Welding Classes in Tennessee (Top Schools)

Many people agree that welding is both a difficult and rewarding occupation.

Those citizens of the State of Tennessee who want to become a welder can find more information from this article.

We put together a few tips to help you decide if this is an occupation you may want to pursue or not, as well as a list of schools providing training for it.

What is Welding?

Knowing more about this trade is helpful when trying to decide for or against it.

A welder uses heat in combination with a variety of tools and methods to join pieces of metal.

Welding, Soldering, or Brazing?

Some folks use these terms interchangeably because they use a similar purpose, methods or tools.

The major difference is that in soldering and brazing, one has to use a so-called filler to join metals.

In welding there’s no need for a filler as higher temperatures are needed.

When comparing soldering with brazing, they use different types of fillers and with the former, stronger structures can be made.

Most Used Welding Methods

There are many welding methods available, however only a few are used more:

  • Stick (or Shielded Metal Arc Welding)
  • MIG (or Gas Metal Arc Welding)
  • TIG (or Tungsten Inert Gas Welding)
  • Plasma Arc Welding
  • Flux-Cored Welding
  • Gas or Oxy-Acetylene Welding.

Safety Tips

Because of the high temperature one has to handle while welding, this is a dangerous job.

Here are some safety tips:

  • Read and properly follow the instructions of the tools you’re using, to avoid accidents.
  • Use only high quality gear designed for welding to ensure maximum protection of your head, feet, skin and eyes.
  • Don’t forget to clean, tidy and ventilate the area you work in, as doing so also minimizes the risk of accidents.

Median Income for a Tennessee Welder

It’s normal to want to know how much money you’ll earn doing a certain job.

Most welders in Tennessee earn on average $35,916 annually which is very close to the national average salary for this occupation: $39,533.

The welders in the top 10% can make about $41,262 which is actually lower than what the best paid welders earn around the country.

Their annual salary is of about $45,418.

Annual Salary Range:

Average Salary of Certified Welders in Tennessee

City NameSalary
Johnson City$34,407
* Salary information last updated 2024

Regional Salary

RegionEmployedAvg. Annual SalaryAvg. Hourly PayTop 10% Annual SalaryBottom 10% Annual Salary
Chattanooga, TN-GA1,490$48,650$23.39$64,230$35,620
Clarksville, TN-KY500$44,220$21.26$55,430$31,970
Cleveland, TN130$44,550$21.42$53,200$37,990
Jackson, TN540$41,720$20.06$50,920$34,480
Johnson City, TN200$42,800$20.58$48,550$31,190
Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA400$45,720$21.98$58,860$36,220
Knoxville, TN2,180$44,260$21.28$54,910$36,760
Memphis, TN-MS-AR1,700$45,920$22.08$60,110$35,360
Morristown, TN230$43,830$21.07$53,950$33,280
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN2,330$46,350$22.29$58,190$36,290
* Salary information based on the May 2022 Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) Survey for Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers, OCC 51-4121, BLS.
* Employment conditions in your area may vary.

Top Certification Schools

Those interested in becoming a welder has many options to choose from, in Tennessee.

Welding is being taught both in high schools and in community colleges.

High Schools With Welding Programs

There are 4 high schools in Tennessee offering training in welding.

Here are some details:

  • Grundy County High School wants its students to turn into responsible and productive citizens.
  • Oak Ridge High School is part of a groups of schools offering education to students starting pre-school, up to high school

Learning Welding at a Community College

Tennessee has good community colleges where you can enroll in a welding program:

  • Chattanooga State’s program lasts 1 year and teaches several welding techniques.
  • Northeast State Community College offers a combination welding degree and a industrial welding fabrication program.

Trade Schools

While there are more trade schools in the states, the Tennessee Technology Center is probably the best known since it has 10 campuses.

26 Welding Schools in Tennessee

School NameAddress
Bradley Central High School1000 S Lee Hwy, Cleveland, TN 37311 United States
Chattanooga State Technical Community College4501 Amnicola Hwy, Chattanooga, TN 37406 United States
Grundy County High School24970 SR 108, Coalmont, TN 37313 United States
Humphrey's County Vocational Center1327 Highway 70 West, Waverly, TN 37185 United States
Jacobs Creek Job Corps Center984 Denton Valley Road, Bristol, TN 37620 United States
Northeast State Community College2425 Highway 75 Blountville, TN 37617 United States
Oak Ridge High School1450 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Oak Ridge, TN 37830 United States
Pellissippi State Community College10915 Hardin Valley Rd. Knoxville, TN 37933 United Statesv
Rutledge High School140 Pioneer Dr, Rutledge, TN 37861 United States
Senator Frank P Lashlee Career And Technical Center155 Schools Drive Camden, TN 38320 United States
Sequoyah Technology Center9517 Ridge Trail Rd, Soddy, TN 37379 United States
Tennessee College Applied Tech Knoxville1100 Liberty St, Knoxville, TN 37919 United States
Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Hartsville2575 North Springs Rd Red Boiling Springs, TN 37150 United States
Tennessee Operations APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM 2300 N Wright Rd, Alcoa, TN 37701, USA
Tennessee Technology Center – Elizabethton1500 Arney St, Elizabethton, TN 37643 United States
Tennessee Technology Center – Athens1635 Vo-Tech Dr, Athens, TN 37371 United States
Tennessee Technology Center – McKenzie16940 Highland Dr, McKenzie, TN 38201 United States
Tennessee Technology Center – Jackson2468 Technology Center Dr, Jackson, TN 38301 United States
Tennessee Technology Center – Surgoinsville323 Phipps Bend Rd, Surgoinsville, TN 37873 United States
Tennessee Technology Center – Livingston740 High Tech Dr, Livingston, TN 38570 United States
Tennessee Technology Center – Morristown821 W Louise Ave, Morristown, TN 37813 United States
Tennessee Technology Center – Hohenwald813 W Main St, Hohenwald, TN 38462 United States
Tennessee Technology Center – Crossville910 North Miller Ave, Crossville, TN 38555 United States
Tennessee Technology Center at Crump3070 Highway 64, P.O. Box 89, Crump, TN 38327 United States
Tennessee Valley Institute for Materials Joining and Testing,4501 Amnicola Highway, Chattanooga, TN 37406 United States
Welding 101 LLC443 Tott Street, Lebanon, TN 37087 United States


Now that you know a bit more regarding what is expected of you on the job, all you have to do is enroll at a training school.

Don’t forget to analyze their programs better before choosing.

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