Californians who like working with their hands might find welding an ideal occupation.
Welders have many employment options in California and get paid well too.
We prepared a list of the best welding schools in California if this is something you see yourself doing but don’t really know where to start.
Becoming a Certified Welder in California
To become a welder you need to attend a training school what was approved by the American Welding Society (AWS) and obtain their diploma.
The training has 2 parts: theoretical notions and practice.
When the training ends you must pass a test that is usually organized at the school you attended.
The official AWS website has more information about these tests in which you must prove your proficiency in welding.
How Long Is The Training?
Nobody really wants to start a class without knowing for how long it lasts.
There’s no standard period of time for a welder’s training, though it’s sure to last less than 24 months.
California’s Welding Schools
In this section, you’ll find all the locations approved to offer training for welders along with some additional information.
You should know that it’s possible for the programs to have slight differences.
However, these classes are the most common:
Most welding schools expect their future students to have a high school or a GED diploma.
Rarely, those who finished just 10th grade are also accepted, and these pupils have the possibility of finishing high school at the same time.
Best Schools in Northern California
Our list of Californian welding schools is pretty long, so if you want a list of schools found in the Northen part of the state, we have that too.
Top 5 welding schools in Northern California:
- Cal-Trade Welding School in Modesto, California.
- Allied Welding School in Richmond.
- GK Welding School, in Richmond.
- Cal Weld in Freemont.
- Sierra College.
Best Schools in Southern California
We also prepared a list of the best schools in Southern California, if you prefer this region.
Top 4 schools in Southern California:
- John Lopez Welding School in Bakersfield.
- Welding Skills Test and Training Center in Rancho Cucamonga.
- Elite Welding Academy in Southern California.
- Precision Welding & Fabrication, Inc.
Here is the complete list of welding schools across the state:
52 Welding Schools in California
|American River College||4700 College Oak Dr, Sacramento, CA 95841, USA|
|Bakersfield College Bookstore||1801 Panorama Dr. bakersfield, CA 93305 United States|
|Brawley Union High School||480 N. Imperial Ave. Brawley, CA 92227 United States|
|Butte Glenn Community College||3536 Butte Campus Dr. Oroville, CA 95965 United States|
|Camp Pendleton||PO Box 55226 BLDG 2411 Camp Pendleton, CA 92055 United States|
|Center For Employment Training||294 S. 3rd St. El Centro, CA 92243 United States|
|Center For Employment Training (Cet)||4153 Market Street Suite C San Diego, CA 92102 United States|
|Central Santa Clara Regional Occupation Agency||760 Hillsdale Ave. San Jose, CA 95136 United States|
|Cerro Coso Community College-Indian Wells Valley||3000 College Heights BLVD Ridgecrest, CA 95650 United States|
|Chaffey High School||1245 N Euclid Ave. Ontario, CA 91762 United States|
|Clovis West High School||1070 E. Teague Fresno, CA 93720 United States|
|College Of The Canyons||26455 Rockwell Canyon Rd. Santa Clarita, CA 91355 United States|
|College Of The Sequoias||4999 E. Bardsley Ave. Tulare, CA 93274 United States|
|College Of The Siskiyous||800 College Ave. Weed, Ca 90506 United States|
|Columbia College||11600 Columbia College Drive Sonora, CA 95370 United States|
|El Camino College - Compton Center||1111 East Artesia Blvd Compton, CA 90221 United States|
|ETMS Educational Technical||14376 Torrey Pine Dr. Auburn, CA 95602 United States|
|Fcc Lompoc||3901 Klein BLVD Lompoc, CA 93436 United States|
|FCI Herlong||741-925 Herlong Access Road A-25 Herlong CA 96113 United States|
|FCI Herlong Vt Welding||741-925 Herlong Access Road A-25 Herlong, CA 96113 United States|
|Five Keys Charter School||23900 The Old Road, Building A Castaic, CA 91384 United States|
|Fontana High School||9453 Citrus Ave. Fontana, CA 92335 United States|
|Fullerton College||321 East Chapman Ave. Fullerton, CA 92632 United States|
|Grossmont Union High School Dist||924 E. Main St. El Cajon, CA 92021 United States|
|Hanford West High School||1150 W Lacey Blvd Hanford, CA 93230 United States|
|Harbor Occupational Center||740 N. Pacific Ave. San Pedro, CA 90731 United States|
|Hartnell College - Welding Technology||156 Homestead Ave. Salinas, CA 93901 United States|
|Imperial Valley College||380 E. Aten Rd. Imperial, CA 92251 United States|
|Inland Empire Job Corps Center||3173 Kerry St. San Bernardino, CA 92407 United States|
|Las Positas College||3000 Campas Hill Drive Livermore, CA 94551 United States|
|Lassen Community College||478-200 HWY 139 Susanville, CA 96130 United States|
|Long Beach City College-Pacific Coast Campus||1305 E. Pacific Coast HWY Long Beach, CA 90806 United States|
|Los Angeles Trade Tech College||400 W. Washington BLVD Los Angeles, CA 90015 United States|
|Madera Community College Center||30277 Ave 12 Madera, CA 93638 United States|
|Maxine Waters Employment Ctr. #4||10925 S. Central Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90059 United States|
|Mendocino College Via Ukiah High School||1000 Hensley Creek Rd. Ukiah, CA 95482 United States|
|Merced Community College||3600 M St. Merced, CA 95348 United States|
|North Orange County R.O.P||385 N. Muller St. Anaheim, CA 92801 United States|
|Palomar College||1140 West Mission Rd. San Marcos, CA 92069 United States|
|Riverside Community College||4800 Magnolia Ave. Riverside, CA 92506-1299 United States|
|Salinas Valley Welding School||1520-A Meridian Road Salinas, CA 93907 United States|
|San Bernardino Valley College||701 South Mount Vernon San Bernardino, CA 92410 United States|
|San Diego Job Corps||1325 Iris Ave. Imperial Beach, CA 91932 United States|
|Shasta Tehama Trinity Community College||11555 Old Oregan Trail Redding, CA 96049 United States|
|Southcoast Welding Institute||2591 Faivre St. Chula Vista, CA 91911 United States|
|Summit College||965 South Mt. Vernon Colton, CA 92324 United States|
|Temescal Canyon High School Welding Program||28755 El Toro Rd. Lake Elsinore, CA 92592 United States|
|The Fab School||9571 Pittsburgh Ave. Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730 United States|
|Universal Technical Institute||9494 Haven Ave. Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730 United States|
|Ventura College Library||4667 Telegraph Road Ventura, CA 93002 United States|
|Victor Valley Community College||18422 Bear Valley Rd, Victorville, CA 92392 United States|
|Welding Skills Test and Training Center, Inc.||9216 Center Avenue, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730 United States|
Popular Program: Underwater Welding in California
Those who want to work as underwater welders have few training options across the country.
California has only 2 such schools:
Santa Barbara City College
There are 2 degrees available at this college, and you can get both if you really want to:
- Associate in Science Degree
- Certificate in Marine Technology
Both of these programs are perfect for those who like diving and want a career in welding
National University Polytechnic Institute
Here, there are 2 programs you can get enrolled in:
- Diving medical technician
- Non-destructive tester
Salary for a Welder in California
There are many employment opportunities for welders in California and their salary is good too.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects there will be an increased demand for welders at least until 2026.
It’s predicted there will be some 22,500 new job offers for these professionals, by that year.
The median salary for a welder in California is $44,159 per year.
This is higher than the $39,533 median national salary for a welder, per year.
Additionally, the top 10% welders earn around $45,418 per year, whereas the same segment of welders in California can earn around $50,731 annually.Annual Salary Range:
Average Salary of Certified Welders in California
|Region||Employed||Avg. Annual Salary||Avg. Hourly Pay||Top 10% Annual Salary||Bottom 10% Annual Salary|
|El Centro, CA||120||$50,700||$24.37||$65,090||$31,360|
|Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA||9,890||$53,660||$25.8||$74,880||$37,050|
|Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA||670||$51,840||$24.92||$71,240||$37,950|
|Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA||4,030||$50,290||$24.18||$64,050||$36,760|
|San Diego-Carlsbad, CA||3,330||$57,290||$27.55||$73,560||$38,890|
|San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA||2,760||$63,000||$30.29||$80,900||$44,820|
|San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA||1,470||$64,880||$31.19||$90,400||$45,190|
|San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA||220||$55,210||$26.54||$73,520||$38,440|
|Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA||120||$58,300||$28.03||$104,720||$38,370|
|Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA||260||$54,170||$26.04||$73,880||$37,550|
|Santa Rosa, CA||350||$58,620||$28.18||$77,060||$39,310|
|Yuba City, CA||150||$50,720||$24.39||$65,920||$38,590|
* Employment conditions in your area may vary.
Being a welder can be dangerous, therefore it’s important to pay attention to your safety and that of those around.
Here are some tips:
- Learn how each tool works by reading its instructions booklet.
- Buy quality equipment if you want it to last and do its job properly, no matter it’s gloves, helmet, shoes or face protecting gear.
- Make sure your eyes and skin are well protected.
- To avoid accidents, make sure the space you work in or store your tools, is always clean and tidy.
Welding is a rewarding career with many employment possibilities and very easy to get into in California, thanks to the many schools offering such training.
It’s time you decide if you want to become a welder and enroll!
Welding Schools by City
- Bakersfield2 Schools
- Fresno2 Schools
- Los Angeles10 Schools
- Oakland5 Schools
- Riverside7 Schools
- Sacramento3 Schools
- San Diego2 Schools
- San Francisco6 Schools
- San Jose5 Schools
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