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Requirements For Applying To Welding Trade School

Applying to a welding program at your local trade school shouldn’t be too hard as long as you’re organized. You’ll just need to find your school’s admission requirements, then organize and submit that information on time. Read on to learn about possible education, age, math, and physical requirements. We also created a summary of necessary tools and safety equipment.

Diploma & GED

To apply to most trade schools, not just welding schools, you need a high school diploma recognized by your state. You may also use a GED or some other state-authorized equivalency exam.

16-18 Years Age Requirement

Normally, you must be at least 16 years of age to apply to a trade school. But, some programs in some states may require you to be 17-18 years old. All states have their own laws, and schools have different admissions processes. The quickest way to find out your state regulations is to speak to your trade school admissions adviser.

Basic Math Skill Requirement

Most schools recommend in-depth knowledge of basic math skills. When starting a welding program, it’s important to understand whole numbers, fractions, and converting to decimals. During your welding program, you’ll be taught to calculate volume and area. You’ll learn geometry to determine angles, and you may also get an introduction to trigonometry (tangent, sine, cosine). Having a solid grasp of basic math when you start your program will come in very handy.

Physical Requirements

When applying for a welding program, you will usually need to meet some set of physical requirements. The following is a list of some common requirements, but every school’s set of standards will be different. Ability to perform safely in shop Ability to lift 50 pounds to eye level Good eyesight is recommended Ability to communicate orally in a loud shop environment Ability to diagnose mechanical failures audibly (by sound) Ability to understand and retain information found in service repair manuals Ability to use diagnostic flow charts Ability to visually read an LCD display on welding equipment Must possess the dexterity and mobility to weld in all positions Ability to stand for long periods of time

Required Tools, Equipment, and Clothing

Some schools require the student to purchase their own tools and equipment. The following list will give you a good idea of what you may need to buy.

Safety Equipment

You’ll need this equipment to protect your head, ears, and eyes.

  • Approved safety glasses
  • Ear plugs and earmuffs
  • Approved welding helmet
  • Approved face shields clear lenses

Protective Clothing

  • Fire resistance is obviously a key part of a welder’s clothing choices.
  • Fire resistant jacket
  • Fire resistant gloves
  • Fire resistant steel toe boots
  • Cotton shirts
  • Cotton pants

Tool List

These are some of the tools you’ll need to have in your toolbox when attending a trade school welding program.

  • Tool box with lock
  • 25 ft. tape measure
  • #2 Phillips screwdriver
  • #2 slotted screwdriver
  • 4 1/2" right angle grinder
  • Adjustable tri-square
  • Adjustable wrenches
  • Chipping hammer
  • Cold chisel
  • Center punch
  • Calculator
  • Flashlight
  • Grinder wheels
  • Hack saw & blades
  • Lineman pliers
  • Metal scribe
  • MIG pliers size
  • Machinist's hammer
  • Permanent metal marker
  • Standard hex key set
  • Slip joint pliers
  • Spark lighter
  • Stainless wire brush
  • Soapstone
  • Steel protractor
  • Steel compass
  • Tip cleaners for propylene and acetylene cutting tips
  • Vise grip pliers

Some schools supply all materials, tools, equipment, and clothing but bake the cost into the total cost of your program. Keep in mind, this is only a partial list of the welding equipment you’ll need. Ask your school for a complete list of required tools.

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