Skilled Trades

How Do Welding Training Programs Work?

Skilled TradesOctober 28, 2022

At Fortis, welding training programs are designed to prepare students for entry into the field as industrial welders, brazers, fabrication and fitting welders, MIG welders, and more. Students learn the principles and symbols of welding technology, pipe welding, shielded metal and gas metal arc-welding, as well as flux core and gas tungsten arc-welding. This is classic hands-on training for a career in a skilled trade that will always be in demand. As part of the program, students also prepare to take certification exams upon their graduation from Fortis. 

Interested in applying to a Fortis Welding Training Program? Here is an at-a- glance overview of what the program entails:

Classroom Learning

Welding training program students take classes in welding mathematics and print reading in order to increase their understanding of basic career requirements. As part of the curriculum, students study welding symbols and the methods of destructive and non-destructive testing used to determine quality work.

Hands-On Practice

While many welding lessons begin with in-class instruction, most transition into hands-on practice. It is common to spend 80% of time in a welding training program performing hands-on welding. Aspiring welders learn about design, production, performance and maintenance of welded products while developing a foundation in industrial welding techniques and craft skills.

Career Development Skills

It is important for welders to know what is expected of them and how they can maintain their professionalism at all times. In addition to classes and hands-on practice, students in welding training programs learn development skills that help prepare them for a successful and exciting career.


Upon completion of the welding training program, students are prepared to sit for certification exams required by the D1.1 Standards used in structural steel. While education requirements for becoming a welder may vary by state or by employer, earning certification in welding after graduation can help enhance credibility in a competitive market place.

Fortis offers welding programs at campuses in Georgia, Ohio (Cuyahoga Falls and Cincinnati), and Houston.  If you are interested in pursuing a career in this rewarding field, call 1-855-436-7847 to schedule a campus visit or for more information. 

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