Welding Technology AAS


New River CTC’s Welding programs are offered at the Advanced Technology Center in Ghent, WV and the welding lab located near the Greenbrier Valley Campus, in Lewisburg, WV. The programs are structured to incorporate a large amount of hands-on learning opportunities. Students participate in a variety of lab projects and individual assignments to learn and refine welding skills as well as community outreach activities. Students have the opportunity to sit for American Welding Society (AWS) national certifications at our AWS testing site at the Lewisburg location.

The facilities consist of seventeen individual booths that are equipped to provide training in the four main welding processes, OFW (oxy-fuel), SMAW (Stick), GMAW (MIG), and GTAW(Tig). The Welding labs have a comprehensive array of metal working equipment including a metal sheer, CNC plasma torch, an ironworker, a plate roller, and individual fabrication tables.

This program emphasizes the technical nomenclature, quality and skill development of pipe welding. It provides training and development of skills in steel pipe welding in the 2G, 3G, 5G and 6G positions using both MIG and TIG welding. For more information, contact Brad Veneri at bveneri@newriver.edu or 304-929-3301.

Total Program Hours: 60-61


Graduates of the welding program can find a career in several fields of their choice. Careers include building trade apprenticeships, repair welding, pipefitter/welder, power industy welding, production welding, aircraft welding, pressure vessel construction, structural steel welding, soldering and brazing, automotive welding and fabricator. Basic skills of welding are the same across several industries, so welders can easily shift from one industry to another, depending on where they are needed.

  1. Identify safe work environments and understand safe work practices using welding tools and equipment.
  2. Weld in all positions on plate using shielded metal arc welding and gas metal arc welding processes.
  3. Cut ferrous and nonferrous metals accurately and efficiently using oxy-fuel and plasma equipment.
  4. Read and interpret welding blueprints, codes, and specifications.