Welding Technology Certificate

Length: A full-time student may complete this program in one year.

Purpose: The purpose of the Welding Technology Certificate Program is to help entry-level employees in welding related trades obtain job-specific knowledge and skills to improve their work performance and career status within the industry.

Occupational Objectives:Graduates of this program will have:

  • Knowledge of the principles of welding, as well as advanced welding skills;
  • A familiarity with different welding techniques used in the welding industry;
  • An understanding of welding concepts;
  • Knowledge of the requirements for safety in the workplace;
  • An introduction to expected welding performance and the demand of welders in the industry.

Admission Requirements: Entry into this curriculum may be attained by meeting the general admission requirements established for the College. If you meet the general admission requirements, a counselor will discuss with you the strengths and weaknesses of your academic background and your strengths and weaknesses as revealed by an appropriate placement test. You may correct any deficiencies in academic preparation in the College’s Developmental Studies program.

Program Description: The program is designed to develop a general foundation in welding.

Program Requirements: To receive a Certificate in Welding Technology, you must complete a minimum of 40 credits with a grade point average of 2.00 or better. The credits are distributed according to the following outline. This outline represents a typical order of courses taken by full-time students. Part-time and/or evening students may take courses in any desired sequence, except for hyphenated courses or others requiring prerequisites.

Program Outcomes

Employers will expect you, as a Welding Graduate, to be able to:

  • Demonstrate appropriate safe work habits when operating oxyfuel and electric welding equipment and function safely in an welding environment
  • Successfully complete projects in a given time period.
  • Perform welding operations with appropriate process on various metals and situations
  • Perform metal layout processes
  • Display manipulative skills with various welding processes to assure adequate weld integrity and appearance
  • Be able to read and Interpret blueprint welding symbols to fabricate components
  • Know basics fundamentals of math and measurements
  • Demonstrates professional and ethical work behavior
  • Know the basic principles and application of metallurgy
  • Be capable of entering an entry level welding position Graduates of the Welding program will:
  • Be able to weld in (flat, horizontal, vertical positions,) using the basic welding processes SMAW, GMAW GTAW
  • Be able to cut metals using (Oxyfuel and, Plasma, Arc) cutting process
  • Know the basic fundamentals of welding processes and applications, metallurgy
  • Be able to read and interpret basic blueprints, and welding symbols
  • Apply basic math and measurement
  • Understand and follow industry safety practices
  • Have the communication, human relations, and leadership skills to be able to obtain and retain a welding position.
  • Have completed a resume, developed a job search plan, and will be able to present themselves at a job interview.
  • Use computing technology as a tool in supporting learning, communication, and in direct support of design specific tasks

Career Opportunities:

  • Combination Welder
  • Construction Welder
  • Maintenance Welder
  • MIG Welder
  • Structural Welder
  • Production Line Welder
  • Shipyard Welder
  • TIG Welder
  • Pipe Welder
  • Welder, Fitter
  • Welding Repair
  • Counterperson in Distributorship
  • Under water welder

Advancement Opportunities:

  • Certified Welder
  • Layout Person
  • Owner of Fabrication Shop
  • Set-Up Welder
  • Tool and Die Welder
  • Weld Shop Supervisor
  • Weld Tester
  • Welding Dealer, Distributor, Demonstrator
  • Welding Engineer
  • Welding Inspector
  • Welding Instructor
  • Welding Repair Shop Owner
  • Welding Technician
  • Under water welder

Potential advancement generally requires further education.

Course Sequence

First Semester   Lecture Hours Lab Hours Course Credits
AIR 117 Metal Layout 1 6 3
MTH 103 Applied Tech. Math 3 0 3
SAF 126 Prin. of Industrial Safety 3 0 3
ITE 116 Survey of Comp. Software App. 2 0 2
WEL 120 Fundamentals of Welding 1 3 2
WEL 121 Arc Welding I 1 3 2
SDV 100 College Success Skills 1 0 1
Total   12 12 16
Second Semester   Lecture Hours Lab Hours Course Credits
WEL 150 Welding Drawing and Interpretation 3 0 3
HUM 165 Controversial Issues 3 0 3
WEL 122 Arc Welding II 1 3 2
WEL 135 Inert Gas Welding I 1 3 2
WEL 136 Inert Gas Welding II 1 3 2
Total   9 9 12
Third Semester   Lecture Hours Lab Hours Course Credits
ENG 131 Technical Report Writing I 3 0 3
MAC 161 Machine Shop Practices I 2 3 3
WEL 126 Pipe Welding I 2 3 3
WEL 145 Welding Metallurgy 3 0 3
Total   10 6 12

Total Minimum Credits for a Certificate in Welding Technology: 40


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