NYC Schools with Welding Classes and Programs
There are two schools in the NYC area that are affiliated with the city and state university systems that can help students prepare for the Certified Welder designation from the American Welding Society. Students pursing certification must locate an accredited testing center and pass the exam to become certified. Welding courses can also be found at a private art and design institute. Keep reading to learn more about the courses at our three featured colleges; school profiles and course costs can be found in the comparison table.
- One of the largest colleges in the New York City area that offers welding training is Suffolk County Community College (SCCC), located about 50 miles from downtown NYC. A member of the State University of New York (SUNY), this school offers one welding course through its Advanced Manufacturing Training Center.
- The second largest college, the New York City College of Technology, is part of the City University of New York (CUNY). Located 2.4 miles from downtown NYC, the college offers three courses in welding through its Construction Technology Department.
- The Pratt Institute is a smaller school that is geared towards students who want to become creative professionals or artists. The Pratt Institute, which is located 3.7 miles from downtown NYC, offers five courses that can help students learn welding techniques for creating sculptures.
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Comparison of Schools
Welding courses at the three profiled schools are available on a flat fee or per credit basis, depending on the college, so students taking only welding classes will typically pay less than the annual tuition figures noted below. Undergraduates who are considering a formal degree program may also be interested in the financial aid, graduation and retention statistics.
|SUNY Suffolk County Community College||CUNY New York City College of Technology||Pratt Institute|
|School Type||2-year, public||4-year, public||4-year, private not-for-profit|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||26,756*||17,279*||5,035*|
|Campus Setting||Large suburb||Large city||Large city|
|Tuition (2017-2018)||$5,600 in-state; $10,470 out-of-state*||$6,920 in-state; $14,310 out-of-state*||$50,038*|
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Aid (2016-2017)||66%*||82%*||84%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)||N/A - open admissions||77%*||57%*|
|Retention Rate (Fall 2016 to Fall 2017)|| 67% of full-time students
50% of part-time students*
| 78% of full-time students
60% of part-time students*
|88% of full-time students*|
|Graduation Rate||26%; 16% transfer-out rate (Students who started Fall 2014)*||18%; 40% transfer-out rate (Students who started Fall 2011)*||66%; 4% transfer-out rate (Students who started Fall 2011)*|
Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics
SUNY Suffolk County Community College
Suffolk County Community College offers a welding course through its Advanced Manufacturing Training Center within the Corporate Training Center (CTC) division. The CTC aims to help local industries and businesses train their employees. SCCC is a remote testing center for the Welder Training and Testing Institute (WTTI). This means that students pursuing certification can perform their welds at the school under the supervision of a certified instructor, which are then sent to WTTI for appraisal.
Students are trained in both classrooms and labs, as well as receive some online instruction. The course covers shielded metal arc welding (SMAW), gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW) and gas metal arc welding (GMAW). Students who complete the course are prepared to take the exam for American Welding Society (AWS) certification.
CUNY New York City College of Technology (City Tech)
City Tech offers three welding courses through its Continuing Studies Center. The center offers education for adults who may want to start new careers or upgrade their skills.
Basic Electric Arc Welding
Students need a high school diploma to enroll in this course. Classes take place in the evening, and students complete 84 hours of class time. The program instructs students in electric arc welding using carbon arcs and metal electrodes. Students learn about AWS classifications, electrode types, current controls, welding circuits and electricity sources for welding.
Advanced Electric Arc Welding
This is also an evening class, and students must complete the basic electrical arc welding course first or receive permission from the instructor. Students learn about weldments in the overhead, horizontal and vertical positions using pipe type and flat angular materials. Instruction stresses correct positions according to measurements and sound weldments. This course prepares students to take the AWS certification exam in welding.
Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) Welding
Students learn about AWS tungsten classifications, shielding gases, welding equipment for GTAW and types of current in this evening course. Students need safety equipment and a textbook. Prerequisites include a high school diploma and basic electrical arc welding experience.
The Pratt Institute offers five different welding courses related to using welding in art and design projects. Two courses are offered through the Center for Continuing and Professional Studies, and three are offered though the School of Art and Design. These courses are not all offered each semester. Take a look at the college catalog for current listings.
Welding, Metal Fabrication and Forge I
In this hands-on graduate course, students learn direct metal fabrication fundamentals. Students can gain skills in shaping, cutting and brazing, as well as how to use a forge and oxy-acetylene torch.
Metal, Fabrication and Forgery II
This course offers more advanced techniques in shaping, cutting and brazing. This course, as the course before it, is offered by the School of Art.
Metal Fabrication, Weld, Forge
Offered by the Center for Continuing and Professional Studies, this non-credit course covers basic welding processes as well as fundamental direct metal fabrication.
This course shows students how metalworking can be used to produce different art forms. Students can gain skills in drilling, forging, cutting, bending, soldering, brazing and welding techniques from this non-credit course.
Students can build on their knowledge from Metalworking I with this non-credit course. This course explores the different applications of welding techniques and finishing methods.