The GACTC full-time welding program is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary for performing the most common types of welding. The need for skilled welders is increasing as virtually all construction and manufacturing companies require some form of welding from the production of assemblies to maintenance and repair.

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Welding is a method of joining materials by applying heat, pressure, or both with or without filler metal, to produce a permanent fusion.

Students obtain experience in the following areas to achieve a sufficient skill level to acquire entry-level employment:

  • oxyacetylene welding
  • brazing
  • oxy-fuel cutting (both hand and machine operated)
  • air carbon and plasma arc cutting
  • shielded metal arc welding
  • gas tungsten arc welding
  • flux cored arc welding
  • gas metal arc welding
  • print reading
  • practical math for welders
  • welding certification preparation
  • welding metallurgy

Blueprint reading and math are an integral part of this program to ensure our graduates may be successful in many welding environments. The program emphasizes the importance of good workmanship, professionalism, and work ethic. The 800-hour program is comprised of 670 hours of welding, 60 hours of print reading, 60 hours of math, and 10 hours of a career readiness course.

Although not required for many welding positions, graduates of the GACTC welding program have the opportunity to complete an associate degree with several local colleges and universities. Please contact the Continuing Education office for details.

“I was really lucky to be able to get an internship job through the GACTC. The internship gave me the chance to show my skills to get hired full-time.

Sara, 2021 Welding graduate


  • American Welding Society (AWS) certifications, including GMAW 2G, SMAW 3G, and FCAW 3G
  • OSHA 10-hour Certification


Estimated Tuition & Fees for 2022-2023:
$12,770 (includes a laptop)

For the 2021-2022 academic year, this program is eligible for Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) funding! Contact your local CareerLink to learn more about WIOA funding.


late August 2022 through May 2023, primarily Monday – Thursday, 3:15 – 8:45 p.m.


Please contact us to schedule a tour and to meet with a career counselor to discuss your career goals and this program. Complete this short form to request more information and to schedule a tour, or call us as 814.941.TECH.

We welcome your application to the EFDA program.

Tim Harris

Welding Teacher