The Welding program provides students with a strong introductory foundation to welding skills. Students will explore what it takes to cut and weld metal, including how to perform Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW), Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW), Gas Tungsten Arc Arc Welding (GTAW) and Oxy-fuel Cutting (OFC). Students who successfully complete the program will be able to perform fillet and groove welds in all positions using five different electrodes, three modes of transfer, and self-shielded and gas shielded wire. Students will also learn welding and shop safety and be introduced to welding symbols, blueprints and industry mathematics. Students have the opportunity to become state certified welders.


Applicants must complete a SouthernTech Application for Admission. Additional information and applications are available at the Southern Tech campus and online at www.sotech.edu. Enrollment for this career program is open to adults and partnering High Schools (juniors/seniors).


Additional costs may include books, supplies, and miscellaneous fees.

Secondary Student


Post-secondary Student

In-district: $2.50 per hour

Out-of-District: $5.00 per hour

Out-of-State: $7.50 per hour

Financial Aid and Scholarships

This program is not yet approved for Federal Financial Aid; scholarships may be available.

Courses (525 hours)

Introduction to Welding Safety
Oxyfuel Cutting, Blueprints, Joint Fit Up
SMAW - Beads, Fillets, and V Groove Welds
GMAW - Beads, Fillets, and V Groove Welds

Estimated time to complete: 10 months


Post-secondary: 8:00-11:00 AM or 12:45-3:45 PM
Secondary Students: 8:00-11:00 AM or 12:45-3:45 PM

Jason Sampson

Jason Sampson

Welding Instructor


Targeted Certifications and Credentials

✅ Oklahoma Welder

✅ Certified Welder

✅ OSHA 10


Employment Potential

The following list is associated with the approved SOC (Standard Occupational Classification) for this program and does not necessarily represent immediate opportunities; additional training may be required for some options listed.
Aluminum Welder, Fabrication Welder, Fabricator, Fitter/Welder, Maintenance Welder, MIG Welder (Metal Inert Gas Welder), Sub Arc Operator, Welder, Welder-Fitter, Welder/Fabricator – Approximate Pay Potential: $14-31/Hour. (O*NET source: 51-4121.00 - Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers):

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