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. The program can take five to eight quarters depending on the time students need to satisfactorily complete all graduation requirements.

Admission Dates

Daytime/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