Become a Welder

Develop your technical abilities and skills as a welder with Tarkio Tech’s Welder program. 


Employment of welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers is projected to grow 3 percent from 2018 to 2028, slower than the average for all occupations. The nation’s aging infrastructure will require the expertise of welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers to help rebuild bridges, highways, and buildings.

– Bureau of Labor Statistics, US Government



Tarkio Tech offers a Welding Certificate, and a Diploma in Welding Technology. The certificate provides students a complete program in welding, which prepares them for work as apprentice welders. By adding academic courses, the certificate can be turned into a diploma. Students may take any individual course without being in a welding program as long as they meet the course prerequisites.


(Credits for Completion: 31)

TOTAL COST $7,085 includes
One time $20.00 Admissions Fee
One time $400.00 Equipment Fee

Welding technology program is designed to give you a sound foundation in the principles, practices, and usages of both gas and electric welding. This diploma program offers you the education necessary to become a skilled welder. Employers of today need employees with welding, cutting, brazing, and metal fabrication skills. During the program, you will receive training in shielded metal arc welding, gas metal arc welding, gas tungsten arc welding, oxy-fuel welding, brazing, and flame cutting. If you have good hand-eye coordination, enjoy working with your hands and your brain, and take satisfaction in a job well done, welding could be the career for you! In addition to completing the certificate in welding, students are required to take Communications, English, and Small Business Management. Communication, English, and Small Business Management are offered during the summer term, which is 8 weeks. Students are required to have 31 credits to receive the Welding Technology Diploma.


Before registering for the Welding program, students must demonstrate competence in Mathematics with a minimum of 75 on the arithmetic portion of the College Placement Test, or provide a transcript showing a grade of C or higher in Senior High School Mathematics or by completing MATH098 College Preparation Math with a grade of C or higher. Students must apply for admission to a program and register for single classes through the school’s Admission/Registrar Office. To take an individual class, students must meet class prerequisites, have the instructor’s permission, and there must be available space in the class.