Use state-of-the-art welding equipment with an emphasis on hands-on learning.

Become A Welder

The Welding program utilizes state-of-the-art welding equipment with an emphasis on hands-on learning.  In fact, 83% of the total 900-hour program is spent in the lab!  Students learn mig, tig, flux-cored arc welding, shielded metal arc welding, oxyfuel cutting and plasma arc cutting. These major welding processes are used in 99% of the welding careers in the industry and are all taught to American Welding Society standards.  Students will be prepared to go into industry and pass specific certification tests utilized by individual employers


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What You Will Learn In The Welding Program


The successful welding student will learn to operate in a welding shop as safely as possible, learning current best practices.  This will be augmented with classes in First Aid, CPR, and AED use.  A clean shop is a safe shop.  Every employer would find value in employees with this type of training.

Material Preparation

Students will learn how to safely and accurately use thermal cutting using the oxygen/fuel cutting torch both manual and automated; the plasma cutting process both manual and computer-controlled; grinding and use of the metal shear and chop saw.

Welding Symbols and Print Reading

The welding student will learn the current American Welding Society standards in order to be able to properly weld materials together as designed.

Welding Processes

The welding student will learn the four most common welding processes which constitute the entry-level welder by the American Welding Society. Students will also gain exposure to the submerged arc welding process and other automated processes.

Welding Metallurgy

Destructive and non-destructive testing and welding math allow the student to explore various aspects of the welding industry, from inspection and quality control to managing a welding business. These disciplines allow our students to better understand industry standards and how the welding industry assures welds are as sound as possible.

Our Welding Students

Is The Welding Program Right For You?

This Program Is for Students Who:

  • Prefer hands-on learning and mastering new concepts through real-world application.
  • Have a desire to learn multiple welding processes and be prepared for future job opportunities.
  • Are eager to start learning how to safely make the sparks fly.

    Students Love This Program Because:

    • They learn correct welding techniques while also using creativity to build and repair materials.
    • Over 80% of coursework is completed in the shop, which is where students most effectively learn and master the craft.
    • The graduate with skills needed to take the certification tests required for many careers in the welding industry.

      About Your Welding Instructors

      Dave Seely

      Dave Seely grew up working in his father’s shop, building and repairing cars, motorcycles, and whatever else customers brought through the doors. At the shop he learned machining, welding, and accounting. He later earned his private pilot’s license and graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in manufacturing engineering.
      Over the years he has worked in the aerospace industry and in optics. Dave taught welding at Dixie High School before officially joining the faculty at Dixie Tech in 2012. “I truly enjoy seeing the success of our students both on a daily basis and in their careers.”

      Josh Evans

      Josh Evans earned his bachelor’s degree from Utah State University and then taught high school and community college while earning his Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Pittsburg State University. Josh joined the faculty at Dixie Tech in 2019.
      Josh loves getting students right into the welding lab. He tells them, “you have to burn to learn so that you’ll be able to earn!”

      Mike Rice

      Michael Rice was born in Vallejo, California and was one of the first Californians to migrate to Utah in 1997. During a short stop in Reno, Nevada, Michael attended Truckee Meadows Community College before starting an apprenticeship in Salt Lake welding on heavy equipment machinery. While continuing his career in heavy equipment repair, Michael started teaching part-time in the welding lab at Tooele Tech and over the next few years transitioned into the lead instructor over the Automated Manufacturing department.
      While instructing, Michael started attending Utah State University to complete a Bachelor’s degree in Technology Systems: Robotics, Automation, and Controls with a goal to graduate in 2022. Late in 2020, Michael Jumped at the opportunity to work for Dixie Tech because of his love for southern Utah and the opportunity to spend more time climbing, canyoneering, hiking, trail running, mountain biking, and paddleboarding.

      Rick Shields

      Rick Shields grew up in St. George Utah and graduated from Pine View High School. It was in high school that he developed a passion for welding. After high school graduation he went into the welding and custom fabrication industry full time. While in the industry he built anything from custom handrail locally, to power plants and conveyor systems world wide. In 2016, after eleven years in the welding industry Rick started teaching at the Washington County School District. For six years Rick taught Beginning and Advanced Welding at Pine View and Snow Canyon High Schools, then joined the Dixie Tech team full time in January 2023.

      Vic Reading

      After high school, he went on to work in industry for 15 years welding and fabricating Handrail, Steel fencing, Structural steel, Tanks and Pressure Vessels as well as welding for a drilling company.  During his work experience, Vic carried required welding certifications for each job as a welder, fitter, welder fitter, ACWI (Associate Certified Welding Inspector), floor leadman, shop foreman, and as a project manager in the office.

      For the next 26 years, Vic taught welding for the Washington County School District with the focus of industry readiness for his students: Everything has a steel component and requires a welder to complete it. Everything you fabricate or weld is a form of artwork and you should be proud of what you do.

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