Kentucky Welding Institute


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The Program

The Hottest Sector In Welding

Combo pipe welding highly in-demand and profitable for welders. The work is hard, the hours are long, and the welds require a high level of skill. Your welding school day will feel like a job site. From welding out in the elements to constantly welding out of position, instructors push you to dig deep. Welding classes are packed with industry relevant knowledge and skill.  In the end, companies have rewarded KWI graduates with hourly wages between $24-38 on average, and of course the tax-free per diem somewhere between $75-120 per day. This program is 100% self-paced, meaning if you want an optional opportunity for special alloys and weld tests, hard work is rewarded.

“6 months ago getting to travel and do something I love was just a dream. The certifications, bulletproof resume and one-on-one training I received from instructors who were just as motivated as I was pushed me hard to make my dream a reality. Without a doubt in my mind I can say KWI made me the welder I am today. My first job on the road was for $40/100. Thank you KWI.”

Levi Chappelow,
KWI Graduate


  • Cut, Prep, Fit, Rig, Weld Pipe
  • New Construction/ Repair and Maintenance
  • Outages, Emergencies, Turnarounds, Projects
  • Power Plant, Gas and Oil, Food Grade Stainless
  • Carbon to Carbon pipe
  • Stainless to Carbon pipe
  • Stainless to stainless pipe
  • Specialty alloys
  • GTAW, SMAW, FCAW, GMAW on pipe ALL Positions
  • Restricted position welding
  • Fit, prep, rigging, and welding pipe runs
  • OFC, PAC, CAC thermal processes
  • AWS Certified Welder Card (Combo Pipe tests)
    • Monster 2-¾” x .625 6010/7018 6G (R optional)
    • Monster 2-¾” x .625 ER70S-2/7018 6G (R optional)
    • Monster 2-¾” x .625 ER308 6G (R optional)
    • Optional Upgrades: Inconel, sch10 Stainless, Branch and Bellhole, Chrome-Moly
  • NCCER Certification Card (Welder, Boilermaker, Rigger, PipeFitter)
  • OSHA 10 card (option for OSHA 30 upgrade)
  • ASHI CPR/ 1st Aid Certification Card
  • Optional MSHA training