanical drawings, assembly drawings, detail drawings, and fabrication guidelines.

WEL106 Shielded Metal Arc Welding -Plate

This course will provide instruction on Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) including the equipment and procedures involved. Students will execute a variety of plate welds in various positions. Safety and proper use of equipment will be emphasized throughout the course.

WEL107 Welding Standards

This course will introduce the student to the welding codes utilized in structural standards and welding processes. Emphasis will be on verification and inspection of welds to established standards. The course will focus on proper equipment set-up, metals preparation, and use and selection of welding materials including electrodes. This course will provide instruction on insuring and identifying weld quality.

WEL108 Shielded Metal Arc Welding Plate and Pipe

This course will provide instruction on Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) on both plate and pipe. Students will execute a variety of plate welds in various positions on plate and pipe. Safety and proper use of equipment will be emphasized throughout the course.

WEL109 Welding Prints and Symbols

This course will provide instruction on interpretation and use of welding drawings. The course will focus on use of proper identification utilizing standard symbols used in the welding profession.

WEL110 Shielded Metal Arc Welding Groove Welds

This course will introduce proper set-up of equipment and materials to execute groove welds with backing. The course will provide instruction for a variety of welds in multiple positions. Safety and proper use of equipment will be emphasized throughout the course.

WEL111 Fundamentals of Metals

This course will introduce the physical and mechanical characteristics as well as composition and classification of common ferrous and non-ferrous metals. The class will cover metal alloys, hard surfacing, and forging as well as proper use and application of material.

WEL112 Gas Metal and Flux Core Arc Welding – Plate

This course will introduce proper set-up of equipment and materials to execute gas metal and flux core welds. The course will provide instruction for a variety of welds in multiple positions on plate. Safety and proper use of equipment will be emphasized throughout the course.

WEL113 Welding Certification

This course will provide instruction on welding certification preparation, CEU’s, and skill development.

WEL114 Gas Metal and Flux Core Arc Welding – Plate and Pipe

This course will introduce proper set-up of equipment and materials to execute gas metal and flux core welding. The course will provide instruction for a variety of welds in multiple positions on plate and pipe. Safety and proper use of equipment will be emphasized throughout the course.

WEL115 Special Topics – Techniques

This course will provide instruction on current or developing trends in metal fabrication with an emphasis on structural shapes, use of materials, functionality, use, and costing consideration. Safety and proper use of equipment will be emphasized.

WEL116 Gas and Shielded Metal Arc Welding V-Groove Welds

This course will provide instruction on Gas Tungsten, Gas Metal, and Shielded Metal Arc Welding on V-Groove and Open V-Groove welds on carbon-steel plate and pile. Safety and proper use of equipment will be emphasized.

WEL118 Gas Tungsten Arc Welding Plate and Pipe

This course will provide instruction on Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) also referred to as Tungsten Inert Gas Welding or TIG. Students will receive instruction on the welding equipment, setup, and adjustments as well as hands-on training for welding of plate and pipe in various positions. Safety and proper use of equipment will be emphasized.

You must be 18 years of age to work in the welding industry and wear proper attire. Prescription safety glasses with side shields are required if you wear prescription glasses.

Tuition

Prepare for a Career in Welding

Education takes dedication and a financial commitment.

  • Federal Pell Grant for those who qualify
  • Federal Direct Loan Program for those who qualify
  • Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) for those who qualify
  • Institutional scholarship for those who qualify
  • Affordable payment plans at 0% interest available for those who qualify

How SCI Compares

Program
Length
Course
Fees
MentorshipCareer
Services
SCI7 monthsOne FeeYESYES
TSTC23 monthsMultiple FeesNONO

Upon completion of the program, the SCI career services team will work with local employers to match their needs with your skills. More than 85% of eligible students who complete the welding program go on to be placed in welding careers.*

*Based on graduates from 7/1/18-6/30/19 who were placed in their field or related field of instruction across all programs in accordance with reporting guidelines for the Council on Occupational Education.

Southern Careers Institute does not guarantee employment.

Accreditation

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

Southern Careers Institute is authorized to grant associate degrees,
grant credits toward degrees, and to use certain protected academic
terms at the Austin, Texas campus by the Texas Higher
Education Coordinating Board.

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board:
1200 East Anderson Lane
Austin, TX
(512)427-6200

Council on Occupational Education

The Commission of the Council on Occupational Education (COE)
has been the accrediting body of Southern Careers Institute for
over 25 years.

Contact Information:
7840 Roswell Road, Building 300, Suite #325
Atlanta, GA 30350
Phone (770) 396-3898
Toll Free (800) 917-2081

Texas Workforce Commission (TWC)

Contact Information:
101 East 15th Street, Rm. 226T
Austin, Texas 78778
Phone (512) 936-3100

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What SCI Students Are Saying

“I made a complete career change when I started my training at Southern Careers Institute. I needed a stable career to continue providing for my growing family. SCI provided me with the medical terminology and know how that I needed to understand and acquire a career in the medical field. SCI taught me that it doesn’t matter where you are in life right now; you always have room to advance and learn.”

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Business Accounting

“When my youngest child graduated from high school, I told my husband that it was my time. I went back to school to change careers after spending 37 years in the business field. At SCI, the instructors are professional, and they care about what they are teaching you, as well as expect you to give 100% in return. I had problems understanding how to draw in syringes and give injections. I requested extra help from a knowledgeable instructor, and I was able to receive one-on-one training. Today, I draw injections for approximately 100 patients each week. I am very confident in what I’ve learned. SCI has given me the chance to do what I always wanted to do. Thank you for my education. I am doing wonderful.”

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Medical Assistant

“I am now a certified Lab Tech. SCI helped me get an externship, and I came out with a job. After my little sister had cancer, I knew I wanted a career in the medical field that allowed me to help others. I am happy about what I do.”

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“Southern Careers went beyond my expectations. Very impressed. The assistance I got from Career Services is truly amazing. They really went out of their way to get me placed. They really care and I am grateful to all of them.”

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“Southern Careers Institute totally surpassed my expectations. Once I finished school, the Career Services team helped me find a job. I would tell anyone thinking about starting career training that you have nothing to lose and a lot to gain. I wish I would have started my training sooner.”

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“I am very happy with where I am and where I’m going. Through high school, I struggled with math. When I came to SCI, I enrolled in the Business Accounting Specialist program to see if I could do it. SCI provided me with the accounting skills I needed to help me find a career. Now, I have an amazing career and room to grow in the company.”

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