Home >> Alabama


Receive Free Info on Welding Schools In Your Area in Alabama

Alabaster Albertville Alexander City Andalusia
Anniston Arab Athens Atmore
Attalla Auburn Bay Minette Bessemer
Birmingham Boaz Brewton Brook Highland
Calera Center Point Chelsea Chickasaw
Clanton Clay Cullman Daleville
Daphne Decatur Demopolis Dixiana
Dothan East Florence Enterprise Eufaula
Fairfield Fairhope Florence Foley
Forestdale Fort Payne Fultondale Gadsden
Gardendale Glencoe Greenville Gulf Shores
Guntersville Hamilton Hartselle Harvest
Helena Homewood Hoover Hueytown
Huntsville Irondale Jacksonville Jasper
Lanett Leeds Lincoln Madison
Meadowbrook Meridianville Midfield Millbrook
Mobile Monroeville Montevallo Montgomery
Moody Moores Mill Mountain Brook Muscle Shoals
Northport Oneonta Opelika Opp
Orange Beach Oxford Ozark Pelham
Pell City Phenix City Pike Road Pinson
Pleasant Grove Prattville Prichard Princeton
Rainbow City Rainsville Roanoke Robertsdale
Russellville Saks Saraland Satsuma
Scottsboro Selma Sheffield Smiths Station
Southside Spanish Fort Sylacauga Talladega
Tarrant Theodore Tillmans Corner Troy
Trussville Tuscaloosa Tuscumbia Tuskegee
Valley Vestavia Hills Wetumpka

Welding Degree and Certificate Training

Alabama welder welding in fabrication shop

There are multiple alternatives available to receive training as a welder in a technical or trade school. You can earn a diploma, a certificate or an Associate Degree. Bachelor Degrees are available in Welding Engineering or Welding Technology, but are more advanced degrees than most journeyman welders will need. Some programs are also offered combined with an apprenticeship program. Below are brief summaries of the most prevalent welding programs available in Alabama.

  • Diploma and Certificate Programs are usually made available by technical and trade schools and take about one year to complete. They are more hands-on training in scope, designed primarily to develop welding skills. They can provide a good foundation for a new journeyman or apprentice welder, or additional skills for working welders.
  • Associate Degree Programs will take 2 years to complete and are usually offered by community colleges. An Associate Degree in Welding Technology offers a more well-rounded education than the diploma or certificate while still providing the foundation that readies students to enter the workforce.

A number of municipalities and states do have licensing requirements for welders, therefore be sure to find out for your location of future employment. As required, the welding school you choose should prep you for any licensing exams that you will have to pass in addition to providing the appropriate training to become a professional welder.

Welder Certification Alternatives

Alabama welder welding metal table

There are a number of organizations that provide welder certifications, which evaluate the skill level and knowledge of those applying. Many Alabama employers not only require a certificate or degree from an accredited welding program, but also certification from a highly regarded agency like the American Welding Society (AWS). Different certifications are offered based on the type of work that the welder does. Just some of the things that certification can attest to are the welder's ability to

  • Operate in compliance with specific codes
  • Work with specified metal thicknesses
  • Work with specific types of welds
  • Work according to contract specifications

As already stated, some states, cities or local municipalities have licensing mandates for welders. Of those calling for licensing, some additionally require certification for various types of work. Certification is also a way to prove to employers that you are a highly skilled and experienced welder. So similarly as with licensing, check the requirements for your location and verify that the welding vocational school you select readies you for certification as needed.

Find out More About Alabama Welding Classes