Welding - Indian River State College
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Welding is the most economical and efficient way to join metals permanently. Learn the most common welding techniques—Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) and Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW)—while studying basic layout and material usage, industry quality standards, safety requirements and interpretation of blueprint drawings.

Future Welding Program Dates

  • Day program begins in October 2021.
  • Evening program begins in April 2022.
  • Day program begins in January 2023.

Open House Information Sessions—See What We Are About!

Register early to hold your spot.  Seating is limited.  Use the event calendar link listed below.

For more information, call the IRSC Information Call Center toll-free at 1-866-792-4772.

Program Expenses

The Welding Technology program approximate cost is $3,300 for courses plus $1,000 for books and gear/tools.

Program Hours

The Day Welding Technology program meets Monday through Friday,  7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
The Evening Welding Technology program meets Monday through Friday, 5:30 to 10:30 p.m.

Application Process

The application process is open year round, but each program has specific application deadlines.

  1.  Apply to IRSC.
  2.  Fill out the Welding program application.
  3.  The Welding Department schedules interviews.


Interview Process:
During the interview process, applicants will discuss their motivation for taking the program, goals, experience, etc. Bring in a letter of recommendation to the interview. A math evaluation immediately following the interview.

Math Evaluation:
The math evaluation is not timed. Questions are made up of basic arithmetic +,-,*, /, fractions, and basic angles that must be completed without using a calculator. A practical section involves measuring items with a ruler and noting the length to the nearest 1/16 of an inch.

Program acceptance:
Program acceptatnce is based from points given in each of the following categories:

  • Applicant was on time to the interview.
  • Applicatnt brought all required documents (letter of recommendation) to the interview.
  • Application dressed in a professional manner for the interview.
  • Applicant is motivated and performed research on the welding career.
  • Applicant met minimum scores on the math evaluation.

Once You Complete the Program

Obtain lucrative employment as a welder in a wide varieties of industries, from car racing to manufacturing. Similar, yet different job opportunities include becoming a cutter, solderer or brazer—all of which use heat to create and shape solutions to a myriad of applications.

For more information, contact:
Walter Posten

AWS Certification

Students have the opportunity to obtain AWS certifications for multiple alloys, structural and pipe. Exams are offered at the end of the program.


AWS Testing (Students and Non-Students)

IRSC is a testing site for AWS welding certification. For more information, contact Walt Posten
at 772-528-3957 or wposten@irsc.edu.
AWS-ATF Accredited Test Facility



Academic Plans/Guided Pathways for Welding

To view and print an Academic Plan/Guided Pathway, double-click on the program title.

For course descriptions, see the College Catalog and type "Welding Technology" in the catalog search bar.

Academic Plans/Guided Pathways are recommended sequences of courses and prerequisites needed to complete your degree. It is a general suggestion for when to take your courses; it is not a course schedule. Students should meet with their advisors to make appropriate course selections. The Academic Plans/Guided Pathways listed below are for the current academic year. Students should consult with their advisors for plan requirements specific to their academic year.

Career Training

Students enrolled in Career and Technical Education programs build increasingly sophisticated skills in both clock hour and college credit modules.

Career Coach Employment Outlook

For wage and employment data for careers related to welding, visit Career Coach.

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