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The Texas State Technical College (TSTC) Workforce Development FAST Trac Accelerated Training programs are designed to prepare civilians, veterans and active service personnel to become well-rounded, highly skilled employees with upward mobility potential. Curriculum is designed as an accelerated program of study around specific topics that lead to industry recognized certifications. All programs are designed to lead to immediate employment and answers a statewide and a nationwide need for a highly skilled workforce.

Welding Technician Jobs

Texas has opportunities waiting for welders all over the region in a variety of industries. Employment can be wide ranging, including jobs working in manufacturing shops, maintenance shops, steel erection operations, ship building yards or oil fields.  Other related jobs can include rig building or wild life and ranch-related welding. You could even open your own shop and be your own boss.



All of the TSTC FAST Trac Intermediate Welding training will be held on the following TSTC campuses:

  • Abilene Campus at the TSTC Hangar, 1717 Navajo Trail,
  • Marshall Campus at 2650 East End Blvd,
  • Waco Campus at 3801 Campus Dr.

Utilizing state-of-the-art lab facilities, trainees will have access to all of the tools and equipment necessary to complete the Intermediate Welding practical training.

Certified Welding Technician

The Intermediate Welding accelerated program at TSTC is intensive training and prepares you for an entry-level position as a certified welder. Students will receive technical instruction and hands-on training using the tools and welding equipment necessary to complete the AWS 3G & 4G FACW and AWS 3G & 4G SMAW certification exams. The wide variety of skills acquired through the Intermediate Welding program will be extremely beneficial since the brightest employment outlook is for generalists, not specialists.

TSTC has been providing superior skills based training programs through collaborative partnerships with business, industry, service organizations and higher education and state agencies for more than 50 years.

Brush-Up Your Skills

The TSTC FAST Trac Intermediate Welding program is a performance-based program with no prerequisite courses or certifications required. Final certification will provide "transferable" AWS credentials that you may take with you wherever you go. The TSTC FAST Trac Intermediate Welding program trains each student in the procedures used in the structural steel and sheet metal welding industries. Certification Tests for the TSTC FAST Trac Intermediate Welding program are performed at each of our participating campuses using a Certified Welding Inspector to monitor the projects.  Finished projects are then shipped to the AWS Accredited Testing Facilities located in Red Oak, Texas for final certification.

The program runs five days per week, four hours per day over a 7 week period for a total of 140 hours of training. Upon successful completion of the training, trainees are required to successfully pass the required 4 hour AWS Bend Test certification exam.

 Program Structure





Start Date

End Date

TSTC FAST Trac Intermediate Welding


140 hrs

5:30 - 9:30 p.m.
M, T, W,TH, F

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TSTC FAST Trac Intermediate Welding – Saturday


140 hrs

8:00am – 5:00pm Saturday Only

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