Combination Welding

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The Combination Welding Program emphasizes steel welding; however, all students are expected to become proficient welders on nonferrous materials such as aluminum. Primary focus is on making X-ray quality welds utilizing  stick electrode welding:  students train on S.M.A.W. (stick electrode), G.M.A.W. and F.C.A.W. (wire feed processes), G.T.A.W. (TIG), plasma arc and air arc cutting, oxyacetylene welding, and cutting machines.  Students get an introduction to Non-Destructive testing and experience on computerized plasma cutting machines for plate and pipe.
Occupational levels of Structural Welder, Structural Welder SMAW, and Structural Welder Helper will be assigned upon successful completion of the Structural Welding segment of the Combination Welding program.
Occupational level of Certified Combination Welder will be assigned upon successful completion of this section of the program. If all of the Pipe Welding Section requirements are not completed, then a Combination Entry Level Welder Certificate will be earned.  Combination Welding students spend 90 percent of the day in welding lab and 10 percent in classroom instruction.

Program Location: 
Welding Shops, 1916 Leier Road, Seward, A
Training Clock Hours: 
1 120
8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday
1,120 clock hours (includes 45 h for Math), (670 in Structural Section and 450 Pipe Section)
Occupational Levels: 
Certified Combination Welder
Combination Entry Level Welder
Structural Welder
Structural Welder SMAW
Structural Welder Helper
Industry Certification: 

National certifications through an independent agency – Alaska Industrial X-Ray - are required to move through the complete combination program.  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 Combination Welding Program certificate, students must prepare for and earn the following industry certifications:

  • Structural Certification to AWS D.1.1. Unlimited Thickness
  • Pipe Certification to ASME section IX, 6G Pipe

The mission of the Combination Welding Program is to train students in the skills, aptitude and attitude so that they successfully pass the AWS-Unlimited Thickness certification and ASME 6G pipe certification tests and are able to become successfully employed in the welding industry.

Pipe Welding Instructor
Roger Hohl

Welding Instructional
Dennis Estes


TABE tests scores for this program must be: 

Reading                550
Combined Math    550


To advance to the Pipe section of the program students must earn the Structural Welder certificate level.


August and January
Program Requirements: 

Physical requirements of the occupation are the ability to lift 100 pounds, carry 50 pounds, stoop, kneel, crawl, walk, and stand continuously. The student must have the ability to manipulate various types of welding equipment and welding processes, which require the ability to manipulate welding fixtures, place material in fixtures above your head and weld in various positions for extended periods. Welding requires good hand-eye coordination and eyesight corrected to 20/20 with excellent depth perception. We strongly recommend an eye examination prior to enrollment so that corrective lenses or glasses may be obtained prior to the start of class.

Program Cost: 
Tuition Books NOT provided by AVTEC Room & Board Student Service Fee Supplies Tech Fee Total
$1,910 $626 $1,400 $4,515 $85 $1,540 $230 $10,306
$2,540 $199 $1,200 $4,515 $85 $2,624 $230 $11,393
$3,175 $825 $1,400 $9,030 $85 $5,164 $230 $19,909
Program Courses: 
  • F.C.A.W. – Flux Core

    Demonstrate basic skills in flux cored arc welding technique

    Training Clock Hours: 40
  • G.M.A.W. – MIG

    Demonstrate basic skills in MIG welding technique.

    Training Clock Hours: 40
  • G.T.A.W. - TIG

    Demonstrate basic skills in TIG welding technique.

    Training Clock Hours: 50

    Develop an understanding of the various processes used in the field of non-destructive testing. Identify, apply and evaluate NDT results from the following testing methods. Visual and Optical, Penetrant, Magnetic Particle, Radiography, Ultrasonic, Acoustic Emission and Leak testing.

    Training Clock Hours: 40
  • O.A.W. – as Pertains to Pipe

    Use oxyacetylene cutting equipment to prepare pipe for welding.

    Training Clock Hours: 25
  • O.A.W. – Oxyacetylene Welding

    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.

    Training Clock Hours: 40
  • S.M.A.W. – Pipe Welding

    Perform open root plate welding in the 3G and 4G positions with sufficient quality to pass the AWS guided bend test. 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; demonstrate basic skills in pipe layout and pipefitting fabrication; fabricate fittings from pipe; demonstrate basic pipe welding skills using the Gas Tungsten Arc welding process. Also, includes exposure to Flux core welding and blueprint reading.

    Training Clock Hours: 425
  • S.M.A.W. – Stick Electrode

    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.

    Training Clock Hours: 385
Gainful Employ. Disclosure

Gainful Employment Disclosures – 2019


Program Name: Combination Welding

This program is designed to be completed in 36 weeks. 

This program will cost $9,479 if completed within normal time.  There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting, but may have changed.  


Of the students who completed this program within normal time, the typical graduate leaves with $ 2577 of debt.  


The following States do not have licensure requirements for this profession:  Alaska

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Updated: 6/26/2019


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