Spark new career opportunities with a Welding certificate from Alabama Southern.
Looking for a new job? A new career? A new direction? Alabama Southern's Welding Program can prepare you for jobs that are available in our area today. You'll learn real job skills, and you'll be building a better future for you and your family. Alabama Southern offers state-of-the-art training leading to a great job. We have worked closely with business and industry leaders to make sure our courses give you the skills employers are looking for.
Cutting edge technology sets Alabama Southern's welding program apart from the competition. Our newly renovated welding labs located on our Thomasville campus give you hands-on experience with the same welding technology you'll find on the job.
Alabama Southern offers three job-specific welding programs to prepare you to begin your welding career right away – Cutting & Gouging, Basic Plate Welding and Pipe Welding. Since employers are seeking welders who can begin work right out of school, Alabama Southern places a high emphasis on hands-on training. There's no better way to learn than by welding, and you'll have plenty of opportunity to polish your skills in our state-of-the-art welding workshop.
Great Pay, Plentiful Jobs, Flexible Careers
Many of our graduates now work in construction, heavy industry, shipbuilding, ship repair, and manufacturing. Jobs are available both locally and throughout the nation. Welders earn anywhere from $20,000 to $80,000 annually depending upon their level of expertise.
Welders can work practically anywhere!
From the small shop down the street to the largest factories in major cities. In manufacturing, they help build everything from automobiles to massive heavy equipment. In construction, welders are a major part of the success of any job. In maintenance, welders keep equipment operational to prevent down time; prolong the life of steel equipment; and repair, fix, or replace metal on equipment, tools or machinery. During repair shut downs at area paper mills, welders are in particular demand.
Career Opportunities for Men and Women
Women welders were the backbone of the shipbuilding boom of World War II, and today women are again building successful careers as welders. Alabama Southern has many programs that provide access to gender equity employment.
The Skills You Need to Succeed
Alabama Southern offers a two-year certificate program in welding that begins with hands-on training in general construction welding and moves to more advanced welding techniques. With a welding certificate from Alabama Southern you will be prepared to perform pipe welding and will be qualified for lucrative work as a journeyman, foreman, supervisor, and then a superintendent in the manufacturing or construction industries.
Alabama Southern's welding training includes hands-on experience with various types of welding, cutting, and grinding as well as reading blueprints. The program begins with plate welding and covers pipe welding in the second year of study.
Alabama Southern uses modern welding equipment to provide instruction in such skills as: Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) welding, Metal Inert Gas (MIG) welding, Oxyacetylene Cutting, Plasma Cutting and Carbon Arc Gouging.
Alabama Southern teaches more than just welding skills, we make sure you are prepared for the job by including instruction in work safety and encouragement in professional work practices and self-discipline.
Full time. Part time. Alabama Southern's flexible programs make it easy to get ahead. Give us a call, we'll be happy to tell you more about why Alabama Southern is the one college that you need for starting your welding career.
Welding Admission Requirements
Students should be 16 and older with High School diploma or GED.
Students without a GED or High School diploma may enter the program after passing the Ability to Benefit Test.
Students must complete Alabama Southern admissions application and submit official transcripts of all previous academic work.
All students must take the Asset/ Compass Placement Test for Math and English placement.