RCBI Welding Technology Program

Nationwide, welders are in critically short supply, and the Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing (RCBI) is addressing this shortage by placing an opportunity in your hands.

The RCBI Welding Technology Program in partnership with the Mountwest Community & Technical College (MCTC) and Cabell County Career Technology Center (CCCTC) is an industry-driven program that prepares individuals to meet the demands of the manufacturing sector -- including automotive, energy, fabrication, mining, power and shipbuilding industries. Welding skills are developed and reinforced through a proven, hands-on approach with intensive student-instructor interaction. Our technical training program offers specialized instruction that prepares individuals for immediate employment and lifelong professional advancement.

An option in the RCBI program enables students to earn an Associate in Applied Science degree by completing additional course work through Mountwest Community & Technical College (MCTC). Components of the RCBI Welding Technology Program include general education, technical core and classroom lessons as well as hands-on welding lab instruction in the occupational area.

The best way to learn to weld is by actually welding. Thus the focus is put on work that’s done outside the traditional classroom in a shop setting, providing the student a true feel for the correct way to weld. A major subject is safety and this program teaches individuals how to protect themselves and their environment while completing the job. Students learn a variety of welding methods including FCAW, MIG and SMAW, as well as metal cutting techniques to ensure they have developed the necessary skills expected by employers. This program provides new welders a firm foundation to earn certification and thrive in the field.

College Degree Option

Students have the option to earn an Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree through a partnership with the Mountwest Community & Technical College. Two-year A.A.S. degrees require, on average, 60 credit hours that full-time students typically earn in four semesters.


The program is available to high school seniors and high school graduates, dislocated workers, welfare-to-work participants, employed individuals, participants in state or privately funded education or training programs, and employers who are expanding the technical capabilities of their current workforce.


Applicants to this program must have a high school diploma or equivalent certificate. We also require applicants to interview with us. Learn more about our requirements on the “Apply” page, linked below.

Application Process

You can begin your application online, right now:
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