Sorry that it's been forever since I've checked in here.
Yes, Otto is correct that the course I'm taking is an AWS certification course. It is only structural, BUT if there is time (you move along the curriculum at your own pace), you are allowed to learn pipe and other welding that you may want to learn and if the school can accommodate.
The school is in south east Louisiana. Not far from any petroleum company office or site.
NASA is not the enemy of the American taxpayer.
AWS D1.1, D17.1