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The Welding program offers the academic and practical skills needed for those seeking to advance their current positions, or gain a new and exciting career, or to learn a new hobby. The most common electric arc welding processes used in today’s industry are covered, including GMW, GTAW, SMAW, Inner Shield, and Dual Shield. The proper use of numerous pieces of metal working equipment and various fabrication techniques are included. Students will gain the technical and hands-on knowledge to work with ferrous or non-ferrous metals in various positions and configurations. Students can gain Certificates of Achievements, nationally recognized American Welding Society (AWS) welding certifications, and an Associate in Science Degree in Welding.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, the student should be able to:

  • Be proficient in four types of welding: flat, vertical, horizontal, and overhead, using ferrous and non-ferrous metal.
  • Plan and construct quality products that conform to recognized AWS standards.
  • Apply necessary skills needed for professional employment.
  • Identify hazards in the workplace.

Career Options

Few career choices offer such vast options for employment and personal development as welding. The construction industry and fabrication companies are a main source of employers who seek qualified welders. From industry production lines, to the laboratory, to research and development, to national defense, to sales and repair, the varied welding industry impacts virtually every industry on the globe. From deep in the oceans to high above the planet, there is a position within the welding industry for ambitious, smart professionals ready to excel and achieve success.

Work Experience Education Credit

Students can earn Occupational Work Experience units through supervised employment in an on-the-job learning environment relating to their career goals. For more information, visit our Cooperative Work Experience Education (CWEE) page.


Thad Wallace

Thad Wallace
Phone: (530) 938-5254


Program Contact: Career and Technical Education
Phone: (530) 938-5512