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Free Workforce Training

This all-expense paid, 10-week accelerated training will provide you with 80-hours of training in preparation for the American Welding Society certification exam in select structural and pipe, to include: Flux Core Arc Welding (FCAW) and Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW). Students will learn many different types of welding practices, shop safety and metal fabrication skills. Students will learn the skills needed to find employment after completion.

AWS certifications will be held after the completion of 80 hours of training. Students can choose (with instructor guidance) which AWS certification they intend to complete.

This training is intended for individuals who have some basic prior knowledge and skill in welding. Interested students will need to complete an interview and a basic skills test.


Quick Facts
  • Our Summer 2024 Cohort is FULL.

  • June 11 - August 24, 2024 (10 Weeks) plus a test on August 27th

    Tuesday & Thursday Evenings
    6 pm - 10 pm
    No classes the week of July 4th

  • Sanford Regional Technical Center

    100 Alumni Blvd, Sanford, ME 04073

  • Eligibility

    Maine Resident
    High school diploma or equivalent
    At least 18+ before the start of the training

    May not have previously used Maine Jobs & Recovery Funding for training course

This training program is FREE for those who qualify (including textbooks and certifications). Funding is generously provided through the Harold Alfond Grant and the Maine Jobs and Recovery Plan to provide customized workforce training grants to Maine residents, with delivery through YCCC and Maine’s other community colleges. Our welding training is offered in partnership with Sanford Community Adult Education and Sanford Regional Technical Center

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