Welding Technology


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.

Learn from Industry Experts

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:

  • Understand the fundamentals of welding.
  • Obtain experience in LWTech's state-of-the-art welding facility.
  • Learn to read blueprints and weld symbols.
  • Use proper and safe techniques to fabricate products.
  • Enjoy small class sizes and personalized instruction.

Career Opportunities

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 Societyโ€™s industry standards. LWTech's welding graduates have a record of highly successful placement in the Seattle area and beyond. 

Additional Welding Program Information

Entry into the Welding Technology program requires completion of LWTech's general online application.

Additional Admission Considerations

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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 Welding Certification

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.

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