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Welding: Basic and Combination

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Basic and Combination Welding

Currently two welding programs are offered at TSTC North Texas: A two-semester Basic Welding Program and a one-year Combination Welding Program.

TSTC Advantage

Are you a hands-on kind of person? A career in Welding Technology might be a great fit for you. Job opportunities are wide ranging. Some possibilities include working in manufacturing shops, maintenance shops, steel erection operations, ship building, oil field welding and related jobs, such as rig building, and wild life and ranch related welding. You could even open a business and be your own boss.

Welding is one of the few remaining trades used consistently in manufacturing and construction. Most importantly, the quality of the weld and the strength of a structure depends entirely on the knowledge and skill of the welder!

Thatís where we come in at TSTC. We give you the skills, knowledge and troubleshooting abilities youíll need to thrive in this industry. We call that the TSTC Advantage.

TSTCís Star Power Prep

  • You receive rigorous hands-on training
  • You have access to equipment youíll use in your career
  • Youíll get real-world work experience in TSTC labs and classrooms
  • TSTC placement specialists will work with you to find employment opportunities


Welding Technology Instructors have extensive experience and knowledge. TSTC knows the importance of having seasoned veterans when it comes to getting you ready for the real world. Our pledge is to give you the best teachers around who have inside knowledge of the trade, the demands of industry and its functions. The Welding faculty will also assist our students in job placement. Though we cannot guarantee you employment upon graduation, the likelihood of you going to work is great.

Small Class Size

At TSTC, our Welding classes are interactive and thorough. We have a student/teacher ratio of 16 to 1 or better. This means instructors will work one-on-one with students to ensure they each receive individualized attention and instruction.

Hands-On Learning

Your strength and stamina will be put to the test in this program. We make sure you have every opportunity to get your hands dirty with the equipment actually being used on the job site before you ever leave our classrooms. We want you to feel experienced and comfortable with the tools youíll use in your new industry job.

Students will learn safely setup, equipment, welds in all positions, and the use of four different welding processes: Shielded Metal Arc Welding (also known as Stick);, Gas Metal Arc Welding (also known as MIG or Wire); Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (also known as Heli-Arc); and Flux-Core Arc Welding.

Students also practice oxy-fuel welding and cutting, and plasma cutting in labs. Blueprint Reading courses will teach students the meaning of welding symbols as how to interpret title block, parts lists, lines and more. They also learn how to work with common and decimal fractions, using the now-global metric system of dimensioning.

The TSTC Welding Program is one of the most versatile and realistic to be found anywhere. For example at TSTCís West Texas campus, program, students focus primarily on structural welding. This is the type of welding used in the manufacture of anything from a weight-bearing beam holding up a bridge, to the parts that make up a drilling rig. Most people think of pipe welders as the main type of welder. But structural welders comprise a large portion of the industry.

With 20 new welding stations beginning in the fall, the new North Texas campus in Red Oak is equipped with modern equipment and a caring, experienced faculty.

Welding Program Outcomes:

Graduates of the Welding Certificate will:

  • Be able to interpret blueprints and interpret verbal orders, including weld symbols in order to fabricate using tools of the welding trade.
  • Grasp the special properties and differences in metal composition and the uses of various metals in creating and/or repairing parts and equipment using welding technology.
  • Not only able to operate welding and flame cutting equipment, but have acquired life and work skills to be successful in the workforce, to include following all safety procedures relative to welding and fabrication operations, and utilization of effective and accurate written and oral communication skills.

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