Welding Schools in Virginia | VA

Welding is the process of joining two pieces of metal by melting those metals, and laying a pool of melted wire that runs through the welding machine. This process forms a strong bond making the formerly separate pieces into one. It is the safest and least expensive process of joining metal, making welders in high demand, making, in turn, the salaries for welders high. There are more than 20 schools in Virginia that offer welding classes.

virginia-46Requirements & Eligibility

Welders are usually required to have some specialized training in either high school, vocational or trade school, or community college. Requirements vary from one employer to another. Some require a high school diploma, and some require completion of vocational or technical school, and still others may require a certificate or degree in welding depending on the job.

The requirements of the community college programs for welders range from a single requirement of being at least 18 for one school, to math and English placement tests in another, to a high school diploma or GED and a minimum age requirement of 18-years-old in still others. In addition to community colleges. there are dozens of stand-alone vocational schools in Virginia for training to be a welder.

List of Welding Programs in Virginia

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Application Process & Costs

Technical schools, like other types of colleges, offer scholarships, and financial aid. Each institute or college has a specific application process. Once you have arrived at the place where you know which school or schools you wish to apply for, go to their website to see what the process is for enrolling. In addition, you can visit the campus and speak with the admissions office for more detail.

Costs vary from school to school, but in general the cost of attending a Community College to study welding in Virginia ranges from $117 per credit hour for a 2 semester Welding Certificate Program to $136 per credit hour for a 3 semester certificate.

Online Programs

The American Welding Society (AWS ) offers online classes through WeldAcademy Connect that prepare students for the practical test of performing a weld for one of the Certified Welding inspectors to pass the course and obtain a certificate. The AWS program consists of 10 topics of study which is self-paced. Learn at your own pace and schedule your test when you are ready.

Maintaining Certification/License & Renewal

The AWS confers a CW certificate (Certified Welder) which must be updated every six months. A welder must supply proof that he or she is still performing the work he or she is credentialed for, both in the same field and the same type of welding; otherwise, the certificate will lapse and the welder must retake and pass the test certification from the beginning.

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Salary & Job Prospects

Most of what we use every day are products of welding, such as our cars, public buildings, metal cabinets, bridges, bicycles, metal toys, etc. and, if the object itself is not welded, there is a good chance that the production equipment used to make it is welded. Welding is always going to be in high demand.

That makes the job prospects very good, and even more so with training in the latest technologies. Other things, such as willingness to relocate or pursue more education can work in your favor as well. Training as a welder does not mean that all of the labor is physical. The field also needs welding supervisors, welding foremen, and welding engineers. The more training you have the wider the job prospects. Salaries for welders in Virgina range from $40,000 annually, which is above the average salaries by almost $5,000. Welding can be a very good career.

More Welding Schools Guide in Virginia

Tidewater Tech - TradesNorfolk(757) 858-83245301 E Princess Anne Rd, Norfolk, VA 23502http://www.tidewatertechtrades.edu/
Advanced Technology InstituteVirginia Beach(757) 490-12415700 Southern Blvd., Virginia Beach, VA 23462http://www.auto.edu/
Tidewater Community CollegeNorfolk(757) 822-11221428 Cedar Rd, Chesapeake, VA 23322http://www.tcc.edu/
Southside Virginia Community CollegeAlberta(888) 220-7822109 Campus Dr, Alberta, VA 23821http://southside.edu/
Southwest Virginia Community CollegeRichlands(276) 964-2555724 Community College Rd, Cedar Bluff, VA 24609http://sw.edu/
Washington County Skill CenterAbingdon(276) 676-1948848 Thompson Dr, Abingdon, VA 24210http://www.wcskillcenter.org/
Central Virginia Community CollegeLynchburg(434) 832-76003506 Wards Rd, Lynchburg, VA 24502http://cvcc.vccs.edu/
Dabney S Lancaster Community CollegeClifton Forge(540) 863-28001000 Dabney Drive
Clifton Forge, Virginia 24422
Danville Community CollegeDanville(434) 797-22221008 S Main St, Danville, VA 24541http://www.dcc.vccs.edu/
John Tyler Community CollegeChester(804) 796-400013101 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Chester, VA 23831https://jtcc.edu/
Northern Virginia Community CollegeAnnandale(703) 323-30006699 Springfield Center Dr, Springfield, VA 22150http://www.nvcc.edu/
Mountain Empire Community CollegeBig Stone Gap(276) 523-24003441 Mountain Empire Rd, Big Stone Gap, VA 24219http://www.mecc.edu/
Virginia Western Community CollegeRoanoke(540) 857-73113094 Colonial Ave, Roanoke, VA 24015http://www.virginiawestern.edu/
J Sargeant Reynolds Community CollegeRichmond(804) 371-3000Downtown Campus
700 East Jackson Street
Richmond, Virginia
Eastern Shore Community CollegeMelfa(757) 789-178929300 Lankford Hwy, Melfa, VA 23410http://es.vccs.edu/
New River Community CollegeDublin(540) 674-36005251 State Rd 373, Dublin, VA 24084https://www.nr.edu/
Patrick Henry Community CollegeMartinsville(276) 656-0311645 Patriots Avenue, Martinsville, VA 24112http://www.ph.vccs.edu/
Paul D Camp Community CollegeFranklin(757) 569-6700100 North College Drive
Franklin, VA 23851
Rappahannock Community CollegeGlenns(804) 758-670012745 College Dr, Saluda, VA 23149https://www.rappahannock.edu/
Thomas Nelson Community CollegeHampton(757) 825-270099 Thomas Nelson Dr, Hampton, VA 23666http://tncc.edu/
Virginia Highlands Community CollegeAbingdon(276) 739-2400100 VHCC Dr, Abingdon, VA 24210http://www.vhcc.edu/
Wytheville Community CollegeWytheville(276) 223-47001000 E Main St, Wytheville, VA 24382http://www.wcc.vccs.edu/