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Professional Education that Exceeds Industry Standards

The Welding Program offered at George Junior Republic rivals programs taught at community colleges or technical schools. Our welding students often leave with qualifications exceeding those of welders already working in the field. The program is taught to the standards of the American Welding Society (AWS), and most of the welding students leave residential treatment with a number of professional certifications.

In addition to providing an outstanding education in welding, this program reinforces the mission of George Junior Republic, which is to help youth become responsible adults who are ready to make a positive contribution to society.

Coursework to Cover Every Needed Skill

The Welding Program at George Junior Republic provides students with training in the following areas:

  • Gas
  • Arc
  • Shielded and non-shielded metal arc
  • Brazing
  • Flame cutting
  • Plastic welding

Hand, semi-automatic, and automatic welding processes are also included in the instruction. At all times, proper safety techniques are reinforced before, during, and after usage of the equipment.


Initial certification is earned in 3-5 months and additional certifications can be earned with 2-3 additional months of training.

  • American Welding Society (AWS) D1.1 (Steel)
  • AWS Structural Steel Mig D1.1
  • Flux Core AWS D1.1 Stick
  • American Welding Society (AWS) D1.2 (Aluminum)