Program Description The one-year Welding program provides students with basic skills for an entry-level job or apprenticeship program. Students spend most time in a modern, well-equipped lab practicing different welding techniques: oxyacetylene, gas tungsten arc, flux cored arc, shielded metal arc, and gas metal arc. In shielded metal arc welding, students develop skills needed to pass the Certified Welder test of the American Welding Society. Enrollment is limited to space available with starting dates in August and January. Summer session is optional depending on demand. A third semester of advanced welding courses is available to interested students.
Preparation Background in these areas is helpful: basic math, metrics (conversion), geometry, trigonometry, and basic drafting. Courses in physics, chemistry, electricity and computer technology are useful and some knowledge of metallurgy. Welders need good eyesight, hand-eye coordination, manual dexterity, and ability to concentrate on detailed work for long periods. They should be physically fit and able to work in awkward positions.
Program Requirements Students who complete the curriculum requirements earn a Program Certificate (37 credits). Additional coursework may lead to a Diploma (61 credits) or Associate in Applied Science degree (64 credits).
Career Opportunities Skilled welders are in great demand. Six in 10 welders work in manufacturing. Jobs are concentrated in fabricated metal products, transportation equipment, machinery, architectural and structural metals, and construction. Welders can advance to more skilled jobs with additional training and experience to become welding technicians, supervisors, inspectors or instructors. Some experienced welders open their own shops.
Additional Information Industry Technical Standards
Awareness of the following technical standards may help students determine suitability for this career:
Noise level in work environment is usually noisy.
Requires good manual dexterity, good color vision and hearing, and ability to speak.
Requires continuous walking, frequent standing, bending, stooping, climbing stairs and ladders, kneeling, lifting and carrying up to 50 pounds, reaching above and below shoulder level, and occasional sitting, crawling, lifting 100 pounds from knee to shoulder high, pushing and pulling up to 25 pounds.
Specific vision abilities include close vision, color vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
Continuously exposed to noise; frequently exposed to dirt, dust, fumes, chemicals, and extreme heat and cold, and occasionally exposed to vibration, poor ventilation, and confined areas. Respiratory concerns should be discussed with an instructor.