A career in welding can help open doors to work in a variety of different industries and geographic areas throughout the country. At STVT, our Combination Welding program is designed to prepare you for today’s welding jobs. As a student in one of our welding schools, you will have the chance to learn shielded metal arc welding, gas metal arc welding, gas tungsten arc welding and flux core arc welding, all of which are needed by many of the growing companies and industries in America today.

Through STVT’s Combination Welding training program, you will also have the chance to learn hands-on from instructors who are experienced in the welding field who will introduce you to industry-standard welding equipment so you can gain confidence in your skills upon graduation and be ready for your new career opportunity.

What does a Combination Welder do?

Simply put, welding is the process of permanently joining metal parts. The metal parts are fused together with extremely hot heat, creating a permanent bond. Because this bond is so strong, welding is used most often in the manufacturing industry. For example, ship building, automobile manufacturing, and aerospace applications.

There are more than 100 different processes that welders use, each differ by the tools used as well as the technique. Arc welding, which is the most common form, is the process of bonding metal together using electrical currents, and requires a specific tool to do so.

Welders are required to read blueprints and instruction manuals when completing an assignment. While dependent on the project, some duties include calculating dimensions to be welded, igniting torches and power supplies, and monitoring equipment and machinery.

Why should I become a Welder?

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.

In addition, the field is expected to see steady growth through the rest of the decade. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects welding careers to grow by 22,500 positions from 2016 to 2026. They also report that many welding employers report difficulty finding properly skilled welders. This means more opportunity for individuals with the right training and, for those open to relocation, employment opportunities increase even more.

Lastly, with the growth of technology and new ideas and methods, the field of construction, manufacturing, and welding has ample opportunity for continued education and exploration. This is a field that will not remain stagnant, but shows opportunity for growth, learning, and creativity.


Where do Welders work?

Welders work in a variety of different industries, including shipbuilding, manufacturing, construction, oil & gas, aerospace applications, and repair & maintenance.

How much do Welders earn?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Welders earn a median salary of $41,380 per year, while earners in the top 10 percent are making more than $63,740 annually.  The lower 10 percent has been reported to have earned less than $28,560 annually.


More questions?

If you are searching for welding schools in Texas, contact 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 all of the information you need to make a career training decision that’s right for you.

STVT offers Combination Welding programs at these Texas locations:


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