If you are interested in a welding career, it is a good idea to begin with welding training to develop your skills and increase your chances on the job market.
Welding Diploma vs. Degree
Welding schools, depending on the institution and program offer diplomas and/or degrees. A diploma shows that a person has completed certain training requirements. A degree generally involved a higher level of education and training.
Welding Training Programs at Tulsa Welding School
- Professional Welder / Welding Specialist: This diploma program can be completed within 7 months. You learn different welding techniques so you can start an entry-level position as a welder.
- Professional Welder with Pipefitting / Welding Specialist with Pipefitting: Students get extensive pipefitter, steamfitter, boilermaker, and plumber training to start an entry-level career in pipefitting or plumbing.
- Associate of Occupational Studies in Welding Technology: After completing the Professional Welder program, students may get a degree for more advanced welding skills like testing techniques, codes, metallurgy, and quality control, so you can become a welding inspector.
Welding Diploma vs. Certificate
Certificates are something you normally obtain separately after you have completed your welding training and have tested and shown proficiency in skills. Certificates are awarded from various industry organizations for different specialties. Here are some examples of the most common welding certificates:
- The American Welding Society (AWS): AWS offers multiple certificates, such as Certified Welder, Certified Welding Inspector, or Certified Robotic Arc Welding.
- The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME): ASME certifies those working with boilers and pressure vessels.
- The American Petroleum Institute (API): If you work in the gas and oil industry, API provides certification eleven different certifications.
Welding Career Paths
Getting a welding diploma or degree is often the first step in a welding career path. Even though some employers hire inexperienced entry-level workers and train them on the job, many in fact prefer to hire welders who have completed welding training. 1 If want to start a career in welding, you can fortunately chose from a variety of training opportunities.
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