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
There are many employment opportunities for Welding Technology graduates, including:
- Quality control and assurance
- Welding and machine shops
15 Credit Hours
Courses in this program
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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.
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.
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.
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.