GET UP TO $4,500 IN GRANTS TOWARD YOUR TRAINING FOR THOSE WHO QUALIFY!
GET UP TO $4,500 IN GRANTS TOWARD YOUR TRAINING FOR THOSE WHO QUALIFY!

Welding

WELDING:

WELDING:

Train to fabricate, weld, and build with metal and fire!
Be the ironworker.

OURDIFFERENCE

OURDIFFERENCE

* SCI does not guarantee employment or a starting salary upon graduation, completion, or withdrawal from SCI.

WE'RE DIFFERENT.
SO ARE YOU.

We offer our learners the opportunity to LEARN, DO, and LIVE a new career.

WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT AWELDING CAREER

Why would you want to be a Welder? 

There are several reasons why someone may want to become a welder. For starters, it’s a hands-on and creative job that allows individuals to work with their hands and create something tangible. Welding is also a skilled trade that is in high demand, so it can offer job stability and opportunities for career advancement. Additionally, welders often work on projects that require problem-solving skills and critical thinking, making the job intellectually stimulating as well.

What is a Welder? 

A welder is a skilled tradesperson who joins two or more pieces of metal together using heat and pressure. This process involves melting the metal pieces to be joined and adding a filler material, typically a metal wire, to create a strong bond between the pieces.

Where can a Welder work? 

Welders can work in a variety of industries, including construction, manufacturing, and transportation. Some common job settings for welders include fabrication shops, factories, and construction sites.

What skills do you need to be a Welder? 

To be a successful welder, individuals need to have good hand-eye coordination, manual dexterity, and attention to detail. Additionally, welders must be able to read and interpret blueprints and schematics, have good math skills, and possess problem-solving abilities.

Do you need any certifications to become a Welder? 

While certification is not always required to become a welder, it can be beneficial for job seekers. Many employers prefer to hire welders who have completed a welding certification program, such as those offered by the American Welding Society (AWS).

Do you need training to become a Welder? 

While it is possible to learn welding on the job or through apprenticeships, completing a formal training program can provide individuals with the skills and knowledge needed to succeed as a welder. Additionally, many employers prefer to hire candidates who have completed a welding program or have some formal training in welding.

Southern Careers Institute (SCI) does not guarantee employment or a starting salary upon graduation, completion, or withdrawal from SCI. It is not required to attend SCI to attain a job or earn a certain salary in a field of employment. Past students’ outcomes, starting salaries, or job prospects are not indicative of those for future and current students. 

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CAREER TRAINING.FOR YOUR FUTURE.

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$3999
/year
$3999
/year
540 HOURS OF HANDS-ON WELDING LAB TRAINING
TIG TRAINING
MIG TRAINING
FLUX CORE ARC WELDING
EARN 15 CAREER SKILL BADGES
PREPARATION FOR 4 CAREER CERTIFICATIONS
MORNING COURSES
AFTERNOON COURSES
EVENING COURSES
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HERE'S EXACTLY WHAT YOU GET AS ANWELDER TRAINEE

CERTIFICATIONS

CERTIFICATIONS

NCCER Core

NCCER Level 1

NCCER Level 2

OSHA - 10

SKILLS

Trade Safety & Construction Basics

Oxy-Fuel Cutting

Arc Cutting and Welding Standards

Shielded Metal Arc Welding – Plate

Shielded Metal Arc Welding – Plate and Pipe

Shielded Metal Arc Welding – Groove Welds

Gas Metal and Flux Core Arc Welding – Plate

Gas Tungsten Arc Welding – Plate and Pipe

Skills

Hours: Theory 60 / Laboratory 20 / Total 60 / Quarter Credits 7.0 / Outside Hours 20 / Prerequisites: None

This course includes information on general safety regarding awareness, tool safety, load, posture, signage, material handling, and environmental concerns. Emphasis on OSHA guidelines, as well as proper personal safety equipment. This course will also provide instruction on basic mathematics, terminology, symbols, graphics, measurement systems and tools for reading and interpreting prints, mechanical drawings, assembly drawings, detail drawings, and fabrication guidelines. This course will utilize both in-class and out-of-class learning activities to achieve course objectives.

Hours: Theory 0 / Laboratory 60 / Total 60 / Quarter Credits 3.0 / Outside Hours 15 / Prerequisites: TRD100

This course will introduce students to oxyfuel cutting. Students will be introduced to the basic principles associated with cutting and welding materials. Shop and personal safety will be a primary focus throughout the course.

Hours: Theory 20 / Laboratory 60 / Total 80 / Quarter Credits 5.0 / Outside Hours 20 / Prerequisites: TRD100

This course will introduce the student to the welding codes utilized in structural standards and welding processes. Emphasis will be on verification and inspection of welds to established standards. The course will focus on proper equipment set-up, metals preparation, and use and selection of welding materials including electrodes. This course will provide instruction on insuring and identifying weld quality.

This course will also provide instruction on air-carbon and plasma arc cutting and gouging. Practical applications of cutting, gouging, soldering, and brazing will set the foundation for almost all welding occupations. The course covers preparation of metals for cutting and welding as well as skills development in Shielded Metal Arc welding. Shop and personal safety will be a primary focus through the course.

Hours: Theory 0 / Laboratory 80 / Total 80 / Quarter Credits 4.0 / Outside Hours 20 / Prerequisites: TRD100

This course will provide instruction on Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) including the equipment and procedures involved. Students will execute a variety of plate welds in various positions. Safety and proper use of equipment will be emphasized throughout the course.

Hours: Theory 0 / Laboratory 60 / Total 60 / Quarter Credits 3.0 / Outside Hours 15 / Prerequisites: TRD100

This course will provide instruction on Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) on both plate and pipe. Students will execute a variety of plate welds in various positions on plate and pipe. Safety and proper use of equipment will be emphasized throughout the course.

Hours: Theory 0 / Laboratory 80 / Total 80 / Quarter Credits 4.0 / Outside Hours 20 / Prerequisites: WEL120, WEL121, WEL122, WEL123

This course will introduce proper set-up of equipment and materials to execute groove welds with backing. The course will provide instruction for a variety of welds in multiple positions. Safety and proper use of equipment will be emphasized throughout the course.

This course will cover maintenance-related materials, guidelines for inspection, maintenance schedules, adjustments, and information on inspection requirements for equipment. Students will be introduced to metering and monitoring equipment used to evaluate HVAC systems. The course will cover leak detection, recovery, evacuation, and charging. This course will utilize both in-class and out-of-class learning activities to achieve course objectives.

Hours: Theory 20 / Laboratory 60 / Total 80 / Quarter Credits 5.0 / Outside Hours 20 / Prerequisites: WEL120, WEL121, WEL122, WEL123

This course will introduce proper set-up of equipment and materials to execute gas metal and flux core welds. The course will provide instruction for a variety of welds in multiple positions on plate. This course will also provide instruction on interpretation and use of welding drawings and the proper identification of standard symbols used in the welding profession. Safety and proper use of equipment will be emphasized throughout the course.

This course will cover residential and commercial hydronic systems. Topics such as safe operation, properties of water, and pressure will be covered. Material will cover both hot water heating and chilled water cooling. This course will utilize both in-class and out-of-class learning activities to achieve course objectives.

Hours: Theory 20 / Laboratory 60 / Total 80 / Quarter Credits 5.0 / Outside Hours 20 / Prerequisites: WEL120, WEL121, WEL122, WEL123

This course will introduce the physical and mechanical characteristics as well as composition and classification of common ferrous and non-ferrous metals. The class will cover metal alloys, hard surfacing, and forging as well as proper use and application of material. This course will also introduce proper set-up of equipment and materials to execute gas metal and flux core welding. The course will provide instruction for a variety of welds in multiple positions on plate and pipe. Safety and proper use of equipment will be emphasized throughout the course.

This course will provide guidance related to troubleshooting heating and cooling systems. Additionally, techniques for evaluating, furnaces, boilers, and various air treatment accessories used with heating and cooling equipment, will be covered. This course will utilize both in-class and out-of-class learning activities to achieve course objectives.

Hours: Theory 0 / Laboratory 80 / Total 80 / Quarter Credits 4.0 / Outside Hours 20 / Prerequisites: WEL120, WEL121, WEL122, WEL123

This course will provide instruction on Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) also referred to as Tungsten Inert Gas Welding or TIG. Students will receive instruction on the welding equipment, setup, and adjustments as well as hands-on training for welding of plate and pipe in various positions. Safety and proper use of equipment will be emphasized.

CAREER TRAINING.YOU CAN TRUST

ACCREDITED

Southern Careers Institute is Accredited by the Council on Occupational Education.

APPROVED

Southern Careers Institute is Approved for training by The Texas Workforce Commission.

OUR GRADUATES HAVE BEENHIRED BY

Employers are not incentivized by Southern Careers Institute (SCI) to hire our graduates. Employers are not incentivized to review or comment on the performance and outcomes of our graduates, or on SCI. Past students’ outcomes, starting salaries, and job prospects are not indicative of those for current and future students. SCI does not guarantee employment or a starting salary upon graduation, completion, or withdrawal from SCI.

THE NUMBERSSAY IT ALL

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Graduate Placement Rate
Southern Careers Institute Graduates Per Year
$ Million
Institution Grant Amounts Awarded to those who qualified

Southern Careers Institute (SCI) does not guarantee employment or a starting salary upon graduation, completion, or withdrawal from SCI. It is not required to attend SCI to attain a job or earn a certain salary in a field of employment. Past students’ outcomes, starting salaries, or job prospects are not indicative of those for future and current students.

As an accredited post-secondary institution, SCI has various federal financial assistance programs available for qualified students enrolled in SCI programs. This does not apply to seminar students. Financial aid is available for those who qualify.

Past students’ outcomes, starting salaries, or job prospects are not indictive of the possible job outcomes for future and current students. SCI does not guarantee employment or a starting salary upon graduation, completion, or withdrawal from SCI.

GET UP TO $4,500FOR YOUR FUTURE

Get up to $4500 in grants toward your career training at Southern Careers Institute.

As an accredited post-secondary institution, SCI has various federal financial assistance programs available for qualified students enrolled in SCI programs. This does not apply to seminar students. Financial aid is available for those who qualify.

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Past students’ outcomes, starting salaries, or job prospects are not indictive of the possible job outcomes for future and current students. SCI does not guarantee employment or a starting salary upon graduation, completion, or withdrawal from SCI.

KICKSTART YOUR CAREER.

We pay for your certification within 3 months of graduating.

1. Pick your certification

2. Take the certification exam within 3 months of graduation

3. We will pay for it!

FACT: TODAY'S EMPLOYERSNEED YOUR SKILLS

Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers

Occupation Code:51-4121

Location Mean Annual Wage
Austin $48,430
Brownsville-Harligen $42,530
Corpus Christi $54,980
Pharr $43,230
San Antonio North & South $47,070
Waco $42,570

Southern Careers Institute (SCI) does not guarantee employment or a starting salary upon graduation, completion, or withdrawal from SCI. It is not required to attend SCI to attain a job or earn a certain salary in a field of employment. Past students’ outcomes, starting salaries, or job prospects are not indicative of those for future and current students. 

Displayed salaries and job outlook data do not reflect the prospects of Southern Careers Institute graduates’ job placement outcomes and starting salaries. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics employment data, job prospects, and salary data sourced for (insert specific metro and job page) does not reflect data applicable to entry-level positions.

FINANCIAL AID. THE SIMPLE WAY.

We're here to make sure you can afford the career training you need. Our combination of grants, scholarships, loans, work-study, military, and Veteran education benefits are here to ensure a stress-free experience that works around your finances.

As an accredited post-secondary institution, SCI has various federal financial assistance programs available for qualified students enrolled in SCI programs. This does not apply to seminar students. Financial aid is available for those who qualify.

FREQUENTLY ASKEDQUESTIONS

We give students an alternative to expensive, four-year degrees that are becoming less valuable. In today’s changing economy, employers are looking for specific skills from candidates who they can hire with confidence. We empower your future with flexible and affordable career training that pays for itself.

It happens! At Southern Careers Institute, we’ve had countless students who’ve been out of school, and we provide an encouraging atmosphere to help you feel comfortable re-entering an educational environment as well as offering the support needed to re-adjust.

Southern Careers Institute provides you with the training you need to sit for certifications in chosen careers. From our Medical Assistant training program, Medical Billing and coding Specialist program, Pharmacy Technician program, Business Accounting Specialist program, HVAC program, or any other educational program available.

Our programs come from the relationships we’ve built with employers to ensure they’re exactly what they need in high-demand industries that need workers. In addition, we prepare you to sit and pass your certification exam(s), set you up inside SCI Connect to match you with potential employers and offer career services.
Absolutely. As an accredited school, we participate in many financial aid programs and available grants to make your education more affordable. Contact us today and our financial aid officers will explain the process and answer all of your questions.
We have experienced financial aid officers at each campus ready to help you with all your needs. Upon your personal interview, a financial aid officer can determine which financial aid programs you qualify for.

Click here or call 1.833.SCI.TEXAS today to speak with one of our admissions representatives, who will be happy to schedule an appointment to answer all of your questions and help match your personality to a specific career path.

Yes. Southern Careers Institute is accredited by the Commission of the Council on Occupational Education. Council on Occupational Education 7840 Roswell Road, Building 300, Suite 325 Atlanta, GA 30350 (770) 396-3898 or (800) 917-2081
Our students must be able to read, write, speak, and understand English. At this time, programs are not offered in any language other than English.
If you are a student transferring from another school, you must provide a transcript and detailed course descriptions for review prior to starting school. Please be advised that the acceptance of credits from another school/state board is at the sole discretion of Southern Careers Institute.
Course completion varies by program but averages 36-48 weeks.
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