Basic Welding Certificate

This program prepares students for entry-level positions in welding as an apprentice or shop helper. The competency-based curriculum combines classroom instruction with hands-on training to develop foundational knowledge and skill in select welding and cutting processes.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Welding degree, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the safe and proper use of welding-related shop equipment.

  • Safely perform OFW, SMAW and GMAW to AWS and WABO standards.

  • Use appropriate base metals, welding processes, and filler metals to meet fabrication project requirements.

  • Fabricate welding projects with thermal cutting equipment.

  • Use proper personal protective equipment in a welding shop environment. 

Program Length

This certificate program is approximately two quarters long, depending on the time students need to satisfactorily complete all graduation requirements.

Admission Dates

Day/Afternoon/Evening programs: Summer, fall, winter, and spring quarters, or by instructor’s permission.

Completion Requirements


Minimum Accuplacer arithmetic score of 280 or equivalent or successful completion of MAT 092.

Program Course List

WLD 110Thermal Cutting & Gouging


WLD 112Oxyacetylene Welding & Brazing


WLD 117Shielded Metal Arc Welding I


WLD 123Shielded Metal Arc Welding II


WLD 152Gas Metal Arc Welding


COLL 102College Success for All


Total Credit Hours:31