Anyone can advance their life by becoming a professional welder. This is an opportunity for anyone, no matter your background or financial status. AWS will guide you through the process every step of the way! 

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Over $25 Million Dollars In Welding Scholarships Available!

Do you need money to start your education? We can help! AWS is a hands-on, scholarship-based welding school in Louisiana. It doesn’t matter if you have no high school diploma, no GED, and no money to get started. 

We’ll help you get the high-paying welding career you’ve always wanted, and you don’t have to pay until you get the job. Watch this video where our CEO and founder explains you can get your entire welding education funded through the various types of financial aid opportunities that may be available to you. Here at Advanced Welding School, we will help and guide you through the entire financial aide process so that you can advance your welding career through us. We provide a unique course format that equips you with the experience and certification necessary to get a welding job making an average salary of $64,480 in Louisiana.

Why Choose Advanced Welding School?

Workforce Ready Training

Our unique learning environment will teach workplace values exactly the same as found in all fabrication facilities that employ welders. We train certified welders that can move directly into the workplace and start earning money.

Better Training, Less Time

Our school’s unique course format focuses on specific welding disciplines offering a portfolio of up to 16 course options at different levels in all of the four major disciplines. Our longest course is only 24 weeks.

Experienced Instructors

We're the only school in our area owned and operated by an American Welding Society Certified Welding Inspector and Certified Welding Educator. We only employ certified teachers that have years of welding and teaching experience.

Watch The AWS Mission Video

At AWS, our mission is simple: we aim to make Louisiana a better place to live and to work, one world-class welder at a time. We aim to ensure the best possible experience for all our welding students and will help you through everything step from start to finish. At AWS, our biggest priority is making sure that our students feel confident and ready to start their welding career.

Meet Our Team

Richard Hope

CEO/ Founder

American Welding Society – Certified Welding Inspector, Certified Welding Educator, B. S. Degree in Finance from LSU. Welding since 1975.

Chief Administrator 225.445.6999

Ron Stockman

Vice President

Ron has spent the last 25 years building strong relationships within the Louisiana welding industry: his main focus will be job placement for graduates. 

Miller Weld Process Training Level I and II. Lincoln Weld Process Training Level II. ESAB Welding Technology Course. B.S degree from ULM

John Downing

Welding Instructor

John Downing spent much of his career welding throughout the United States and overseas and brings over 41 years of real world experience to our school.

Mark Stephens

Welding Instructor

Mark Stephens has spent 31 years honing his welding craft before joining us as an instructor at Advanced Welding School. 

Perry Person

Welding Instructor

With 33 years of welding experience starting in 1986, Perry Person brings valuable experience from the field as well as fabrication shops to his teachings.

Robert Smith

Welding Instructor

Robert Smith brings 23 years of welding experience in a variety of fields including Sunland Fabricators, Construction Turnaround Services, and Boilermakers Local 37.

The Advanced Welding School Advantage

The AWS Facility

Our 17,000 square foot facility is equipped with the latest welding equipment and technology. Including a state of the art Lincoln Electric Plasma Cutter so you can focus on welding instead of cutting metal!

Start Right Away

Our program includes 16 different welding classes and several American Welding Society Certification Programs in order to fit the needs of all our welding students.

Accredited School

We are an American Welding Society accredited teaching facility and laboratory, which provides hands on welding testing under American Welding Society Codes.

Skilled Instructors

Our instructors are highly qualified with multiple welding certifications and years of hands on welding experience.

Open Enrollment

Enrollment is always open and you set your own schedule so you can get certified at a pace that works for you. There are no classrooms, you start welding on day one!

Leading Technology

Our Lincoln Plasma Arc Cutter is used to save you time so you can show up and weld rather than spending valuable time cutting your own materials.

Vision For You...

Imagine: waking up every day and earning great money by applying your skills in the welding career of your choice. You can become a welder in an automobile factory, an aerospace company, a chemical plant, or even an underwater welder on an offshore pipeline.

If you have ever wondered “how much does a welder make?” Here’s your chance to find out!


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AWS Learning & Career Paths

GMAW & FCAW Specialty

Gas Metal Arc Welding
GMAW & FCAW are primarily indoor welding specialties commonly used in the auto industry, in the construction of new buildings, and in machining industries. GMAW is the most common industrial welding process in the world, and always in high demand!

GTAW Specialty

Gas Tungsten Arc Welding
GTAW is a discipline of great precision – if you want to work in the aerospace or auto industries one day, GTAW can be your ticket. A certification in GTAW can also lead to welding careers in industrial and chemical plants.

SMAW Specialty

Shielded Metal Arc Welding
If you’ve always wanted to be an underwater welder, this is your specialty. SMAW is common in construction, fabrication, and of course offshore pipelines. We offer Louisiana’s most practical SMAW education, get started today!

Upcoming New & Events




National Welding Month

April is National Welding Month! “This month, the focus should be on acknowledging the achievements of our industry tradespeople, teaching others about the importance of welding in our society, and taking steps to introduce welding…

  • (April 30, 2022)

Kings of Welding has awarded AWS as the BEST WELDING SCHOOL in the state of Louisiana!

Awards based on facilities, teaching expertise, welding experience and course content.

What Our Students Say


Our Lincoln Plasma Arc Cutter is used to save you time so you can show up and weld rather than spending valuable time cutting your own materials. Plasma cutting is a process that cuts through electrically conductive materials by means of an accelerated jet of hot plasma. Typical materials cut with a plasma torch include steel, stainless steel, aluminum, brass and copper. Although, other conductive materials may be cut as well. With our Lincoln Plasma Arc Cutter and over 80 Welding Booths you won’t have a problem working at your own pace to become a certified welder.

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