This course of instruction prepares individuals for jobs as an entry-level welder in the construction and maintenance industry. Graduates may find suitable employment with construction companies, salvage firms, boilermakers, and many other kinds of businesses. Students will train in shielded metal arc welding (SMAW) and gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW) in preparation for employment in construction and maintenance industries, shipbuilding, manufacturing, and oil field services. Upon completion of this program, students will be able to perform work which utilizes the SMAW and GTAW processes for joining various types of metal. Students completing the required coursework will receive a Certificate of Completion from the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER).

Welders should be able to:

  • Operate safety equipment and use safe work habits while performing the job.
  • Weld components in flat, vertical and overhead positions.
  • Ignite torches or start power supplies
  • Strike arcs by touching electrodes to metals being welded.
  • Detect faulty operation of equipment or defective material.
  • Operate manual or semi-automatic welding equipment to fuse metal segments.
  • Monitor the fitting, burning and welding processes to avoid overheating of parts.
  • Recognize, set up and operate hand and power tools common to the welding trade.
  • Lay out, position, align and secure parts and assemblies prior to assembly.