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Prepare for Employment in Just Five Weeks!

AACC welding student receives instruction.

Welding classes are open and running in an adjusted format at the Earlbeck Technical Center. Social distancing guidelines and protocols are being followed. Enroll today!

AACC, in partnership with Earlbeck Gases and Technologies, can help you become a welder through state-of-the-art training in STICK, MIG and TIG welding. Help meet the demand for qualified, certified welders in the Baltimore/Washington area and prepare for immediate employment.

Training Overview

Students receive classroom and hands-on training using the latest welding equipment available in the industry. We will offer daytime and evening classes at the Clauson Center for Innovation and Skilled Trades on AACC’s Main Campus in Arnold.

Daytime and evening classes will also be offered at the Earlbeck Gases and Technologies Training facility throughout the year. Earlbeck is an American Welding Society accredited-tested facility.

Clauson Center for Innovation and Skilled Trades
Main Campus, Arnold, MD

Earlbeck Gases and Technologies
8204 Pulaski Highway
Baltimore, MD 21237

Tours are available by appointment. Call Don Hodges at 410-687-8400.


  • Must be 18 older
  • Cotton pants, cotton shirt and closed-toe shoes


The costs below represent the price for Anne Arundel County residents, including tuition and fees.

  • Welding Basics - $178
  • Fundamental course - $1,703
  • Intermediate and advanced courses - $2,503
  • Welding for Work courses - $3,868
  • Symbols of Welding - $310
  • Visual Examination of Welding - $310

Learn about noncredit scholarships

AACC is offering students in select programs the opportunity to enroll without the financial burden of paying for college.

Job Outlook

Salaries are highly competitive. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, entry-level welders can make $18 per hour, while experienced welders with multiple American Welding Society (AWS) certifications can double or triple their wages.


  • All Courses

    Welding training consists of noncredit fundamental, intermediate and advanced courses. Begin with the fundamental welding course and go on to specialize in one of the three processes, (STICK, MIG or TIG) with intermediate and advanced level training.

    • OPT-394 - Fundamental of Welding Certified Training.
      Prerequisite -Students who have experience in the welding field may opt out of OPT 394 by contacting instructor Don Hodges.
      Equipment needed: Helmet, gloves, jacket, chipping hammer, wire brush and pliers are provided as part of the welding gear kit. 
    • OPT-395 Intermediate STICK Welding Certified Training.
    • OPT-396 Intermediate MIG Welding Certified Training.
    • OPT-397 Intermediate TIG Welding Certified Training.
    • OPT-374 Advanced Shielded Metal Arc Pipe Welding (STICK).
    • OPT-375 Advanced Gas Metal Arc- Pipe (MIG).
    • OPT-376 Advanced Gas Tungsten Arc Welding - Pipe (TIG).
    • OCA-563 Symbols for Welding.
    • OCA-564 Visual Examination of Welding.
    • OCA-565 Welding Basics.
  • Welding for Work Program

    Fundamentals of Welding Certified Training (OPT 394) is combined with Intermediate STICK, MIG or TIG courses in a bundle package, which provides a cost-savings option. Each of these courses cost $3,825 for Anne Arundel County residents, which includes tuition, fees and a welding gear kit (prices subject to change).

    • OCC-344 Welding for Work (STICK).
      Total hours: 90 
    • OCC-345 Welding for Work (MIG).
      Total hours: 78 
    • OCC-346 Welding for Work (TIG).
      Total hours: 84 

Credentials Earned

  • Continuing Education Units awarded. Once you successfully complete all the course requirements of the certificate program with a passing grade or higher, submit a Student Application for a Continuing Education Certificate.
  • Earlbeck Certificate of Completion.
  • Career Structural Welder certificate upon completion of all intermediate level classes.
  • Career Pipe Welder certificate upon completion of the full training.

Upon successful completion of Welding for Work, students earn an AACC continuing education certificate for each training (STICK, MIG, TIG) in addition to an American Welding Society (AWS) D1.1 welder certification, CEUs and an Earlbeck Certification of Completion award.


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