TSTC is committed to providing highly specialized and advanced technical education that can lead to great career opportunities. We currently offer over 100 certificate and degree programs state-wide.

TSTC students come from more than 100 counties across the state. They arrive right out of high school, transfer from other colleges or from the workforce.

While we are proud that TSTC's education is affordable and a high return on your investment, we realize financial aid is the only option for some students.

At TSTC we understand your ultimate goal is a career you're passionate about and will make you the money you want to enjoy your life! Our goal is to help you be successful.

TSTC has been providing top-quality, career-driven education for Texans for close to 50 years. The college is nationally recognized for the number and quality of our technology graduates.

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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 of the possibilities include working in manufacturing shops, maintenance shops, steel erection operations, ship building, oil field welding and other related jobs such as rig building, wild life and ranch related welding. You could even open your own shop and be your own boss

It is one of the few remaining crafts used in manufacturing and construction, and most importantly, the quality of the weld is dependent on the knowledge and skill of the welder! That’s where we come in at TSTC, to give you the skills and knowledge you’ll need to thrive in this industry … we call that the TSTC advantage.

TSTC’s star power prep

  • You receive training in a completely hands-on style.  

  • You have access to equipment you’ll use in your career, providing real world work experience in the classroom!

  • Our placement specialists work with you to find possibilities for future employment before you ever go to your first class!

  • TSTC is an American Welding Society Educational Institution member to keep up with the latest technologies that shape your future employment!


Instructors in the Welding Technology program have extensive experience and knowledge in this field of study.  TSTC knows the importance of having seasoned veterans when it comes to getting you ready for the real world. It’s our goal to give you the best teachers around who have inside knowledge of the industry demands and functions. TSTC Welding Instructors have a total of 100 plus years of experience in welding between them.

Small class size

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

Hands-on learning

You’ll be putting your elbow grease to the test in this program. We make sure you have every opportunity to get your hands dirty with all of the equipment you’ll use on the job before you ever leave the classroom. We want you to feel experienced and comfortable with the tools you’ll be working with in the industry. 

Students in the TSTC Welding Technology Program get hands-on experience by learning to safely setup equipment and perform welds in all positions using 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, aka Heli-Arc; and Flux-Core Arc Welding.

Students also practice oxy-fuel welding and cutting, and plasma cutting in labs. In Blueprint Reading courses they learn the meaning of the different lines, and welding symbols, as well as how to interpret the title block, parts list, and more. They also learn how to work with common and decimal fractions, in the now global metric system of dimensioning on prints.

The TSTC Welding Program is one of the most versatile you’ll find. For example, our West Texas campus focuses primarily on structural welding. This is the type of welding that would be used in the manufacture of anything from a beam holding up a bridge, to the parts that make up a drilling rig. Most people think of pipe welders as the main type, but structural welders comprise a large portion of the industry.

With 120 welding stations and 40 Oxyacetylene stations, our Harlingen campus has one of the largest welding shops in Texas!

Advisory Committee

TSTC has placed industry professionals in the driver’s. Our Advisory Committees are determining what is taught and how it is conveyed to you so that the methods and technology TSTC incorporates are the desired, front line solutions.