Workforce Training and Development in Welding

Professional & Continuing Education

Part Time
Workforce Training Program
Workforce Training
Off Campus

Program Description

Wentworth’s Welding program will prepare you for an exciting career in construction, pipefitting, facility maintenance and more as a skilled welder. Whether you are just starting out, or want to advance your career, we offer the skills and training you need to move ahead in just 1 year.  Learn the very latest practices in welding, gas metal arc welding, and advanced arc welding from experienced and knowledgeable instructors. Students who complete the initial 1 year program can further their training in the codes and standards contained in the Structural Welding Code-Steel Book, and in Metal Fabrication Arc Welding. Plus, students have the opportunity to complete their OSHA-30 training in OSHA-approved safety methods and best practices. 

What to Expect:

  • 15 weeks/semester, 90 hours of welding/semester
  • State-of-the-art equipment
  • Convenient locations in Roxbury

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  • Program Objectives

    This program provides students with the training they need to advance in a career in welding. You will learn:

    • The fundamentals of arc welding processes, including flux-cored, shielded metal, gas metal and metal fabrication.
    • The ability to cut and fabricate numerous materials and structures, including pipes, plates, beams and structural steel.
    • The core abilities and understanding leading to 3G, 4G, and 6G certification by the American Welding Society (AWS), and to prepare for the AWS-certified welding inspector exam.
  • Admissions Requirements & Tuition

    Applicants must submit the following items(s) to apply: 


    • $1,800 per course 


  • Start Terms

    • Spring 2020 (Roxbury location only)
    • Summer 2020 (Roxbury location only)
    • Fall 2020 (Roxbury)

Program Curriculum


  • Welding 1: Flux-cored arc welding (FCAW) and shielded metal arc welding (SMAW), commonly referred to as “stick welding,” are covered in this level. Students will attempt to do an AWS 3G or 4G plate. When completed, students will be responsible for payment of such, which will enable them to enter the next level of welding.
  • Welding 2: This course presents the fundamental theory and practice of gas metal arc welding (GMAW), commonly referred to as “MIG welding.” Students will work on stainless steel and pipe materials and also complete their 3G or 4G unlimited fillet groove welding plate. Students who have both 3G and 4G certification can acquire 6G pipe certification at their expense. Plasma cutting and oxygen and acetylene cutting and burning for structural steel will also be covered.
  • Welding 3: This course will require all students to be certified welders who have successfully completed all AWS certifications (3G and 4G). Students will learn to use inner shield and flux-cored, wire-fed machines at a level from 125 to 400 inches per minute. This will also enable students to study for the AWS certified welding inspector exam.



  • Welding 4: The main goal of this course is to prepare individuals who completed the three welding courses to enter the workforce and perform any task. Students will fabricate plates, beams and other structures, and will be responsible for knowing the codes and standards referenced in the book Structural Welding Code—Steel approved by the American National Standards Institute. This course is only offered to students who have demonstrated the ability to perform SMAW and GMAW. Students who have their D1.1 3G and 4G certification may be able to take the D1.5 bridge code of the Massachusetts welding test.
  • Welding 5: This course consists of metal fabrication arc welding. Students will learn how to clean and prepare material prior to welding; they will also learn base metal preparation as dictated by the WPS/PQR. In addition, the proper procedure for flux-cored arc welding (FCAW) stainless steel plate 304/304L will be covered.
  • 30 Hour OSHA Training: Topics include OSHA standards, OSHA Act, OSHA recordkeeping, multi-employer worksite issues, lockout/tagout, confined space entry, personal protective equipment, fire protection and prevention, material handling, storage, use, disposal, hand and power tools, welding and cutting, scaffolding, fall protection, cranes/derricks and more. There are no pre-requisites required for this optional course and the cost is $300. 
Students will incur costs beyond tuition, including $250 per test plate for certification and approximately $500 in welding supplies. The following supplies are required prior to starting the program: Magnifying glass* Flashlight* Work boots* (leather type, 8 inches in height) Welding jacket** Welding gloves** (heavy leather) Auto-darkening welding shield** Chipping hammer** Wire brush** 4-1/2 in. grinder guard** (Bosch or Dewalt) 4-1/2 in. wire wheel** (braided type) Sanding disks** (90 to 120 grit) *These items may be purchased from any store. **These items must be purchased from Airgas East, 79 Clapp Street, Dorchester, MA