This list of welding schools in Arkansas offers a variety of options in welding education including welding apprenticeships. Be sure to do your due diligence in researching any welding school that you intened on pursuing. Our site, Class One Welding has no affiliation with any of the schools listed below. If you would like a welding school or educational center added to our Arkansas list please contact us or leave a comment at the bottom of the page!
Notes: Arkansas Northeastern College welding program offers AWS D1.1 (structural steel) and ASME Section IX (Pipe) welding certifications along with great training. They offer four different welding courses from basic to advanced skills.
Notes: I am not sure where they came up with the figure of $12 to $14 per hour, that is pretty low pay in my personal experience. You can read more on how much welders make here. Black River offers a decent one year welding program that covers everything from blueprint reading, MIG welding and stick welding. I am thinking that they do not cover any TIG welding though as I do not see it in there welding course outline.
Notes: This welding school offers three different programs, structural welding, pipe welding or you can take a master course which includes both programs. The master program is 800 hours long and will be completed in about 20 weeks. They cover all of the major welding processes including MIG, flux cored, TIG and stick welding. I believe that they offer a chance to become certified but I would check on this personally as I am not 100% sure.
Notes: This welding school in Arkansas offers a program that is made up of two 16 week terms and also has a 5 week welding internship requirement. They cover GMAW, GTAW and SMAW welding along with torch cutting and in classroom study. The cost is $5,600 dollars as stated on their website in February of 2016.
Notes: Arkansas Tech is one of the best welding schools in Arkansas. They offer two welding programs that include a Welding Technology Certificate and an Associate Degree in Welding. Earning an Associates Degree in Welding will greatly help you advance your career in later years as well as give you more hands on time while you attend school. Their Associate’s degree in welding program will also allow you to take a certification test on site.
Notes: ASU offers three different welding courses, welding, construction welding and manufacturing welding. The welding course is best for those that want a career as a welder. You can view the course outline here. All of the major welding processes are covered but I am unsure if they cover both pipe and plate welding.
Notes: I do not have any information about this welding schools program.
Other Welder Training Options – Welding Apprenticeships
Political controversy surrounds unions at times, I personally have worked for union companies and non union companies and have found success, money and promotion on both sides of the fence. Joining the ironworkers or boilermakers union will teach you more than you could ever imagine. Most apprenticeships will last between 4 and 5 years and will consist of on the job training and classroom study. Both of these unions will teach you how to weld, will get you certified but will also teach you all the other skills that you need to know like rigging, safety, pipefitting and much more.
You will earn an excellent wage even as a first year apprentice, often over $20 dollars per hour. You will also have no cost (to you) health insurance and can also earn a degree by the time you are a full fledged journeyman. One of the hidden benefits of being a union member is that you will be apart of a brotherhood that is very unique.
List of union apprenticeships in Arkansas
You can apply for an apprenticeship at any of the listed unions.