Welding Fabrication - Training Program
Start your career in welding fabrication

Career training for a job as a welder

In this hands-on welding job training program, you’ll get the skills and training you need for a job as a welder. Practice shop safety, shop math, shop English, and blueprint interpretation. Learn essential welding theories such as SMAW process, GTAW process, GMAW process, FCAW process, as well as the Oxy-Fuel process. After getting lectures on the welding processes, you’ll be assigned projects- just like in a real job. You’ll become familiar with the various tools and equipment such as grinders, cutters and welding machines. Once you graduate, we will help you find a job in the welding field.


What you’ll learn in the Welding Fabrication job training program:

  • Shop and welding safety
  • Blueprint Reading and Interpretation
  • SMAW Process
  • Oxy-Fuel Process
  • GMAW & FCAW Process
  • GTAW Process
  • Basic Computers
  • Customer Service
  • Job preparation, including interview and resume skills

Say yes to CET Welding Fabrication!

New career in 8-9 months?* yes!
Job Placement Assistance? yes!
Support Services? yes!
Financial Aid Assistance for those who qualify? yes!
Training supplies, basic welding toolkit, books and uniforms at no additional cost?** yes!

*Average program length based on attendance. ** Subject to change without notice.


FAQ about the Welding Fabrication repair job training program:

Where do the Welding Fabrication job training classes take place?
Train to be a welder at 5 CET campuses: Colton, CAEl Centro, CA; El Paso, TX; San Diego, CA; and Watsonville, CA. CET’s welding training offers classroom learning as well as access to a fully stocked welding lab for hands-on learning.
How long does it take to finish Welding Fabrication job training program?
With 30 hours a week of attendance, students usually finish the 900 hour program in 8-9 months.
When does the next Welding Fabrication class start?
Right now! CET’s open enrollment means once your application is completed you can start the next day.
What types of jobs can I find in welding after I graduate?
After you go to welding school, you’re qualified for a variety of jobs in the welding field, including:
  • Fabrication Welder
  • Fitter/Welder
  • Maintenance Welder
  • MIG Welder
  • Sub Arc Operator
  • Welder
How soon after finishing welding training will I start working as a welder?
Every student’s experience is different, but according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the welding industry has a higher than average job growth. To see what the job outlook is like for welders where you live, go to onetonline.org and plug in your state in the section for “Wages and Employment Trends.” And with CET’s job placement assistance, you will always have ready help to find the right job.
What can I expect to make as a welder?
The Bureau of Labor Statistics shared this information (see below) about what people can make as a welder. Remember that this is only an average- depending on where you live, the wages can be higher or lower. To see how much welders earn in your region, go to onetonline.org and plug in your state in the section for “Wages and Employment Trends.” Wages & Employment Trends* For Welders, Cutters, and Welder Fitters
Median wages 2017 $19.35 hourly, $40,240 annual
Employment 2016 405,000 employees
Projected job openings 2016-2026 45,800

*Data as of August 2018. For additional information, including details on associated occupations, national and state wage and employment statistics, go to onetonline.org.

How much does it cost to train as a welder and how can I pay for this?
The welding job training program costs $15,500 including books, project supplies and tools. If you qualify for financial aid you may be eligible to receive grants, scholarships and/or federal student loans.
What if I didn’t graduate from high school or don’t have my GED?
At CET you may have options without them. Be sure to tell the Admissions Department so they can guide you through the eligibility process.
How big are the classes?
Class size is approximately 20-25 students and varies by the type of program.
Do you provide any welding certificates needed by employers?
The Welding Fabrication program certifies to an employer that you are ready for an entry level position as a welder.
What do I need to get started? Are there any high school math classes I need to get started?
No. You’ll be provided with basic skills instruction that includes English and math. Additional one on one tutoring is available, if needed.
CET is national, but what about the graduation and job placement rates for Welding Fabrication in my CET location?
Good question! When you’re making decisions about your future, it’s important to be as informed as possible. To see statistics about CET’s program performance, click on the CET location below to access the Federal Student Right to Know and State Program Performance Fact Sheets.*. Remember- we’re here to help. Contact your local CET Admissions Department for additional information or assistance. Welding Fabrication is offered at the following locations: *CET San Diego is an American Welding Society (AWS) Sense approved educational institution

*Sources are listed to provide additional information on related jobs, specialties, and/or industry. Links to non-CET sites are provided for your convenience and do not constitute an endorsement.