• Develop the skills employers look for through hands-on projects, blueprint interpretation, layout and welding practice. Students in the Robotics concentration also gain up to 300 hours working with FANUC, Panasonic and OTC robots. 
  • Flexible course options. Classes are offered day and night on the Elkhorn and Racine campuses so you can learn when and where it’s most convenient for you.
  • Build your resume. You’ll earn the Welding/Maintenance & Fabrication technical diploma in your first semester of the Welding program, so you’ll be prepared for an entry-level welding position as you continue your education.   
  • Study with award-winning faculty who bring years of experience in the field, including print reading and safety techniques for MIG, TIG, stick/arc, gas and plasma welding.

Career Opportunities: Welder Fabricator, Welding Technician

Career Pathways are designed to help you reach your educational goals and explore college and career options. Pathways are made up of related certificates, diplomas and degrees that build on common skills and knowledge. You can begin at any point on the Career Pathway and customize your pathway to fit your goals. View the pathway for your area of interest.


Gary Halliday, Welder at the Keystone Group explains how he took his career in a new direction after joining Keystone’s Welding Academy and is now working towards his welding certifications.

Gary explains the great benefits of working at the Keystone Group including the cycle to work scheme, a subsidised gym membership and a social club with lots of great staff events.

Gary also describes the benefits of the Keyfit initiative where the Keystone Group has teamed up with Fitbit to promote a healthier lifestyle across the group. The Keyfit programme provides employees with a Fitbit to track their physical activity and help them to set goals to improve their fitness with fun events and prizes up for grabs for the most active team members. If you would like to find out more about the Welding Academy visit our website: http://keystonegroup.co.uk/job/welders/

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If you enjoy working with your hands and building things, then welding could be the perfect career for you. Welders help build and repair everything from the tiniest cars to the mightiest ships. But in order to do that, you will need to go through a welding school program to learn how to perform this trade.

If you’re wondering what the field looks like, both the need for welders and the salary are healthy, according to industry and government sources. Qualified welders are in high-demand as there’s an ongoing shortage of them. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates average pay for welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers at $39,390, but the highest 10% earn more than $62,100.

What are Welding School Programs Like?

Attending any welding school program means spending a significant amount of time working in the shop, welding. They’re primarily practical programs, designed to teach you the technical skills you need to excel in your craft. You can only gain those skills through practice.

Depending on the exact makeup of the program, you may also learn skills associated with a specific industry or general “soft skills”. These can include:

  • How to communicate clearly
  • Technical writing
  • The psychology of the workplace
  • Skills or knowledge related to a specific industry

This means you’ll have to attend some classroom-based lessons and spend some time studying. You’ll probably find this easier to get motivated for than you did classes in high school though. The subjects you’re studying are closely related to the skills you’re learning and will help you in your career.

What will you Learn in your Welding School Programs?

Welding school is a mix of theory and practice. The exact mix depends on the program in question, but the following will give you a good idea of what’s ahead.

  • Learn to weld plate and pipe in multiple positions: Welding plates or pipes while they sit on a workbench is one thing. But, if you want to get ahead as a welder, you also need to know how to weld pipes and plates together in the awkward positions that exist in real world jobs. There are separate qualifications for each position and a good school will teach you a broad range.
  • Learn all of the major welding processes: There are many welding processes you can be certified in, but most of these are only used by specific industries. A good welding school will teach you the four major welding processes, (SMAW, GTAW, GMAW, and Flux Core Arc Welding.) These are the most common types of weld and the ones that most employers look for.
  • Some programs teach industry-related skills: Skills such as technical writing, service management, communication, or theory about a specific industry can open up many career paths for you. Some courses teach these skills to help you progress in your career, in case you ever want the option to move into a more senior position.

How is a Certification Program Different from a Degree in Welding?

A welding certificate qualifies you to do a specific set of welds, such as welding horizontal pipes. When you take a degree program, you’ll get certified in all the most important types of weld for both sheets and pipes.

On top of that, a good degree program teaches you the related skills that will help you succeed in your career. More importantly, it documents those skills, so employers can be confident that you’re competent in them.

What Jobs are Available for each Level?

A single certification in welding qualifies you for an entry-level job as a welder. You’ll need several certificates though, as well as on the job experience, before you can move up to a supervisory role. Having the multiple certifications you get with a degree makes you more useful than someone with a single certificate. It also puts you on a fast track to better jobs within the field.

With some documented experience in the workplace and your qualifications, you could become a supervisor, a welding inspector, or a teacher or trainer. All these roles give you more responsibility and better pay.

Good welders with certification in multiple weld types are also the most obvious candidates for learning to manage, maintain, program, and operate robotic welding cells. These robotic units are widely seen as a solution to the shortage of skilled welders, and their operators could be highly in demand in coming years.

Interested in a career in welding? Phone 888-346-2315 or visit The Advanced Technology Institute website now to learn about our Associate’s Degree in Maritime Welding Technology with Service Management. You could earn your degree in as little as 1.5 years!


About Us.
Welcome to Schofield welding I am Jake Schofield. We are a traveling Welding Family. We chase all kinds of welding work through the United States. Mostly oil and gas work. Which includes Pipelines,Facilities and Fabrication. I travel With my Wife Eliza Schofield our son Baylin Theo Schofield and our two dogs Ace and Itty. Sit back while we bring you along into our world of living full time in our 38 foot fifth wheel traveling from location to location. Building Welding Beds and making money. Be Blessed

We have an exciting Episode of welding. We traveled down to Houston to Texas to visit with Weldtube, South Coast Welding Academy, Weld.com, Travis Fields, Kevin Martin and to join in on the judging part of Southcoast welding annual Welding Competition. In this episode we are in a weld off. Between Travis and Abraham (instructor) and me and Hjamar (lead instructor) here we are getting ready to weld out a 12″ .375 wall downhill. hope you guys enjoy. Be Blessed



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Underwater welding is a hard job.

Underwater, the odds are stacked against you.
The pressure threatens to crush the body.
Clouds of bubbles making any task difficult to perform by blocking visuals.

Despite the dangers, thousands take on the responsibility of installing underwater structures.
Underwater welders are responsible for repairing. pipelines, offshore oil drilling rigs, ships, dams, locks, sub-sea habitats and nuclear power facilities, to name a few.

How to weld underwater

Binding two pieces of metal underwater involves a lot of consideration towards safety. There are a few ways welders approach the task. In most cases, and most ideally, a dry chamber system is used. Temporary hyperbaric chambers are used to prevent water from entering the work area. The chambers house up to three welders at a time.

Fans controlled by a ground crew consistently exchange exhausted air and replace it with new air. The cabins are pressurized to minimize the effects of pressure sickness. More on that below.

Alternately, there is wet welding, a practice used mostly as a last resort. The method which is chosen depends on the ease of access to the area and the level of severity.

Wet welds run the extra chance of cooling down too quickly by the water, increasing the chance of cracking.

“Wet welding is an emergency or temporary thing,” explains underwater welder Jeff Peters.
The job requires working in daunting environments deep underwater with minimal visibility.
Underwater welder Peters warns “The places you’re working are very dark and very cold.”

If you want to start an underwater welding career, you are required a certification and proper training from AWS – American Welding Society (or an appropriate body depending on a country where you’re living).

Luckily, there are lots of commercial diving schools that can help you out.

You can easily find an online school with specialized courses.  If you pass testing after the program, you will be able to perform marine repair and construction. 

How does it work?

Using electricity underwater seems incredibly dangerous, which it is, but not necessarily from the electricity. Most underwater welding is performed using stick welding which uses an electric arc as the source of energy.

When wet welding, a thick layer of bubbles are created as the flux on the outside of the rod evapourates. The gas layer serves to shield the weld from water and other oxidizing compounds.

How dangerous is underwater welding?

Of course, as expected, underwater welding is an incredibly dangerous field of work. Though many water flow hazards impede diving operations, some of the largest dangers to underwater welders may be surprising.

One of the most dangerous hazards to divers are known as “Delta P” hazards (ΔP). Delta P, or differential pressure, presents a unique and potentially fatal hazard to divers.

The differential pressures occur when two bodies of water intersect, each with a different water level, such as the water levels at a dam.

The difference in depth creates a pressure difference as water attempts to rush from one body to the next with great force. Furthermore, Delta P’s are nearly undetectable until it is too late to escape The pressure difference can accumulate to hundreds of pounds per square inch making them tough to escape.

Consequently, a diver who becomes trapped in the bottleneck of the flow has an incredibly high risk of drowning.

Proper preparations and practices need to be considered before a project is to be executed safely. Experience, technical skills, and physical strength are additional requirements you need in order to dive. If the safety procedures are not stringently enforced, fatal accidents are likely to occur.

“If a  diver is using a scuba tank, has no support staff or communications equipment and is not tethered to the surface—the opposite of the typical scenario involving certified commercial divers—commercial diver could run out of air while trapped, or hypothermia could set in.”

The future of underwater welding

Though with advancing technologies in robotic capabilities, advancements are being made to protect underwater welders. Despite what the future may hold, today underwater welders help maintain the most integral components of many industries around the world.

Until highly advanced robots can perform the intricate tasks with the dexterity of a human, underwater divers will continue to be a necessity for companies all around the world. It is a physically and mentally challenging job, though for what it creates in stress, it makes up for in the pride of maintaining the technologies in which the world relies on today.

Is Underwater welding worth it?

While it’s not one of the best careers in terms of working conditions and requirements, it is a great job for those who wish to make a high salary in a short amount of time.



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Learn how to tig weld by doing this Steel skill drill.
This skill drill will help you learn how to tig weld steel and establish motor skills needed for the most fundamental thing in tig welding …”being able to run a good tig bead”.
By only welding 2 inches at a time and swapping hands each bead, bad habits will be prevented and learning is accelerated.
Also a few tips on using the 2t tig setting for the most benefit.


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