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American Welding Laboratories

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Fort Smith & the River Valley's Premier Welding Academy

Are you ready to embark on a rewarding and in-demand career in welding? Our comprehensive welding program is your gateway to mastering the art and science of welding. This program is designed for individuals of all skill levels, from beginners looking to start a new career path to experienced welders aiming to enhance their expertise.


We place a strong emphasis on hands-on training. You'll have the opportunity to work with a wide range of welding techniques and equipment in a state-of-the-art welding lab.

Learn from industry-experienced instructors who are passionate about teaching and dedicated to your success. They'll guide you through the intricacies of welding processes, safety measures, and quality standards. 

We prepare you for industry-recognized welder certifications.  Our program equips you with the skills and knowledge needed to pass welder qualification tests to excel in your welding career.

Whether you decide to work in construction, manufacturing, aerospace, the oil field, or any industry that relies on skilled welders, our program provides the foundation you need to weld your way to a bright future.


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Welcome to AWL

American Welding Society


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

Arkansas Division of Higher Education
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2023 Gold winner for Best Vocational School in the River Valley

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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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95% of AWL students qualify for full or partial financial aid.
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From day 1 of training to day 1 of your new career - in as little as 6-12 weeks

Courses offered

Welding School
Trade School
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Shielded Metal Arc Welding

Arc or stick welding, known as SMAW, is one of the earliest and most widely used welding processes in the world, making some of the most common jobs in this field construction, pipeline, and agriculture. 



Gas Metal Arc Welding
Flux-Cored Arc 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.



Gas Tungsten Arc 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.

Combo Pipe Welding

Combination Pipe Welding is a specialized process that is in high demand and utilized in the petrochemical sector. Combo welders often work on a construction or job site, and their skills are applicable across a broad range of welding jobs. They can find work upgrading aging infrastructures, such as bridges and roadways, as well as constructing new green energy facilities.

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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.


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.

Cherokee Nation

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Western Arkansas Planning and Development District

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Fort Smith Adult Education Center

Fort Smith Adult Education Center

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Arkansas rehibilitation services

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Arkansas rural endowment fund

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Student loan 

AREF was created as a private, nonprofit entity with the sole purpose of making affordable loans to rural Arkansans. Since that time, AREF has helped thousands of Arkansans attain higher education to pursue their dreams

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Income Share Agreement

Combo Pipe Course

Don't pay until you're employed. Payments will be based on a percentage of your income.

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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