Advanced Welding Program / W403

NIT Alaska - Advanced Welding Program in Alaska
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                                      Palmer, AK
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Program Description

This program, based on NCCER curriculum, provides advanced training on stick welding procedures. An introduction is given in flux-core procedures. Trainee will be instructed on how to interpret a WPS and how to identify the codes or standards that apply. Students will be instructed in the safe and efficient method of completing a welder qualification or certification test, under AWS code. Students will be introduced to detailed blueprint reading. Students' weld coupons will be subject to destructive or non-destructive testing. Over 70% of this program is spent on practical application. 


  • Physical Characteristics and Mechanical Properties of Metals
  • Preheating and Post-heating of Metals
  • GMAW and FCAW -- Equipment and Filler Metals
  • GTAW -- Equipment and Filler Metals
  • Welding Symbols
  • Reading Welding Detail Drawings
Certifications or Certificates

Graduates who successfully complete the course have the opportunity to earn the following certifications or certificates.

  • 3G and 4G FCAW-G limited or unlimited thickness
  • 1/2" 3G & 4G GMAW 
  • NIT Certificate of Completion
  • NCCER Module Completion Submissions
  • AWS certification test available for additional fee
Length of Program
  • 320 Hours (Homework Required)
Format of Program
  • 8 Weeks (4 days per week, 10 hours each day)
  • Conducted at the Main Campus in Palmer, Alaska
Prerequisites for Enrollment
  • 18 Years of Age or Older
  • DOT Equivalent Drug Test (If accepted, test can be done no more than 10 days before class begins)
  • Leather Steel Toed Boots meeting ANSI Standard 2413
  • Pre-Participation Physical
  • Current SMAW AWS D1.1-latest edition 3G+4G, or 6G (with, or without backing). Or successfully qualify before the start of class.
  • Social Security Card
  • Valid Alaska Driver's License or State Issued Photo ID
Upcoming Courses Course Cost:

It is the applicant's responsibility to secure funding or provide payment for tuition and any training related costs. Additional costs not included in this price are, but not limited to: drug test and physicals, AWS certification fees, transportation, room and board, child care, etc.