Leave the classroom with knowledge and work experience.

The welding program prepares students for employment, including apprenticeship, in many industries, including aerospace, maritime, energy, construction and transportation. Students build skills across multiple processes, receiving training from Certified Welding Inspector (CWI) faculty. One of only two Washington colleges accredited by the American Welding Society (AWS), students can complete their studies with an associate’s degree and multiple welding certifications, including WABO (Washington Association of Building Officials). With an emphasis on hands-on training, graduates leave the welding program with both classroom knowledge and work experience. The program also has a strong reputation for giving back to the community, and, in particular, has been recognized for its contributions to Pierce County Parks and Recreation - Fantasy Lights.

General Information

Career Advisor: Leesa Ostrander
253-680-7410 | lostrander@batestech.edu

Location: South Campus
Hours: 7:30AM - 4:00PM

Program Length: Seven Quarters

  • National Median Salary$42,490
  • National Potential Annual Job Openings43,400

This information is base on data from June 2021.

Tuition and Fees

At Bates, our tuition is affordable and there are options to help make it even easier to gain an education. Federal aid is available for many of our students. Scholarships are also available through the Bates Foundation.

See if you qualify for other funding through our special funding programs with the Workforce Education office.

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Associate of Applied Science
CIP: 48.0508 EPC: 814  

Students prepare for apprenticeship employment as welders, filling positions in industries including shipbuilding, industrial construction, energy fields, sheet metal, and auto body. Extensive practical training in all aspects of welding is included as students work in the shop on a variety of welding projects. Upon completion of the welding competencies, students are encouraged to take the certification tests for the American Welding Society and the Washington Association of Building Officials. This program also provides extended learning for persons previously or currently employed in these professions.  

Note: Through an Opportunity Grant, special tuition and book funding is available to assist low-income adult students entering this program.


Bates instructors are industry experts who enjoy working with and teaching students.


  • Liberty Olson

    253-680-7451 | Email

  • Bryan Knox

    253-680-7455 | Email

Bates Technical College offers classes on campus, online and hybrid. For Fall Quarter 2021, vaccinations will be required. Learn more about vaccinations and our COVID-19 response on the COVID-19 resource page.