View Full Version : Pacific NW welding school recommendation

05-05-2009, 04:18 AM
I'm interested in becoming a welder and am looking for recommendations of good schools. I took an introductory class from my local votech, mostly stick with a little mig. Did pretty well and really enjoyed it. I recently went thorough a divorce after being married for 15+ years and have the freedom of money in the bank and no ties to any place. I'm living in my motorcoach so have the flexibility of being able to move wherever. Currently I'm in the Eugene, OR area and noticed The Albany weld school is not too far away. Anyone know anything about this school? I have family in the Spokane, WA area as well and could move there if there are schools with a good program.
Looking for some input and what I can expect to pay in tuition.


05-05-2009, 02:53 PM
Divorced, and money in the bank. How did that happen?

05-05-2009, 03:30 PM
Bellingham Technical College, in Bellingham, of course, is really good.
The instructors are all pros, with years of actual work experience, the facility is new and has an awesome setup with tons of new machines, brand new fab equipment like giant shears, rolls, and ironworkers, and they sponsor the Welding Rodeo.


They graduate artists and pipewelders. Lots of their grads go straight to work in the three area refineries, or building boats. I have hired a half dozen myself over the years, and they know how to weld.


Since its a community college, its not even that expensive.
I think the welding degree is $1395 a quarter non resident, but only $300 if you are a Washington State Resident.

Stack of Dimes
05-05-2009, 05:01 PM
Uh, Bellingham is kinda far away from both Eugene and Spokane. Boat market is hurting right now too.

In Spokane: http://www.scc.spokane.edu/?weld

Market ain't so good there, but cost of living is pretty low. Might not be a bad option for cheaper education. I don't know what it's like in Eugene, but there ya go.

05-10-2009, 10:19 PM
If you are interested in a pipe career try Local 44 in Spokane, 598 in Pasco, or 290 in Portland. If you have a welding background, hvac, or military service it will be easier to get into a program. Look at UA.org.

Good luck.