Participants will learn the most commonly utilized welding processes including welding terminology, weld design, welding safety, electrical theory, the weldability of metals, and welding quality control.

Career Details


Students in are trained in the following subject areas:

  • Safety and health of welders
  • Occupational orientation
  • Drawing and welding symbol interpretation
  • Welding mathematics
  • Welding inspection and testing principles
  • Cut and shape base metal with auxiliary equipment
  • Flame cut with oxy-fuel
  • Machine oxy-fuel gas cutting (track burner)
  • Plasma arc cutting
  • Air carbon arc cutting
  • Weld base metal with shielded metal arc welding (SMAW) equipment
  • Weld base metal with gas metal arc welding (GMAW) equipment
  • Weld base metal with flux cored arc welding (FCAW) equipment
  • Weld base metal with gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW) equipment

Career Options

Most Welding graduates go to work for manufacturing companies in plants or small machine shops. Most welders work full time in a noisy, high-speed environment.


Before entering the program, students must:

  • Complete the core curriculum with passing scores on all written and performance tests.
  • Meet basic academic requirements in math and reading.
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent.


As a Job Corps student, you will have the opportunity to earn credentials in your training area that may lead to greater employment opportunities, higher wages, and promotions.

Students who complete a program in the Advanced Manufacturing training area can earn nationally recognized credentials from agencies such as:

  • American Welding Society (AWS)
  • National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS)

Credentials such as these offer students a competitive edge on positions in manufacturing, production, and metalworking.

Welding Numbers to Know


National average earning potential for this career


Months to complete career training program


While on the job, you will be expected to display the following traits at all times:

Attention to detail
Commitment to safety