Entry-Level Welding Certificate

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Entry-Level Welding Certificate

Program Code: C50420A

Our Welding Technology – Entry-Level Welding certification program teaches you about shielded metal arc, tungsten inert gas (TIG), and metal inert gas (MIG) welding. Instruction topics include cutting processes, symbols and specifications, and shielded metal arc welding (SMAW), gas metal arc welding (GMAW), and gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW) plates.

This is a certificate program and requires fewer credits and less time to complete than a degree or diploma program. Certificate programs can be taken alone but are often taken along with other Industrial Manufacturing programs.

The Welding Technology program also offers degree, diploma, and additional certificate options.

This certificate is also available to high school students through our Career & College Promise program.

Skills You’ll Learn

The Welding Technology program is focused on job-related skills in the following areas:

  • Maintaining and meeting safety protocols in accordance with industry standards while working in the welding, cutting, and fabrication fields of study
  • Demonstrating aptitude with identification, setup, and operation of industry-standard equipment
  • Cutting and joining of metals using a variety of welding processes and various positions
  • Reading and interpreting mechanical drawings, welding symbols, and fabrication requirements

Career Opportunities

There are many employment opportunities for Welding Technology graduates, including:

  • Construction
  • Fabrication
  • Manufacturing
  • Quality control and assurance
  • Self-employment
  • Welding and machine shops

Certificate requirements

15 Credit Hours

Courses in this program

Course Course Code Credit Hours Link to course details

This course introduces oxy-fuel and plasma-arc cutting systems. Topics include safety, proper equipment setup, and operation of oxy-fuel and plasma-arc cutting equipment with emphasis on straight line, curve and bevel cutting. Upon completion, students should be able to oxy-fuel and plasma-arc cut metals of varying thickness.

Lecture Hours: 1  Lab Hours: 1  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 2 
  • Prerequisites:
    None
  • Corequisites:
    None

This course introduces the shielded metal arc (stick) welding process. Emphasis is placed on padding, fillet, and groove welds in various positions with SMAW electrodes. Upon completion, students should be able to perform SMAW fillet and groove welds on carbon plate with prescribed electrodes.

Lecture Hours: 2  Lab Hours: 2  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 5 
  • Prerequisites:
    None
  • Corequisites:
    None

This course introduces metal arc welding and flux core arc welding processes. Topics include equipment setup and fillet and groove welds with emphasis on application of GMAW and FCAW electrodes on carbon steel plate. Upon completion, students should be able to perform fillet welds on carbon steel with prescribed electrodes in the flat, horizontal, and overhead positions.

Lecture Hours: 2  Lab Hours: 2  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 4 
  • Prerequisites:
    None
  • Corequisites:
    None

This course introduces the gas tungsten arc (TIG) welding process. Topics include correct selection of tungsten, polarity, gas, and proper filler rod with emphasis placed on safety, equipment setup, and welding techniques. Upon completion, students should be able to perform GTAW fillet and groove welds with various electrodes and filler materials.

Lecture Hours: 2  Lab Hours: 2  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 4 
  • Prerequisites:
    None
  • Corequisites:
    None

Questions others are asking.

We offer several credentials that provide the flexibility you need. Most degree programs last two years and provide the most in-depth study of a particular subject. Diplomas and certificates take less time and are often taken in conjunction with other degree programs. Specialized training is also available for workforce development programs that are completed in less than a year.

Contact Information

Career Programs
Advanced Manufacturing Center
New Bern Campus
252-638-7370

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