A career in welding can help open doors in a variety of different industries and geographic areas throughout the country. At STVT, our Combination Welding classes (CW) are designed to prepare students for today’s welding jobs.

As a student in one of our welding courses in Texas, students have the opportunity to learn welding skills such as shielded metal arc welding, gas metal arc welding, gas tungsten arc welding, and flux core arc welding—all of which play a vital role in construction and maintenance efforts across the country.  

Training to Become a Welder

The Combination Welding program is intended for students who desire a career in the welding industry. Students must possess a high school diploma, GED, or a recognized equivalent. Graduates may be qualified for entry-level employment as a welder.

At STVT, we recognize the importance of both learning and doing. That’s why our programs focus on traditional classroom learning taught by industry-experienced instructors, which is then reinforced with hands-on experience in our simulation labs. 

What Does a Welder Do?

A variety of welding skills may prove useful in the field. At STVT, we focus on providing hands-on education to set students up for success.

Preparation Duties

Our CW program also provides students with the opportunity to learn several preparation duties, including:

  • Basic and specific safety procedures
  • Specifics of particular construction materials
  • Working with potentially hazardous materials
  • Confined workspace safety
  • Welding inspection
  • Job safety and protective clothing
  • Understanding welding symbols

Welding Duties

Our programs focus on four welding techniques commonly used in the field, including

  • Shielded metal arc welding (SMAW)
    • Open V grooves
    • Flat and horizontal welds
    • Stainless steel grooves
    • CNC cutting
    • Plasma arc cutting
  • Gas metal arc welding (GMAW) and Flux core arc welding (FCAW)
    • Safe equipment use
    • Stringer bead and weave bead construction
    • Proper plate positioning and welding
    • GMAW pipe welding techniques
    • GMAW stringer bead preparation
  • Gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW)
    • Interpass temperature control
    • Position padding
    • Open-groove welds in multiple positions
    • Procedures to preserve weldment strength
    • V-groove pile and pipe welds in multiple positions

Equipment Maintenance

Welders often work with extreme heat, which takes its toll on even the hardiest tools. Welders may be responsible for the maintenance of their  tools, and as part of our welding training in Texas, we cover how to repair and fix commonly used tools to keep them working at their best.

Professional Welding Requirements

While the requirements to pursue welding careers vary by state, STVT’s educational program sets up a broad base to help students understand the skills that employers are looking for.

Through classes that combine theory with practical application of hands-on skills, our students may be able to take certain welding qualification exams* meeting the Nation Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) standards upon graduation.


*STVT does not guarantee third-party certifications. Certification requirements for taking and passing certification examinations are not controlled by STVT but by outside agencies and are subject to change by the agencies without notice to STVT. Therefore, STVT cannot guarantee that graduates will be eligible to take certification examinations, regardless of their eligibility status upon enrollment.

Is a Welder a Good Career For Me?

As a welder, you will have the opportunity to earn a living while working with your hands. Welding is an incredibly rewarding job, as the finished project is often unattainable without your handiwork being involved. 

The machinery, buildings, and structures that are built from pieces that are welded together are often there to be appreciated or utilized by many; therefore, many welders take a lot of pride in their work. With the growth of technology and new ideas and methods, welders will have interesting new avenues to explore.

How Much Money Do Welders Make?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Welders earn a median salary of $41,380 per year. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $28,560, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $63,740.*

Wages for welders vary with the worker’s experience, the company’s size, overall industry trends, work location, among many other factors.

* https://www.bls.gov/ooh/production/welders-cutters-solderers-and-brazers.htm#tab-5

Welding Career Outlook

Along with a career that is hands-on and technologically intriguing, there are many other reasons to consider becoming a welder, including the opportunity for career growth. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects welding careers to grow by 3 percent between 2018 and 2028*. 



STVT cannot guarantee employment or salary.

Where Can a Welder Work?

Welders work in a variety of different industries, including shipbuilding, manufacturing, construction, oil and gas, aerospace applications, and repair and maintenance. Welders get to move around a lot, having a mix of indoor and outdoor work, along with working on different projects rather than doing the same thing repeatedly.

Do You Have Other Questions?

If you are searching for welding schools in Texascontact us today, and we can answer any questions you have about our Combination Welding program. We know that a decision to attend STVT is an important step in your personal and professional life, and we are committed to making sure that you have the information you need to make a career training decision that’s right for you.

STVT’s South Texas Welding Program Locations

STVT makes it easy to find education for welding careers. We offer this welding trade school program at three convenient locations across South Texas. Find the one that’s right for you!


Programs vary by location.
High school diploma, GED, or equivalent required.

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We would like to invite you to experience our program for yourself. Our admissions team is ready to answer any questions you might have about our exciting welding program, so feel free to reach out for additional details. If you are interested in visiting in person, we would be happy to arrange a visit to our campus so you can see our students and instructors in action.

Find out if our welding classes are the right solution for your career training!