Pipe Welding Processes

Welders work in a wide variety of industries, from car racing to manufacturing. The work that welders do and the equipment they use vary, depending on the industry. The most common and simplest type of welding today, arc welding, uses electrical currents to create heat and bond metals together—but there are more than 100 different processes that a welder can use. The type of weld is normally determined by the types of metals being joined and the conditions under which the welding is to take place. Welding is the most common way of permanently joining metal parts. In this process, heat is applied to metal pieces, melting and fusing them to form a permanent bond. Because of its strength, welding is used in shipbuilding, automobile manufacturing and repair, aerospace applications, and thousands of other manufacturing activities.

Welding also is used to join beams in the construction of buildings, bridges, and other structures and to join pipes in pipelines, power plants, and refineries. A weld is the simplest and easiest way to join sections of pipe. The need for complicated joint designs and special threading equipment is eliminated. A welded pipe has reduced flow restrictions compared to mechanical connections and the overall installation costs are less. The most popular method for welding pipe is the shielded metal-arc process; however, gas shielded arc methods have made big inroads as a result of new advances in welding technology. Students enrolled in the Pipe Welding Program will learn the techniques necessary to certify to the following codes: AWSD1.1, API1104, and ASME Section IX. Hands-on practice along with classroom study of theory and technique will be the emphasis of this training program.

Certificates and Licensures

  1. MTECH Program Certificate in Pipe Welding
  2. AWSD1.1 3G Structural Certificate – SMAW
  3. AWSD1.1 6G Structural Pipe Certificate – SMAW
  4. A.P.I. 1104 6G – SMAW
  5. A.S.M.E. SEC IX Boiler & Pressure Vessel – GTAW

Program Snapshot

  Registration Eligibility: Adults only.

  Registration Availability: This program runs on an Open Entry/Open Exit schedule. Registration is open on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month. Students usually start the following Monday. Call 801-753-6282 for seat availability. OE/OE Registration and Start dates can be found on the MTECH Calendar.


  Program Length: 1140 Hours.

  Times: Mornings, Afternoons and Evenings. See schedule details below.

  Locations: Orem Campus Rm 108

  Financial Aid Eligible: This program is eligible for Financial Aid and Veterans Assistance.   +Learn More

  Articulation Agreements: Credit hours for completing this program can be counted towards degrees from UVU and USU.  +Learn more.


  MTECH Counselor: Students enrolling in this program must meet with an MTECH Academic and Career Counselor prior to registration. To schedule an appointment please visit mtec.edu/counseling.

  Entrance Assessment: Students must take the MTECH Entrance Assessment. The Entrance Assessment is free and takes about an hour to complete. No appointment is necessary. To learn more visit mtec.edu/testing.

  New Student Orientation: Students must complete the brief MTECH New Student Orientation prior to first day of class.  To learn more visit mtec.edu/nso.


Start any 1st or 3rd Monday, per available sessions:

Monday – Friday 7:30 am- 10:30 am OR 11:30 am – 2:30 pm OR 2:45 pm – 5:45 pm

Mon, Wed, Friday: 7:30 am – 10:30 am OR 11:30 am – 2:30 pm OR 2:45 pm – 5:45 pm

Tuesday, Thursday: 7:30 am – 10:30 am OR 11:30 am – 2:30 pm OR 2:45 pm – 5:45 pm

Monday – Thursday: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm OR Monday, Wednesday: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm OR Tuesday, Thursday: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

*Summer Schedule: no class held on Friday

Tuition and Fees

Item Cost Notes
Registration Fee $40.00  
Program Fees $1,675.00 Includes facilities fee
Tuition $2,280.00  
total: $3,995.00  All tuition and fees are due at the time of registration.

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