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_MG_3067.jpgBSC's Continuing Education (CE) provides a wide array of welding training and testing to local and regional companies. Training can be held on-site or at one of our state of the art welding shops on BSC's campus. CE can train and test in the following areas:
  • Shielded Metal Arc Welding
  • Gas Metal Arc Welding
  • Gas Tungsten Arc Welding
  • Oxyacetylene Welding
  • Flux Cored Arc Welding


There are three non-credit welding readiness tracks offered through TrainND Southwest that are comprised of classroom theory instruction and hands-on training. Content delivery is provided in multiple formats including lecture, class discussion, hands-on demonstrations, covering topics such as the study of safety, print reading, weld/welding symbols, and inspection and joint fit up.
Track 1: Advanced Manufacturing Welding-160 hours*
This 4-week course, offered each summer, provides training in Gas Metal Arc Welding (Pulse Spray Wire feed) and Flux Cored Arc Welding (dual shield) methods. These specific welding processes are used by all major advanced manufacturing companies in North Dakota and across the United States.
Track 2: Fast Track General Welding-300 hours*
This 8-week course, offered each summer, provides training on commonly used welding processes including Oxyacetylene Cutting, Shielded Metal Arc Welding (stick), Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (TIG), Gas Metal Arc Welding (wire), and Flux Cored Arc Welding (dual shield). These specific welding processes are used by all major companies engaged in advanced manufacturing, construction trades, energy development and production.
Track 3: Expanded Fast Track General Welding -360 hours
This expanded 12-week course, offered each September through December, provides a more in-depth training on commonly used welding processes covered in track 2.
Supplemental Instruction*
Students have the option of including supplemental professional development classes and/or forklift training to welding tracks 1 and 2.
Professional Development - 12 hours
Art of Effective Communication (2 hours)
Investigate different styles of communication. From understanding ways to devise strategies to avoid unnecessary conflict to adopting a toolbox to help improve effective communication, this program focuses on the fundamentals of communication to help employees be successful in the workplace and in everyday conversation.
Increasing Your Emotional Intelligence (2 hours)
Emotional intelligence is a useful trait to have in the workplace. Research shows that people who show high levels of emotional intelligence skills are stronger leaders, more effective decision makers, better at building relationships, increasers of team efficiency, and are well equipped to confront challenging issues and manage change.
Time Management (2 hours)
Different workers have different organizational and time management practices – but good time management is always essential. Employees who can prevent interruptions experience less stress than those who seek them. Time management behaviors like goal setting and prioritizing have been proven to have positive effects because they make employees feel in control, leading to fewer anxieties and greater job satisfaction.
Microsoft® Office Excel® 2019: Part 1 (2 hours)
Organizations all over the world rely on information to make sound decisions. The power of Microsoft® Office Excel® 2019 can help. Excel can help you organize, calculate, analyze, revise, update, and present your data in ways that will help the decision makers in your organization steer you in the right direction. It will also make these tasks much easier for you to accomplish, and in much less time, than if you used traditional pen-and-paper methods or non-specialized software. This course aims to provide you with a foundation for Excel knowledge and skills.
Microsoft® Office Word 2019: Part 1 (2 hours)
It's impossible to avoid word-processing software in many areas of the business world. In this course, you'll learn how to use Word to create and edit simple documents; format documents; add tables and lists; add design elements and layout options; and proof documents.
Microsoft® Office Outlook® 2019/2021: Part 1  (2 hours)
Email has become one of the most widely used methods of communication, whether for personal or business communications. In most organizations, large or small, email is the preferred form of communicating information amongst employees. In this course, you will use Outlook to send, receive, and manage email messages, manage your contact information, schedule appointments and meetings, create tasks and notes for yourself, and customize the Outlook interface to suit your working style.

Forklift Training - 8 hours
This course is designed to help learners choose, inspect, and operate a forklift in a safe way, creating a safe workplace free from potential hazards associated with their use.
Tuition Assistance
Applicants may qualify for a Job Service Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) grant to cover tuition. Individuals will need to drop off, mail, email or fax their application and third-party authorization form. Questions? Call Brian Ellersick at 701-224-5683 or 1-877-846-9387 or email brian.ellersick@bismarckstate.edu. For information regarding WIOA funding, contact your local Job Service North Dakota office.




TrainND SW customizes our training programs to serve your specific needs and industry! We will work with you to design a program based on the experience level of your welders and the skills required by your industry.
  • Manufacturing
  • Assembly
  • Energy
  • Construction
TrainND Southwest provides a wide array of welding training and testing to local and regional companies. Training can be held on-site in your shop, in our Mobile Welding Training Unitor at one of our state-of-the-art welding shops on BSC's campus. TrainND SW can trainand test in the following areas:
  • Shielded Metal Arc Welding
  • Gas Metal Arc Welding
  • Gas Tungsten Arc Welding
  • Oxyacetylene Welding
  • Pulse Spray Welding
  • Flux Cored Arc Welding
  • Thermal Cutting and Brazing
  • Orbital Welding
  • Weld Bend Testing for AWS Certification
As part of Continuing Education (CE) commitment to provide the highest quality of training possible, CE has partnered with Basin Electric Power Cooperative, Great River Energy, Tesoro Petroleum, Minnkota Power Cooperative, and Praxair to outfit a mobile welding lab. This state-of-the-art trailer is equipped with 6 welding booths available for training at your worksite. The trailer saves your company valuable travel time and money. 

Start thinking beyond and call Brian Ellersick at 701-224-5683 or 1-877-846-9387 or email brian.ellersick@bismarckstate.edu.

Client Testimonial
The Leland Olds Station participated in the development of BSC Mobile Welding training trailer. Since its completion, LOS has utilized the trailer and instructors multiple times over the past few years. The ability to train on-site has significant advantages: travel cost savings, use of actual/real projects for training, and flexibility for participation from multiple LOS employee groups. The trailer is modern, comfortable, practical, and well-suited to provide welding training the station requires as our workforce grows and develops. LOS is committed to work with BSC in continued program development." ~Mark Thompson from Basin Electric, Leland Olds Station

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