Welding Technology

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


Degree and Certificate Programs

Advanced Skill Set Certificates | Certificate of Applied Science | Certificate of Applied Science in Technical Studies | Associates of Fine Arts Degree | Associate of Science Degree Program | Associate of Applied Science | Associate of Applied Science, Technical Studies Degree Programs 


Accounting Data Entry Clerk

Pipe Fitting

Allied Heath

Pipe Welding

Banking And Financing Fundamentals

Pipe Welding and Pipe Fitting

Certified Customer Service Specialist

Physical Plant Welding Technician

Computer Software Application Specialist

Public Administration



Hardware Specialist

Residential Energy Management Installation (Weatherization Installation)

Industrial Technology (Mechatronics)

Residential Energy Management Diagnostics (Weatherization Diagnostics)

Logistical Management

Retail Department Manager
Medical Machine Transcriptionist Table Games
MIG Welding Technical Sales Specialist
Nail Care Technician

TIG Welding

Phlebotomy Technician Total Quality Management


Automotive Maintenance and Light Repair

Machining Technology

CDL/Heavy Equipment

Emergency Medical Technician-Intermediate

Diesel Service Technology

Emergency Medical Technician-Intermediate Bridge

Electric Distribution Engineering Technology

Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic


Paraprofessional Education

Green Entrepreneurship

Residential Energy Management (Weatherization Technology)


Technical Office Procedures and Skills

Industrial Technology (Mechatronics)

Welding Technology

Licensed Practical Nurse


Allied Health

Management & Supervisory Development

Computer Repair and Operating Systems

Medical Insurance Billing and Coding


Public Administration

Legal Office Assistant



Arts Management

Studio Arts




Administrative Office Management

General Education


Law Enforcement

General Business

Legal Assisting


Administrative Office Technology

Hospitality and Tourism Management


Industrial Technology (Mechatronics)

Automobile Service Technology

Medical Assisting


Occupational Development: Child Care Practitioner

Board of Governors

Occupational Therapy Assistant

Computer Science: Healthcare IT Technician

Paraprofessional Education
Computer Science: Networking Operating

Physical Therapist Assistant


Social Services

General Business

Residential Energy Management


 Welding Technology


Casino Operations

Social Service Management

Health Information Technology


Licensed Practical Nurse CAS

The Practical Nursing program is an intensive eleven month certificate program designed to prepare students to practice as Licensed Practical Nurses in a variety of healthcare settings. The curriculum provides students with classroom and clinical experiences in the areas of Medical-Surgical Nursing, Maternal-Child Nursing, Geriatrics and Mental Health Nursing in a variety of acute care, extended care, and outpatient facilities and includes courses in pharmacology and nutrition. The program also is designed for career laddering, awarding appropriate transfer credit allowing for seamless transfer into more advanced nursing programs of study. Upon completion of the Practical Nursing program, graduates are eligible to take the National Council License Examination – Practical Nursing (NCLEX-PN). Successful completion of this examination is required for practical nursing licensure.

Admission to the School of Practical Nursing is dependent upon successful completion of the following requirements.

• Prerequisite College Courses to include:

English 101 - minimum grade of "C"

Math 101 or higher – Intermediate Algebra (MATH 102) preferred
Biology 231 - Anatomy and Physiology I Biology 233L - Anatomy and Physiology I
Biology 232 – Anatomy and Physiology II Biology 234L – Anatomy and Physiology II

• Completion of the HESI Pre-Admission – PN Examination within established standards.

• Participation in an interview with faculty.

• Submission of a completed New River School of Practical Nursing Medical History and Physical Examination, including documentation of all required immunizations and laboratory tests.

• Negative Drug Screen

• Acceptable Criminal Background Check

Applications for admission to the School of Practical Nursing must be submitted to the Director of the School of Practical Nursing prior to the end of the semester preceding program entry. You can email the application below to the program office by hitting "Email Completed Form" at the bottom of the second page.  Potential Practical Nursing students are encouraged to meet with the practical nursing faculty for academic advising while taking the prerequisites courses.

School of Practical Nursing Application Form  



Licensed Practical Nurse

Total Certificate Hours: 49


First Semester




LPNU 105

Foundations of Nursing


LPNU 115

Nursing Foundations Clinical Lab


LPNU 116



LPNU 117

Geriatrics Clinical Lab


LPNU 118

Introduction to Practical Nursing


LPNU 124

Prin of Nursing Pharmacology


LPNU 126

Prin of Nutrition for Nursing


Total Semester Hours



Second Semester




LPNU 120

Adult Medical-Surgical Nursing I


LPNU 121

Adult Med-Surgical Nursing I Lab


LPNU 122

Maternal-Child Nursing


LPNU 123

Mat-Child Nursing Clinical Lab


LPNU 125

Clinical Pharmacology/Nursing


LPNU 127

Clinical Nutrition for Nurses


Total Semester Hours



Third Semester




LPNU 130

Adult Medical-Surgical Nursing II


LPNU 131

Adult Medical-Surgical Nursing II Lab


LPNU 132

Mental Health Nursing for PN


LPNU 133

Mental Health Clinical Lab


LPNU 138

PN: Practice, Issues, & Trends


Total Semester Hours


Evaluation Sheets




Gainful Employment Information

Licensed Practical Nursing (CP)


Q.           How much will this program cost me?

A.            Tuition and fees:                                                              $6,160.00

                Books and supplies:                                                        $2,286.00

                On-campus room & Board:                                          Not offered


Q.           What are my financing options to pay for the program?

A.            In addition to an grant and scholarship aid for which they are eligible, 85.3% of graduates (2010-2011) used loans to finance their education (tuition and fees, books and supplies and funds including educational costs allowed for living expenses, transportation/personal allowance). The median debt* for program graduates was by year:

                2010-2011                                                                            $2,766.00

                *Median loan debt from Title IV only-No completers had private loans or institutional financing during this time period.


Q.           How long will it take me to complete this program?

A.            The program is designed to take 12 months to complete. The percent of graduates from this program that finished in this time by year are:

                2010-2011                                                                            100%

Q.           What are the chances of getting a job when I graduate?

A.            The job placement rate** for students who complete the program is by year:

                2010-2011                                                                            Data calculation will be provided by The National Center for Educational Statistics at a future date

Click on these links for more information on jobs related to this program:

SOC CODE: 29-2061.00

Articulation and Transfer Agreements

New River has negotiated a number of articulation agreements with partner institutions so that our graduating students can make a smooth transition into a four-year degree program.  This page provides a list of those partner institutions.

Articulation Area Name of Baccalaureate Institution Total Credit Hours Articulated Original Agreement
Business Admininstration/Mgt Glenville State College 64 pdf

Elementary Education

K-6/Early Education PreK-K

Glenville State College 64 pdf
Elementary Education Bluefield State College 71 pdf
Management University of Phoenix 60 pdf
Criminal Justice Administration Bluefield State College 72
Studio Arts
Interdisciplinary Studies
Recreation/Tourism Management
Board of Governors
Concord University 60 pdf 
Course Articulation Marshall University 72 pdf
General Education University of Charleston 60 pdf
Kaplan University pdf

Student Resources

Student Information Directory (List of important departments and phone numbers)

Special Services

Technology Services

Student Handbook

Community Resource Guides


There is a Student Government Association on each campus which can provide a forum for opinions as well as a calendar of cultural and fun events throughout the academic year. There are Halloween parties and Christmas functions geared for children of students as well as dances, gaming activities, and opportunities for community service.

Mercer County Campus

Nicholas County Campus

Greenbrier Valley Campus

Raleigh County Campus

Developmental Courses

The college provides developmental foundation courses in Reading, English, Arithmetic, and Algebra (ENGL 098, ENGL 099, MATH 098, MATH 099) for students scoring below the benchmark scores on ACT, SAT, ASSET, or COMPASS assessment instruments. Successful completion of developmental course(s) is a prerequisite for many college-level courses. Developmental studies courses are not counted toward meeting graduation requirements and are not used in the calculation of the graduation grade point average; however, they are covered by financial aid.

Student Success Center

The mission of the Student Success Center is to provide students with a comprehensive range of services and resources to enable students to reach their educational, lifelong learning, and career goals. The New River goal is to provide services to help all students achieve academic success. The expanded mission is to coordinate quality tutoring programs through a variety of delivery systems to meet the needs of traditional and nontraditional students. Upon student request, each campus provides support services at no additional cost. 

Any New River student is eligible for up to three hours of tutoring per class per week by completing an application. Tutoring is by appointment and availability of qualified tutors.   Tutoring is not available in all subjects.  Please contact your campus Educational Counselor in the Student Success Center on your campus.

The following services may be available:

  • Writing Center
  • Peer Tutoring
  • Career Counseling
  • Secure, make-up testing (by appointment only)
  • Mentoring
  • Study Groups
  • E-tutoring through synchronous and asynchronous learning
  • Multimedia computer labs and prescriptive software programs

Educational Opportunity Center - Admissions, Career, and Financial Aid Counseling

Prospective and current students should contact the Educational Opportunity Center if they would like help with the admissions and financial aid process.  The EOC not only helps students apply for admissions and financial aid but also helps them find out what programs are available, decide on a career, and select a degree program.  The EOC’s main goal is to help students enroll in post-secondary educational programs by providing information on GED classes, adult basic education, vocational/technical schools, colleges, and graduate schools.  The EOC also provides services that help students stay enrolled, such as career assessments, academic advising, and financial aid counseling.  Through counseling and referrals to other programs, the Educational Opportunity Center helps students deal with educational barriers, including financial difficulties, time constraints, lack of family support, and fear of failure.  The EOC is a federally-funded TRIO program through the U.S. Department of Education.  All services are free and confidential.

Off-Campus Courses

New River Community and Technical College offers courses at various off-campus locations through the service region.  For availability of courses, check the schedule published each term.


New River Community and Technical College provides testing services through Bluefield College, which is an approved testing center (selected examinations) for the American College Testing Program (ACT), the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), and the National League for Nursing (NLN).


To earn credit by CLEP examination, a student must meet the following criteria:

  • A student must be enrolled in New River Community and Technical College or have been accepted by the College. Freshman, transfer, and recently accepted students must enroll in and pass at least 3 credit hours at any of the New River campuses to be eligible for CLEP credit from NRCTC.
  • A student must meet the prerequisites for the equivalent course(s) for any CLEP test(s) taken.
  • A student may not receive CLEP credit for equivalent courses for which he/she has already earned credit.
  • CLEP credit will not be accepted for the purpose of overcoming deficient grades.
  • A student is not eligible to take the CLEP test if he/she is currently enrolled in an equivalent course.
  • A maximum of 31 hours of credit will be granted for successful completion of the five tests within the General Examinations.
  • A waiting period of six months is required to repeat the same test(s). Scores on test(s) repeated earlier than six months will be canceled by NRCTC.
  • Requests for official transcript copies of the CLEP score report(s) should be directed to the Office of Student Services.


Accuplacer is a suite of computerized tests that determines your knowledge in math, reading and writing as you prepare to enroll in college-level courses. The results of the assessment, in conjunction with your academic background, goals and interests, are used by academic advisors and counselors to place you into a college course that meets your skill level. Scores are normally available immediately after testing is completed. The Accuplacer test can be taken in lieu of the ACT or SAT. A composite score cannot be obtained by taking this test. Anyone needing a composite score for Nursing, Radiological Technology, Medical Assisting, or NCAA purposes MUST take the National ACT or SAT. A minimum of 60 days must have elapsed before retesting is allowed with Accuplacer.


The West Virginia EDGE initiative allows students to take high school courses for community and technical college credit. Students who take the EDGE courses available in high school or at a Career and Technical Center could earn an Associate Degree earlier. Find out more


New River Community and Technical College offers the NLN Pre-Admission Exam-LPN.  All students seeking admission to the Licensed Practical Nurse Certificate program must take the Pre-Admission Exam-LPN. Contact the Student Services office regarding additional testing restrictions and registration information.

Information concerning registration and administration of the above examinations can be obtained from the Office of Student Services.

Brainfuse Tutoring

Brainfuse provides online tutoring and writing services for its students.  A division of Brainfuse, Brainfuse also offers an online writing lab for assistance with essays.




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Current Student Registration

Registration for spring semester classes for currently enrolled students begins Monday, October 27.  Be sure to register early to get the classes you need.