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Palmer Main Campus
04/23/2024 - 08/09/2024
Ultimate Welding / W404


This program is a combination of W400 and W403 and is structured on NCCER curriculum. NIT provides training for code quality welding on plate in all positions. An introduction is given into many different codes, specifications, and industrial standards. Students will prepare for entry-level construction work, fab shops, and other entry-level positions. Instruction will start with SMAW in the 1G position at 3/8’’ thickness and progress to SMAW 3G/4G 1’’. Students will be instructed in a technically proficient method in order to prepare them for an NIT qualification or AWS certification test. This program provides advanced training on SMAW welding procedures. An introduction is given into flux-cored procedures. Trainees will be instructed on how to interpret a WPS and how to identify the codes or standards that apply. Students will be instructed in the safe and efficient methods of completing a welder qualification or certification test, under AWS code. Students will be introduced to detailed blueprint reading. Students’ weld coupons will be subject to destructive or non-destructive testing. Over 60% of this program is spent on practical application.

  • Welding Safety
  • Oxyfuel Cutting
  • SMAW Electrodes
  • SMAW–Equipment and Setup
  • Base Metal Preparation
  • SMAW–Beads and Fillet Welds
  • Joint Fit-Up and Alignment
  • SMAW–Groove Welds with Backing
  • Air-Carbon Arc Cutting and Gouging
  • Weld Quality
  • Physical Characteristics and Mechanical Properties of Metals
  • Preheating and Post-heating of Metals
  • GMAW and FCAW–Equipment and Filler Metals
  • GTAW–Equipment and Filler Metals
  • Welding Symbols
  • Reading Detail Drawings


Graduates who successfully complete the course have the opportunity to earn the following certifications or certificates.

  • 3G and 4G SMAW limited or unlimited thickness
  • 3G & 4G FCAW-G limited or unlimited thickness
  • 3G & 4G 10 gauge GMAW
  • NIT Certificate of Completion
  • NCCER Module Completion Submissions
  • AWS certification test available for additional fee


  • 640 Hours (Homework Required)


  • 16 Weeks (4 days per week, 10 hours each day)
  • Conducted at the Main Campus in Palmer, Alaska


  • 18 Years of Age or Older
  • DOT Equivalent Drug Test (If accepted, test can be done no more than 10 days before class begins)
  • Leather Steel Toed Boots meeting ANSI Standard 2413
  • Pre-Participation Physical
  • Social Security Card
  • Valid Alaska Driver’s License or State Issued Photo ID



It is the applicant’s responsibility to secure funding or provide payment for tuition and any training related costs. Additional costs not included in this price are, but not limited to: drug test and physicals, AWS certification fees, transportation, room and board, child care, etc.