Student Handbook

American Welding Academy

3 Progress Parkway

Union, MO 63084

www.awaweld.com 



Dear Prospective

Thank you for considering a career as a welding professional!  The welding profession needs YOU.  Currently, there is a substantial need for qualified and dedicated welding professionals.  There are more welding jobs available than there are qualified individuals to fill those openings. This is a wonderful time to enter the welding profession and choosing to further your education is the best choice you can make for yourself.  With specialized welding training, dedication and hard work you will be able to determine the course of your career and the success you will be able to achieve is limitless. In this profession, you could have the ability to be a custom fabricator, work on multi-million dollar construction projects, travel frequently if desired including overseas, possibly own your own company, or become a certified welding inspector all while having amazing earning potential.

It is my sincere hope that you will advance your welding career at American Welding Academy with one of our specialized training programs.  I have been in the welding profession for 17+ years with 14 of those years being dedicated to welding education and training.  Under my direction and training, my past students have had tremendous success both in and out of the classroom which is extremely rewarding for me.  Welding education and training are my passion. Providing students with the knowledge and skills to be able to build a career with an amazing earning potential is what drives me to provide the best welding education and training available. I set very high student expectations which in turn has proven to be effective in training highly qualified and prepared welding professionals.

I would be truly honored if you were to choose American Welding Academy for your advanced welding education and training. Student success is of the utmost importance to me and all of the American Welding Academy staff. Please know that we will strive to make you the best welding professional possible and the training you will receive at American Welding Academy will be top notch. We will be there to be your advocates, hone your welding skills and knowledge and to push you to improve your skills every day. Choosing a program is very important; do not take the decision lightly. Choose American Welding Academy! We promise to be there for you every step of the way.

Sincerely,

Adam T. Holt

AWA Lead Instructor/Director of Training  


MISSION STATEMENT 

The mission of American Welding Academy is to provide students with a world-class, unique and rigorous welding training and education program that will ensure academic success, develop a diverse skill set, prepare students for the demands of the welding industry and enable students to gain meaningful employment upon graduation. Our focus is the student's success.


ADMISSION PROCEDURES

Every prospective AWA student is encouraged to contact the school to schedule a guided tour of the school facilities. In person tours also allow students to meet current AWA faculty and staff. Prospective students may request a student handbook and/or registration form by contacting AWA or these may be obtained online at www.awaweld.com. For acceptance, a $100.00 registration fee (non-refundable after 3 business days) and complete registration form are required. The registration form and $100.00 registration fee may be completed/paid onsite with AWA staff or mailed to AWA. Once the completed registration form and fee have been received by AWA, notification of a school start date will be finalized. All school start dates will be at least 30 days from date of registration. Mandatory student orientation will occur prior to school start date. Official date and time of student orientation will be communicated to students at least two weeks prior to school start date. All tuition and fees are required on or before the mandatory new student orientation date.  

accept hours or credits from any previous training or institutions.



ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

All student applicants must be at least 17 years of age or older for acceptance to AWA. Any student applicant under the age of 18 years old must sign an enrollment agreement form jointly with a parent, guardian or guarantor. A high school diploma or equivalency is required for acceptance into AWA. No previous welding experience is needed for most courses offered at AWA, see PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONS for more details.

All student applicants must have good eyesight, using corrective lenses if necessary. Physical requirements of the program include the ability to stand for extended periods of time, ability to lift 50 pounds, ability to bend, ability to grasp objects, and be able to maneuver into small spaces if needed. AWA is a handicapped accessible training facility.

Any students will be subject to an interview by a school representative. Acceptance to AWA may be denied if the school representative feels the student applicant would be unable to meet the requirements of the course. 



TUITION, BOOKS AND EQUIPMENT

A $100.00 registration fee is required with every registration form for acceptance into AWA. The $100.00 registration fee serves as a deposit for an enrollment spot for the student applicant, which is non-refundable after 3 business days.  All tuition and fees are required on or before the mandatory new student orientation date. 

All required books and equipment are purchased by the student from the school and are included in the price of tuition.  These items are distributed to students during mandatory new student orientation.  Please see the attached tool list which includes the items supplied to the student at orientation.  Students may purchase additional equipment or replacement items directly from the school if needed. Any tools not purchased from school must be approved for use by an instructor prior to use.
AWA is not responsible for any equipment left behind when students graduate or are terminated.  AWA is not responsible for any lost or stolen equipment left unattended on school property. 


ORIENTATION 

Mandatory new student orientation will occur prior to school start date. Official date and time of student orientation will be communicated to students at least two weeks prior to school start date, but typically occurs the Friday afternoon before the students start date. New student orientation is mandatory as it is designed to acquaint all incoming students with school policies, training facilities, safety procedures, staff and available student resources.


ATTENDANCE POLICY

Superior and marketable welding skills can only be acquired with regular and consistent attendance to class. Prompt, regular and consistent attendance will also be required by any employer in the future. This makes attendance very important during training and is the basis for a strict attendance policy.

An attendance of 95 % of total program hours is mandatory for the duration of enrollment at American Welding Academy in order to receive a certificate of completion of any American Welding Academy course. Attendance will be recorded by the instructor on a daily basis. Each student will be evaluated at least once monthly to ensure a 95 % attendance rate based on total program hours. If any student’s attendance drops below 95 % at any time, the student will be counseled by the instructor on the importance of regular attendance and the student will then be placed on a 30 day probation period. During the 30 day probation period, the student must maintain a 95 % attendance rate based on total program hours to return to good standing once the 30 day probation period is over. If the student does not maintain a 95 % attendance rate based on total program hours during the 30 day probation period, the student will be subject to immediate termination from American Welding Academy. Any student whose attendance rate drops below 90 % based on total program hours is subject to immediate termination from American Welding Academy.

Excused absences include the following: Student illness with physician documentation that states the student is too ill to attend class, death in immediate family (spouse, child, parent, grand-parent, or sibling), birth in immediate family (child) or required court appearance with supporting documentation. All other absences will be recorded as unexcused absences unless approved by Director of Training. Program hours missed due to excused absences can be made up by the student but must be scheduled and approved with the program instructor. Three consecutive absences (excused or unexcused) will result in an automatic 30 day probation period or termination from the American Welding Academy which is subject to the discretion of the Director of Training.

Tardiness is unacceptable at any time as it is a disruption to the entire class. Two tardies shall equal one unexcused absence.Any unapproved early dismissal will be recorded as a tardy.

Leaves of absence requests must be submitted in writing to the Director of Training for approval. Only one leave of absence (medical or personal) will be approved in a twelve month period. Any personal leave of absence cannot exceed 60 calendar days. Any medical leave of absence cannot exceed 90 calendar days and requires medical documentation by a healthcare professional for consideration. Upon approval of any leave of absence, an expected return date will be established by the Director of Training. If the student does not return to school by the expected return date, the student will be subject to immediate termination from American Welding Academy the following day.


DRESS CODE

Proper attire must be worn at all times for safety of the student and class. The dress code will be the same as would be required in the welding field. If attire does not meet the dress code standards, the student will be required to leave school facilities until proper attire can be obtained. For any day a student is required to leave class due to failure to follow dress code, the student will forfeit attendance credit for that day.

The following dress code must be followed at all times: 

  • No tennis shoes allowed. Slip-on or lace up steel toed boots must be worn at all times.
  • Blue jean pants must be worn with no holes or frays. No shorts or saggy pants allowed.
  • Denim/Khakis flame retardant welding shirt/jacket must be worn at all times while welding.
  • Safety glasses must be worn in the shop area at all times 


STUDENT CONDUCT

AWA students are expected to exhibit professional behavior at all times, on and off school property. Unprofessional behavior, misconduct or failure to abide by AWA Behavior Standards will not be tolerated for any reason. All students will be required to sign an AWA Behavior Standards document at new student orientation. AWA Behavior Standards will also be posted in the shop area, visible to all students, at all times. Failure to comply with any of the AWA Behavior Standards can result in immediate student dismissal and the student will not be allowed to return to AWA premises. AWA reserves the right to dismiss a student for unprofessional behavior or misconduct that occurs either on or off AWA property at any time.  


AWA Behavior Standards

  • AWA students are required to work, dress and behave per industry standards. Students must arrive on time, prepared to work hard every day. Students are only allowed to take breaks during designated break times. Appropriate PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) must be worn at all times in the shop area. Students must exhibit professional behavior and respectful language at all times.
  • Smoking is not allowed in AWA buildings. Smoking will only be permitted in designated smoking areas during designated break times. Littering will not be tolerated.
  • Cell phone use is strictly prohibited during class and shop times. Cell phone use is only permitted during scheduled break times.
  • Fighting will not be tolerated.
  • Carrying of any weapons is strictly prohibited on school property.
  • Any possession, solicitation and/or use of illicit drugs or alcohol will not be tolerated for any student enrolled in a program at AWA and immediate dismissal will occur. Prescription medication, authorized by a physician and taken under direct orders is the ONLY exception. AWA staff must be notified of any prescription medication taken that has the potential to impact the safety of the student.
  • All AWA students will be subject to random drug and alcohol screenings at any time, per the discretion of the AWA staff. Failure of a student to comply with or pass any drug or alcohol testing will result in immediate termination from AWA. 
  • No Bullying.


PROGRESS STANDARDS

American Welding Academy is responsible for the establishment of curriculum requirements and the acceptable performance level of all students.

Academic success should be of the utmost importance to all students as this is a reflection of the type of employee you will become upon graduation and can affect the employment opportunities you will have in the future. Students must complete all the required components of the program curriculum and maintain a 95% attendance rate based on total program hours to earn a certificate of completion for any course at American Welding Academy.

Each student will have a check-list that includes all required components of the program curriculum in the student’s permanent academic file. As each student completes curriculum components, the check-list will be amended to show completion of each component. Students will also have the opportunity to obtain industry recognized welding certifications throughout each course, see each program for specific types of welding certifications offered. The ability to pass each welding certification will be per industry standards and procedures. No student is guaranteed welding certifications upon completion of any American Welding Academy program as these are solely based on the student’s ability to successfully pass the requirements of the individual welding certifications. Successfully completed welding certifications will be placed in the student’s permanent academic file and granted upon completion of each course.


EMPLOYMENT ASSISSTANCE

Employment training is a part of the curriculum of any program at American Welding Academy, which will include resume writing, application completion, interviewing skills and interviewing practice. Known employment opportunities will be posted in the classroom for students to apply for. American Welding Academy offers lifetime job placement assistance. By law, American Welding Academy cannot guarantee a job to anyone. American Welding Academy will offer life-time brush-up and job assistance. Brush-up time will be limited to 1 eight hour day at a time, must be scheduled at least 24 hours in advance with instructor & will be per the discretion of American Welding Academy. 


STUDENT TRANSCRIPT POLICY

Upon successful completion of an American Welding Academy program, each student will receive one official transcript indicating program completion. The official transcript will include the following information student name, school name, school address, exact award &/or certifications conferred and dates these occurred on, name of school official verifying program completion, title and signature of school official, date of issuance and official school seal. Students will not be issued a transcript for the reason of non-payment of a financial obligation to American Welding Academy.

American Welding Academy will maintain all student transcripts. In the event a student requires additional transcripts, completion of a transcript request form must be made and submitted to the school. Students can contact the school via telephone or mail to request a transcript request form. Each additional transcript requires a fee of $5.00 per copy which must be included with the transcript request form. 


STUDENT TERMINATION POLICY

Students are subject to immediate termination from American Welding Academy if at any time a student is in violation(s) above the allowable limits set forth within this student handbook or for violation(s) of any rules, regulations and/or AWA behavior standards. Termination from the program may result from, but are not limited to, attendance policy, student conduct, dress code, progress standards and AWA behavior standards. Any violation of the enrollment agreement is subject to immediate termination of the student.


VOLUNTARY WITHDRAWAL AND REFUND POLICY AND PROCEDURE

Upon signing the enrollment agreement and/or making an initial tuition payment, your enrollment may be cancelled at any time prior to the first day of training. For a full tuition refund a written notice must be submitted and received by American Welding Academy no less than 5 business days prior to the first day of training.

Once a student has attended the first day of training, any student withdrawal will require a written statement from the withdrawing student explaining the reason for program withdrawal and must include the student’s signature. Any student of minor age who withdraws from a program must provide notice of termination by a guarantor. Once training has begun and student withdrawal occurs, the student will receive a tuition refund as is described below: 

Percentage of Course Completion

Percentage of Tuition to be Refunded

Less than 10 %

75 %

10 % to 24 %

50 %

25 % to 50 %

25 %

51 % or more

No refund available

*Calculations for percentage of course completion is determined based upon dividing the number of student completed course hours, prior to withdrawal date, by the length of the course expressed in course hours. Withdrawal date is the last day of school attendance.

Once training has begun, there will be NO refunds made for welding gear, tools, welding textbook/manual, metal or supplies.

The $100 registration fee is non-refundable after 3 business days.

All refunds will be made within 90 days of the date of termination, withdrawal or cancellation. 


GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE

Any student that has a grievance of any kind against American Welding Academy may seek immediate resolution of the grievance in writing or verbally to the student’s instructor or Director of Training. The grievance must be address and resolved within 72 hours of the time it was received by the school official. If after resolution the student is dissatisfied with the outcome, the student may file a formal grievance with the Missouri Department of Higher Education.


CLASS HOURS

Class Days: Monday – Friday

Class Hours: 7:00 AM – 3:30 PM

Additional Class hours may be added at the discretion of the school due to enrollment.


HOLIDAY SCHEDULE 

Holidays are subject to change at any time per school discretion. 

  • Memorial Day
  • Labor Day
  • Independence Day
  • Spring Break (Dates to be decided)
  • Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday
  • Christmas Eve and Christmas Day 
  • New Year’s Day 


COURSES OFFERED

Course

Duration in Weeks

Total Hours to be Completed

Professional Fabricator Welding Course

12 weeks

480 hours

Professional Structural Welding & Fitting Course

10 weeks

400 hours

Professional Pipe Welding & Fitting Course

20 weeks

800 hours

Customized Welding Courses – Contact AWA for information

Min: 1 day

Max: Per School Discretion

Min: 8 hours

Max: Per School Discretion


Professional Fabricator Welding Course

  • Course Length: 480 hours 
  • Number of Weeks: 12 weeks 
  • Hours Per Week: 40 hours  

Certifications Offered

  • AWS D9.1 sheet metal
  • Carbon GTAW ER70s-6 10-18GA
  • Stainless GTAW ER3XX 10-18GA
  • Carbon GMAW-S ER70s-6 10-18ga

Course Curriculum Breakdown – Professional Fabricator Welding Course

Safety & OSHA Training

CPR & First Aid Training

Oxy-Fuel Cutting Applications

CAG (Carbon Arc Gouging)   

Plasma Arc Cutting   

Material Preparation - shearing, forming, roll forming

Weld Surface Preparation

Intro to Shielded Metal Arc Welding/Setup

SMAW- 6010/7018 pad beads, T-jointsF, H, V, and OH

GMAW- Pad beads, Lap Joints, Outside Corner Joints on 3/16” and 11ga. Using short circuit, spray and pulsed spray transfers in the F, H, V, VD, and OH positions

GMAW- 3g with backing plate cert

FCAW- Pad beads, and T-joints in the F, H, V, and OH positions. 2F and

GTAW- Padbeads on carbon, stainless, and aluminum in the F, H, V, and OH positions

Laps, T’s, and Outside Corner Joints in the F, H, V, and OH positions on 11ga, 14ga, and 20ga

Both carbon, stainless, and aluminum will include a 5x5” open end box test

Post-Weld Prep- grinding, sanding, blending, and polishing

Capstone fabrication project - final 3 weeks

Trade Math   

Weld Symbols   

Blue-Print Reading

Weld Quality and Inspection   

Certification(s)   

Job Prep/Resume Building/ Financial

Course Total = 480 Hours



Professional Structural Welding & Fitting Course 

  • Course Length: 400 hours
  • Number of Weeks: 10 weeks
  • Hours Per Week: 40 hours

Certifications Offered:

  • AWS D1.1
  • SMAW E-7018 plate test
  • SMAW E-6010/E-7018 plate test

Course Curriculum Breakdown- Professional Structural Welding & Fitting Course

Safety & OSHA Training

CPR & First Aid Training

Oxy-Fuel Cutting Applications

CAG (Carbon Arc Gouging)   

Plasma Arc Cutting   

Material Preparation

Intro to Shielded Metal Arc Welding/Setup

E-6010/E-7018/E-7024 Plate

E-7018 Fillets 2F,3F,4F

Groove Plates w/Backing 7018

E-6010/E-7018 Open Root Plate

GMAW/FCAW Plate and Fillets

Trade Math   

Weld Symbols   

Blue-Print Reading

Weld Quality and Inspection   

Certification(s)   

Job Prep/Resume Building/ Financial

Course Total = 400 Hours


Professional Pipe Welding & Fitting Course

  • Course Length:  800 hours 
  • Number of Weeks: 20 weeks 
  • Hours Per Week: 40 hours 

Certifications Offered:

  • AWS D1.1 and ASME Section IX 
  • SMAW E-7018 plate test
  • SMAW E-6010/E-7018 plate test
  • SMAW E-6010/E-7018 Pipe test
  • GTAW/SMAW ER70s-2/E-7018 Pipe test
  • GTAW ER70s-2 pipe test, ER3XX- Stainless Pipe test

Course Curriculum Breakdown - Professional Pipe Welding & Fitting Course

Safety & OSHA Training

CPR & First Aid Training

Oxy-Fuel Cutting Applications

CAG (Carbon Arc Gouging)   

Plasma Arc Cutting   

Material Preparation

Intro to Shielded Metal Arc Welding/Setup

E-6010/E-7018/E-7024 Plate

E-7018 Fillets 2F,3F,4F

Groove Plates w/Backing 7018

E-6010/E-7018 Open Root Plate

GMAW/FCAW Plate and Fillets

6” sch 40 E-6010/E-7018 Pipe - 2G, 5G, 6G

6” sch 40 GTAW root/hot SMAW Fill and Cap Pipe - 2G, 5G, 6G

6” sch 40 GTAW Pipe - 2G, 5G, 6G

2” sch 80 E-6010/E-7018 Pipe - 2G, 5G, 6G

2” sch 80 GTAW Pipe - 2G, 5G, 6G

2” Heavy Wall SMAW/GTAW combo E-309 Pipe - 2G, 5G, 6G

2” and 4” sch 10 Stainless GTAW Pipe - 2G, 5G, 6G

12” sch 40 API (Pipeline) 5G Downhill, Butt and Branch Test

Added based off student progression includes but not limited to- Boiler Water Wall, 4 post limited Jig, Pipe Rack Training, and scaffold building

Trade Math   

Weld Symbols   

Blue-Print Reading

Weld Quality and Inspection   

Certification(s)   

Job Prep/Resume Building/ Financial

Course Total = 800 Hours


American Welding Academy School Supplied Tool List 
  • Black Stallion GB100 Gear Pack
  • Fibre Metal Pipeliner
  • Hard Hat Band headgear
  • Hard Hat
  • Face Shield with headgear
  • Sweat band for welding helmet
  • Chipping Hammer
  • Long Handle Wire brush
  • 1 pair of welpers
  • Set of knee pads
  • 2 flat soapstone
  • Grinder
  • Tape Measure 16ft
  • Welding Jacket
  • 1 pair of mig gloves
  • 2 pair of stick gloves
  • 1 pair of tig gloves
  • Torch striker
  • Torch tip cleaner
  • Paint Marker
  • 2- 4.5” wire wheels
  • 4.5” cut-off disc
  • ¼”x 4.5” grinding disc
  • 80 grit flap disc
  • wide jaw vice grips w/ swivel head
  • 6 foot stinger with dinse connector
  • Pen style flashlight 
  • 14” half round bastard cut file with handle
  • Shade 5 torch glasses
  • 1 pair of safety glasses
  • 2 pairs of ear plugs