Welding School Technology Course at ACI

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Learn to Weld with ACI’s Welding Technology Training

Our Advanced Welding Technology course is available to students with little to no welding experience. At our welding trade school, you will gain a wide range of experience working with a variety of welding techniques and metals to prepare for an entry-level welder position. Our welding training programs prepare students to obtain American Welding Society (AWS) welder performance qualifications in the horizontal, vertical, overhead, and 6G positions.

Students who obtain these qualifications become eligible for welding jobs in:

  • General Purpose Machinery
  • Agriculture
  • Construction
  • Commercial & Industrial Machinery
  • Equipment Repair/Maintenance
  • Architectural & Structural Metals Manufacturing
  • Motor Vehicle Body and Trailer Manufacturing

In addition to giving you career flexibility, our in-depth welding school can make you a more versatile job candidate.

How Long is the Welding Program?

This program takes 760 clock hours (38 weeks) to complete. Our Advanced Welding course is offered only at the Visalia, Fresno, and Bakersfield campuses. We try and work with everyone’s busy schedules and lifestyles by providing welding training at several times throughout the week. Check out our welding class schedule below.

Class times apply for the Visalia, Fresno, and Bakersfield campuses.
Morning classes: 6:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Daytime classes: 10:30 AM – 2:30 PM
Evening classes: 2:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Night classes: 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM

What Will I Learn?

In our Advanced Welding Technology program, students will learn practical skills including Oxy-Acetylene cutting and brazing, SMAW (Arc), GMAW (MIG), FCAW (Flux Core) in ferrous and non-ferrous metals*, and GTAW in ferrous and non-ferrous metals. Welding students will also gain knowledge in shop and site safety, blueprint reading, and construction math. Advanced Career Institute’s welding school goes beyond most welding training by giving students experience working with both ferrous and non-ferrous metals. Our Welding training program is a great first step towards a career in the welding industry.

*includes purge welding of sanitary pipe process

What Will I Earn Upon Completion of the Program?

Students who complete Advanced Career Institute’s Welding Technology program will receive a Certificate of Completion and the opportunity to take two AWS welder performance qualification tests. You can earn qualifications in the Core, Introductory Craft Skills, National Construction Career Test (NCCER), SENSE (American Welding Society), and Welding (NOCTI) areas. By completing this course, you have the opportunity to obtain American Welding Society (AWS) welder performance qualifications in the horizontal, vertical, overhead, and 6G positions.

Upon completion of ACI’s welding trade school program, individuals can also choose to continue their training and education. Welding graduates can pursue degrees in mechanical engineering, manufacturing, applied science-based degrees, or continue on with a welding apprenticeship. While ACI does not offer degree programs at this time, our Job Placement Representatives can direct you to the degree programs that best align with your welding career goals.

Tuition includes all books, supplies, and materials needed for the program. As a nationally accredited institution, we are authorized to offer various financial aid programs to those who qualify, though Financial Aid is not available for all of our programs. Our Financial Aid staff will work with you to determine your eligibility, and complete the application process.

Click here for information on available Financial Assistance programs.
Admission to ACI and the Welding Technology programs includes:

    -- Must have high school diploma or equivalent.
    -- Physical ability to carry out the tasks associated with the welding industry.
Your Admissions Officer will cover any and all additional enrollment requirements for those who wish to enroll at ACI as a regular student, and will provide a list of items that must be completed prior to enrollment.
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Our Advanced Welding Technology program is designed to meet trade expectations for safety and skills required for the welding industry in California.

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