Career-Level Programs

WTTI offers two career-level programs that are eligible for financial assistance.

Welder Fitter (900 hours) is our primary career-level program, and the one most frequently chosen by incoming students. This program is specifically designed for incoming students who have little or no welding experience and is eligible for financial aid to those who qualify.

The program consists of metal cutting utilizing the Oxyacetylene torch and employing four common processes to make sound welds on carbon steel plate and pipe. The shop projects include various joint designs in all positions on plate and pipe. In Shielded Metal Arc Welding, several electrode types and sizes are employed with both AC and DC electrical arc welding machines. Two semi-automatic processes are taught: Gas Metal and Flux Cored Arc Welding. Structured theory classes cover welding safety, proper machinery set ups and adjustments, basic metallurgy, weld wire selection, welding joint design, and shop math. Instruction in blueprint reading includes additional shop math, welding symbols, and the basics required to read, understand, and follow welding blueprints.

Specialized training includes extra hands-on time in Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (TIG) working with a variety of other metals (carbon steel, stainless steel, and aluminum plate or pipe). It also covers Combination Processes, where students are instructed in the additional considerations that come into play when more than one process is needed in the joining procedure. The Welder Fitter program also includes basic instruction in both pipe fitting and structural layout.


Combination Welding (740 hours) is our second career-level program and is also eligible for financial aid to those who qualify. It is 160 hours shorter in length than the Welder Fitter Program because it does not include: blueprint reading, combination processes, pipe fitting, structural layout, extra TIG, or working with a variety of metals.

The program consists of metal cutting utilizing the Oxyacetylene torch and employing four common processes to make sound welds on carbon steel plate and pipe. The shop projects include various joint designs in all positions on plate and pipe. In Shielded Metal Arc Welding, several electrode types and sizes are employed with both AC and DC electrical arc welding machines. Two semi-automatic processes are taught, Gas Metal and Flux Cored Arc Welding. Structured theory classes cover welding safety, proper machinery set ups and adjustments, basic metallurgy, weld wire selection, welding joint design, and shop math.


Contact our school administrator to discuss which program is right for you.

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