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Welder Training Opportunities for Adult Students


A student weldsThis program teaches the welding skills employers need and provides the certifications to make  you a valuable assett to their team. reported last year that decades of attrition have left the U.S. with older welders and those who largely lack the advanced skills needed today.

The average age of a welder in the country is 55 and the wave of coming retirements, Bloomberg said, will leave manufacturers at a disadvantage. According to the American Welding Society, there will be a shortage of 290,000 welding professionals, including inspectors, engineers, and teachers. The shortage is boosting salaries for those willing to do the work and who have the right training — training like that offered at the Capital Region BOCES Career and Technical Education Center (CTE).  

Through this 500-hour adult education course, students learn the skills necessary to enter workforce and the advanced skills sought after by existing welders.

The curriculum combines hands-on technical training, supporting classroom lessons in weld theory and online practice modules.

Units of study:

  • GTAW orbital welding
  • Shielded metal arc (stick) welding
  • Gas metal arc (MIG) welding
  • Gas tungsten arc welding (TIG)
  • Flux cored arc welding
  • Pipe welding (stick and TIG)
  • Oxy-fuel cutting and plasma cutting


  • Applicants must have a high school diploma or enroll in a GED program

Class schedule:

Classes meet Monday through Wednesday afternoons from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m.


  • $5,800. (Certification testing and textbook included with tuition; does not include personal protection equipment.) Call 518-862-4707 for additional information.

Video: View a short video of students in action

For more information:

  • Contact the Adult Education program at (518) 862-4707.





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