Welding

This program builds directly on the welding certificate, providing additional skills in advanced welding, robotic welding, NC plasma cutting, weld testing procedures and codes, and layout and fabrication skills intended to prepare graduates for better job opportunities and wages.

Program Coordination: 
Students will earn the Welding Technology Certificate after the first 3 semesters of the diploma program. Also, 5 courses each from the Basic Welding, Welding, and Advanced Welding CSCs feed into this program.

Industry Certifications: 
Students will have the opportunity to earn American Welding Society certifications in GTAW & GMAW mild steel, aluminum, & stainless steel; & forklift operations.

Program Information 

Minimum credits: 64

Length: 4 semesters – (2 years) full-time

Career opportunities:

  • Advanced Welder: $43,980
  • Job growth: 4% from 2014 to 2024
  • *Median salaries nationwide
  • as of 2015. Source: BLS.gov

Division: Workforce

Contact : 434.797.8430

Program Outcomes 

Graduates will be able to:

Be prepared to obtain AWS certifications.

  1. Program and complete welds using robotic welding processes.
  2. Complete welding projects using available hydraulic metal shaping equipment.
  3. Use industry purchasing & billing practices.
  4. Prepare welded coupons and visual and destructive test for quality.
  5. Examine basic welding codes and their effect on quality control.


Course Sequence

First Semester Lecture Hours Lab Hours Hours in Class Credits
MTH 111 Basic Technical Mathematics 3 0 3 3
SAF 130 Industrial Safety: OSHA 10 1 0 1 1
SDV 100 College Success Skills 1 0 1 1
ITE 116 Survey of Computer Software Applications 2 0 2 2
WEL 120 Introduction to Welding 1 3 4 2
WEL 31 Introduction to GTAW (TIG) 2 3 5 3
WEL 32 Introduction to GMAW (MIG) 2 3 5 3
WEL 150 Welding Drawing & Interpretation 3 0 3 3
  15 9 24 18
Second Semester Lecture Hours Lab Hours Hours in Class Credits
ENG 131 Technical Report Writing I 3 0 3 3
WEL 121 Arc Welding I 1 3 4 2
WEL 122 Welding II (Electric Arc) 1 3 4 2
WEL 160 GMAW I 2 3 5 3
WEL 164 GTAW TIG 2 3 5 3
  9 12 21 13
Third Semester (Summer) Lecture Hours Lab Hours Hours in Class Credits
WEL 126 Pipe Welding I 2 3 5 3
WEL 145 Welding Metallurgy 2 2 4 3
WEL 247 Welding Layout & Fabrication I 1 3 4 2
  5 8 13 8
Fourth Semester Lecture Hours Lab Hours Hours in Class Credits
CAD 120 Intro to Graphic Representation 1 3 4 3
WEL 138 Pipe and Tube Welding (TIG) 1 3 4 2
WEL 241 Robotic Welding 1 1 3 4 2
WEL 233 Gas Metal Arc Welding- Aluminum 1 3 4 2
WEL 237 Applied Welding Processes 2 3 5 3
WEL 244 Weld Testing and Codes 1 3 4 2
  7 18 25 15
Fifth Semester Lecture Hours Lab Hours Hours in Class Credits
WEL 248 Welding Layout and Fabrication II 1 3 4 2
WEL 242 Robotic Welding II 1 3 4 2
WEL 238 Gas Tungsten Arc Welding - Aluminum 1 3 4 2
BUS 215 Purchasing and Materials 3 0 3 3
ECO 100 Elementary Economics 3 0 3 3
  9 9 18 12

Total Minimum Credits for a Diploma in Graphic Imaging Technology: 64