Frequently Asked Questions
How important or useful is S.E.N.S.E. certification compared to a regular welding certification?
The S.E.N.S.E. certificate is more widely recognized and can be verified via web site and/or call to American Welding Society or the school you tested at. The S.E.N.S.E. Code Curriculum spells out to employers the actual job skills covered by your certification. An employer can certify you to their specific code or shop process using AWS, ASME, Military Standard, and others. This makes an S.E.N.S.E. certification portable. You take it with you from job to job or state to state.
Should I consider a school based heavily on what S.E.N.S.E. ratings it offers?
Not solely, but the higher the rating offered, the further you can go.
When can I start?
Classes begin in August and January and take less than a year. There are no classes during winter or spring breaks. Classes are scheduled Monday through Friday 8am to 3pm during the school year. Check the college academic calendar for exact dates or email Lynnmarie Highsmith at Gomeshl@palmbeachstate.edu for more information. Classes fill up quickly so start early!
Are you able to take all applicants, or is admission limited?
Class size is limited to approximately 15 students. Apply and register early.
Will it be easy to find a job?
We receive many employer inquiries. There are many job opportunities for welders in Florida. We have a career center on campus where students can go for help with resumes and searching for the right job.
How much will I make?
The Department of Labor web site lists the average wage for a basic welder in Palm Beach County as $30,160. However, welders in more advanced careers such as Boilermakers average $49,560 annually, Structural Steel Workers $33,580 and advanced Aviation Structural Welder/mechanic is $44,490.
Do I need to buy tools or equipment?
Personal Safety Equipment (PPE) is included in the cost of the first module and can be used throughout the program.
PPE include the following:
- Duffle Bag
- Auto-Darkening Helmet
- Split Leather-Sleeved Jacket
- Full Leather Steel Worker Gloves
- Premium Leather MIG / Stick Welding Gloves
- Finish Line Clear Safety Glasses
- Doo Rag
- Leather Welding Sleeves
Additional out-of-pocket expenses are approximately $400. Check the syllabus for requirements. Uniform shirts are required and available to purchase within the first two weeks of class.