Ways to find local welding classes include using a welding school locator like the one on the American Welding Society website, searching a welding school directory or inquiring with local schools to ask if welding classes are available. Some places where welding classes may be available include private welding schools, high schools and two-year colleges, suggests BLS.gov.
Using the school locator on the American Welding Society's website, AWS.org, allows individuals to see a map of welding schools in the United States, perform a search by city or ZIP code or search by school name. Each search yields a list of schools in the specified radius, and users can see which levels of welding training are offered.
Another option is to use a college directory website such as MatchCollege.com, which has a section dedicated to welding schools. This site has a large list of schools users can filter by state. It also features information about each program with its cost and type of credentials awarded along with a school profile with a link to the school's website, enrollment details and contact information.
Users can also go to websites for local technical schools and community colleges and look for welding programs on the school website's academics section. Welding programs often lead to a certificate and may be broken up into more specific programs such as those for machine tool technologists, sheet metal technologists and machine shop technologists.