Texas Welding Classes
Through training programs mainly offered at 2-year schools, students in Texas can earn certificates or associate's degrees in welding technology. Learn about the duration of welding programs, curricula and additional requirements for two schools. The table also provides additional information about each school.
- Houston Community College, with campus locations located in and around Houston, offers basic welding helper and welding certificates, in addition to specialization certificates in MIG, TIG and pipe welding that are offered through continuing education.
- Lone Star College System has campuses situated throughout the Houston area. The North Harris location, situated between The Woodlands and Houston, offers many of the welding options, but some are offered at other campus locations. Students may work toward basic, intermediate, advanced or welding inspector certificates. Additionally, this school also offers an associate's degree in welding technology.
Comparison of Schools
Although many of the programs may look quite similar, aspiring welders might find some differences between schools. Compare these two institutions through the table below, checking out tuition, enrollment and retention rates to make a wise decision.
|Houston Community College||Lone Star College|
|School Type||2-year, public||2-year, public|
|Total Enrollment (2017)*||57,120||72,336|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Small city|
|Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)*||$1,632 in-district; $3,360 in-state; $3,756 out-of-state||$1,600 in-district; $3,403 in-state; $3,760 out-of-state|
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)*||62%||55%|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)*||100% (open admissions)||100% (open admissions)|
|Retention Rate (Fall 2016-Fall 2017)*||65% for full time students||67% for full time students|
|Graduation Rate (Students who started Fall 2014)*||18%||12%|
Source: *NCES College Navigator.
Houston Community College
Houston Community College is a 2-year, public school and is one of the largest colleges in Texas. Welding classes at the college are taught by American Welding Society (AWS) certified instructors.
Basic Welding Helper Certificate
The basic welding helper certificate program requires five classes, including one covering the fundamentals of welding. Other classes train students in the various forms of welding, such as oxy-fuel welding and shielded metal arc welding.
Welding Technician I
Offered through continuing education, this 180 contact-hour course offers welding experience in basic welding procedures including oxy-fuel welding, gas metal arc welding and shield metal arc welding.
Advanced Welding Certificate
This three-semester certificate requires students to complete 40 credits in subjects including industrial mathematics to a variety of welding processes. Students will learn the skills necessary for entry-level positions in industry.
Lone Star College System
Founded in 1972, the Lone Star College System is a system of community colleges located in southeastern Texas. The Welding Technology Department offers a variety of certificate programs and one associate degree.
Specialized Certificates in Welding
Lone Star College System offers at least six areas of certificate specialties including gas metal arc welding, gas tungsten arc welding, layout and fabrication, pipefitting, pipe welding, and shielded metal arc welding. The number of contact hours required for these welding certificates will vary.
Welding Inspector Certificate
Lone Star College System offers a welding inspector certificate that consists of nine classes taken over two semesters. Courses include ultrasonics, welding metallurgy and quality control technology. There is also a course focused on preparing the students for the Certified Welding Inspector exam.
Associate of Applied Science in Welding Technology
The associate degree program in welding technology covers many types of welding, including shielded metal arc welding, gas metal arc welding and gas tungsten arc welding. Students learn both the theory of welding and safe methods for using welding tools. Most classes are a mix of lectures and laboratory training. In addition, students complete general education courses in mathematics, science and the humanities.