Welding Schools in Florida

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Our list of welding schools in Florida offers a variety of options in welding education. 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 Florida list please contact us or leave a comment at the bottom of the page!

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List of Welding Schools in Florida

Click on the name of the welding school to go to their website for more information about their welding program.

Southern Technical College (Orlando)

1485 Florida Mall Ave.

Orlando, FL 32809

Southern Technical College (Sanford)

2910 S. Orlando Dr.

Sanford, FL 32773

Southern Technical has two excellent welding schools in Florida that can give you the skills you need to get your welding career started. You will earn an Associate’s Degree in Welding Technology, take welding certification tests and will learn all the common welding processes including MIG, TIG, Stick and Flux Cored welding.

They also cover other needed skills like blueprint reading, pipefitting, plate welding as well as pipe welding. The welding program is 18 months long and can classes can be taken in the morning, afternoon or evening.

CDA Technical Institute (Maritime Welding Program)

91 Trout River Dr.

Jacksonville, FL 32208

Phone: (888) 974-2232

This is a very unique welding school that prepares you for a welding career within the maritime industry meaning; connected with the sea, especially in relation to seafaring commercial or military shipbuilding. CDA also has other schools that that teach commercial diving and underwater welding.

Shipbuilding, offshore and barge welders make a great money and have a a lot of opportunity to move up into supervisory/foreman positions. Florida and Alabama have a huge shipbuilding industry that is almost always looking for quality welders.

Atlantic Technical College

4700 Coconut Creek Parkway

Coconut Creek, Florida 33063

Phone: (754) 321-5100

Atlantic Technical is a solid welding school in Florida that offers an Associate’s Degree in Welding program that will get your career started. They will teach you all the major welding and metal cutting processes that career welders utilize. They do offer AWS D1.1 certification but you must pay for this test out of your pocket. I strongly recommend that you take this certification test as it will help you get your foot in the door of a good company.

Lively Technical Center

500 N Appleyard Drive

Tallahassee, FL 32304

I do not have a lot of specifics on this welding school but it looks like a good program. You may find the tips found in this article helpful, tips for choosing a welding school.

College of Central Florida

3001 SW College Rd

Ocala, FL 34474

Phone: (352) 873-5800

This college offers a Postsecondary Adult Vocational Certificate which is NOT a degree. They teach MIG, TIG and stick welding along with knowledge based skills like blueprint reading. I do not believe that they offer any AWS or ASME certification testing as part of their curriculum.

Tulsa Welding School of Jacksonville

3500 Southside Boulevard

Jacksonville, FL 32216

(888) 765-5555

Tulsa Welding School is known as one of the top welding schools in the United States, you can view a list of the classes that they offer here.

Lake Technical Center

2001 Kurt St

Eustis, FL 32726

Phone:(352) 589-2250

Lake Technical offers a one year welding program that covers MIG, TIG, Stick and Flux Cored welding. They also give you the opportunity to complete an all positions pipe welding certification test. You can look at their welding curriculum here.

McFatter Technical College

Address: 6500 Nova Dr.

Davie, FL 33317

Phone: (754) 321-5700

McFatter has a full time welding program as well as a part time evening program. All of the major welding processes are covered in pipe as well as plate.

Florida Gateway College

149 SE College Pl

Lake City, FL 32025

Phone: (386) 752-1822

OCPS Tech Centers

445 W Amelia St

Orlando, FL 32801

Phone: (407) 841-8324

Community Technical & Adult Education

1014 SW 7th Rd

Ocala, FL 34471

Phone: (352) 671-7200

You can take a look at an informational pamphlet here about their welding school.

Other Welder Training Options: Welding Apprenticeships in Florida

A welding apprenticeship can be an excellent way to learn how to become a welder well earning a good paycheck at the same time. The Boilermakers Union as well as the Ironworkers Union offer excellent opportunities through their apprenticeship programs.

Their apprenticeship programs generally last about 4 to 5 years and after each year of completion you get a raise. Wages can range anywhere between $15-$35 per hour depending on which geographical location you work out off. Benefits like health insurance and life insurance are often given to you at no cost.

After you complete your apprenticeship you will become what is called a journeyman and you will earn a full wage at this point. While both the Ironworkers and Boilermakers Union do not offer specific welding apprenticeships welding is a major part of the work they do. Both apprenticeships will allow you to become a certified welder.  You will learn many other skills through on-the-job training and classroom-based learning like rigging, pipefitting and blueprint reading.

A apprenticeship with either of these unions can be an excellent opportunity to learn new skills.


List of welding apprenticeships in Florida

Click on each union to visit their apprentice program page to learn more.


Ironworkers Local 397

10201 US-92

Tampa, FL 33610


Iron Workers Local 402

1001 West 15th Street

Riviera Beach, FL 33404

Phone: (561) 842-7651


Ironworkers Local 597

9616 Kentucky Street

Jacksonville, FL 32218

Phone: (904) 764-3265


Iron Workers Local 808

200 East Landstreet Road

Orlando, FL 32824

Phone: (407) 859-9366


Boilermakers Local 433

Tampa, Florida

Phone: (813) 626-4105