Welding Technology

Option 1 – In-Depth Welding Training: 925 hours

Students in the Comprehensive Welding program learn the welding standards established by the American Welding Society (AWS). Welding at BCTC is also an AWS SENSE (School Excelling through National Skill Standards Education) program. Students will learn electric arc welding, shielded metal arc welding, gas metal arc welding and gas tungsten arc welding, as well as oxyacetylene cutting/welding. Students will also have hands on experience using pulse welding technology and a CNC controlled plasma table. Federal Financial Aid is available for this program.

Industry Certifications

  • Certified Welder (AWS)
  • Level 1 – Entry Welder (AWS)
  • NCCER Core
  • OSHA/Career Safe 10-hour

Training Schedule

  • Evening – 4:30pm to 10pm Monday through Friday

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Option 2 – Evening Welding Programs

These programs meet twice a week from 6pm – 9pm and include books and supplies.

  • Basic Welding Course30 hours, 10 classes

This course covers the fundamental concepts of the welding process, welding terms, safety, and tools. This course provides introduction to theory and hands-on lab instruction in Oxy acetylene/plasma cutting and Shielded Metal Arc Welding (stick).

  •  Intermediate Welding Course 66 hours, 22 Classes

This course provides additional theory and practice in the Shielded Metal Arc Welding process and custom instruction in one of the following areas: Shielded Metal Arc Welding (stick), Gas Metal Arc Welding (MIG), Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (TIG) or oxyacetylene welding.

  •  Advanced Welding Course 75 hours, 25 classes

This course is a continuation of the intermediate course and allows for additional hands-on practice in Shielded Metal Arc Welding, Gas Metal Arc Welding, Gas Tungsten Arc Welding and/or oxyacetylene welding. Students will have the opportunity to take the appropriate American Welding Society (AWS) certification test(s) in Shielded Metal Arc Welding and/or Gas Metal Arc Welding.


Required/Optional Items
Purchased through

Required Items
Purchase from any Vendor

Required Footwear

Required Safety Gear

· One Navy Long Sleeve Tee Shirt with BCTC LogoOPTIONAL:
· Charcoal Crewneck Sweatshirt with BCTC Logo
· Cotton blue jeans, khakis/cargo pants, dress pants – proper fitting and no holes Steel toed, all-leather work boots, min. of 8″ laced and tied (Measure by placing ruler inside the boot)

· Safety glasses w/side shields provided by BCTC

· All-cotton Welder’s cap


The link provided for each book title will take you to Amazon.com.  Please note that you are NOT required to purchase the books from Amazon.  You may purchase the books from any vendor.

Welding Fundamentals  (5th Edition) (Textbook) – by William A. Bowditch, Kevin E. Bowditch, Mark A. Bowditch

ISBN #: 978-1-63126-328-6


Welding Fundamentals (5th Edition) (Lab Workbook) – by William A. Bowditch, Kevin E. Bowditch, Mark A. Bowditch

ISBN #: 978-1-63126-329-3

*Students must purchase workbook new. 

Tool / Supply / Protective Equipment

Quantity Needed Level 1, 2, or 3 Approximate Cost Suggested Vendor
Footwear Requirement: Steel toe, all-leather work boots, minimum of 8″ laced and tied. (Measure boot by placing ruler inside the boot) 1 pair Levels 1, 2, & 3 TBD Any store
Cutting Goggles 1 Level 1 $10.00 Airgas
Welding Jacket – Size L or XXL 1 Level 1 $29.00 (Large), $32.00 (XX-Large) Airgas
Welding Helmet (#10 Lens Included) 1 Level 1 $22.00 Airgas
Atlas Chipping Hammer – Wire Handle 1 Level 1 $5.00 Airgas
Flint Spark Lighter 1 Level 1 $3.00 Airgas
Reversible Welders Cap – Cotton 1 Level 1 $8.00 Airgas
Tip Cleaners 1 Level 1 $3.00 Airgas
Wire Brush 1 Level 1 $2.00 Airgas
25′ Tape Measure 1 Level 1 $9.00 Airgas
Vise Grips 1 Level 1 $13.00 Airgas
Combination Square 1 Level 1 $13.00 Airgas
Leather Welding Gloves – Large 1 Level 1 $10.00 Airgas
Welpers 1 Level 1 $20.00 Airgas

* BCTC will pay for one pair of safety glasses (if required) and may assist with payment for the testing fees or core certification tests (first time only).  Additional safety glasses and testing fees must be paid by the student.

AWS Educational Institution Member
ACE Welding

Welders have endless opportunities. Welders are essential and in-demand in many industries including manufacturing, construction, aerospace, petroleum, and agriculture.

Ready to “spark” your future?

BCTC offers students three welding career training options in our brand-new state-of-the-art welding center under the direction of industry trained and experienced instructors.

Information Sessions 

Held the First Tuesday of the Month    6 – 7:30pm

January 2nd

February 6th

March 5th