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American Welding

American Welding Laboratories

The River Valley's Premier Welding Academy

Welcome to AWL

A Formal Education in Welding from a welding vocational/ proprietary school should teach practical hands-on training, math skills, and classroom time as required, which is essential to employment as a professional welder in any industry. Employers are directly hiring trained professional welders rather than consuming their time and resources to train someone and pay them. Instead, they employ skilled welders who have already acquired certified training. While employers are having a hard time finding skilled workers (due to the skills gap) there are more tradespeople retiring every year than getting hired. This provides you with an excellent opportunity to consider a career in welding


We offer a 10:1 student-to-instructor ratio by instructors with decades of industry experience as well as many years of experience in welding education.  With multiple, former college-level welding instructors on staff, 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.

We offer full-time, day classes and part-time, night classes to meet you where you are. 

No matter what your experience is, we are here to help you achieve your goals. With several 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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95% of AWL students are approved for full funding.
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Courses offered

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Structural Welding

Arc Welding as seen on the left, 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. 

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.


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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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