Structural Plate & Pipe Welding

Adult Education Office Hours

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

Structural Plate & Pipe Welding

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

American Welding Society

Structural Plate & Pipe Welding

The Structural Plate and Pipe Welding program is a 768-clock hour one-year certificate program. Apollo Career Center is an accredited test facility for the American Welding Society and offers welding certification testing for our students and the community.  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.  Apollo Career Center works directly with employers to match students with career opportunities.

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 S.M.A.W. & G.T.A.W.
  • Professional Development:  Resume writing, job search and interviewing skills and employability training

The program is 768 hours and meets Monday – Thursday from 6 – 10 p.m.

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.

Industrial Training Manager

Ann Benfield, Industrial Training Manager

Ann BenfieldPhone: (419) 998-2980 or 1-866-998-2824
Fax: (419) 998-2994

  • 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
  • Over 10 years in Welding Education

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 welding will give the students the knowledge, and practical skills necessary for the welding industry 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

Welding & Fabrication Course Schedule

Start Date: 09/17/18 – 10/03/19
Days: Mon – Thurs
Time: 6:00 – 10:00 p.m. 
Hours: 768 hours (55 weeks)
Tuition & Fees: $11,950 (includes cost of complete toolkit)
Cost Breakdown

Financial Aid available according to the Department of Labor,, “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


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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.

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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.  This is when you will find out how much financial aid you are eligible for, and discuss your payment options.