KC Advanced Welding Academy

Producing a Pipeline of Skilled Workers to help Business and Industry

What is the Advanced Welding Academy?

The Kilgore College Advanced Welding Academy is partnership between KC and Kilgore Economic Development Corporation (KEDC) that provides advanced training for welders who have academic experience but need to develop specific skills. The academy provides additional training for welders who are already employed by a company needing advanced skills.  The goal of the KC Advanced Welding Academy is to augment the growth of area industry by producing a pipeline of skilled workers to fill high-demand welding job openings in the fabrication industry.  The KC Advanced Welding Academy offers courses to enhance and reinforce fabrication skills of experienced welders in advanced pipe welding, advanced structural steel, and pipe fitting and pressure vessels.


  • The academy is located at 4005 FM 349 in Kilgore.


  • Mondays-Fridays, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Evenings: Mon-Thurs, 4 to 10 p.m.
  • Weekends: Saturdays, 8 a.m. to Noon

Texas Talent Connection (II) Grant:

The Kilgore College Advanced Welding Academy provides training for workers who have academic credentials or have worked in the field a minimum of three 3-5 years and need to develop specific skills for advanced welding positions.

The student selects one-of-three areas of study and then completes an assessment of skills that will determine his/her level of knowledge and eligibility.

Areas of Study:

  • Advanced Pipe Welding
  • Pipefitting and Pressure Vessels
  • Advanced Structural Steel
  • More info here!

View Informational Brochure (pdf)

It is located in the new Advanced Technology Center in Kilgore (map).

Free Information Sessions:

Join us to learn more about what the Advanced Welding Academy has to offer.  Each of the following free information sessions will be held at the Advanced Technology Center in Kilgore (map).

  • TBA
  • Call (903) 983-8288 or (903) 983-8287 for more information.

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Advanced Welding Academy

Who the Academy is For

The program is not for beginning welding students.

Students who qualify for the program have either:

  • Already graduated from an accredited welding program and wish to obtain specific advanced skills, or...
  • Been referred to the academy as current welding employee of a current business or industry
Requirements of the Program

All students that apply to the program will take a welding test to identify basic competencies in welding skills.  After passing a test, a customized training program to solve skill gaps will be developed for each student.  Students are required to pass a drug test, clock in on time, follow all safety regulations and be accountable for their work and behavior.

Skills Taught by the Academy

At this time, three specific skills are taught at the academy in a modular format:

  • Welding
  • Advanced Structural Steel
  • Pipefitting & Pressure Vessels
Location of the Advanced Technology Center

The academy is set up in the Advanced Technology Center, a 6,000 square foot facility adjacent to Synergy Park in Kilgore (map).  The building includes classrooms and actual welding and fabrication shop space, as well as two brand new virtual reality welding machine stations.

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For information about Advanced Welding Academy:

Tommie Williams
Advanced Welding Academy
(903) 988-7526
Advanced Manufacturing Facility (ADMFG)
Brenda Brown
Administrative Assistant
Workforce Development and CE
(903) 983-8288
Woodruff Adult Educ. Center (WDRUF), 104
Martha Woodruff
Workforce Development and CE
(903) 983-8287
Woodruff Adult Education Cntr. (WDRUF), 104