A career in welding can be learned in a variety of educational settings, such as high schools, trade schools, colleges/universities, the military, or apprenticeship programs.

Here at Miami Lakes Educational Center & Technical College, we provide you with the experience, knowledge, state-of-the-art labs, materials, and plenty of practice to learn the craft of welding. Our program is supported by the American Welding Society (AWS) SENSE (Schools Excelling through National Skills Standards Education) program, which is a comprehensive set of minimum standards and guidelines set by AWS.

If you enjoy making things with your hands, don’t mind getting dirty and have a heightened attention to detail, welding might be the career path for you.

Career Opportunities:

  • Aerospace/Aviation Industry
  • Arc Welder
  • Assembler Welder
  • Combination Welder
  • Ornamental Iron-filter
  • Welder
  • Repair Welder
  • Solderer
  • Specialty Welder
  • Tack Welder
  • Iron Worker
  • Marine Industry


The average wage for this career in Florida is $21.05 hourly or $43,780 annually.

Length of Program:

The entire program is 1050 hours. Students can earn a certificate at the completion of the following Occupational Completion Points (OCPs):

AWelder Assistant 1
Welder Assistant 2
150 Hours
150 Hours
BWelder, SMAW 1
Welder, SMAW 2
150 Hours
150 Hours
CWelder450 Hours

Program Hours:

Monday—Friday 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.



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