Welding & Fabrication

Adult Education Office Hours

Mon - Thur 8:00 am - 9:00 pm and Fri 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Welding & Fabrication

West Central Ohio Manufacturing ConsortiumApproved West Central Ohio Manufacturing Consortium Intermediate Pathway

American Welding Society

Welding and Fabrication Technology

Apollo Career Center is an Accredited Test Facility (ATF) for the American Welding Society.  It is one of only four in the state of Ohio. This accreditation means Apollo can test and upon completion, grant American Welding Society (AWS) certification. The nationally recognized certification proves the student has the fundamental welding knowledge leading business and industry not only needs, but requires.

Through classroom and hands-on training, students will gain knowledge and practice in the following:

  • Welding Fundamentals and Metrology
  • Math for Welders
  • Blueprint Reading / Metallurgy
  • Oxy Fuel Welding/Cutting
  • MIG (Gas Metal ARC Welding)
  • ARC Welding
  • TIG Welding (Gas Tungsten ARC Welding)
  • Pipe Welding
  • Professional Development:  Resume writing, job search and interviewing skills and employability training

The program is 900 hours and meets Monday – Thursday from 6 – 10 p.m.

Coming Soon:

Watch for details on our new full-time morning Welding program!

Also watch for more information on a Saturday Robotics Certification program!

Job Outlook

The welding industry is strong. When you obtain your certification from Apollo’s Adult Education you have successfully demonstrated you have the skills needed for entry level employment in a wide variety of welding and fabrication skilled trade occupations. Some graduates start their own business while others become welders, fabricators, pipefitters or inspectors in manufacturing, infrastructure, Heating and Cooling (HVAC) or even the shipping industry.

Some of the most common welding jobs include Pipeline Welder, Structural Welder, Pipe fitter Welder, Boilermaker Welder and Aerospace Welder. Pipeline fabrication and repair jobs are growing due to the demand for oil and other fossil fuels. Other growing areas in the field include agricultural equipment, highway infrastructure, rail transport, energy production and the petrochemical industry.

There are also excellent long-term career options for welders in automated and robotic welding, teaching, quality control, welding inspection, management, sales and consulting.

Customized Training Available

Apollo offers customized training for area business and industry in manufacturing, healthcare, transportation, public safety and computer technology.

We can provide high quality skills training at your company or on Apollo Career Center’s main campus.

Our team of industry experts offers flexible scheduling for both day and evening training. For more information please contact our Adult Education office at 419-998-3000 and ask about our customized training options.

Articulation Agreements

Apollo has articulation agreements which link the classes taken at Apollo with courses offered at State supported two-year colleges. The intent of the articulation plan is to recognize student achievement in career programs by providing advanced placement at the college level. The advanced credit earned reduces the number of credit hours needed for a degree. Students will not need to re-take classes already completed.

Welding Certification Candidate Packet

Industrial Training Manager

Ann Benfield, Industrial Training Manager

Ann BenfieldPhone: (419) 998-2980 or 1-866-998-2824
Fax: (419) 998-2994
Email: ann.benfield@apollocc.org

  • Graduate of Delphos St. John’s High School
  • Graduate of Lima Technical College (now Rhodes State College) with a degree in Industrial Engineering
  • Over 20 years of Manufacturing experience
  • Over 26 years of Quality Control experience

My instructors and I believe in Apollo Career Center’s quality statement which is to educate, train, or re-train individuals to gain employment, increase skills, and enrich lives.

My programs provide for Full-time Career Development to acquire new skills and Part-time Career Enhancement to upgrade skills you already have. Through classroom and “hands-on” training, the programs in Industrial Training will give the students the knowledge, and practical skills necessary for industry and the world of manufacturing today.

Apollo will help you reach your career goals by accomplishing the following:

  • Keeping our class sizes small to accommodate all learning styles.
  • Using experienced professionally skilled, patient instructors.
  • Assisting you with job placement during and after your training.

If you would like to see our training facilities, or if you have any questions, please call 419-998-2980 or 1-866-998-2824 or email ann.benfield@apollocc.org.

Welding & Fabrication Course Schedule

Upcoming Entry Dates: Start:  03/19/18
End:   06/03/19
Days: Mon – Thurs
Time: 6:00 – 10:00 p.m. 
Hours: 900 hrs (61 wks)
Tuition & Fees: $12,600 + $30 application fee
Cost Breakdown

Financial Aid available 

According to the Department of Labor, www.lmi.state.oh.us, “Employment is projected to increase by 0.4% between 2014-2024. Continued enhancements in productivity and increased automation will reduce the need for welders, although the outlook for welders in manufacturing is stronger than that for other occupations in this industry because of the importance and versatility of welding as a manufacturing process.”

Gainful Employment Disclosure

Placement Rate Methodology

Welding & Fabrication – Getting Started


High School Diploma or GED required

Print Application    Grades & Attendance

Part Time Welding Modules

ArrowSTEP 1:  Contact the Program Manager to schedule a meeting by clicking “Meet the Manager”.  
                     This is an opportunity to find out more about the program, tour the facility, meet other staff, and discuss 
                     program requirements.  
                     Should you wish to enroll at this time, you will fill out the proper enrollment forms, and
                     the manager will schedule you for the Work Keys entrance test, which is required for all Full Time students. 
                     Links to study for these tests -Click Here.  
                     Do you have testing anxiety or would like to refresh your skills in the classroom?  Try Study Tables!  It’s free!
ArrowSTEP 2: Begin your financial aid by filling out the FAFSA at home. Click Here  
                    You can do this at any time; even before Step 1.  
ArrowSTEP 3: Once you have been accepted into the program, you will receive an acceptance letter, email, or phone call.
ArrowSTEP 4: Make an appointment to meet with the financial aid manager.   Financial aid
                    This is when you will find out how much financial aid you are eligible for, and discuss your payment options.