Training Program

Credential(s) Offered

Industry certification, Employment, Measurable skills gain

Method of Delivery

Hybrid or blended

When offered

Daytime Hours, Evening Hours

Instructional Program (CIP)

Welding Technology/Welder. 480508


In shielded metal arc welding, often referred to as stick or arc welding, students will learn how to set up and use multi-process welding equipment and accessories. Students will learn the different electrodes/rods available to carry out specific weld types. Students then will use a multi-process welding machine set up for SMAW to perform the 5 basic weld joints in all positions, as well as open root groove welds.




Program Length (Weeks)




Entrance Requirements



American Welding Laboratories

WIOA Approved Program


Curriculum Competency Based

Students must perform welding processes in multiple positions correctly.

Training Location(s)

4400 South 16th Street, Fort Smith, Arkansas

Local WIB

5035 - Western

Name of Credential

ANSI/AWS B2.1-1-022-94 (3G & 4G)

Type of financial aid offered or have access to

Financial Aid is offered through the Fort Smith Adult Education Center, Western Arkansas Planning and Development District, Arkansas Rehabilitation Services, CSCDC, and Cherokee & Choctaw Nations.

Refund Policy

AWL adheres to the refund policy set forth by The Arkansas State Board of Private Career Education. You can find the policy at this link:

Is the proposed curriculum currently certified by an accrediting agency or similar national standardization program?

Yes - American Welding Society

Is this proposed curriculum considered a nontraditional program of training services for women?


Is this proposed curriculum considered a nontraditional program of training services for men?


Cost Items

In-State/District Tuition


Other Fees

$800.00 Students will receive a tool bucket to include, but not limited to, a welding hood, welding cap, FR Shirt, multiple pairs of welding gloves for different processes, grinder, multiple grinding discs, wire wheel for grinder, tape measure, MIG pliers, striker, soapstone, wraparound, square, rod bucket, center punch, file, face shields.

Out-of-State/District Tuition


Registration Fee

$100.00 one-time fee due upon registration for administration purposes.

Supplies/Materials/Hand Tools (not included in tuition)

$2,250.00 This fee is for all welding consumables including, but not limited to welding rods, welding wire, gases, & metal.

Total In-State Program Cost


Total Out-of-State Program Cost


Demand Occupation(s)

51-4121.00Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers
$20.00 per hour
Required Certification: Welding Certification to AWS specs.

Provider Status



4400 South 16th Street, Fort Smith, Arkansas 72901

Phone Number

(479) 285-9739

Web Address

Last Updated

Mar 14, 2024


Feb 22, 2023


Mar 05, 2025

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