Certified Welder

Carl Spitzer, Instructor,

Certified Welding Inspector

Applications for the 2024-25 sessions are still being accepted. Students may still submit applications for the July 2024 session  and begin submitting applications for the February 2025 or Oct 2025 sessions on or after September 1, 2024.

Applications will be marked in the order received. In the event there are more applicants who score at or above the cut score on the TABE entrance exam than seats, seats will be filled with students who have returned all required paperwork, have filled out their FAFSA's and have paid the $100 application fee and then in date order by receipt of application.

Students are also encouraged to fill out the FAFSA for the 2024-25 school year as soon as possible.

Program Description

This is a full day, seven (7) month program of study with sessions beginning in July 2024, February 2025, and October 2025 for adults.  The 900-hour class meets Monday through Friday from 8:00AM to 2:30PM.

It is designed to assist students in building a knowledge and technical skills base in multiple aspects of Welding.  Upon successful completion, students will be career ready for entry level positions in the Welding Field.


Topics covered in the program include, but are not limited to:

  • Fundamentals of Welding
  • Thermal Cutting Operations
  • Shielded Metal Arc Welding
  • Gas Metal Arc Welding
  • Flux Cored Arc Welding
  • Blueprint Reading and Metallurgy
  • Destructive and Non-destructive Testing
  • Gas Tungsten Arc Welding
  • Fabrication Math


Instruction will take place in a comprehensive classroom and state-of-the-art lab.  Successful students may have the opportunity to take up to eight West Virginia Department of Education Welding certification tests and an OSHA 10 certification.


Program Entrance Requirements:

  • Ben Franklin Career Center Adult Application
  • Valid Driver’s License/Government Issued Identification
  • 18 Years of Age Prior to End of Program
  • High School Diploma or High School Equivalency Test Certificate (GED, TASC , etc.)
  • Score 8 or Above in both Areas of the Entrance Exam (Reading and Mathematics)
  • Payment Arrangements
  • Basic Reading and Shop Math Skills
  • Able to lift 75 pounds


Adult Programs Application



For Program Specific Questions, Please Contact Mr. Spitzer At: [email protected]


Program Certificate Requirements:

“C” (70%) or better Overall Grade Average

No more than 10% of scheduled hours in Absences

Pass One Documented Drug Screenings


Employment Opportunities

Assemblers and Fabricators


Pipeline Welders/Helpers, and Metal Workers

Machinists, Tool, and Die Makers

Sheet Metal Workers

Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters

Metal and Plastic Machine Workers


Program Courses

Course Name/Course Number 

Flux-cored Arc Welding (FCAW) - Plate         (9313)

Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) - Pipe  (9315)

Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) - Pipe    (9316)

Flux-cored Arc Welding (FCAW) - Pipe  (9317)

Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) - Pipe     (9318)

Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) - Plate  (9242)

Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) - Plate         (9321)

Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) - Plate (9321)


  Total Hours   900

 Program Textbooks

Hobart -Welding Student Workbooks:


Oxyacetylene Welding



Shielded Metal Arc Welding Basic


Shielded Metal Arc Welding Structural


Shielded Metal Arc Welding Pre-Pipe


Shielded Metal Arc Welding 6 Inch Pipe Uphill


Gas Metal Arc Welding


Gas Metal Arc Welding Advanced


Gas Metal Arc Welding Pipe


Gas Tungsten Arc Welding


Gas Tungsten Arc Welding 6 Inch Pipe


-American Welding Society's Fundamentals Of Welding Curriculum-Lab Manual included: -Fundamentals of Welding

online. 978*1*64322-054-3

Blueprint Reading for Welders, 9th Edition. Class Copies. Rental

13: 978-1-305-09827-5

Buildersbook. Welding Symbol Card.



Program Cost

$ 6448.00

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