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VWCC Quick Connect: Welding Training & AWS Qualifications

Virginia Western is looking for motivated, responsible adults eager to change careers or start manufacturing or technical careers that offer competitive wages, benefits and opportunities for advancement.

VWCC QuickConnect Welding programs are non-credit intensive training programs that prepare students for entry-level positions as welders. Students are provided with the basic knowledge, skills and credentials required to be successful in the workplace.

Students must purchase the following Personal Protective Equipment for all welding courses:

Description Unit Price Quantity
Wire Pliers $20 1
Helmet $30 1
Gloves, GMAW $15 1
Safety Glasses $10 1
Boots, Steel-toed $50 1
Welding Jacket $25 1

Estimated equipment price is $150.00.

Tuition Assistance: Scholarship money through programs such as FANTIC, On-Ramp, or the Workforce Credentials Scholarship may be available, potential candidates need to contact Amanda Decker at 540-857-6279 to apply. Funding is also available for students who are Tobacco Commission Region (Franklin County) residents. Click here to find out if you qualify.

How to Register

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For Additional Information

Please contact Mike Greer at 540-857-6407; or contact VWCC Career Transition Coach Amanda Decker at 540-857-6279.

Courses

WELD 2242: Welding & AWS Qualification

Students will learn GMAW and FCAW welding processes as well as OXY Fuel/Plasma and Carbon Arc Cutting. GMAW, GMAW-s and FCAW welding processes will be taught Flat, Vertical and Horizontal in lab applications. Students will also learn Basic Fabrication and become familiar with Blueprint symbols. Shop safety will also be implemented.

Textbooks: Welding Skills, Processes and Practices for Entry Level Welders. (Books 1 & 2).
Length of Class: 64 hours

Credentials available include: OSHA 10 General Industry Certificate, Commonwealth of Virginia Career Readiness Certificate (CRC), American Welding Society stamped Qualifications for GMAW & FCAW welding processes.

WELD 2241: Welding & NCCER Certification:

Students will learn welding safety; base metal prep; weld quality; FCAW/ GMAW/GTAW/SMAW/OFC-Oxy Fuel Cutting and Plasma Arc Cutting welding processes.

Textbooks: NCCER Core Curriculum: Trainee Guide, 4th Ed.; NCCER Welding Training Guide Level 1, 4th Ed.
Length of Class: 70 hours

Credentials available include: OSHA 10 General Industry Certificate; Commonwealth of Virginia Career Readiness Certificate (CRC); American Welding Society stamped Qualifications; NCCER Level One Core Certification; and NCCER Level One Welding Certification

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Location: Thomas Center - Ground Floor
Phone: 540-857-6076
Fax: 540-857-7386

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3074 Colonial Ave., SW
Roanoke, VA 24015