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All West Texas Campuses

Contact Information:

Kay Johnson - 325.734.3630
Mayra Juarez - 325.236.8206
Email: wtxfinaid@tstc.edu

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Julia Humphrey - 325.734.3612
Abilene Campus

Patricia Reid - 254.559.7720
Breckenridge Campus

Charlotte Tongate - 325. 641. 3901
Brownwood Campus

Jennifer Rosas - 325.235.7338
Sweetwater Campus

(254) 799-3611

3801 Campus Drive
Waco, TX 76705

TSTC is located off I-35 North at exit 342A, just north of Waco
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Hands-on Approach

Do you like to work with your hands? With the boom in the oil industry, welders are in high demand. The Welding Program at TSTC West Texas offers students the chance to do more than just work with their hands--it offers them the chance to become a craftsman in this high-demand industry.

In the Welding Program, you'll learn how to read blueprints, how to lay out materials for efficient work, and how to fabricate metal products. By the end of the program, you'll understand what is needed to build a project from scratch. Topics explored in the welding program include:

  • Oxyacetylene cutting and welding
  • Plasma arc cutting
  • Shielded metal arc welding (stick welding)
  • Gas metal arc welding (mig welding)
  • Gas tungsten arc welding (tig welding)
  • Dual shield flux cored arc welding
  • Principles of fabrication
  • Welding safety
  • Blueprint reading

Career Opportunities

  • Aircraft parts and repair
  • Construction
  • Oil and gas (drilling rigs)
  • Wind turbine repairs
  • Pipeline

Welders and fabricators have many choices of where to work.  You could travel (pipeline welding or construction) or work on high-rise buildings. You could open your own welding shop, or go to work for an established company like Barr Fabrication, Sivalls, Loadcraft, Rentech Boilers (Abilene), Peerless (Abilene), Smith Pipe and Zimmerman and Jansen (Houston). These companies are just a few that have hired our graduates.


All employers conduct testing before they hire welders, and TSTC instructors will help you gain the general knowledge and hands-on training needed to pass those tests. The practice you'll receive in the Welding Program is key to building good welding skills. If you would like to work with experienced instructors to become a quality craftsman, check out the TSTC Welding Program.

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