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Applied Welding Technology

A Hands-On Applied Welding School

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Get hands-on training in a wide variety of welding techniques!

The welding industry is in dire need of welders, and there’s no sign of it slowing down.  This is where our Applied Welding Technology program comes in.  From structural welding to pipelines, you will learn how to fabricate and weld on various metals in multiple welding positions.  

Welding is a huge profession that is essential to the function of the modern world.  Almost anything with metal, both ferrous and non-ferrous, has the potential to be manufactured with some sort of welding technique.  Structures and equipment such as aircraft, ships, buildings, vehicles, bridges, skyscrapers, manufacturing plants, submarines, and pipelines, to name a few, all require some sort of welding process.  

With 70% of your time being spent in the shop doing real work, this program is built to have you in and out the door within 6 months.  Learn from industry professionals and graduate with hands-on skills that you can take almost anywhere in the world.

70% of your time will be spent working in the shop!

What makes WyoTech different?

Here at WyoTech, it’s in our DNA to give our students the best training possible.  Our Applied Welding Technology program is built so that students get hands-on experience, not just learning the different kinds of welding but also learning how to use them.

WyoTech’s curriculum is built by some of the top professionals in the industry and customized to project-based welding- giving you the opportunity to gain the welding and fabrication skills to enter nearly any area of the welding industry.  Our welding program is designed to give you the experience you need to pursue a career in anything from shipyards to fabrication, heavy equipment to pipelines, or any of the countless opportunities in the welding industry.  

Our training follows the standards of some of the best associations in the welding industry- The American Welding Society (AWS), the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), and the American Petroleum Institute (API).  WyoTech’s welding  testing procedures and qualifications are built around the standards of these institutions, giving you the skills you need to succeed in the industry.  In addition, our program is built on project-based learning.  Our students will not only learn the fundamentals of welding, cutting, metallurgy, fabrication and blueprint reading, but also will put these skills to use by building different training projects throughout the 6-month program.  

Demand for Qualified Welders in the Industry is Skyrocketing

The skills you gain through our Applied Welding Technology program you can take nearly anywhere in the world.  The need in the welding industry for qualified welders is at a high demand, giving you the opportunity to take your skills wherever you want.  Connect with our career services team to help with job placement and see what opportunities are available!


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Six Weeks of

Welding Basics, Oxyfuel Cutting, and Shielded Metal Arc Welding.

In this phase, you will learn the value of the welding industry and how to get started. These first six weeks will have a focus on shielded metal arc welding (SMAW). We will teach you the common welds, shop practices, personal protective equipment (PPE), and welding safety used in the industry. You will cover everything from design and set-up to the proper techniques to produce fillet and groove welds in the flat, horizontal, vertical, and overhead positions. We will also teach you the different types of welds, weld joints, basic metallurgy, fixturing, and inspection methods. You will learn all of this and more in a practical sense, getting an introduction to the economical side of welding, including proper weld sizes, cost-saving procedures, and other shop applications to maximize production value.

  • Theory, PPE, & welding safety
  • Various cutting methods & gouging
  • Blueprint reading, weld symbols, metallurgy
  • Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW), welding positions
Six Weeks of

Wire Fed Welding and Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (or GTAW)

In Phase II, you will be introduced to both the theoretical and practical knowledge of Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW), Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW), and Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW). You will cover the ins and outs of the principles of the wire-fed process (GMAW and FCAW), including the proper set up of equipment, power sources, proper welding techniques, shielding gases, and more. Learn the difference between self-shielded and gas-shielded welding wire, as well as the differences between types of steel and aluminum welding. You will cover the use of environmental atmosphere controls, advanced heat controls, various consumables, and much more.

  • Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) – MIG
  • Flux Core Arc Welding (FCAW)
  • Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW)- TIG
  • Concepts of structural welding, welding codes
Six Weeks of

Pipe Welding and Weld Inspection

This phase will teach you the secrets to pipe welding. We will teach you how to pipe weld with skills that meet industry standards and use techniques to weld confidently in five different positions. You will learn the processes of pipe welding and gap sizes, structural requirements, and the internal reinforcement of a good pipe weld. We will cover the different functions and specific uses of manual welding equipment, prepping and fitting pipe coupons, and welding certification requirements.

  • Pipe welding codes up to industry standards
  • Pipe welding processes and welding positions
  • Weld tests: destructive / non-destructive
  • Industry job opportunities
Six Weeks of

Metal Fabrication and Economics

Phase IV is where you put your welding and fabrications skills to use.  Students will be guided through the custom fabrication process while building a class-based capstone project. You will gain a thorough understanding of the skills and equipment necessary to perform in the industry with excellence, and learn to build a project using supplied shop drawings, measuring devices and instruments, and metal fabricating tools. Top off your skills in this program by learning the basic economics of the industry as well, such as how to calculate operability costs, productivity, and efficiency.

  • Measurements, jigs, and fixtures
  • Production welding
  • Calculations and process improvement
  • Capstone project / workforce preparation

“WyoTech prides itself in not offering cookie-cutter curriculum. The welding program is no different. WyoTech hand-picked the world’s top welding talent to support the development of our curriculum.”

– Shawn Nunley, Vice President of Training at WyoTech

Program Start Dates

  • July 1, 2024

  • September 30, 2024

  • December 30, 2024

Welding Tech FAQs

What is the tuition for the Welding program?

Tuition cost is $27,500.00 for the 6 month welding program. Student housing is an additional cost.

Will equipment be provided?

Yes, all welding tools, equipment and PPE are provided to students.

What job opportunities are available if I take this program?

The welding career opportunities are endless. Structural, pipe, and fabrication opportunities are available throughout the U.S and across the globe.   Some of the potential jobs may include- Assembler and Fabricators, Boilermakers, Industrial Machinery Mechanics, Machinery Maintenance workers, Millwrights, Machinists, Tool and Die Makers, Pipefitters, Sheet Metal Workers, and other careers that are related to the welding industry.

How long does it take to become a welder?

With the proper skillset, a student can become a qualified entry level welder in our 6 month Applied Welding Technology program.

What projects will we be building?

Designated, individual student projects that will be built in the student’s welding booth may include a Rocket Stove, Tabletop BBQ Grill, a Gaming Console, etc.  The Capstone Projects of the final 6 weeks may include a flatbed trailer, a large trailer BBQ/smoker, a pickup welding bed, an aggregate rock screen, a tool storage cabinet or box, or other similar projects.

How much classroom time is there?

About 30% of the instruction is in the classroom with 70% being in the shop.

Is there any virtual training?

There is no virtual training for this course, training is provided through our on-campus instructors either in the classroom or in the shop.

Can I work on my own projects?

Potentially, after students finish their class competencies and projects, there may be opportunities for them to work on a personal project, with welding instructor oversight and permission.