California Welding Schools Technology Courses

California Welding Schools

We currently offer 2 different Welder Training Programs at our Visalia & Fresno campuses:

  • Welding Technology
  • Advanced Welding Technology

Welding Technology

Our California Welding Technology course is great for students with little to no prior knowledge or experience in the welding industry. At our California Welding Schools you will learn all of the essential skills necessary for employment in entry-level welder positions. This course will prepare you to obtain American Welding Society (AWS) welder performance qualifications. By becoming a welder at our schools, you’ll have the opportunity to work in a variety of areas including machinery, manufacturing, agriculture, construction, and automotive. Since welding skills can be applied to many industries, a welder qualification gives you career flexibility.

How Long is the Program?

This California welder training program is 480 clock hours (24 weeks) in length. The classes are only offered at the Visalia and Fresno campuses. Find the class time that works best for you below at our California Welding Schools:

Welding class times apply to both the Visalia and Fresno campuses.
Morning classes: 6:00AM – 10:00AM
Daytime classes: 10:30AM – 2:30PM
Evening classes: 2:30PM – 6:30PM
Night classes: 7:00PM – 11:00PM

What Will I Learn?

Our California welder training classes teaches you the practical skills in Oxo-Acetylene cutting and brazing, SMAW (Arc), GMAW (MIG), and FCAW (Flux Core) in ferrous metals. The other welder trade practices and processes you will learn are shop and site safety, blue print reading, and construction math.

What Will I Earn Upon Completion of the Program?

After successful completion of this program, California students will receive a Certificate of Completion and will be given the opportunity to take two AWS welder performance qualification tests. Students can get qualified in the following areas: Core, Introductory Craft Skills, National Construction Career Test (NCCER), SENSE (American Welding Society), and Welding (NOCTI).

Students may also choose to continue their training and education for degrees in mechanical engineering, manufacturing, and applied science-based degrees. Please note that ACI does not offer degree programs at this time. However, our representatives can help direct you to the best programs to further your education.

Tuition includes all books, supplies, and materials needed for the program. As a nationally accredited institution, we are authorized to offer various financial aid programs to those who qualify, though Financial Aid is not available for all of our programs. Our Financial Aid staff will work with you to determine your eligibility, and complete the application process.

Click here for information on available Financial Assistance programs.
Admission to ACI and the Welding Technology programs includes:

    -- Must have high school diploma or equivalent.
    -- Physical ability to carry out the tasks associated with the welding industry.
Your Admissions Officer will cover any and all additional enrollment requirements for those who wish to enroll at ACI as a regular student, and will provide a list of items that must be completed prior to enrollment.

Advanced Welding Technology
at our California Welding Schools

Our Advanced Welding Technology course is also available to California students with little to no welding experience. At our California Welding Schools you will gain a wider range of experience working with a variety of welding techniques and metals to prepare you for entry-level welder positions. This advanced welder training course prepares students to obtain American Welding Society (AWS) welder performance qualifications in the horizontal, vertical, overhead, and 6G positions. Students who obtain these qualifications become eligible for welding jobs in general purpose machinery, agriculture, construction, commercial & industrial machinery equipment repair/maintenance, architectural & structural metals manufacturing, motor vehicle body, and trailer manufacturing. In addition to giving you career flexibility, this in-depth Advanced Welding training can make you a more versatile job candidate.

How Long is the Welding Program?

This program takes 760 clock hours (38 weeks) to complete. Our Advanced Welding course is offered only at the Visalia and Fresno campuses. Find the class time that is most convenient for you at our California Welding Schools:

Class times apply to both the Visalia and Fresno campuses.
Morning classes: 6:00AM – 10:00AM
Daytime classes: 10:30AM – 2:30PM
Evening classes: 2:30PM – 6:30PM
Night classes: 7:00PM – 11:00PM

What will I learn?

In our Advanced Welding Technology program, you will learn practical skills including Oxy-Acetylene cutting and brazing, SMAW (Arc), GMAW (MIG), FCAW (Flux Core) in ferrous and non-ferrous metals*, and GTAW in ferrous and non-ferrous metals. California students will also gain knowledge in shop and site safety, blue print reading, and construction math. This program goes beyond our regular Welding Technology program by giving you experience working with both ferrous and non-ferrous metals.

*includes purge welding of sanitary pipe process

What Will I Earn Upon Completion of the Program?

Students who complete our California Advanced Welding Technology program receive a Certificate of Completion and the opportunity to take two AWS welder performance qualification tests. You can earn qualifications in the Core, Introductory Craft Skills, National Construction Career Test (NCCER), SENSE (American Welding Society), and Welding (NOCTI) areas. By completing this course, you have the opportunity to obtain American Welding Society (AWS) welder performance qualifications in the horizontal, vertical, overhead, and 6G positions.

Upon completion of the Advanced Welding Technology program, individuals can also choose to continue their training and education further. You can pursue degrees in mechanical engineering, manufacturing, and applied science-based degrees. While ACI does not offer degree programs at this time, our California representatives can direct you to the degree programs that best align with your career goals.

Tuition includes all books, supplies, and materials needed for the program. As a nationally accredited institution, we are authorized to offer various financial aid programs to those who qualify, though Financial Aid is not available for all of our programs. Our Financial Aid staff will work with you to determine your eligibility, and complete the application process.

Click here for information on available Financial Assistance programs.
Admission to ACI and the Welding Technology programs includes:

    -- Must have high school diploma or equivalent.
    -- Physical ability to carry out the tasks associated with the welding industry.
Your Admissions Officer will cover any and all additional enrollment requirements for those who wish to enroll at ACI as a regular student, and will provide a list of items that must be completed prior to enrollment.
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Both the Welding Technology and the Advanced Welding Technology programs are designed to meet trade expectations for safety and skills required for the welding industry in California.

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