Program Length: 4 semesters

Program Site:      Ybor City Campus Workforce Training Center

Class Time:          Day Class -- Monday - Friday,  8:00pm - 2:00pm

                            Night Class -- Monday - Friday, 5:00pm - 10:00pm

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Welding Technology Overview

HCC Welding Academy offers three options for those seeking welding applications training: a full curriculum daytime weekday Certified Welder program (1170 clock hours), a full curriculum night weekday Certified Applied Welder program (1170 clock hours), and a weekend Basic Welding program (500 clock hours). For more information on the Florida Depart of Education 2014-15 Curriculum Frameworks, click here Applied Welding Technologies / Welding Technologies .


Basic Welding Program (500 clock hours/40 weekends)

The weekend program is designed to prepare students for entry level welding jobs.  It offers the first two classes of the full curriculum program, Welder’s Helper and Shielded Metal Arc. Shielded Metal Arc is the most basic and common type of welding application used in construction, industrial fabrication, maintenance and repair facilities. (Please see below for a detailed explanation of these two classes. Basic Welding starts on June 6, 2015.  Classes will be meet Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 am to 4:00pm for 40 weekends; total of 500 clock hours. Tuition for this program is due on 4/30/15 and 10/1/15.  Please note Financial Aid is not available for the weekend program.  However, HCC has received a grant from the JP Morgan Chase Foundation which will pay the lab fees (books, materials, tools, etc.) for these two classes.  Also, Career Source Tampa Bay may have additional grant funding for those who qualify.


Weekend Welding Scedule

Certified Applied Welder PROGRAM (1170 Clock Hours/16 Months)

The certified applied welder program is designed for those who wish to have a solid foundation and advanced knowledge of a variety of welding applications in preparation for AWS certification and a career in any of a number of welding fields. This course covers welder helper, shielded metal arc, gas metal arc, flux cored arc, gas tungsten arc, and pipe welder. The final course in this program is an internship. At the end of the program, all students will sit for one or more of the American Welding Society certifications tests prior to graduation. HCC offers two options for certified welder: day program and night program. Both programs run for 4 semesters / 16 months, and classes meet Monday through Friday.  The day program is held 8am-2pm, and the night program is held 5pm-10pm. The cost of the program covers tuition, lab fees, materials, tools, tool box, books, and an AWS test.    

 Morning Classes

Morning Welding Schedule

Evening Welding Schedule

 Welding Fee Schedule


HCC Welding Academy Steps to Admission 

  1.   Have a current application on file with HCC.  Apply online at
  2.   Have all official transcripts on file with HCC.
  3.   When you receive your student number in the mail, complete HCC’s online orientation @           
  4.   After you have completed the above, just come (no schedule needed) to Mark Poling’s office (5610 E. Columbus Drive, Tampa, FL, 33619). His phone number is (813) 253-5422. You may ask for a tour of our classrooms and meet our faculty at that time.
  5.   During that meeting with Mark Poling you will need to show him how you will pay for your tuition.
  6.   You will need to bring Mark Poling a $75 check or money order made out to HCC to pay for a drug screen and background check.
  7.   You will be given referrals for a background check and a drug screen to my selected outside agencies (No felony      convictions within the past 5 years from the date of applying to the program).
  8.   The backgrounds check and drug screen results are sent to Mark Poling by the outside agencies.
  9.   Based on your transcripts, you might have to take the TABE.  The program does not require a High School diploma or a GED, but the student will have to be at the 10th grade level (or have an industrial certification) by graduation.   Contact Dove Wimbish who offers this test and tutoring for free (813-253-7792).
  10. Once everything is in order, Mark Poling will register you for class. Please do not try to register yourself for these classes.  You do not have to attend the registration workshop. 

We would be delighted to have you visit, tour our classrooms and meet our faculty. Contact Mark Poling at for details.

Course Descriptions

Welder Helper

250 Hours

The welder helper course provides the basic shop skills and safety practices needed to participate in shop activities. This includes basic mathematic operations, measuring and grinding, and communication skills. Also, students will gain and demonstrate oxyfuel cutting and welding practices to create finished projects. This course includes a basic coverage of shielded metal arc welding. 

Welder, shielded metal arc

250 Hours

The shielded metal arc welding course gives students a working understanding of intermediate shielded metal arc processes, including all position V-groove welds. Also taught in this course are welding drawing, blueprint, and symbol interpretation skills, metal identification skills, and health and safety regulation overviews.  

WELDer, gas-metal arc

125 Hours

In this course, students will be provided with a basic to intermediate knowledge of gas-metal arc processes. Set-up and operation of gas metal arc equipment and performance of basic fillet and groove welds will be performed by students. During this course, in addition to GMAW welding practice, the students will receive lectures on ethical and legal obligations and personal financial responsibility. 

Welder, flux cored arc

100 Hours

As a result of the flux cored welding section, student will be expected to demonstrate a working knowledge of the equipment and accessories used in the flux cored arc welding process. Also discussed in this section is the role of teamwork and trust in the welder’s workplace, as well as leadership skills and employability skills such as positive work behaviors. 

welder, gas-tungsten arc

175 Hours

Students who attend this course will be provided with the knowledge required to produce acceptable fillet and groove welds using the gas-tungsten arc welding process, as well as to set up and maintain the related equipment to this process.

Welder, pipe

270 Hours

In the final welding course, methods of fabricating and welding joints in pipe, with a variety of positions, up to industry standards. In addition to that, students will gain the ability to repair ferrous and non-ferrous metals, as well as fabricate products according to a drawing or blueprint.