Build with steel! Control fire, electricity, and gas to dismantle, create, and build a wide range of metal products. Utilize advanced welding techniques to manipulate metal for construction, industrial, and artistic applications. Operate the same advanced welding equipment utilized by professionals. This program prepares students for American Welding Society D 1.1 Structural Welding certification.The purpose of the Welding Technology program is to prepare students for employment as welders in the fabricating and repair industry as well as the construction industry.
The program combines classroom instruction with hands-on laboratory experiences to teach students to weld and cut metal by the oxyacetylene and electric arc methods. Students will become knowledgeable about the inert gas-shielded welding methods (MIG & TIG). Students will learn techniques of metal layout and fabrication through the use of special hand tools and machines. “AWS” and “AISI” standards are used to appraise welding performance. The content includes leadership, communication skills, human relations and employability skills, and safe and efficient work practices.
The following table illustrates the program structure:
Welder Assistant 1
Welder Assistant 2
Welder, SMAW 1
Welder, SMAW 2
Approximately 10 months
Monday – Friday
8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
What You’ll Learn
- Common Welding Processes
- Shield Metal Arc Welding (SMAW)
- Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW)
- Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW)
- Flux Core Arc Welding (FCAW)
- Oxyfuel Processes
- Plasma Cutting
- Blueprint Reading
- American Welding Society: AWS Certified Welder – SMAW Plate
Career Ready Skills
- Act as a responsible and contributing citizen and employee.
- Apply appropriate academic and technical skills.
- Attend to personal health and financial well-being.
- Communicate clearly, effectively and with reason.
- Consider the environmental, social and economic impacts of decisions.
- Demonstrate creativity and innovation.
- Employ valid and reliable research strategies.
- Utilize critical thinking to make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
- Model integrity, ethical leadership and effective management.
- Plan education and career path aligned to personal goals.
- Use technology to enhance productivity.
- Work productively in teams while using cultural/global competence.
Students who complete this course can expect to earn a starting salary of $16+ per hour in the following industries (Actual wages vary according to education, experience, and certifications.)
According to O’Net Online, jobs for welders, cutters, and welder fitters are expected to grow 18% in Florida between 2014-2024.
Steps to Enroll
- Attend a Virtual Information Session
- Take the T.A.B.E. test, if applicable
- Obtain official transcripts, if applicable (high school, GED, college, etc.)
- Apply for financial aid (official transcripts required)
- Provide appropriate residency documents
- Complete application packet
- Pay application fee