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Certificate or Career Studies Certificate

Welding is one of the colleges original programs and continues to evolve. Currently, students learn the fundamentals of spay arc, short- circuiting arc, pulse arc, self-shielding, dual shield, sine wave and square wave welding.

Carbon arc gouging, plasma, cutting, exo-thermic torch operation, brazing, blueprint reading and fitting are also included.

All students who complete the Career Studies Certificate will also earn at least one basic welding certification.

The college can offer national (e.g., American Welding Society or American Society for Testing and Materials) welder qualification testing and certification.

Graduate Careers

Significant career opportunities exist for welders in a diverse assortment of industrial situations.

Positions include:

  • welder
  • fitter
  • tack welder
  • welder supervisor

Maintaining and enhancing certifications is essential to a welder’s career growth.

Required Courses and Semester Plan


Brian Lilliston has fours years of teaching and fourteen years of industrial experience. He is a graduate of the Newport News Shipbuilding Apprentice Program and is a certified (AWS) educator and welding inspector.

Further Information

You may wish to visit the Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook online. Keyword(s): Welder

O*Net (occupational profiles)