Welding – Short-Term Training

Ignite Your Potential with Training from Experts in Multiple Welding Techniques

Welding student working in lab

Program Overview

Whether you are just starting out or looking to enhance your welding skills, College of Western Idaho’s (CWI) short-term Welding training may be ideal. We provide individualized instruction tailored to your welding capabilities and goals. Our program offers the flexibility to choose courses based on your preferred welding method, accommodating both beginners and intermediate learners.

Our Select Your Method courses, spanning five weeks and 30 total hours, allow you to focus on MIG, TIG, or Stick welding. You will learn about welding safety, machine set-up, and various welding techniques, complemented by ample practice time. This course is perfect for a comprehensive introduction to welding or for honing your existing skills. With options for Saturday classes throughout the year and weekday evening classes during the summer, training is designed to fit into your schedule.

Degree or Certificate Type

Certificate

Cost

$595

Primary Location

Two welders working on project in lab

Learning Opportunities

  • Method-Specific Training: Choose to focus on MIG, TIG, or Stick welding.
  • Safety & Machine Set-Up: Learn the essentials of welding safety and how to set up your equipment.
  • Welding Techniques: Gain hands-on experience with various welding techniques.
  • Flexible Scheduling: Weekend and evening classes available to accommodate your needs.
  • Skill Development for All Levels: Suitable for both beginners and those looking to improve their existing skills.

Area of Study

Degrees & Certificates

Certificate of Completion

Welder repairing pipe

Career Opportunities

  • Maintenance and Repair Workers, General

    Perform work involving the skills of two or more maintenance or craft occupations to keep machines, mechanical equipment, or the structure of a building in repair. Duties may involve pipe fitting; HVAC maintenance; insulating; welding; machining; carpentry; repairing electrical or mechanical equipment; installing, aligning, and balancing new equipment; and repairing buildings, floors, or stairs. Excludes “Facilities Managers” (11-3013) and “Maintenance Workers, Machinery” (49-9043).

    135

    Annual Openings*

    $17.97

    Hourly Median Wage*

    $37,378

    Annual Median Salary

    21.69%

    Growth (2021 – 2031)*

  • Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers

    Use hand-welding, flame-cutting, hand-soldering, or brazing equipment to weld or join metal components or to fill holes, indentations, or seams of fabricated metal products.

    53

    Annual Openings*

    $22.29

    Hourly Median Wage*

    $46,363

    Annual Median Salary

    15.73%

    Growth (2021 – 2031)*

  • First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers

    Directly supervise and coordinate activities of construction or extraction workers.

    47

    Annual Openings*

    $28.49

    Hourly Median Wage*

    $59,259

    Annual Median Salary

    28.31%

    Growth (2021 – 2031)*

  • Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters

    Assemble, install, alter, and repair pipelines or pipe systems that carry water, steam, air, or other liquids or gases. May install heating and cooling equipment and mechanical control systems. Includes sprinkler fitters.

    28

    Annual Openings*

    $22.90

    Hourly Median Wage*

    $47,632

    Annual Median Salary

    38.08%

    Growth (2021 – 2031)*

  • Sheet Metal Workers

    Fabricate, assemble, install, and repair sheet metal products and equipment, such as ducts, control boxes, drainpipes, and furnace casings. Work may involve any of the following: setting up and operating fabricating machines to cut, bend, and straighten sheet metal; shaping metal over anvils, blocks, or forms using hammer; operating soldering and welding equipment to join sheet metal parts; or inspecting, assembling, and smoothing seams and joints of burred surfaces. Includes sheet metal duct installers who install prefabricated sheet metal ducts used for heating, air conditioning, or other purposes.

    7

    Annual Openings*

    $22.32

    Hourly Median Wage*

    $46,426

    Annual Median Salary

    48.82%

    Growth (2021 – 2031)*

  • Structural Iron and Steel Workers

    Raise, place, and unite iron or steel girders, columns, and other structural members to form completed structures or structural frameworks. May erect metal storage tanks and assemble prefabricated metal buildings. Excludes “Reinforcing Iron and Rebar Workers” (47-2171).

    5

    Annual Openings*

    $20.76

    Hourly Median Wage*

    $43,181

    Annual Median Salary

    51.92%

    Growth (2021 – 2031)*

  • Reinforcing Iron and Rebar Workers

    Position and secure steel bars or mesh in concrete forms in order to reinforce concrete. Use a variety of fasteners, rod-bending machines, blowtorches, and hand tools. Includes rod busters.

    N/A

    Annual Openings*

    $21.89

    Hourly Median Wage*

    $45,531

    Annual Median Salary

    N/A

    Growth (2021 - 2031)*

  • Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

    Set up, operate, or tend welding, soldering, or brazing machines or robots that weld, braze, solder, or heat treat metal products, components, or assemblies. Includes workers who operate laser cutters or laser-beam machines.

    N/A

    Annual Openings*

    $16.79

    Hourly Median Wage*

    $34,923

    Annual Median Salary

    N/A

    Growth (2021 - 2031)*

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*Data sourced from Lightcast™ (2023), a global leader in labor market analytics, and limited to the state of Idaho. Contact CWI Institutional Research for questions regarding this data.

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