The Welding Academy of South Arkansas

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Welcome to the Welding Academy of South Arkansas! 

NEW-SAU Tech is now creating a spring cohort of students for the Academy. What does that mean? It means you can now start at the Academy in the fall or in spring! Call 870-574-4558 to learn more! 

It has been estimated that welding engineering impacts more than 50 percent of the products manufactured in the United States. Almost every segment of our economy depends, to some degree, on welding and material joining. If you are just a beginner welding classes at SAU Tech's main campus may be what you are looking for to build your skills. More advanced welding students can apply to attend the Welding Academy of South Arkansas located on SAU Tech's main campus in Camden, Arkansas. The Welding Academy of South Arkansas is one of the few Arkansas Welding Academies that is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and the Arkansas Division of Higher Education. 

The Welding Academy of South Arkansas is a finishing school for students who already have basic welding skills. The Academy was created to meet the need for a professional welding school in Arkansas. The program requires a skills demonstration and information in addition to the normal admission requirements. This program is a nine-month program with intensive lab-based learning. Students attend every day either in the day program or evening program. SAU Tech has housing options available for students with meal plans and access to SAU Tech's active student life. Earn a great salary for the rest of your life with training from the Welding Academy of South Arkansas! Get started in the fall or spring and complete our 9-month program. Employers are waiting to hire you!

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Our Student's Success is Our Success!

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Hometown: Willisville, Arkansas Homeschool /SAU Tech Graduation: 2021 Trace is already doing on-the-job work as part of his training earning a little over $4,000 per week in Franklin, Texas. "I feel comfortable with the staff and program at SAU Tech. I am earning skills that no one can take away from me. "Trace Stone
D'Shanti Willis
Hometown: Willisville, Arkansas Nevada High School/ SAU Tech Graduation 2021 Austin is working on-site during his last few weeks of the semester. He is already earning a little over $4,000 per week. 'Learning to pipe weld has been the best part of attending the Academy. Casey and Cody are great instructors and if you want to make a really good living, go to the Welding Academy of South Arkansas." Austin Smelser

Paying for the Academy


The Welding Academy of South Arkansas costs a bit more than most of SAU Tech's programs due to the supplies and the training the instructors have to be able to teach the program. Our instructors are American Welding Society certified. SAU Tech and the state of Arkansas offer scholarships to pay for much of the cost related to the program. Some students may also qualify for federal Pell grants.

As soon as you know that you are interested in attending the Academy, come to our financial aid office in the Administration Building and work with the staff to get a plan in place for payment. You can contact them at 870-574-4511 or by email at

You can check out our scholarship page at


SAU Tech works with students to seeks other sources of funding before applying for student loans. However, there are times when a student loan is necessary. Successfully completing the Academy will be more than worth you taking out a loan for the time you are attending. Employers are willing to pay from $25 an hour up to over $45 per hour for your skills upon completion so you can easily pay back any loans needed during the 9-month program. SAU Tech's financial aid office can provide you with information on loans, scholarships, and federal Pell grants. Visit with our staff as soon as you decide you want to attend the Academy.

You can contact them at 870-574-4511 or by email at

You can check out our financial aid page at