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Side Gig or Career: Why You Should Learn To Weld

In today’s episode, Toby Mathis, Esq. welcomes Tyler Sasse (“Sassy”), owner, founder, and lead instructor of Western Welding Academy in Gillette, Wyoming. Voted “#1 Welding School in the World”, Western Welding Academy is the only pipe welding school in the country solely owned and operated by real pipeline/pipe welders. Toby and Tyler discuss teaching work ethic and integrity, how welders can make huge annual salaries after the academy’s 6-month program, the deficit of skilled workers and needs within the construction and other industries, and how to apply to attend this valuable trade school program.

Tyler Sasse’s well-earned nationwide reputation is one of quality and knowledge. He holds American Welding Society (AWS), Certified Welding Inspector (CWI), and many other welding certifications. His ability to lead and manage people allowed him to be involved in some of the country’s largest construction projects.


  • Tyler’s path to building his school
  • How much money can you make welding?
  • Teaching work ethic and integrity
  • The tuition cost of welding school that includes 7 certifications
  • Employer programs that will pay back your tuition
  • Income share agreements- you only pay when you’re working
  • Student numbers and industry stats
  • The ‘blue-collar tour’ speaking with high school students
  • How to apply and what to expect
  • Learning welding vs. working at entry-level jobs
  • Ratio of women to men at the school


Western Welding Academy

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Toby Mathis on YouTube

Full Episode Transcript:

Toby: Hey, guys. You’re listening to the Anderson Business Advisors podcast. My name is Toby Mathis and I’m joined by Tyler Sasse. Did I say the name right?

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