Industrial Welding


The future for welding careers looks bright. Certified, skilled welders continue to be in demand in the construction industry and in all petroleum-related, mining and heavy equipment industries. Graduates of AVTEC's Industrial Welding Program hold good jobs in a wide variety of working settings. In short, Alaskan employers are always looking for highly trained welders–especially for those who are willing to work under occasionally adverse conditions.

Certified pipe welders continue to be in demand in the petroleum industry. Pipes are used to transport commodities in Alaska and they are also used to build structures. The different applications of pipe afford pipe welders the opportunity to apply their skills in a variety of work settings. With the Alaska Gas Pipeline on the horizon, trained welders will be in even greater demand.

The Industrial Welding Program emphasizes steel welding; however, all students are expected to become knowledgeable of procedures for welding on nonferrous materials such as aluminum. Primary focus is on stick electrode welding: students train on SMAW (stick electrode), GMAW and FCAW (wire feed processes), GTAW (TIG), plasma arc and air arc cutting, oxyacetylene welding, and cutting machines. Destructive tests are performed on groove welds in both the stick and wire feed processes. An introduction to Non-Destructive testing is an integral part of the program.

The AVTEC Welding shops are equipped with state of the art cutting and welding equipment, including computerized plasma cutting machines for plate and pipe.


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Start Date
Training Times
8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday
Industry Certification

The goal of the Industrial Welding Program is to enable the Student to earn nationally recognized industry certifications.  They are available through an independent agency–Alaska Industrial X-Ray.  This testing is an additional cost to the student and is performed in Anchorage.  It is the student’s responsibility to make transportation arrangements to the testing site. Contact the instructor for exact costs.

To earn the AVTEC Industrial Welding Program certificate, students must prepare for and earn the following industry certifications:

  • Structural Certification to AWS Unlimited Thickness
  • Pipe Certification to ASME section IX, 6G Pipe


Tuition and Fees Charges

For specific tuition and fee requirements for this training program, click here.

Refund Policy

AVTEC has a fair and equitable refund policy. For details about the Refund and Repayment Policy, click here.

Admission Policy and Process

Find out the requirements and application process for admission to AVTEC and this program, here.

Academic Requirements

AVTEC requires completion of the TABE Academy, an online course using skill based lessons, to determine individual readiness in math and reading as applied to the greatest success in training. More information can be found here.

Information Technology

Demonstrate understanding using the following electronic equipment and functions:

  • Understand opening, reading, sending and replying to e-mail.
  • Have a valid e-mail address.
  • Have a basic understanding of how to use a computer and working online.
Employment Requirements
  • Clean driving record, with the ability to earn a valid Alaska driver’s license.
  • Will demonstrate the ability to show up on time, rested and dressed for the work day.
  • Safety conscience, situationally aware of surroundings. Understands and willingly enforces industry safety standards.
  • Need to be able to apply and receive a TWIC card.
Program Specific Requirements

This Program has no specific requirements.

Office Phone
(907) 224-6127
Structural Welding Instructor
Metallurgy, Cuesta College, CA
Electronic Engineering, Golden State School, CA
Welding Certification, Unlimited Thickness Any Position
Class 1 & Class II Machinist Certification
C.E.T. License
Office Phone
(907) 224-6128
AVTEC Welding graduate
Office Phone
(907) 224-6124
AVTEC Welding and Diesel/Heavy Equipment Graduate
6G Open Route Pipe Welding Certification
Industrial Welding
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Employability Skills
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Participate in school safety orientation, complete achievement tests, complete Welders Math, participate in resume writing and job search training, and in an interview and communications training.
OAW – Oxyacetylene Welding
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Show knowledge of safety and operation of oxyacetylene welding and cutting equipment; describe and identify physical and mechanical properties as they relate to the weldability of metals; identify, demonstrate proper care of, and correctly use common and specific tools used in the welding trades; identify and describe various AWS weld symbols.
SMAW – Stick Electrode
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Demonstrate proficiency in stick electrode welding to the American Welding Society Unlimited Thickness standard, describe and demonstrate air carbon arc cutting and gouging, identify hard surfacing electrodes and produce acceptable welds in three positions using proper technique. Apply skills in basic fabrication exercises in support of sound structural assemblies.
FCAW – Flux-Cored
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Demonstrate basic skills in Flux-cored arc welding technique.
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Demonstrate basic skills in TIG welding technique.
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Demonstrate basic skills in MIG welding technique.
Welders Math
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Complete welding math class focused on measurement and geometry. The topics covered include: Estimation, Fractions, Decimals, Unit Conversion, Length, Area, and Volume. Students are allowed to work ahead at their own pace via online learning with guidance from the math instructor.
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Use oxyacetylene cutting equipment to prepare pipe for welding.
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Perform open root plate welding in the 3G and 4G positions with sufficient quality to pass the AWS guided bend test. Describe and identify physical and mechanical properties as they relate to welding of carbon steel and stainless steel pipe; identify, demonstrate care of, and correctly use common and specific tools used in the pipe fabrication trades. Perform open root pipe welding in the 2G, 5G and 6G positions with sufficient quality to pass the ASME guided bend test. Perform downhill pipe welding in the 2G, 5G and 6G position with sufficient quality to pass the API 1104 guided bend test. Prepare, tack weld, and weld pipe in the 6G position using a backing ring. Team weld large diameter pipe in the 5G position using the SMAW and FCAW processes. Demonstrate basic pipe welding skills using the Gas Tungsten Arc welding process. Also, includes introduction to FCAW pipe, sanitary stainless steel orbital tube welding and computer aided pipe cutting.
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Identify socket and butt weld pipe fittings. Read and interpret socket and butt weld pipe drawings, various socket and butt weld fitting symbols, and determine pipe lengths between fittings. Prepare, align, tack weld, and weld 90-degree elbows, 45 degree elbows, flanges, branch connections, and valves for socket and butt joints using carbon steel pipe and the SMAW process. Perform air and hydrostatic test of fabricated pipe systems.
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Demonstrate basic skills in pipe layout and pipe-fitting fabrication using carbon steel pipe and the SMAW process. Fabricate fittings from pipe; Layout and fabricate two piece 90-degree turns, and perform mitering procedures. Layout and fabricate 45-degree laterals.
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Introduction to and general overview of the industry, job opportunities and significance to the welding industry. Students will learn about the major NDT methods ET,MT,PT,RT,UT,VT) with an assessment verifying that they successfully reviewed all of the material.