Welding is a growing field – in Southern Virginia and beyond. If you’re ready for a hands-on career, the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center (SVHEC) is ready for you. Welding@SVHEC is a short-term, accredited training program providing students with instruction in MIG, TIG, Stick, and Pipe welding. Individuals attend training four days a week (Mon-Thurs) for eight months. This non-credit program is accredited by the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER).

Individuals who successfully complete the program will have the opportunity to earn their NCCER Welding certification and may test for American Welding Society credentials in SVHEC’s AWS Accredited Test Facility. This portable, 3rd party-validated industry credential is recognized by employers across the nation. In less than one year, we’ll prepare you to be a work-ready welder. Financial assistance is available.

In-demand skills acquired include:

  • Welding safety and quality
  • Welding symbols and detail drawing
  • Oxyfuel, plasma arc, and air carbon cutting and goughing
  • Arc welding equipment and setup
  • SMAW, GTAW, GMAW, and FCAW training

Welding@SVHEC training will prepare you for a wide variety of jobs, including:

  • Structural Welder
  • Pipe Welder
  • Welding Machine Operator
  • Fabricator

Program eligibility:

  • 18-years-old or older
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Valid form of ID
  • Attend one information session
  • Complete ACT WorkKeys Assessment

For questions or to get started, email or call (434) 572-5475.

Success Stories

Angel Ingram
Angel Ingram

“The most valuable aspect of the SVHEC Welding program was the positive environment that I got to learn in. I am truly thankful for this opportunity”.

Nicholas Bowers
Nicholas Bowers

“The most valuable aspect of the SVHEC Welding program was the instructors and their willingness to help you do better and become a better welder.”

Firing Up a Welding Career

“The last few days of class a company came in and interviewed those of us interested in getting a job. Two hours after they left, they called and offered me a job. I would have never had this opportunity if it hadn’t been for this welding program.”

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