Welding Program Overview


The welding program curriculum places a strong emphasis on learning the skill and science of welding in order to produce welders with exceptional entry-level skills. The welding curriculum is delivered by a team of instructors with many years of experience who are recognized in their industry for their expertise. The SAMI Program then connects our welding students to manufacturers in need of skilled welders


The 260-hour welding program curriculum was developed, in conjunction with our welding lab, to replicate real world work experience. The curriculum is a combination of classroom and shop experiences to acquire basic skills in welding, cutting, and fabricating that are necessary for shipbuilding and other industries that use welding.

Curriculum Highlights

After being accepted into the welding program you will learn and experience

  • An overview of the industries that employ welders
  • The history, fundamentals, basic welding metallurgy, and theory of welding
  • Classroom & Hands-On practice with shielded metal arc welding (SMAW), gas metal arc welding (GMAW), flux-corded arc welding (FCAW), gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW), and oxy-fuel welding (OFC) processes
  • Shop safety, welding and cutting safety, safely handling fuel gasses and high pressure cylinders, and an OSHA-10 Certification
  • Using a wide range of pneumatic tools, grinders, burr tools, and wire brushes
  • Basic blue print reading, welding symbols, and processes on mild steel.
  • Welding in various positions (flat, horizontal, vertical, and overhead)
  • Welding machine basics and advanced set up
  • Contextualized math for welding technologies
  • Job preparation workshops