Basic Welding

Welders are in high demand, meaning high-paying jobs for students who earn JWCC’s welding certificates. In fact, our welding graduates receive multiple job offers! Professional welders teach day and evening courses to provide practical technical skills. Classes in occupational health and safety, basic/commercial/TIG & MIG welding, welding symbols, and blueprint reading prepare students for careers in:

  • aluminum welding
  • fabrication
  • fitting
  • maintenance
  • sub arc operation
  • MIG welding

Stackable welding certificates can be completed in six months and can apply toward a degree.

Career Opportunities

  • Aluminum Welder
  • Fabrication Welder
  • Fabricator
  • Fitter/Welder
  • Maintenance Welder
  • Mig Welder
  • Sub Arc Operator
  • Welder
  • Welder-Fitter
  • Welder/ Fabricator
instructor teaching student to weld
Suggested Degree Plan for Basic Welding Certificate
Do not use this degree plan as a substitute for an advisor. Always meet with an advisor to discuss your specific needs for completing the program before signing up for classes each semester.
FYE 101 Blazing Your Trail Details 1
Directed to new students, this course provides a supportive transition to the culture of higher education. Course objectives aim at preparing students for the college experience by acquiring effective learning techniques and by becoming aware of available college resources for academic and personal growth. This course also develops students' abilities, which will assist them with the complexities of college life.
Prerequisites: (none)
MFG 113 Introduction to Manufacturing & Industrial Safety Details 3
This course provides students with an introduction to the manufacturing world and provides specific instruction to facilitate safe work practices in industrial environments. It introduces manufacturing specializations such as mechatronics, precision machining and welding and covers fire safety, pressurized gases, electrical hazards, safe machine usage, and lock out tag out. Students learn concepts of industrial noise, machine guarding, electrical safety, chemical exposure, hazardous waste, Worker's Compensation laws, liability, and general safety precautions for the workplace. Course content is based on the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) Certified Production Technician curriculum and OSHA standards. Students will also receive an OSHA 10 Card (Must be in class for 10 hours with an instructor to earn an OSHA card.) Students will qualify to sit for MSSC-M1-Safety Certification through the MSSC.
Prerequisites: (none)
WLD 122 Flux Core Inner Shield Welding Details 1
Perform proper weld safety, machine setup and welding techniques for Flux Cored Arc Welding Self-Shielded. Produce AWS D1.1 Structural Welding Code-Steel compliant welds on carbon steel in the flat, horizontal, vertical and overhead positions. This course aligns to SENSE 1 Module 6 - Key Indicators 1, 2 and 8-12, as well as Module 2 - Key Indicator 7, Module 3 - Key Indicator 3, and Module 9 - Key Indicator 2.
Prerequisites: Corequisite: WLD 123, WLD 124, WLD 180 or consent of department chair
WLD 123 Flux Core Dual Shield Welding Details 1
Students learn proper weld safety, machine setup and welding techniques for Flux Cored Arc Welding (Gas Shielded). Produce AWS D1.1 Structural Welding Code- Steel compliant welds on carbon steel in flat, horizontal, vertical and overhead positions. This course aligns to AWS SENSE 1, Module 2 - Key Indicator 7, Module 3 - Key Indicator 3, Module 6 - Key Indicators 1-7, and Module 9 - Key Indicator 2.
Prerequisites: Corequisites: WLD 122, WLD 124, WLD 180 or consent of department chair
WLD 124 MIG Welding Spray Transfer Details 1
This course focuses on proper weld safety, machine setup and welding techniques of Gas Metal Arc Welding Spray Transfer. Perform AWS D1.1 Structural Welding Code-Steel compliant welds on carbon steel in flat and horizontal positions. This course aligns with AWS SENSE 1 Module 2 - Indicator 7, Module 3 - Key Indicator 3, Module 5 - Key Indicators 1, 2 and 8-12, and Module 9 - Key
Prerequisites: Corequisites: WLD 122, WLD 123, WLD 180, consent of department
WLD 125 Stick Welding I Details 3
This course focuses on safety, amperage settings, polarity and the proper selection of electrodes for the shielded metal arc welding process. Students perform AWS D1.1 Structural Welding Code-Steel compliant welds on carbon steel in the flat and horizontal positions using visual and destructive methods for determining weld quality. This course aligns to AWS SENSE 1 Module 4 - Key Indicators 1 - 7 for the flat and horizontal positions, as well as Module 2 - Key Indicator 7, Module 3 - Key Indicator 3, and Module 9 - Key Indicator 2.
Prerequisites: MFG 113 (may be taken concurrently) and WLD 180 or consent of department
WLD 130 Welding Inspection and Testing Details 1
Visually examine and test various weldments and thermally cut surfaces per multiple welding codes, standards, and specifications. This course aligns to AWS SENSE I, Module 9: Welding Inspection and Testing Principles.
Prerequisites: MFG 113 and WLD 180; Corequisites: WLD 125, WLD 126, WLD 127, WLD 128, WLD 129, or consent of department
WLD 161 Interpreting Welding Prints Details 3
Students interpret welding prints and sketches focusing on English/Metric measurements, AWS welding symbols, and fabrication requirements. Learn to prepare, assemble and tack weld parts together complying to a print using proper materials and tools. This course aligns to SENSE 1 Module 3: Drawing and Welding Symbol Interpretation, Key Indicators 1 and 2.
Prerequisites: (none)
WLD 180 Thermal Cutting Processes Details 2
Practice proper safety, equipment setup and cutting techniques for manual and mechanized Oxy Fuel, Plasma and Air Arc cutting, scarfing and gouging on carbon steel, aluminum and stainless steel in the flat and horizontal positions conforming to AWS C4.1. This course aligns to AWS SENSE 1 Module 2 - Key Indicator 7, Module 8 Units 1 - 4, and Module 9 - Key Indicator 1.
Prerequisites: Corequisites: MFG 113

Gainful Employment: For more information about graduation rates, cost, the median debt of students who complete the program, and other information, please view our Gainful Employment information for the particular certificate of study.