Blend Art and Science. Begin a Career in Welding!

This part-time Welding program prepares you for a career in the welding industry in only 18 weeks. Using the "learn while you earn" model, our evening class allows you to work while you're taking classes. Common industry standard processes of Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW-Stick), Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW-TIG), and Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW-MIG), as well as plasma arc and oxy-acetylene cutting are covered. This class is designed for anyone interested in learning more about welding, those considering a career change, and/or those currently in the field who are looking to upskill.

Program Requirements:
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Successful completion of TABE entrance assessment
  • HS diploma recommended, not required (note: employers may require a high school diploma)
Tuition: $2,895
  • Fall: 9/10/24 - 1/28/25
  • Spring: 2/11/25 - 6/24/25
Class Schedule: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Program length: 108 hours of in-person instruction + 10 hours of online coursework = 118 hours, 18 weeks
Location: BOCES 2 Career & Technical Education Center (WEMOCO) 
3589 Big Ridge Road, Spencerport, NY 14559
Dress Code: 100% cotton jeans are required, no polyester mix. Wear clothing that can get dirty. No baggy clothing. Steel or Composite toe leather boots must be worn. Tops must cover the torso (shoulders, waistline, chest, and arms); Tops should be 100% Cotton or FR2 Rated. Welding Helmet and 100% Cotton Welding Cap to protect hair and head area from burns. No dangling earrings, chains, bracelets, or necklaces. Clothing with offensive or inappropriate language is not allowed. Safety glasses are provided and required.
  • Individuals in need of assistance meeting dress code guidelines should seek support from their advisor. Some financial assistance may be possible.

Complete a contact card to connect with an advisor, learn more about the program, and start the application process.

Employment Outlook:
  • For more information about welding employment, click here.
Student Support and Academic Services
  • Access to student support advisors, who can provide career advisement and referral services 
  • Access to academic and employability support
  • Access to employer networks

What Will I Learn?

  • Gas Metal Arc Welding (MIG)
  • Plasma Arc Cutting
  • Macro Etching
  • Shielded Metal Arc Welding (Stick)
  • Types of Gasses
  • Discontinuities
  • Flux-core Arc Welding (FCAW)
  • Blueprint Reading
  • Gas Shielding
  • High Frequency Pulsed Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW-P)
  • Basic Circuit Layout and Design
  • Sample Grinding
  • Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (TIG)
  • Sheet Metal Welding
  • Steel and Aluminum Welding
  • Oxyacetylene Cutting
  • Joint Designs
  • Filler Rods

How Do I Enroll?

Admission Procedures
When you are ready to apply, registration for Career Training Programs requires successful completion of the entrance assessment, and satisfactory arrangement of payment of tuition. An automated email confirming registration will be sent to your email. The entire admission process must be completed before enrollment is confirmed.

  1. Complete a contact card and register for an Entrance Assessment: Once you submit the contact card, you'll receive an email (check your spam!). Use the link in the email to complete your application and register for an Entrance Assessment.
  2. Complete an entrance assessment to determine your program eligibility. Your score on the assessment helps determine the level of support you may need to be successful in the program.
  3. Secure funding. You may choose to meet with an advisor to discuss funding options.

Tuition Assistance options for this program include:

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Complete a contact card to connect with an advisor, learn more about the program, and complete an application

Student Success

Vincent, Welding Certificate Graduate
Vincent, Welding Certificate Program Graduate

Vincent finished his welding certificate program with CWD and was looking forward to the opportunities the training provides. After working at a ski resort in Colorado for six years, Vincent was ready for a career that offered more opportunities for advancement and continuous learning. He had been thinking about welding as a career and began looking into training programs both in Colorado and around Spencerport, where he was originally from.

“The training program at CWD is so affordable compared to the other options I found, and it offers flexibility with my schedule,” Vincent said. “I am very happy with my choice to attend training here.”

Vincent credits the instructors at CWD with fueling his love of the program and helping him to figure out where he wants to take his skills. “I have a bachelor’s degree and good work experience. Now with this training, I have lots of options to explore for my career path. I am excited for the opportunities.”