This curriculum offers practical skills, training, and welding with theory and practice in oxy-fuel welding, inert gas shielded metal arc welding, flux-core arc welding, shielded metal arc welding, non-destructive testing and quality assurance, and CNC plasma cutting.

Program Specs

  • Application/Major Code: WE view in catalog
  • School: Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies
  • Degree Type: Certificate
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About the curriculum


View the classes you will be attending in the College Catalog.

Accreditation & Industry Connections

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After graduation

Continue Education

Graduates of the WA major can continue their education and expand their job skills in the welding industry. The first two years of both the WA and BWE majors share a majority of the same courses, allowing for easy transfer into the four-year BWE degree without loss of credits.

Career Opportunities

List of jobs via the College Catalog.


According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, median annual wage for welders, cutters, solderers and brazers was $36,300 in May 2012. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $24,720, and the top 10 percent earned more than $56,130.

Additionally, Natural Gas Distribution welders annual mean wage was $59,000 as of May 2012. (source)

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing 38,840 $16.98 $35,310
Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing 21,990 $17.45 $36,290
Motor Vehicle Body and Trailer Manufacturing 15,930 $16.07 $33,420
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance 15,480 $18.29 $38,040
Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing 14,410 $17.82 $37,060

*Statistics reported in May 2012

Gainful Employment Report

Transfer Procedures

View general transfer procedures via the College Catalog.

The four-year BWE major provides a unique opportunity for students enrolled in the WA associate's degree major to continue their education and expand job skills in the welding industry. The first two years of both the WA and BWE majors share a majority of the same courses, allowing for easy transfer into the four-year degree without loss of credits.

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Tools, Personal Protection Equipment & Supplies


Students should review the Welding Tools & Supplies list to determine what tools and supplies they will need to purchase. The Welding department realizes that some students may not need to purchase the entire list of supples.  These students may contact the School Office for guidance in purchasing their supplies. The College Store can provide the complete kit.

Personal Protection Equipment

  • Leather work shoes (safety toes optional)
  • Safety glasses
  • Welding helmet with #10 lens
  • Cutting goggles with #5 lens
  • Welding jacket
  • Welding gloves (SMAW & GTAW)

Personal Protection Equipment and tools are available for purchase through The College Store.

Clubs & Activities

American Welding Society (AWS)

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SkillsUSA Champions at Work

The purpose of SkillsUSA, a National vocational student organization, is to compete in more than 80 competitions in a variety of fields. Students can compete in the Welding competition. Regular SkillsUSA activities include chapter meetings, state and national conferences, fund raising, and community and college service.

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Welding Advisory Committee

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Advisory committees, which act as recommending bodies to the faculty and administration, consist of in-field professionals who act as partners in the development of curriculum. Their curricular and equipment advice as well as their industry connections and internship opportunities are invaluable to our students and to the growth of our institution.

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