Certified General Welder (Program I)
Certification to be earned at completion of this program of study.
- American Welding Society AWS D1.1 Structural Welding Code – Steel SMAW
- American Welding Society AWS D1.1 Structural Welding Code – Steel FCAW-S
- American Welding Society AWS D1.3 Structural Welding Code – Sheet Steel GMAW
- American Welding Society AWS D17.1 Fusion Welding for Aerospace GTAW Stainless Steel
- American Welding Society AWS D17.1 Fusion Welding for Aerospace GTAW Aluminum
*Certification Fees are extra and are not included in our program fees.
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Certified General Welder Modules:
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC):
SOC 51-4121, (Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers).
Cost of Program:
Contact our office for current prices.
Is this Program approved for Pell Grant:
To complete this program a student must complete all prescribed courses and earn a grade of “pass”.
Final Tests or Exams:
Yes. Students are evaluated through written and performance assessments.
18 Years (if you’re a minor please contact the school)
Physically fit ability to lift 50 Lbs.
Required Reading Level:
Required Math Level:
A Mandatory Educational Plan Meeting
Work boots, jeans, light weight long sleeve shirt preferred.
Attendance policy of school and program:
Student must complete program hours in order to receive certificate of completion.
Externship or Internship provided:
Does the school offer job placement?:
What are the average wages at placement for this training within the past year?:
Number of Graduates that have graduated from this training program?:
See Instructor list available upon request.
How many of these graduates have been placed in occupations related to this training?:
Do you have a list of companies that have hired recent graduates?:
List of companies that have hired graduates:
See Instructor list available upon request.
Do you have a list of graduates that could be contacted?:
List of students that graduated from this program:
See Instructor list available upon request.
1) Education Plan Meeting
The educational plan meeting (EPM) is a meeting designed to help the student explore the job opportunities, in the area. This meeting is a 30 to 40 minute meeting held with the lead Instructor. The student will receive a shop tour where he will have the opportunity to witness the activities both in the shop and in the classroom. Together student and instructor will explore the job opportunities based in the individual personal preferences. Some of the topics discussed are,
- Individual desired courses
- Individual desired goals
- Local, and regional labor market for welders
- Different types of welding processes
- Basic skills needed to enter the desired industry
- Classes needed to complete to enter the desired industry
- Class Schedule
- Welding class cost
The orientation meeting is scheduled to continue the enrollment process. In this meeting the student will receive a list of material needed, books, and supplies. A security deposit in the amount of $275.00 will have to be paid in order to schedule the start date. After submitting payment, the student and the Admissions Representative will sign the student contract which will state the conditions of the student-school responsibilities.
Sign and date the agreement/enrollment form. The school will need to photo copy a government issued identification card to verify that the applicant is over the age of 18 (if you’re a minor please contact the school). Obtain a copy of high school diploma, GED or academic transcripts if enrolling in a program listed. A copy of the high school diploma, GED or academic transcripts must be obtained for SCWTTC records.
4) Safety Review First day of Class
Students are required to review and pass safety instructions in their entirety as part of the program safety training. Additional safety instructions will be presented by each instructor as to safe operation of welding gas manifolds, welding equipment, and various hand tools & power equipment. Upon completion of the safety training segment, each student is required to pass a comprehensive written safety examination and sign a written statement attesting to receipt of safety training and successful completion the safety test required by this program. A completed safety test must be received prior to working in the Welding Lab -NO EXCEPTIONS.
After successful completion of the safety examination the student will now be authorized to commence the welding program.
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Throughout the years I've attended several f schools in attempt to get my structural steel welding certifications. It's safe to say that SCWTTC is, hands down, the best bet for guaranteed results. I now have both my SMAW, and my Fluxcore certifications after six months with Jesse. There's no comparison, Southern California Welding Training and Testing Center is a clean shop, equipped with top-of-the-line machines. JJesse will work with you hands on to ensure that you get the attention and direction needed to pass your certification tests. If you are serious about a career in welding I definitely recommend this school.
I’m currently a senior at Oxnard High School and have been attending SCWTTC school since the beginning of the summer session. I'll be completing my advanced MIG certification class with in the next month. The hands on, one-on-one instruction and flexible hours allow me to continue attending High School as well. I'm currently working towards a welding career in the manufacturing/ production industry and have gained more skill in the last 3 months of attending Southern California Welding Training and Testing Center than any one of my friends attending the other schools. SCWTTC's location is ideal for anyone living in Ventura County. I can hardly wait to graduate from high school and begin my welding career.
The staff and instructors at the school are professional in both teaching the curriculum and one on one coaching. A student of SCWTTC who finishes their discipline and certification will be confident of their skills in any job setting.
The new facility is magnificent and took 2 years to build it out. The school is designed to offer courses based on your individual schedule. Flexible scheduling is beneficial for those of us working who need access to evening and weekend classes. Students progress at their own pace toward proficiency. I had to be the slowest learner in the history of the school. The instructors were patient and coached me. I am now a certified welder which is very cool.
I'm homeless but they work with me.
I had a really great experience with this school. Teachers and staff were excellent and helped me craft my welding skills and pushed me to be better at welding everyday. I would recommend to everyone who is looking to learn how to weld or even if you are just looking to get some practice in to go to scwttc welding school you wont regret it!!!! :)
I highly recommend this trade school.
I'm extremely thankful for everything the school has shown me. It was an investment that my family has been benefiting alot from. I struggled alot working full time and raising my new born son while attending this trade school. It's a great starting point for anyone wanting to start a welding career.
Currently finishing up the general welder course at SCWTTC. Overall it's a great experience. The instructors have helped me learn everything I know about welding.
I can’t recommend this school enough
Great Staff. Fun environment. Amazing instructors.
If you want professionalism, actual challenge, and consistent help as you go through your journey- this is worth looking into.
In December 2021, I started after weeks of looking at schools for my welding certifications. The school stands out enough to bring students that drive in from cities over just to experience getting taught by Jesse and now I see why. I went in with no experience, and fresh after graduating from SCWTTC I landed a job with Spacex welding.
They teach clearly and concise, and they utilize the time you’re given there from beginning to end. Things are always prepared, I had material consistently ready. All my time at SCWTTC was spent learning INDUSTRY welding standards.
I went into my new job with an easy transition because they teach you to mimic the field exactly. I did the aerospace welding program and I would return in a heartbeat. The school, the scheduling, and the program is carefully designed to help you progress consistently and challenge you.
I initially learned about this school through some friends. The staff was always helpful and made taking the first steps to enrollment very clear and easy. Now, in less than a year from enrollment, I couldn’t be more glad to have completed the structural program.
The different programs offered here at the school are broad and give anyone with or without previous experience the necessary skills and knowledge to land themselves in a new career. Through Jessie and some of the other instructors at the school, they’ve helped start a new career with a strong foundation about welding and the field.
With that being said, you only get out what you put in and anyone serious about enrolling should be prepared to be focused and consistent. That’s what will make the difference throughout your experience at this school.
Overall, highly recommend this school and will definitely return for further learning in the future! For anyone looking to learn or enhance their set of skills SCWTTC is the place to do it!
I attended Southern California Welding Training and Testing Center as soon as the school opened. I've done metal work since I was a freshman in high school (2003) but was never completed any certification programs because the waiting lists were too long or other schools were too far. SCWTTC's location is perfect for any one in Ventura County. I received minimal instruction at Ventura College's welding classes and dropped from it because there were too many students. A friend referred me to Jesse G. and within the first three months I received my Advanced MIG certification. I appreciate the hands-on, one-on-one instruction and flexible hours. Work at your own pace or burn straight through and earn a certification, doing the hours and testing as fast as you can. I'm currently working towards a welding career in the Aerospace industry. Everything is to AWS standards and I've gained more skill in 6 months at Southern California Welding Training and Testing Center than all the other classes and shop work combined.
After years of wanting to get into welding I finally made the jump and looked into different schools. I came across SCWTTC and was impressed by the variety of courses they provide. I started with little to no welding experience and very nervous about getting started, but after a week I was hooked and wishing I could come in everyday. Jesse made learning how to weld very easy and fun to learn. I’m extremely grateful for the time I’ve spent at SCWTTC and the people I got to know and everything I got to learn.
Thank you for everything!
I had a good experience learning here. I can be slow to pick up on things sometimes but the instructors were patient with me and I made it through.
SCWTTC is amazingly convenient. Mr. Guzman is an expert instructor who pays attention to his students, takes the time to explain everything, listens very well and is an excellent communicator. I love that Southern California Welding Training and Testing Center is affordable and has open enrollment. The front desk staff at this location are always friendly and thorough too!
Scwttc is a great welding school!
No need to worry if you have no prior experience just schedule a tour and see why the school has a extremely positive feedback from pervious students. I started off with no welding experience whatsoever before applying to this school. Now I'm confident in my welding capabilities.
The staff and teachers are really helpful throughout the process on getting you started. I took the automotive welding program and I enjoyed it a lot. I learned how to tig and mig weld different types of materials and use equipment that I wouldn't have had access to otherwise.
I've attended Southern California Welding Training and Testing Center for about 12 months and it's been one of the greatest decisions I made. I get tons of hands on training. It allows me to progress as fast as I commit to attending. Within the first few weeks I had a certificate in hand. Jesse has a wealth of knowledge teaching about various welding techniques and he explains everything easily. The location was convenient for me and I was able to secure a job in the aerospace field thanks to my teacher.
I Highly recommend attending if youre trying to learn to weld! They also administer weld tests for people who have already learned to weld and need to get certifications!
Learned to mig and tig weld here with no previous experience. Graduated with certifications in automotive welding and fabrication in 7 months.
Staff is very cool and works with your schedule and skill level. They have many machines/saws/drills that they teach you to use safely and correctly as well as a large work area and individual welding booths for each student.
SCWTTC takes their teaching mission seriously.
Southern California Welding Training and Testing Center is a great place to get certified. Get hands-on training, one-on-one with the welding instructor. All welding processes: TIG, MIG, and Stick
Great school & staff. All the keys to success are given to you. Great environment to learn about this trade. Really knowledgeable teachers & peers. 10/10 recommend
I can't forget the encouragement SCWTTC has given me. I want to be the first to say that the instructor at this school helped me out so much with the honesty convincing me I could be able to be in aerospace and now i living my dreams at spacex.
Attending was one of the best choices I ever made. Senior is the best at what he does and isn't afraid of teaching and sharing what he knows. It was worth every penny. Senior and his team are always helpful and flexible. I'm confident now to go out and apply everything I have learned.
I hope to work with you guys soon.
I was looking for a good career in welding. SCWTTC is a great school with very nice staff.
With little to no experience in welding, I signed up and they taught me everything from setting up the machines to welding in multiple processes and just about every position.
I immediately got a job after finishing. Amazing teachers and school. I'd highly recommend it for anyone wanting to learn how to weld.
Don't know what to say except I had the most fun while attending the SCWTTC here at Oxnard. Started with no knowledge regarding welding let alone the different variations of welding and its uses in everyday life. Jesse and Jr. really are the best at what they do and they will make sure to properly explain thoroughly until you get it right. The staff are amazing and you'll always will feel welcomed while you attend here!
I just graduated from my course and now have 5 certifications. I came into this school with 0 welding experience but with the help of the great teachers I am confident to say that I feel prepared to start my career as a welder.
This is the best school that I learned pipe welding. It's a great school with an amazing teaching staff. Looking forward to coming back soon .
My welding skills improved more within one year at Southern California Welding Training and Testing Center than four years previously attending other schools. Jesse really knows his craft and is a great instructor.
I did the general class here in SCWTTC and it was really great and learned a lot of new things about welding and improving my skills.
The instructors are always helpful. I highly recommend attending here.
Drove from out of state to attend here. I feel like I learned a lot under their instruction. Great school, good work environment, very enthusiastic instructor.
The instructors and staff are the best and are super knowledgeable!
I am a recent graduate of the structural program.They took me from completely unexperienced to a certified welder quickly. The instructors and staff are the best and are super knowledgeable! They went above and beyond, helping get me into the industry. I highly suggest scwttc!
No other school in a 100 mile radius from me could offer what Jesse at scwttc could offer. It took me about a year to complete coming in every day but it was well worth my while after earning my certificates.
I learned so much from all the courses he offers including pipe fitting trade. I would recommend SCWTTC to anyone looking into the trade school route.
i recommend this great school to anyone. The staff are very helpful and hands-on, they thoroughly explain everything. The shop is a very clean, organized and well-maintained environment. After completing my tuition i got all the welding certs that I needed for the job i was applying. Thanks to SCWTTC I'm now a unionized welder and making well paid.
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The bulk of the in‐house library at SCWTTC is made up of several complete curriculums along with applicable selected chapters from selected Goodheart – Willcox series, textbooks these include classes in safety, trade math, hand tools and the reading of drawings and blueprints. In addition we have several AWS reference books, including Terms and Definitions, Destructive Testing of Welds, Standard Symbols and Welding Inspector Technology. Also available are pipefitter and welding pocket manuals and handbooks from various publishers and several technical welding books.
All materials are available for students to use on premises during regular business hours.