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Welding Program in Aurora, CO

The Welding vocational training program at Pickens Technical College in Aurora, Colorado includes both classroom instruction as well as hands-on training in the latest Welding techniques.

The Welding technical training program includes classes in:

  • Blueprint reading for welders and fitters
  • Oxyfuel and plasma cutting
  • Oxyacetylene welding
  • Maintenance welding
  • Structural welding
  • Shielded metal arc welding
  • Gas metal arc welding
  • Flux-cored arc welding
  • Gas tungsten arc welding
  • Pipe welding

Modern Welding tools and equipment will be used throughout the vocation training program to provide up-to-date training. The American Welding Society Plate Certification test is administered to determine Welding competence.

Career and job opportunities in Welding Technology include:

  • Pipe Welders
  • Fabricators
  • Structural Welders
  • Metal Welders




Instructor Jeff Oliver

Jeff Oliver is a welding instructor Certified in various welding processes and positions through the American Welding Society. Spent 2years as a certified welding inspector and educator under (AWS) American Welding Society. 2014 AWS section educator of the year.

Jeff has taught at Pickens for 14 years. He came to Pickens from Bollman Tech as a Certified welding educator who taught welding there for 5 years.

Jeff has worked in the Welding industry for 12 year as a welder fabricator at Stewart and Stevenson Power and Colorado Mechanical Welding. During that time he completed various projects, such as fabricating snow removal equipment, (capable of removing 3000 tons of snow per hour) and welding 10 inch gas pipe.

Jeff is a active member of the American Welding Society district 20.

Jeff believes that Pickens Technical College is a great opportunity for students to specialize in an area of their interests and expertise. The educational setting is nontraditional and the shop is set up to give our program real industry experience in the area of welding and fabricating according to a nationally recognized curriculum from the American Welding Society.

4 years USN
10 years Stewart and Stevenson Power Welding and Fabrication

5 years at Bollman Tech
7 years Pickens Tech

American Welding Society certified welding educator (CWE)
certified welding inspector (CWI)


Mr. Garcia has been teaching at Pickens for 2 years. He taught at the Career Development Center with the St. Vrain Valley School District.

Mr. Garcia likes the creative aspect of welding. He has finished many structural and ornamental projects according to blueprint specifications. Mr. Garcia feels that the more energy he puts into welding, the more he gets back from it.

AWS Level 1 Welding Certificate
Combination Welding Certificate
6G Sch.80 SMAW Certified.
6G SCH.80 GTAW/SMAW dual certified.
FCAW 4G 3/4: certified

Mr. Garcia loves teaching and feels a sense of accomplishment when he is able to teach people to achieve high level welds. He likes Pickens because he feels supported and he wants to create that same support for his students.


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