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Welding Technology

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What does a welder do?

Graduates of the welding program can find a career in several fields of their choice. Careers include building trade apprenticeships, repair welding, pipefitter/welder, power industy welding, production welding, aircraft welding, pressure vessel construction, structural steel welding, soldering and brazing, automotive welding and fabricator. Basic skills of welding are the same across several industries, so welders can easily shift from one industry to another, depending on where they are needed.

Learning by doing

New River CTC's Welding programs are offered at the Advanced Technology Center in Ghent, WV and the welding lab located near the Greenbrier Valley Campus, in Lewisburg, WV. The programs are structured to incorporate a large amount of hands-on learning opportunities. Students participate in a variety of lab projects and individual assignments to learn and refine welding skills as well as community outreach activities. Students have the opportunity to sit for American Welding Society (AWS) national certifications at our AWS testing site at the Lewisburg location.

The facilities consist of seventeen individual booths that are equipped to provide training in the four main welding processes, OFW (oxy-fuel), SMAW (Stick), GMAW (MIG), and GTAW(Tig). The Welding labs have a comprehensive array of metal working equipment including a metal sheer, CNC plasma torch, an ironworker, a plate roller, and individual fabrication tables.


Job and salary outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers is expected to grow 15 percent from 2010 to 2020. This growth reflects the need for welders in the manufacturing process. The median annual salary of welders, cutters, solderers and brazers in was $40,700 in 2013. For New River CTC's service region click here.

For more information on New River CTC's service area in-demand jobs visit WorkForce West Virginia Labor Market Information.

Community Partners

The success of the welding program is in part by the input and direction of the Welding Advisory Board members and employer partners/supporters.

Welding Curriculum

New River CTC offers Advanced Skill Sets (ASSC), Certificates of Applied Science (CAS) and Associate's of Applied Science (AAS) degrees within the structural and pipe welding career pathways. These offerings have been developed in a way that leads to stackable credentials as a student moves through various stages of their program. The consolidated program has been aligned with industry needs and equips students to enter multiple career pathways in the welding field.

General Welding ASSC (18 credit hours)

Physical Plant Welding ASSC (15 credit hours)

Welding Technology CAS (30 credit hours)

Welding Technology Pipe Welding CAS (36 credit hours)

Welding Technology Structural Welding AAS (60 credit hours)

Welding Technology Pipe Welding AAS (60 credit hours)

Student Success Stories


Community Partners (Paramedic Program)

Community Partners

Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital

Charleston Area Medical Centers

Greenbrier Valley Memorial Hospital

Minnie Hamilton Hospital

Monroe Health

Pocahontas Memorial Hospital

Princeton Community Hospital

Raleigh General Hospital

Stonewall Jackson Hospital

Summers County Appalachian Regional Hospital

Summersville Regional Medical Center

Webster County Memorial Hospital

Welch Community Hospital

Bartow EMS

Alderson EMS
Best Ambulance Service

Cabell County EMS
Charleston Fire Department

Fairlea Ambulance Service

Ghent Ambulance Service

Harrison County EMS

Healthnet Aeromedical Services
Jan-Care Ambulance Service

Kanawha County Ambulance Authority

Logan Emergency Ambulance Authority

Marion County EMS

Marlinton EMS

McDowell County EMS

Monroe County/Union Rescue

Princeton Rescue Squad

Priority Ambulance Service

Putnam County EMS

Quinwood EMS

Randolph County EMS

Redi-Care Ambulance Service

Shavers Fork Fire/EMS


Summers County EMS

Wayne Co. EMS

White Sulphur EMS

EMT Program Application & Admissions Information

Program Application and Admissions Information


Admission to the EMS Education Programs requires successful completion of the following:

Pre-requisites: EMT-B, eligible for Math 91, and English 99

Completion of the EMT Pre-Admission exam

Submission of a completed New River EMS Education Program application

Must be able to pass a physical exam, drug screening, background check, and supply proof of childhood immunizations.

Applications for admission to the EMS Education Programs must be submitted to the Program Coordinator the week prior to the course start date. This application differs from the Application for Admissions initially completed to enter the college.

Click here to download the EMS Education Application form

You can email the application to the program to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Alternately, the EMS Education Application can be printed and mailed to Paula Johnson, Program Coordinator Office of Workforce Education 830 Northside Drive, Suite 160 Summersville, WV 26651.

Potential students are encouraged to meet with the EMS Education faculty for academic advising while taking prerequisite courses.

Paramedic CAS

An Emergency Medical Technician Paramedic, through performance of patient assessments and provision of emergency medical care, strives to meet the goals of preventing and reducing mortality and morbidity due to illness and injury. Paramedics primarily provide care to emergency patients in an out of hospital setting. The Paramedic program prepares the graduate for a career as a certified EMT Paramedic. A graduate of the Paramedic Program is a highly-skilled, health care provider.

The curriculum includes a balance of paramedic and college level courses. The paramedic courses are designed to assist the student to maintain high-quality patient care. The graduate will be able to recognize, assess, and manage medical emergencies of acutely ill or injured persons in any pre hospital settings. Paramedics are responsible and accountable to medical direction, the public, and their peers. Paramedics work in the field under the direction of a physician through written standing orders and radio communications. Graduates of the program are eligible to sit for the National Registry (NREMTP) Certification Exam.



Click here to download the EMS Education Application Form

Total Certificate Hours: 39

First Semester




PMED 101 Intro to Emergency Medical Services


PMED 102




Pharmacology LAB


PMED 104

Patient Assessment


PMED 106

Trauma Management in Field


PMED 106

Trauma Management in Field LAB


PMED 107

Anatomy/ Physiology for Emergancy Care


PMED 107L Anatomy/ Physiology for Emergancy Care LAB


Total Semester Hours



Second Semester




PMED 103

Rescue and Operations


PMED 200

Cardiopulmonary Pre-Hospital Care



Cardiopulmonary Pre-Hospital Care LAB


PMED 201

General Medical Care



General Medical Care LAB


PMED 202

Special Patient Considerations



Total Semester Hours



Third Semester (Summer)




ENGL 101



MATH 101

General Mathmatics


PMED 105

Paramedic Field Clinical I



Total Semester Hours



Fourth Semester (Summer)




PMED 203

Paramedic Field Clinical II


PMED 204

Paramedic Field Internship



Total Semester Hours



Evaluation Sheets






EMT Program Cost Guide

Program Cost Guide


***Costs & items listed below are subject to change at any time.***


Tuition and Fees (Paramedic Program is 43 credit hours total):   

Tuition $152/Credit Hour
Lab Fee $28/Credit Hour


 Items provided to the student that are included in tuition

  • Clinical Polo
  • New River CTC EMS Program T-shirt
  • Clinical Scheduling and Tracking Software
  • Course Exam Software
  • New River CTC Black Board Learning Management System

Out of Pocket Expenses                             

Immunizations & Titers (varies based on student need)

Textbooks $795 (varies)
Clinical uniform $200 (varies)
National Registry Examination Fee $110/Attempt
Physical Exam Fee (Med Express Urgent Care $20 (varies)
Drug ScreeningFee (Med Express Urgent Care $35 (Rapid) $55 (If Sent out)
Background Check Fee Fees Vary
Hep B $55/injection
Tetanus $50
MMR $80
MMR titer $75
TB skin test $25
TB Titer $50
TDap Required but not available at Med Express. Prices will vary


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