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Center for Economic and Workforce Development

Union County College

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.

Program Description:   The Welding program provides contextualized instruction that incorporates basic skill development and hands-on welding training that will provide you the opportunity to gain the knowledge and support the development of the necessary skills for you to earn a national welding certification.

  • Occupational Orientation and Safety
  • Principles of Welding
  • Welding, Drawing and Symbol Interpretation
  • “Shop Math” and Measurements
  • Visual Examination, Inspection and Testing
  • Shielded Metal ARC Welding (SMAW) (Stick welding)
  • Gas Tungsten ARC Welding (GTAW) (TIG welding)
  • Gas Metal ARC Welding (GWAW) (MIG welding)
  • Student services counseling
  • Job search assistance and placement assistance
  • Certification Exam fees
  • Books and class materials


  • OSHA Safety – 10 Hour
  • Certified Stick (SMAW) Welder AWS D1.1/D1.1M
  • American Welding Society (AWS)

Types of Jobs: Seam Welder, Mechanic Welder, Sheet Metal Assembler, Shop Assistant, welders/pipefitters, fabricator/assembler, MIG welder

Total Hours: 360 hours

Eligibility Requirements:

Unemployed or Underemployed

Collecting UI Benefits or Recently Expired

Age 18 or older

HS Diploma or GED

Grade Equivalent Required: ESL Participants– Math and Reading 5th grade or above, All other

participants—Math and Reading 7th grade or above.

NJ Resident

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 our recruiting representatives at 908-659-5114 or cewd-recruiting@ucc.edu.


What are the requirements to get into the program?

High School Diploma/Equivalency

Must be receiving UI (Unemployment Benefits)

Must be eligible for One-Stop services and certified for services by the Union County One Stop

How long is the program?

360 hours

What is the structure of the class? (lecture/hands on)

75% hands on

25% lecture

What is the job development process?

Job Developer will complete IEP (Individual Employability Plan)

Professional Development (i.e. resumes and interviews)

Learning to market skills

Connecting students with employments

Hard work by students (we can make introductions, but it is up to you to land the job)

Are the cost of the exams covered in the program?