Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) Certificate

Certificate offered as: Workforce

GTAW stands for gas tungsten arc welding, also known as TIG (tungsten inert gas) welding.

Like all welding, it is a technique used to join two metals. Just like you use nails to join two pieces of wood or mortar to hold bricks together.


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Avg. entry hourly wage for welders in DFW


Industry Information

How does GTAW (TIG) work?

With gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW), the welder must use both hands at the same time – one hand to hold the welding torch and another hand to fill the torch with wire. Coordination is required for this technique, but the welder enjoys more control over the finished product. If you were learning to drive a car, GTAW (TIG) would be like driving a stick shift.

What types of metals can I weld with?

GTAW (TIG) is great for welding with most metals: aluminum alloys, brass, copper, chromoly, steel, stainless steel – even exotic metals like magnesium and titanium. The process is not for welding with cast iron, however.

Career Information

What kind of jobs can I find with GTAW (TIG) skills?

Because you can do GTAW (TIG) with so many types of metals, there are plenty of job opportunities. The welding process is used in many different industries including aerospace.

The aerospace industry includes design and manufacturing of commercial and military aircraft, rockets, missiles, spacecraft and more. Welders are especially important when it comes to engine repair.

Learn more about careers in welding

What classes will I take?


Workforce Certificate

For details about classes, contact us or call program coordinator Byron Zarabbi directly at 214-860-5880.


This certificate is available only as a continuing education/workforce award.
Learn more about the differences between credit and workforce welding courses.

Where is this certificate offered?

Map of locations
  • Cedar Valley College (at Bill J. Priest Institute)
    Offered as: Workforce Certificate
    1402 Corinth St.
    Dallas, TX
    Main number: 972-860-5900

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