Welding Technology


Our Welding Technology Program is designed to provide the student with an opportunity to acquire the technical knowledge and hands-on skills required for employment as a combination welder.  We accomplish this task through classroom instruction and practical welding exercises carried out in an industrial shop setting.  Welding Processes such as Flux Cored Arc, Gas Metal Arc, Gas Tungsten Arc and Shielded Metal Arc are covered in depth.

Welding is a dynamic industry with a bright future.  The influence of welding is so broad that many of the product designs and building techniques of our modern day would not be possible without it. As the demand for skilled welders continues to rise and the technology of welding becomes more advanced, students have a unique opportunity to learn a career that will shape the future.



Information Detail
Time Commitment Full Time, Part Time
Typical Program Length 12 Months
Clock Hours 1,296
Class Type Night
Credentials Certificate, Diploma
Total Tuition/Fees $4,308.00
Textbook/Supplies Cost $1,499.00

Program Credentials

Option NameHoursCredentials
Shielded Metal Arc Welder432Certificate
Gas Metal Arc Welder864Certificate
Gas Tungsten Arc Welder1296Certificate
Combination Welder1296Diploma

Campus Locations

Ripley High School Campus
254 South Jefferson Street
Ripley, TN 38063

Job Duties

Use hand-welding, flame-cutting, hand-soldering, or brazing equipment to weld or join metal components or to fill holes, indentations, or seams of fabricated metal products.

Job Outlook

Bright Outlook: Yes

Currently employed in the area: 10,180

Current job openings per year: 1,310


First Trimester: 
Worker Characteristic
Technology Foundations
Shop Orientation & Safety
Basic Shielded Metal Arc Welding
Advanced Shielded Metal Arc Welding
Second Trimester: 
Worker Characteristic
Blue Print Theory
Basic Gas Tungsten Arc Welding
Basic Gas Metal Arc Welding
Advanced Gas Metal Arc Welding
Third Trimester: 
Worker Characteristic
Blue Print Reading
Advanced Gas Tungsten Arc Pipe Welding


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