Kentucky Welding Institute



For a long time, secondary educators have pushed college as the only avenue to success.  In recent years and with much publicity from celebrities like Mike Rowe, high school graduates have realized that there is money to be made in the trades.  Currently the average age of a welder is around 55 with less than 20% under the age of 35.  The American Welding Society (AWS) is warning us of a welder shortage of upwards of 375,000 by the year 2023.  If you are a graduating high school senior or an individual looking for a career change and you like working with your hands, this is great news.  High demand, high paying jobs are popping up across the US needing skilled labor to complete the projects.

The comprehensive certification package offered in KWI’s Certified Combination Pipe Welding Program has the résumé building essentials that can help you launch your welding career.  We have the trained professionals ready to start you from scratch or pick up where your previous training and experience left off, and take you to the next level.  As

an AWS Accredited Training Facility, KWI can certify you with our standard 6 certification package.  Being an ATF also enables us to test for outside contractors hiring welders, write new procedures as needed, and certify you to additional procedures like chrome, Inconel, copper nickel, super duplex, branch and bell hole or the fairly new RMD procedure.

In addition to the robust welding certification package, you’ll earn industry respected certifications from the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO), the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), the American Safety and Health Institute (ASHI), the Transportation Workers Identification Card (TWIC), the Coalition of Construction Safety (CCS) and Basic Plus.  This arsenal of wallet packing certifications is designed to get the HR offices calling your number to line up a weld test.  

Training for NCCCO certifications in rigging and signal involves an in-depth classroom study of ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) and OSHA standards that govern companies and contractors as they rig, fly and conduct crane operations on jobsites.  Hands on training includes hitches, knot tying, rigging application and signaling a live crane all in preparation for the NCCCO exams.  NCCER is the country’s most recognized curriculum standard.  Hands on and theory-based instruction will earn you transcripts from NCCER in welding, boiler making and pipefitting.  Companies and contractors demand zero lost hours and develop rigorous safety training plans to accomplish this. Our safety training is second to none at KWI.  As a graduate, you will earn an OSHA 30 card, MSHA 24 papers and your Basic Plus certification.   Finishing off your resume with a TWIC card verifying your nationwide background check and a CCS Toxicology card proving your drug free speaks volumes to HR departments looking to man up their projects.    If welding is a career that has your interest, KWI stands poised to help forge you into the successful certified combination pipe welder you aspire to be.  So, bring your grit and grind and we’ll have the knowledge and certifications you need to accomplish your goals.  Come meet our instructors and walk our training facility today

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