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Fundamentals of Welding

Build and fabricate with our Welding program. It starts by helping students learn what the life of a welder is like via interactive workshop courses and augmented reality welding booths. Never welded before? That’s no problem at all. In as little as five months, students are introduced to the areas of structural welding, flux core welding, and pipe welding. Students will also be prepared to excel in job interviews and welding tests for various welding certifications. The Fundamentals of Welding program trains our students in the skills needed to work worldwide. There are a number of careers that welding skills are needed:

Wherever metal needs adhering, a welder is needed. Start with a career map and learn the technical skills that employers are really looking for. Prepare to solve the needs of the expected job demand of 2023.  This is a multi-disciplinary program that aims to give students the skills, knowledge, and confidence required to proceed with apprenticeships in welding.

 Train for an apprenticeship or other positions in skilled trades. We offer our welding classes with flexible scheduling: evening and hybrid online classes are available at our Tysons and Springfield campuses. We work directly in collaboration with Miller Weld and Ocuweld. Our partners are by far experts in their fields and working with them is an easy choice for the benefit of our students. Our process is simple: 1. Foundation 2. Augmented Reality 3. Reality 4. Experience.

Upon successful completion of this Certificate, students will have a knowledge base in:

  • Shielded metal arc (SMAW) welding
  • (MIG) welding
  • Tungsten inert gas (TIG) welding
  • High-frequency TIG welding
  • Flux-cored arc welding
  • Structural welding
  • Pipe welding
  • Aircraft welding
  • Thin alloy welding
  • Pipeline welding

Pre-Apprenticeship programs develop the required competencies to meet industry standards for apprentice welders. The student’s success with the program content will draw heavily on

1. Respecting others’ work and developing healthy work relationships that respect fellow workers in all trades. This instructional strategy will help to prepare the students to work collaboratively with other trades personnel toward a common end result.

2. Development of skills through practice, effort, action, and patience. Instructors will seek to balance instructional methods through the use of learning labs and project-based learning assignments, in addition to conventional lectures.

3. Instructors will also promote an environment of inclusive participation through open dialogue and continuous feedback throughout the program. This instructional strategy draws upon a collaborative approach among students by forming working relationships with each other to collectively solve problems as they strive toward a common goal.

Industry Standard Instruction

We teach relevant material in this ever-evolving field of welding. We teach and prepare students for a successful careers as journeymen, licensed professionals, or master mechanics. We really love teaching future owners.

Live Instructor Chats

Having the necessary guidance throughout the course is crucial. Most of our material is available online but our instructors and assistants are available via video chat, cell, inboxes, and In person.

Lab Access

The lab has proven to be a crucial factor for success In the class.  Attendance In a Post Covid 19 world is mandatory but the autonomy of attendance Is based on our students’ work ethic. We highly recommend all students attend and complete labs as soon as possible. 

Video Demonstration & Instruction

Most of the curriculum instruction has been filmed and is available without limits. at any student’s discretion online. Variables are answered in labs, video chats, or otherwise.

Resume Preparation

We have unique relationships with our ready-to-hire employers. Students also apply for jobs themselves. We assist in the process with keyworded resumes and a professional development block in the class.

Hands-On Training

KVT has several businesses and partnerships. We have a network with a contracting company here in the DMV. Our students benefit as a result of the properties that we own and lab facilities. This provides irreplaceable hands-on experience.

Admission Requirements:

In order to enter this program, applicants must have the following education: A high school diploma including a minimum of English, Math, and 3 credits in Science OR, as a Mature Student:
Must be a minimum of 17 years old and have been out of school for at least one school year

Additionally: Full participation requires individuals to be physically capable of performing the work.


DPOR, IACET, DOL Credentials: Upon successful completion of the classes, students will receive a certificate of completion in pre-welding/fundamentals of welding apprenticeship studies.

Course Length

Most of our students finish the course in as little as 20 – 30 weeks. You have the ability to take your time yet we will diligently view your progression.

The variance is there because some students are working professionals, have children, and or life is happening. The course is here for you at your own pace yet we are your biggest cheerleaders to get the coursework done in a reasonable amount of time.

Employment is Expected to Grow for Welding in the US to 452,500 Jobs by 2029!

– Bureau of Labor and Statistics