The welding school was started in 1930 as a department of the Hobart Brothers Company. In 1940, the school was granted a charter by the State of Ohio as a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation governed by a board of directors and became known as the Hobart Trade School. As welding became more popular, the demand for trained welders increased and larger school facilities were required. In 1940, a new all-welded steel building was designed and built to house the welding school operation.  Hobart Institute trained thousands of welders for World War II production in 1942-45.

The success of the welding training programs and the acceleration and growth of welding justified the construction of larger training facilities. In 1958, the present Hobart Technical Center, which houses the school, was completed. Ohio State Board of Career Colleges and Schools approval was received in 1970. In December of that year, the name was changed to Hobart School of Welding Technology.   In 1972, The National Association of Trade & Technical Schools granted accreditation to Hobart Institute.  The school became a supporting member of the American Welding Society in 1977. The demand for trained welders continued to increase and larger  facilities were required.  Remodeling and expansion took place in 1978. 

In September of 1991 the name was changed to Hobart Institute of Welding Technology. Renovation that began in 2005 and is continuing brings the Hobart Institute into the 21st century with enhanced technology and state-of-the art facilities. 

The addition of the Hobart Gallery of Welding History in 2010 provides students and visitors an opportunity to explore the foundation that sets the stage for the present.

Over 85,000 people have successfully completed Hobart Institute of Welding Technology courses. We have trained students both male and female from all over the world ranging from the individual student directly out of high school to employees of Fortune 500 companies.


Hobart Institute is committed to helping individuals develop marketable welding skills through quality   training   at    minimum   cost.  We are also committed to making industry more competitive by conducting training to solve welding related problems.Hobart Institute strives to develop new and better welding training methods and training materials, and to make welding training available to all.The Hobart Institute of Welding Technology does not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, color, religion, sex, national origin or age.


The Hobart Institute of Welding Technology is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC No. 000403). The ACCSC is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency. Hobart Institute is recognized as meeting or exceeding educational standards prescribed by the Ohio State Board of Career Colleges and Schools.

Our Ohio State Board of Career Colleges and Schools number is 70-12-0064HT.HIWT is accredited by the American Welding Society (QC4) to perform qualification of welders in accordance with the AWS QC7 certificate program.


Federal Employer Identification Number is 31-6032186. Hobart Institute of Welding Technology is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit tax-exempt organization.


Continuing Education UnitsThe Continuing Education Unit (CEU) is a nationally recognized, standard unit of measurement awarded by the Armed Forces and by many colleges, schools, companies and other institutions, for participation in qualified continuing education programs.

Under the CEU system, one unit is awarded for every ten contact hours of participation in an organized continuing education experience under responsible sponsorship, capable direction and qualified instruction. 

CEUs are a means of documenting continuing education courses. They may be used for the attainment of goals associated with personal and professional development.

Society of Manufacturing Engineers’ Credits

The Society of Manufacturing Engineers’ National Certification Committee grants professional credits for skill training courses that may  count toward manufacturing engineer re-certification.  Please see for details.

College Affiliation

Edison State Community College in Piqua, Ohio will apply selected HIWT courses toward the completion of an Associate Degree.

The Ohio State University, main campus Columbus, Ohio, under their standard transfer credit policy guidelines, allows any credit which transfers in as “technical” to be separately evaluated by each degree-granting program.  The Welding Engineering program at Ohio State traditionally evaluates qualified technical transfer credit from Hobart Institute of Welding Technology as equivalent to some of the laboratory courses required in the Welding Engineering degree program.

Upon completion of 15 credit hours at the University of West Virginia-Parkersburg, a student may transfer up to 30 credit hours from the Hobart Institute welding program with the permission of the Division Chair.

Belmont Technical College in St. Clairsville, Ohio will accept selected courses in transfer toward an Associate of Applied Science degree in Industrial Trades:  Welding Technology.  

Lorain Community College in Elyria, Ohio will take transfer credits upon successful completion of various welding courses offered at Hobart Institute of Welding Technology.