Welding Technology – Advanced

Program Objective

The mission of the Welding Technology-Advanced Program is to prepare students for employment as an advanced welder in a variety of occupations in the welding industry. The student will gain advanced knowledge on setting up and fabricating fixtures for welding as efficiently as possible in order to maintain cost savings.

Program Content

The Advanced Welding Technology program prepares students for entry into the welding industry. Content emphasizes advanced skills key to the success of working in the welding industry. Students study intermediate and advanced Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) B-Class Welder, pipe fitting fabrication techniques, and advanced Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) skills. The program is also designed to prepare advanced welders for entry into emerging welding industries directly related to geographically relevant welding needs of business and industry.

The course/program also provides supplemental training for persons previously or currently employed in these occupations.

The principles and theories on advanced welding procedures are explored. The principles for fabricating Fixtures to hold parts in place for Robotic Welding, Semi-Automatic Welding, Pipe Welding is expanded in the shop setting.

The principles and theories on the Computer Numerical Controlled Plasma Cutter (CNC) include hands-on set up, basic programming, loading of programs and parts on the computer and basic trouble shooting of the computer (CNC).

Admission Requirements

  • 16 years of age or older and not currently enrolled in any K-12 program
  • Occupational Interest
  • Prior course graduate of the Applied Welding Technologies class, Welding Technology class or experience of up to 3 years in advanced welding processes. OAW, GMAW, GTAW, SMAW, and FCAW.

Program Hours

  • Monday – Thursday from 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
  • Friday from 5:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Monday – Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Completion Requirements

The entire program is 750 hours, but students can earn a certificate at the completion of the following OCPs:

OCP A – Advanced Welder 1:   600 hours

OCP B – Advanced Welder 2:   150 hours

Minimum basic-skills grade levels required for awarding a Full Program Completion Certificate are 9th grade in Math, Reading, and Language on the TABE Test or passing of the Industry Certification.

Additional information can be provided by student services.

Students are expected to complete program competencies.

Employment Opportunities

  • Aerospace Welders
  • Construction Welder
  • Robotic Welders
  • Tack Welders
  • Pipe Welder
  • Combination Welder
  • Marine Welder
  • Flame Cutters
  • Production Line Welders
  • Welding Lead


According to the 2017 Bureau of Labor Statistics the median pay for a welder, cutter, solderer or brazer was $40,240 or $19.35 per hour.

Program Cost

  • In-state residents – $2.56 per hour (Subject to change)
  • Out of state resident – $10.25 per hour (subject to change)
  • $15.00 application fee per trimester
  • Material fee – Varies by program
  • Identification fee – $5.00 per trimester
  • Liability insurance fee – Varies by program
  • Students must purchase books/kits and or uniforms, if applicable.

RMEC & TC adheres to a policy of non-discrimination and strives to provide equal opportunity to all potential students.