Our Dedicated Team

Richard Hope

American Welding Society – Certified Welding Inspector, Certified Welding Educator, B. S. Degree in Finance from LSU. Welding since 1975.



John Downing

John Downing spent much of his career welding throughout the United States and overseas and brings over 41 years of real world experience to our school.



Mark Stephens
Mark Stephens

Mark Stephens spent 31 years honing his craft before joining us as an instructor at Advanced Welding School.



Robert Smith

Robert Smith brings 23 years of welding experience in a variety of fields including Sunland Fabricators, Construction Turnaround Services, and Boilermakers Local 37.


Instructor Perry Person
Perry Person

With 33 years of welding experience starting in 1986, Perry Person brings valuable experience from the field as well as fabrication shops to his teachings.




Advanced Welding School is located in Walker, La. and specializes in equipping students with exceptional training and getting them hired– faster. Upon completing the fast-tracked curriculum only offered by AWS, graduates will be American Welding Society tested and become Certified Welders.



Advanced Welding School’s unique learning environment will teach workplace values exactly the same as found in all fabrication facilities that employ welders. We will focus on teaching you how to obtain a job and keep it for as long as you want it! AWS’ format trains certified welders that can move directly into the workplace and start earning money.



Advanced Welding School’s unique course format focuses on specific welding disciplines offering a portfolio of up to 16 course options at different levels in all of the four major disciplines. Our longest course is only 24 weeks.



AWS is the only school in our area who is owned and operated by an American Welding Society Certified Welding Inspector and Certified Welding Educator. At AWS, we only employ certified teachers that have many years of welding and teaching experience.