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Welcome to American Welding Laboratories

Training America one weld at a time

Welcome to AWL

American Welding Laboratories is more than just a trade school. We are a training, consulting, and testing facility. Our aim is to train you in as little time as possible to be ready to go to work in whatever field you may pursue, whether it’s ship building, structural, oil field, farm repair or if you just want to build things in your garage on the weekends. When you complete our courses, you will have a marketable skill, with the opportunity to achieve several welder qualifications. 


We offer a 10:1 student-to-instructor ratio. With over 25 years in the welding industry, (15 of that spent in the oil and gas industry) we understand the need, for not only quality welders and fabricators, but quality people, with a strong work ethic. That’s what we intend to deliver.

Our flexible class times and custom courses are tailored to fit your needs.

No mater what your experience is, we are here to help you achieve your goals.  With multiple American Welding Society (AWS) Certified Welding Inspectors (CWI's) on staff, you will have the opportunity to become certified to AWS standards.

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AWL is licensed and regulated by the Arkansas Division of Higher Education

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Welders are in high demand!

According to the American Welding Society 336,000 new welding professionals are projected to be needed by 2024

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Courses offered

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Structural Welding

Did you know MIG welding with steel is a major cornerstone of the construction industry? 3 of the most common jobs for MIG welders include automotive, construction and high production manufacturing.

Arc Welding known as SMAW is the most widely used welding process in the world making some of the most common jobs in this field construction, pipeline, and agriculture. 

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TIG Welding

TIG welding can be performed with or without filler metal, and it can be used to make very small and precise welds on even the thinnest of metals. TIG welders specialize in this process, and they can work in manufacturing, automotive, and robotics, among other industries.

Pipe Welding


Interested in learning Pipe welding? Let us know!

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Hobby Welding

While welding is a necessary skill for anyone in metalworking, it can also be an incredibly fun and creative hobby. You can use welding to construct art projects or build or repair things around the house.

Our Partners

AWL has many options to help you pay for your training.  From state and tribal grants and scholarships to loans and payment plans.  Contact us with any questions.


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Our Services

We Offer a Range of Services to Meet Your Needs, from inspection and consulting to welder qualifications and employer specific training.

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Who We Are

About Our Company

American Welding Laboratories began in 2021 by husband and wife team Danny and Angela Cobb.   

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