(600 Hours) Financial Aid Eligible Program (For those who qualify)

Welding holds the world together, from the exhaust pipe on a car to space technology. Highly trained technicians in the welding and fabricating field maintain, repair and produce the products used in the manufacturing, structural, and fabrication industries. Qualified welding and metal fabricating technicians are in demand, have job stability, and have high earning potential.

Become a trained technician in the welding, fabricating and metallurgical trades and gain access to a growing and demanding field. This program takes place in a comprehensive classroom and fully-equipped welding lab.  It is designed to teach practical applications and theory related to the welding trade, while preparing students for the American Welding Society (AWS) exams and certifications.

The program includes, but is not limited to:

  • Introduction to Construction and Maintenance (NCCER Core Curriculum)
  • Welding safety
  • Blueprint fundamentals
  • Reading welding symbols
  • Oxy-acetylene cutting, welding, and brazing
  • Base metal preparations
  • Weld quality
  • SMAW (Shielded Metal Arc Welding or Stick Welding)
  • SMAW equipment and setup
  • SMAW electrodes and selection
  • SMAW groove welds with backing
  • SMAW open V-groove welds
  • SMAW open-root pipe welds
  • SMAW vertical welding
  • Plasma arc cutting
  • Basic GTAW (Gas Tungsten Arc Welding, TIG)
  • Basic GMAW (Gas Metal Arc Welding, MIG)
  • Theory, welding and machine operation
  • Introduction to pipe welding
  • Employability skillsStudents are given the opportunity to earn National Center for Construction Education & Research (NCCER) certification in Core Curriculum/Welding Level 1 and American Welding Society (AWS) certifications.


Certifications/Licensure include:

  • American Welding Society (AWS)
  • National Center for Construction Education & Research (NCCER) Core Curriculum and Welding Level I
  • OSHA 10-Hour


Monday – Thursday
5:30 PM – 10:30 PM
September 12, 2016 – May 15, 2017 (approximate ending date)

Tuition Fee: $8,995 (includes non-refundable materials fee of $749)

Tuition includes textbooks and certification examination fee.

Students can expect the following additional costs: work boots (steel-toed recommended)

For more information, please call our Transitions Coordinator at (440) 891-7697.

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Welding 2015-2016 Advisory Members

Mr. Robert Bailey, Airgas Inc.
Mr. David Barnard, Industrial Shredders Ltd.
Mr. Mike Barrett, The Lincoln Electric Company
Mr. Mark Demchak, Total Quality Testing, Inc.
Mr. Matthew Krejci, Edgewater Yacht Club
Mr. William Pfeil, Arcelor Mittal
Mr. Mark Scholle, Arcelor Mittal
Mr. Mike Sherman, Sherman’s Welding & Equipment