Basic Welding-CSC

Award: Career Studies Certificate

Occupational Objectives: The Welding Career Studies Certificate is a response to the short term training needs of many adults in our service region. It is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to obtain employment in the welding field. The fundamental objective of the program is to teach students how to weld. Individuals trained in this program must be able to meet welding performance demands of industry; consequently, a minimum amount of time is spent on book and classroom study with most of the time used on supervised welding practice. The program is structured within the following courses: 

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Career Requirements

Good motor skills are critical in welding careers. Welding employers look for good hand-eye coordination and vision. Strength and stamina are also necessary qualities. Welders must lift as much as 100 pounds and carry 50 pounds, and may spend hours stooping, kneeling, crawling, walking, and standing. In addition, welding may require work outside, in bad weather, or in confined spaces.

Program Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  1. Have the opportunity to earn AWS certification.
  2. Demonstrate basic knowledge of welding terms and definitions.
  3. Demonstrate basic Shielded Metal Arc skills.
  4. Demonstrate layout and fabrication skills.

Course Sequence

  Lecture Hours Lab Hours Hours in Class Credits
SAF 130 Industrial Safety OSHA 10 1 0 1 1
WEL 120 Intro to Welding 1 3 4 2
WEL 124 Shielded Arc Welding (ADV) 2 4 6 4
WEL 160 Intro Gas Metal Arc Welding 1 5 6 4
MTH 130 Applied Technical Math 2 2 4 3
WEL 247 Welding Layout Fabrication 1 3 4 2
WEL 199 Supervised Study ? AWS Cert 0 6 6 3
  8 23 31 19

Program Information

Program prepares individuals with no welding experience for entry-level work in basic welding and fabricating.

Minimum credits: 19

Length: 2 semesters

Career opportunities: Entry-level Welder's Helper: 20,800-24,960 Job growth: 4% from 2014 to 2024

*Median salaries job growth nationwide as of 2015. BLS.gov

Division: Workforce Services

Contact: 434.797.6437

For course descriptions view the college catalog.