Welder Technician (Tools Included)

Do you like to work with your hands? Are you looking for a career where you can do what you love and make good money? This online Welder Technician course is an accelerated training package that will provide you with the required knowledge and skills you need for success as a welder.

This online welding class provides an intensive overview of the welding skills necessary for a welder technician to perform the job, including lessons in math, inspection, safety, materials, quality, metal cutting,...

12 Months / 125 Course Hrs
Open Enrollment
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Course code: GES7008

What you will learn

  • Welding safety, processes, and applications
  • Troubleshooting
  • Inspection methods
  • Metallurgy
  • Rigging
  • Fabrication processes

How you will benefit

  • Prepare for a career as a welder technician
  • Gain confidence in your ability to perform your job
  • Get the knowledge and skills you need to start your career in an accelerated format
  • You will be given a 25-piece tool set to help ensure you launch your career with the tools needed for success
  • Enrolled students are invited to attend our exclusive annual virtual National Apprenticeship Week events, featuring live webinars, workshops, and employer interactions

How the course is taught

  • Self-paced, online course
  • 12 Months to complete
  • Open enrollment, begin anytime
  • 125 course hours
  1. Math
    1. Math Fundamentals
    2. Math: Fractions and Decimals
    3. Units of Measurement
    4. Basics of Tolerance
    5. Blueprint Reading
    6. Geometry: Lines and Angles
    7. Geometry: Triangles
    8. Geometry: Circles and Polygons
    9. Trigonometry: The Pythagorean Theorem
    10. Trigonometry: Sine, Cosine, Tangent
    11. Statistics
  2. Inspection
    1. Basic Measurement
    2. Introduction to GD&T
    3. Major Rules of GD&T
    4. Inspecting a Prismatic Part
    5. Inspecting a Cylindrical Part
    6. In-Line Inspection Applications
  3. Safety
    1. Intro to OSHA
    2. Personal Protective Equipment
    3. Noise Reduction and Hearing Conservation
    4. Respiratory Safety
    5. Lockout/Tagout Procedures
    6. SDS and Hazard Communication
    7. Bloodborne Pathogens
    8. Walking and Working Surfaces
    9. Fire Safety and Prevention
    10. Flammable/Combustible Liquids
    11. Ergonomics
    12. Hand and Power Tool Safety
    13. Safety for Lifting Devices
    14. Powered Industrial Truck Safety
    15. Confined Spaces
    16. Environmental Safety Hazards
    17. Machine Guarding
  4. Materials
    1. Introduction to Physical Properties
    2. Introduction to Mechanical Properties
    3. Introduction to Metals
    4. Metal Manufacturing
    5. Classification of Steel
    6. Essentials of Heat Treatment of Steel
    7. Ferrous Metals
    8. Nonferrous Metals
    9. Exotic Alloys
  5. Quality and Manufacturing Management
    1. Lean Manufacturing Overview
    2. Essentials of Leadership
    3. Essentials of Communication
    4. ISO 9001: 2015 Review
    5. Continuous Process Improvement: Managing Flow
    6. Manufacturing Process Applications: Part I
    7. Continuous Process Improvement: Identifying and Eliminating Waste
    8. Manufacturing Process Applications: Part II
    9. Managing Performance: Best Practices
    10. Managing Performance: Corrective Actions
    11. Conflict Resolution Principles
    12. 5S Overview
    13. Conflict Resolution for Different Groups
    14. Team Leadership
    15. Intro to Six Sigma
    16. Quality and Customer Service
    17. Manufacturing Management
    18. Troubleshooting
    19. Personal Effectiveness
    20. Conducting Kaizen Events
    21. Managing the Diverse Workplace
    22. SPC Overview
    23. Harassment and Discrimination
    24. TS 16949:2009 Overview
    25. Interpreting Blueprints
    26. Performance Management and the Law
    27. Metrics for Lean
    28. Process Flow Charting
    29. Strategies for Setup Reduction
    30. Management Tools: Problem Solving
    31. Six Sigma Goals and Tools
  6. Grinding and Machining
    1. Safety for Metal Cutting
    2. Grinding Processes
    3. Grinding Safety
    4. Band Saw Operation
    5. Basics of the Surface Grinder
    6. Metal Cutting Fluid Safety
    7. Setup for the Surface Grinder
    8. Surface Grinder Operation
  7. Press Brake
    1. Press Brake Safety
    2. Press Brake Components
    3. Bending Fundamentals
    4. Die Bending Operations
    5. Operating the Press Brake
    6. Press Brake Specifications
  8. Robotics and Mechanical Systems
    1. Forces of Machines
    2. Robot Troubleshooting
    3. Robot Installations
  9. Rigging
    1. Intro to Machine Rigging
    2. Rigging Equipment
    3. Lifting and Moving Equipment
    4. Rigging Inspection and Safety
    5. Rigging Mechanics
  10. Welding and Assembly
    1. Welding Safety Essentials
    2. Safety for Assembly
    3. PPE for Welding
    4. Safety for Soldering
    5. Tools for Threaded Fasteners
    6. Welding Fumes and Gases Safety
    7. Electrical Safety for Welding
    8. Introduction to Welding
    9. Introduction to Welding Processes
    10. Material Tests for Welding
    11. Welding Ferrous Metals
    12. Welding Nonferrous Metals
    13. Overview of Weld Types
    14. Overview of Weld Defects
    15. Welding Symbols and Codes
    16. Electrical Power for Arc Welding
    17. Introduction to SMAW
    18. Introduction to GMAW
    19. Fabrication Process
    20. Overview of Soldering
    21. Plasma Cutting
    22. Oxyfuel Cutting Applications
    23. SMAW Applications
    24. GMAW Applications
    25. Advanced GMAW Applications
    26. GTAW Applications

This is not an instructor-facilitated course; however, support will be provided through email, online forms, and phone.


There are no prerequisites to take this course.


Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC, Mac, or Chromebook.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 10 or later.
  • Mac: macOS 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox is preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Microsoft Word Online
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Instructional Material Requirements:

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.

In addition to the materials included online in the course, you will also receive the Welder Technician Tool Kit:

  • The 25-piece tool kit includes a black tool tote bag, featuring the following items:
    • 3 gloves
    • 2 safety glasses
    • 2 pliers
    • 2 brushes
    • 1 file
    • 1 soapstone
    • 1 cleaners tip
    • 1 filter plate
    • 1 flashlight
    • 1 grinder
    • 1 combination square
    • 1 tape measure
    • 2 hammers
    • 1 wrench
    • 1 center punch
    • 1 friction lighter
    • 1 beanie
    • 1 wrench

Material Fees are non-refundable upon registration.

Please note: Due to the high cost of these items, tools will not be shipped until 10 days after your start date.

According to Salary.com, the average welder salary for an entry-level position (welder I) is $43,773 in the U.S., but the range typically falls between $38,873 and $50,317. Salaries vary widely depending on factors, including education, certifications, additional skills, and years you have spent in your profession.

One can take many avenues to become a welder, but the fastest way is a one-year training program. After taking a course based on the fundamentals of welding, students will have the knowledge to become certified welders.


This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course whenever you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.

Yes, ed2go courses are completely online. However, keep in mind that not all certifying bodies or industry-specific certifications are recognized internationally. Please review your country's regulations prior to enrolling in courses that prepare for certification.

After you register, you will receive 12 months to complete the course. The time allotted for completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours.

The time allotted for course completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours. However, if you are unable to complete the course, contact the student advising team to see what options you may have available to work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.

The course instructor will be available by email to answer any questions and provide feedback on your performance. Occasionally, your course may be supported by a team of industry experts. You will also receive support from the student advising team.

Upon successfully passing the final exam, you will be awarded a certificate of completion from the school or organization that you registered through.

ed2go courses will help you gain the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. However, you should always research the job market in your area before enrolling.

ed2go courses are non-credit, so they do not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA, and Pell Grant. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards may provide funding to take our courses. Additionally, you may qualify for financial assistance if you meet certain requirements. Learn more about financial assistance.

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