Program Description:

The job description of a welder is complex and challenging. However, this creates an exciting and rewarding lifestyle! No day of work as a professional welder is the same. Sometimes welders will spend the day cutting, shaping, and combining materials to make different parts for a variety of industries. Some of these may include the construction, engineering, automobile, or aerospace fields. Whichever field is chosen, the tasks tend to be similar across the board.

They pick the materials to be joined or cut, arrange them in an appropriate configuration, then follow a specific design or blueprint to create the desired product. Sometimes a welder has to perform certain melting methods on materials like lead bars to complete a project. Welders are also in charge of fixing structural repairs and making sure welding machinery and equipment is in great shape.

Prerequisites: Student may enroll without a high school diploma or high school equivalency assessment but will not be awarded a Certificate of Applied Studies without a high school diploma or high school equivalency assessment.

Two years (1080 clock hours)
Students are accepted yearly in August

Adult program runs Tuesday-Thursday from 5 pm to 10 pm


Courses: Required Courses:

  • Welding I
  • Welding II
  • Welding III
  • Welding IV
Elective Courses:

  • Blueprint Reading and Metallurgy
  • Gas Metal Arc Welding
  • Ornamental Metalwork
  • Gas Tungsten Arc Welding
Certifications: NCCER (National Center for Construction Education and Research)
SMAW State Certification, GMAW State Certification, GTAW Stainless Steel State Pipe Certification, GTAW Aluminum Pipe State Certification, GTAW Inconel Pipe State Certification
Sample Job Titles: Welder, Welder-Fitter, Fabricator, Maintenance Welder, MIG Welder, Spot Welder



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