Why choose NPC?
NPC offers a full spectrum of welding coursework from foundational safety and metal preparation to basic and advanced courses in GMAW, GTAW, SMAW, weld quality, plastic and aluminum welding and more! The program is designed to enable students to earn national certification for their welding skills from the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) and the AWS, the American Welding Society.
Instruction is delivered in incremental steps; you accomplish one skill before beginning the next. This way you gain mastery and confidence as you move through the program.
In addition to welding skills, the NPC program teaches leadership and employability strategies such as career planning, job search basics and how to interview. You develop techniques to enhance your critical thinking and problem solving abilities.
Best of all, you learn from some of the most highly-regarded welding instructors in the state. Over the past decade, NPC welding program students have brought home nine gold, 12 silver and six bronze medals, as well as dozens of top ten spots in state-wide competitions. And these winners have come out of all three of the conveniently located NPC welding facilities in St. Johns, Holbrook and Show Low!
“I tell folks that it may be hard to believe, but if it hadn’t been for this little college in this little town, I’d never have gotten where I am today. It changed my life.”
– Lindasue Landes
NPC Welding Program graduate
Why Study Welding
It takes a special person to become a welder. If you have good eyesight, hand-eye coordination, and manual dexterity coupled with good math, problem-solving, and communication skills, this may be the job opportunity of a lifetime.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), prospects should be good for trained welders, especially those familiar with the latest technologies. Almost two out of every three jobs in the manufacturing sector is held by welders, brazers or solderers. Plus, basic welding skills are the same across industries, allowing welders to easily shift from one industry to another, or from one location to another depending on where there is greatest opportunity.
But you don't have to stray too far from home for a good salary. The BLS reports Arizona welder pay was well ABOVE the national average (May 2015, SOC 51.4122) with an experienced welders earning a median average annual salary of $60,080. And check out the two surveys from NCCER showing welding wages up 9.6%!
In addition to preparing students for nationally recognized welding certification, NPC offers three levels of educational certification that demonstrate your skills and commitment to this career field.
- Associate of Applied Science (AAS) –
64 credit hours – 45 core welding credits including Welding Level III CP, 16 general education credits, and 3 elective credits (in areas such as aluminum or plastic welding, fabrication, or an internship)
- Certificate of Applied Science (CAS) –
30 credits – Complete Level I and Level II CPs plus ENL 101 and MAT 101
- Certificates of Proficiency (CP) –
- Welding Level I – Entry-Level Welder
- Welding Level II – Intermediate Welder
(11 credits plus Level I CP — You must complete the requirements for Welding Level I AND receive a Certificate of Proficiency for Level I BEFORE receiving the Level II certificate.)
- Welding Level III – Advanced Welder
(21 credits plus Level I & II CPs)
- Welding Level I – Entry-Level Welder
Plus...welding art and welding suits of armour!
NPC has two unique welding course offerings: Metal Art and Metal Armour Fabrication. Students learn metal artwork techniques including basic blacksmith forging, scrollwork, forming sheet metal into armour and other implements, engraving, etching and other inlaying techniques. For more information about these classes contact Howard Noble at (928) 205-8364 or send him
NPC Welding Training Centers
- 1380 East Thorton Road
Show Low, AZ 85901
- 2251 E. Navajo Blvd.
Holbrook AZ 86025
- 955 W. 13th West
St. Johns, AZ 85936
The U.S. Department of Education requires all colleges to disclose a variety of information for any financial aid eligible program that "prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation." Gainful employment disclosure information can be found for specific programs regarding tuition and fees and median loan debt, completion and job placement rates, and jobs related to the program on the web page for each program area.
We hope this information is helpful to our current and prospective students as you make your career and educational choices. For more information on Gainful Employment requirements, please read this letter from the U.S. Department of Education (7-page PDF).