The Welding Technology program at Lake Washington Institute of Technology offers students the latest welding processes and techniques needed to begin a successful career in the high-paying, high-demand industry of welding. Students can gain the skills in one or more focus areas: aerospace, fabrication, pipe, and structural and plate welding.
Students will learn hands-on practices from instructors with varied experience and expertise who enjoy sharing their real-world experience in the learning environment. Welding students at LWTech:
When you complete LWTech's welding program, you will be prepared to secure a dynamic career in the fields of construction, manufacturing, industrial, maintenance, creative metal working and many other exciting industries. Those seeking career advancement may find jobs in education, consulting and supervising. Upon completion of the program, students are prepared to pass the Washington Association of Building Officials test as well as meet the American Welding Society’s industry standards. LWTech's welding graduates have a record of highly successful placement in the Seattle area and beyond.
Entry into the Welding Technology program requires completion of LWTech's general online application.
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Welding classes are generally held daily, Monday through Friday. You choose from morning (7 a.m. to 11:50 a.m.), afternoon (12 p.m. to 4:50 p.m.), or evening (5 p.m. to 9:50 p.m.) classes. These classes include theory, safety, and hands-on practice in our welding studio on the Kirkland campus. Sign up on the Campus Visits page for a campus tour if you want to see the Welding Studio in the East Building.
Lake Washington Institute of Technology does not offer every course each quarter. It is the student's responsibility to consult the Class Schedule and work out an individual schedule with an advisor or counselor. Any developmental coursework a student might be required to complete may increase the program length.
WABO Welder certification, while not required, is encouraged to provide more opportunities in the industry. There is no single certification for all process, metals, and/or positions, but having at least one type of certification can expand opportunities for the welder. Certification exams are offered at LWTech and are administered by the LWTech faculty. To learn more about how to get certified as a welder, visit the WABO Welding Certification page.
February 21, 2024
6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Join us for a School of Manufacturing and Engineering information session to learn more about our programs and tour classrooms/workshops.
I love how knowledgeable and different the instructors are and all the equipment. I’ve learned how to use the CNC plasma cutter. After I finish the program I want to travel. I want to have my own free-lance company where I can pick up and go when I want. It would be fun to work on the Alaskan pipeline or on buildings in Europe. I love welding because I can do anything I want with metal and it can take me anywhere.
- Alex Nugent
Welding Technology Student
Mon-Fri, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Mon-Thurs, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday, Closed to the public
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