Sims Academy students are able to build a strong foundation for their welding careers through our dual enrollment partnership with Lanier Technical College. In this program, highly qualified instructors from Lanier Technical College teach students in the Career and Technical Education programs available to students through Sims Academy. 

If it’s made of metal – it can be welded. From cars to planes and bridges to buildings, welding keeps our economy moving. It’s the backbone of our world. Every industry depends on it. If you like to work with your hands and are seeking a unique sense of community, then welding may be for you. It’s both an art and a science. From basic fabrication to advanced robotics, modern welders blend trade skills with technology to work smarter, not just harder.

The skills you’ll learn as a welder are also portable and recession-resistant. There are countless opportunities in a variety of industries that lead to lucrative and rewarding careers. Because welding is an essential component in so many industries and art forms, the demand for welders is at an all-time high. This means that the choice to specialize is yours.

The skills you develop as a welder can lead you down several paths. Are you ready to take your first step?


This program prepares graduates to receive two Technical Certificates of Credit (TCCs) from Lanier Technical College, which qualify them to work as welders:

  • Basic Shielded Metal Arc Welder
  • Gas Metal Arc Welder

These courses will also provide students with a jumpstart to their future diploma or degree-level studies.


A graduation plan is available below. For specific information about how you can complete this program, please contact Sims Academy.

  Fall Semester Spring Semester
Year 1

WELD 1000
Intro to Welding Technology

WELD 1010
Oxyfuel & Plasma Cutting

WELD 1040
Flat Shielded Metal Arc Welding

WELD 1090
Gas Metal Arc Welding


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