AWI's Structural Welding Program is designed to train students how to perform welding of plates in all positions. Upon graduation, students will be able to obtain entry level positions in construction of bridges, fabrication of structural components, and other job shop applications.
Class start dates are the first Monday of September and March. Classes are filled on a first come first serve basis. Call Admissions for details on booth availability and inquiries for additional openings.
Class Hours: M - F 7:30 am - 4:00 pm
Full Time Program 15 Weeks
Vermont Tuition $18,500 + Material Fee $2,800* = Total Program Cost $21,300
Wisconsin Tuition $16,500 + Material Fee $2,000* = Total Program Cost $18,500
*Materials fee includes: workbook series, metal (new), testing and certifications (up to three attempts at passing). Additional attempts after the third attempt to pass results in an additional charge of $275.00 per attempt. Price may change due to fluctuation of steel prices.
Students are required but not limited to one (1) certification in each SMAW, GMAW and GTAW to pass the program.
90% of 600.0 clock hours must be completed to graduate. Programs are designed as a clock hour program, a clock hour is defined as a 60-minute span of time, with no less than 50 minutes of actual class instruction.
This course provides the student with a thorough technical understanding of arc welding, welding safety, and arc welding power sources, electrode classifications and selection. It also provides training to develop the skills necessary to make quality shielded metal arc welds in all positions. Mild steel from 3/16” to 3/8” plate will be used to perform single and multi-pass welds with low hydrogen and iron powder electrodes with DC welding current.
Achievable Certifications: SMAW all position, 1/2T-2T, per AWS D1.1-2010
This course provides training to develop skills necessary to produce quality multi-pass groove welds on 3/8” plate without backing in all positions, along with 1” plate in all positions with backing. In addition, welding related information is included about procedure and welder qualification on destructive and nondestructive testing methods.
Achievable Certification: SMAW all positions, unlimited thickness, per AWS D1.1-2010
This course is designed to provide student with a thorough technical understanding of welding safety, gas metal arc welding, equipment adjustments, metal transfer and shielding gases. It also provides training to develop the skill necessary to make quality gas metal arc welds in all positions on mild steel from 3/16” sheet to 3/8” plate, single and multiple pass using short circuit transfer. The course also illustrates problems associated with welding situations and provides corrective information.
Achievable Certification: GMAW, all positions, 1/2T-2T, per AWS D1.1-2010
This course provides training on pulse transfer other than the short-circuiting which is covered in the Gas Metal Arc Welding – Part 1 course. The pulse transfer provides for high deposition rate for all position welding. This course also includes GMAW aluminum.
Available Certification: FCAW, all positions, unlimited thickness, AWS D1.1-2010
This course provides the student with a basic technical understanding of gas tungsten arc welding, arc characteristics and welding safety. It provides training to develop the skill necessary to make quality gas tungsten arc welds on 16 and 11 gauge mild steel, .060” and .062” gauge stainless steel and/or .125” aluminum using alternating current. Weld characteristics of carbon steel, stainless steel and aluminum will also be discussed. Information on pulsed current may be included to prepare the student for more detailed applications.
Achievable Certifications: GTAW, 1/2T-2T, all positions, limited thickness, per AWS D.1-2010