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Center for Economic and Workforce Development

Welding Program

The Certified Welder plays a key role in many manufacturing companies. The American Welding Society (AWS) predicts that the demand for skilled welders in the U.S. alone may outpace supply by 200,000 individuals. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, employment of welders is expected to grow 15 percent from 2014 to 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Properly skilled welders with up-to-date training should have the best job prospects. Workplaces for welders include outdoors or indoors. They may work on a scaffold high off the ground, and they occasionally must lift heavy objects and work in awkward positions. Most welders work full time and overtime is common.

The Welding course runs for 12 weeks and students train for 30 hours a week.

At the conclusion of the Entry Level Welding Certificate Program, you have the opportunity to take exams to obtain the following certifications:

  • AWS D1.1 Structural Welding Code – Steel
  • 1F; 2F; 3F & 4F for Carbon Steel Certifications using the SMAW
  • Groove Weld Certification

Upon completion of the following courses and passing a hands on entry level test during the length of the course, students will be awarded the Entry Level Welding Certificate.

Eligibility Requirements: HS Diploma or GED; TABE 8th Grade; WDP Eligible. Most employers will require a criminal background check, positive references, and drug test.

Additional prerequisites

  • Excellent communication skills
  • Detailed oriented
  • Desire to work with many customers in fast paced work environments
  • Able to maintain positive demeanor even when faced with difficult situations
  • Professional personal presentation and hygiene
  • Basic math knowledge
  • Bilingual a plus

If you are interested, please contact Chris Gore at 908-659-5166 or gore@ucc.edu.