Welding inspection programs are typically available at community colleges and technical schools. Diploma, certificate and associate's degree programs are commonly available.
10 Schools with Welding Technology Programs
These schools offer welding programs at the certificate, diploma and associate's degree levels.
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Tuition and Fees 2015-2016*|
|Richland Community College||Decatur, IL||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||$3,744 in-district, $5,769 in-state, $13,674 out-of-state|
|Hillsborough Community College||Tampa, FL||2-year, Public||Certificate||$2,506 in-state, $9,111 out-of-state|
|Oakland Community College||Bloomfield Hills, MI||2-year, Public||Certificate||$2,745 in-district, $5,235 in-state, $7,305 out-of-state|
|Austin Community College||Austin, TX||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||$2,550 in-district, $9,210 in-state, $11,340 out-of-state|
|Eastern Florida State College||Cocoa, FL||2-year, Public||Certificate||$2,496 in-state, $9,739 out-of-state|
|Cabrillo College||Aptos, CA||2-year, Public||Certificate||$1,358 in-state, $5,698 out-of-state|
|Coastal Carolina Community College||Jacksonville, NC||2-year, Public||Diploma, Certificate||$2,334 in-state, $8,478 out-of-state|
|San Bernardino Valley College||San Bernardino, CA||2-year, Public||Associate's||$1,238|
|Central Piedmont Community College||Charlotte, NC||2-Year, Public||Certificate, Diploma, Associate's||$2,664 in-state, $8,808 out-of-state|
|Wallace Community College||Dothan, AL||2-year, Public||Certificate||$4,260 in-state, $7,710 out-of-state|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
School Selection Criteria
Students should consider these things when choosing a school:
- Program should be accredited by the American Welding Society (AWS).
- Some schools offer inspection exam review courses, which could increase the likelihood of passing the exam and becoming certified as an inspector.
- Some programs require students to complete prerequisite courses before applying.
- Programs with internships or cooperative education opportunities could allow students to work alongside professional welders and CWIs in order to gain first-hand experience in the field.
Welding Inspection Certificate Programs
These programs require an average of 30 credit hours of study. Students learn about welding codes, inspection methods, ultrasonic testing procedures and blueprint reading. Programs also may include instruction in advanced welding techniques. Graduates should be eligible to sit for the AWS certified welding inspector exam.
Associate's Degree in Welding Technology Programs
These 2-year degree programs include general education and field-specific coursework. Some programs may provide more inspection instruction than others by, for example, offering courses in blueprint reading and building standards. Graduates should be eligible to sit for the certified welding exam. Graduates with extensive experience in welding and inspection procedures also should be able to sit for the certified welding inspector exam.
Aspiring welding inspectors should look for accredited programs that offer inspection exam review courses. Students may also consider a school's prerequisites, as well as the availability of internships or cooperative education opportunities.