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Always in demand in the workforce, welders find work in manufacturing, petrochemical, fabrication, and aviation. Welding is a field that will withstand economic highs and lows and leads to high earnings and job security. Don’t forget to put your hood down–your future’s going to be bright!

Welding student in lab

What to Know at a Glance


2 year associate degree (60 sch)
1 year certificate (42 sch)
1 semester certificate (15 sch)


A blend of face-to-face and online; Face-to-face

Scheduling Options

Full-time; Part-time; Day classes; Night-classes

Where it is offered

Main campus; TexAmericas

About Welding

If you like to work with your hands and want to train in a high-demand field, welding may be for you! Texarkana College has two welding training site locations for your convenience. You will receive one-on-one training from highly-skilled instructors that provide you with opportunities to practice and grow your skills using modern technology and equipment including VRTEX 360 Virtual Welder that allows you to practice welding in a variety of environments with different techniques.

Welding Fundamentals
An introduction to the fundamentals of equipment used in oxy-fuel and arc welding, including welding and cutting safety, basic oxy-fuel welding and cutting, basic arc welding processes and basic metallurgy.

Introduction to Pipe Welding
An introduction to welding of pipe using the shielded metal arc welding process (SMAW), including electrode selection, equipment setup, and safe shop practices. Emphasis on weld positions 1G and 2G using various electrodes.

Introduction to Blueprint Reading for Welders
A study of industrial blueprints. Emphasis placed on terminology, symbols, graphic description, and welding processes. Includes systems of measurement and industry standards. Also includes interpretation of plans and drawings used by industry to facilitate field application and production.

  • Critical Thinking
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Professionalism
  • Leadership
  •  Reading/Drafting Blueprints
  • Time Management
  • Problem Solving
  • Organization
  • Detail Oriented

Possible Careers and Salaries

Sheet Metal Worker


Structural Iron and Steel Worker






Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Operator


Tuition Costs

Approximate total program cost for full-time in-district (Bowie County residents) is $7,185.

Program Contacts

Jill Yates

Welding Program Coordinator

Shawna Watkins

Director of Workforce Education

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