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Welding Technology

‘Fusing’ knowledge with hands-on experience.

83% of the total program is spent in the lab!  Students learn MIG, TIG, flux-cored arc welding, shielded metal arc welding, oxyfuel and plasma arc cutting.

Student Reviews

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Tanner Wilkin
"Dixie Tech became my top choice for welding education due to its proximity from my ...
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Tanner Wilkin
Dixie Tech Student
"Dixie Tech became my top choice for welding education due to its proximity from my rural hometown in Nevada, and the opportunity to enhance my skills for my family's business, where I'll become the primary welder upon completion; the standout feature of the program is undoubtedly the highly experienced and supportive instructors, who go above and beyond to provide invaluable guidance and resources."
Tanner Wilkin
Tanner Wilkin
Dixie Tech Student
Melody Zamacona
"I picked Dixie Tech for its local convenience, and welding because it offered a refreshing ...
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Melody Zamacona
Dixie Tech Student
"I picked Dixie Tech for its local convenience, and welding because it offered a refreshing change from my bachelor's degree, fulfilling a long-standing curiosity. My goal is to graduate and enter the welding industry, potentially working with the military. The instructors have been incredibly supportive, creating a comfortable learning environment where questions are encouraged and answered patiently."
Melody Zamacona
Melody Zamacona
Dixie Tech Student
Miguel Gutierrez
"Dixie Tech came highly recommended, and I'm glad I chose their welding program for a ...
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Miguel Gutierrez
Dixie Tech Student
"Dixie Tech came highly recommended, and I'm glad I chose their welding program for a fresh learning experience. My aim is to pursue welding and eventually establish my own fabrication shop. What I enjoy most is the hands-on work, immersing myself in welding with focused dedication. The instructors consistently impart new knowledge, making every day a valuable learning experience."
Miguel Gutierrez
Miguel Gutierrez
Dixie Tech Student
Mario Bautista
"Choosing Dixie Tech with a scholarship in hand, I opted for welding, aiming to advance ...
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Mario Bautista
Dixie Tech Student
"Choosing Dixie Tech with a scholarship in hand, I opted for welding, aiming to advance my career with dreams of becoming a foreman or a certified welding inspector; the supportive instructors offer valuable opportunities for those eager to seize them, which I greatly appreciate."
Mario Bautista
Mario Bautista
Dixie Tech Student

Program Overview

Learn more about our Accredited Welding Technology program

Students acquire proficiency in MIG (GMAW), TIG (GTAW), Flux-cored arc welding (FCAW), Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW), as well as oxyfuel (OFC) and plasma (PAC) cutting. These fundamental welding processes, aligned with American Welding Society standards, form the backbone of 99% of welding careers in the industry. Graduates are well-prepared to enter the workforce and successfully complete employer-specific certification tests.

 As a student of this program, you will:

    • Master welding symbols and print reading.
    • Understand safety practices.
    • Dive into material preparation.
    • Understand welding processes and techniques.
    • Learn welding metallurgy.

Attainable Certificates include:

    • Accredited Dixie Technical College Certificate
    • American Welding Society (AWS) SENSE Level One Certificate
    • Opportunities for (AWS) process and position certifications

This program prepares you for CAREERS such as:

  • Welder Median Income $48k year, with top earners at $69k year.*

*Source: careeronestop.org

Total Tuition and Course Fees:

$6,217.34

SCHOLARSHIPS AND GRANTS AVAILABLE

Program Length:

12 Months

Credit Hours

30

High School: Open to Seniors. Tuition is waived for high school students, however they are still responsible for course fees, textbooks and additional costs.

Upcoming start dates:

July 1, 2024 | 11:30am – 4:30pm | Mon – Thur

January 7, 2025 | 7:00am – 12:00pm | Mon – Thur

January 7, 2025 | 4:30pm – 9:30pm | Mon – Thur

Need more information?

435.674.8400

Courses

what you’ll learn

Welding Technology
The program follows American Welding Society standards, providing students with thorough training in various welding techniques. Graduates are well-prepared and confident in joining the workforce, excelling in industry-specific certification tests favored by employers.

Term 1

Core Welding Courses (15 credit hours)

WELD 1010: Introduction to Welding and Cutting 2 credit hours

WELD 1300: Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) 1 2 credit hours

WELD 1800: Welding Symbols and Print Reading 2 credit hours

WELD 1400: Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW)I – 2 credit hours

WELD 1600: Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW)I 2 credit hours

WELD 1110: Measurement Systems 1 credit hour

WELD 1500: Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW)I 2 credit hours

WELD 1310: Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW)II – 2 credit hours

Term 2

Advanced Welding Courses (15 credit hours)

WELD 1610: Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW)II 2 credit hours

WELD 1320: Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW)III 2 credit hours

WELD 1410: Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW)II – 2 credit hours

WELD 1620: Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW)III 2 credit hours

WELD 2452W: Career Success 1 credit hour

WELD 1510: Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW)II 2 credit hours

WELD 1020C: Welding Fabrication – 2 credit hours

WELD 1030C: Welder Qualifications – 2 credit hours

COUNCIL ON OCCUPATIONAL EDUCATION

Dixie Technical College is accredited by the Council on Occupational Education. Accreditation by COE is viewed as a nationally-honored seal of excellence for occupational education institutions and denotes honesty and integrity. Information regarding accreditation may be obtained at:

Council on Occupational Education
7840 Roswell Road, Building 300, Suite 325
Atlanta, GA 30350
Telephone:770-396-3898 Fax:770-396-3790
council.org

Tuition & Course Fees

Cost overview

Tuition at Dixie Technical College is affordable

Tuition & Fees must be paid before registering for class unless a payment plan or other funding options have been approved and signed. Information is subject to change without notice.

Tuition is waived for High-School students, however they are still responsible for course fees and additional costs.

Term:
Tuition:
Course Fees:
Total Tuition & Course Fees:
Term 1:
$1,575.00
$1,533.67
$3,108.67
Term 2:
$1,575.00
$1,533.67
$3,108.67
Total Cost:
$3,150.00
$3,067.34
$6,217.34

Tuition, fees and other costs are subject to change without notice.

Total Tuition and Course Fees:

$6,217.34

Additional Costs:

$60 – First Aid/CPR
$525 – Welding Toolkit (Campus Store)

Need help paying for college?

Learn about Scholarships and Grants and how to apply for Financial Aid by using the links below.

Start dates & times

cohort start dates

upcoming start dates and class times for this program
Class Days:
Class Hours:
July 1, 2024
Monday - Thursday
11:30 am - 4:30 pm
January 7, 2025
Monday - Thursday
7:00 am - 12:00 pm
January 7, 2025
Monday - Thursday
4:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Program cohorts are open until filled. Once a cohort is filled, applicants will be considered for the next start date.

Program Length:

12 Months

Admissions Process
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Accuplacer, ACT or SAT score requirements

Accuplacer Qualifying Scores:

Math – 235

Reading – 235

English – 235

ACT Qualifying scores:

Math – 14

Reading – 14

English – 14

SAT Qualifying scores:

Math – 350

ERW – 280

Accuplacer may be waived with proof of:

  • Equivalent ACT/SAT scores taken within the past 5 years.
  • College classes (MATH 900 or above and ENGLISH 1000 or above) with a ‘B-‘ grade or above taken within the past 5 years.
  • Associate’s Degree, or Bachelor’s Degree.

Cost of Accuplacer Test: $15

 

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Education Verification

Provide a copy of one of the following: High School Diploma, High School Transcript showing graduation date, GED, Associate’s Degree, or Bachelor’s Degree. 

High-school students can sign up for an Accuplacer Test or provide qualifying ACT/SAT test score results. 

V

Application fee

$0 for in-state applicants and $10 for out-of-state applicants.

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Application Review

After successfully completing and submitting the above requirements, the College will perform an application review. Students will be emailed regarding thier acceptance status.

To get started on these requirements begin an application.

career pathways

what you can become

Welder

Learn more about this field. Find things like job outlook, expected salary, and many other job specific stats.

Steps to take

Follow these steps to start your journey at Dixie Tech! Many classes have a waitlist or fill fast, so getting started as soon as possible is recommended.

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Funding
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Tour Campus & Classroom

Dixie Technical College is located a top Tech Ridge overlooking downtown St. George. Please stop by and learn a little more about a program that you might be interested in. While here don’t forget to check out the Campus Tech Ridge Cafe to grab some lunch and ask about the specials prepared by our world class Culinary students.


Industry Expert Instructors

Our industry-leading instructors, equipped with years of experience and knowledge, are prepared to mentor and guide the next generation of Welding Technicians. 

Dave Seely

Dave 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 earned a degree in manufacturing engineering from BYU. Over the years he gained experience in the aerospace industry and optics before joining the Dixie Tech faculty in 2012.

Mike Rice

Mike attended Truckee Meadows Community College before starting an apprenticeship welding on heavy equipment machinery. He taught part-time in the welding lab at Tooele Tech and then transitioned to lead instructor over the Automated Manufacturing department. He joined the Dixie Tech in 2020. 

Rick Shields

Rick Shields grew up in St. George, and graduated from Pine View High School. After high school he went into the welding and custom fabrication industry full time. He has worked both locally and worldwide building anything from custom handrails to power plants and conveyor systems. In 2016, Rick started teaching welding in the Washington County School District. He joined the Dixie Tech team in January 2023.

Vic Reading

Vic has over 15 years of experience in the industry, and over 25 years of experience as a welding instructor. He has held certifications as a welder, fitter, ACWI(Associate Certified Welding Inspector), floor leadman, shop foreman, and project manager. Vic’s focus is helping students be prepared for the welding industry. 

Welding Industry Partners

Dixie Technical College’s OAC program collaborates closely with industry partners, ensuring that its curriculum remains highly relevant and applicable to the dynamic demands of the modern workplace.

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Questions about this specific program? Maybe a question about Dixie Tech? Our advisors are here to help.

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