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Welding Technology CC

CTE Certificate Of Completion
1,155 Clock Hours

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The School of Applied Technology at Salt Lake Community College provides quality career and technical education in a flexible, competency-based format to meet the needs of students who desire low-cost training for high-skill job fields. Programs are responsive to business and industry requirements resulting in appropriate licensure, certification, or evidence of completion. Applied Technology programs specialize in non-credit, open-entry, open-exit instructional delivery. This means students may enroll weekly depending on the school calendar and available seats, and are able to complete courses when proficiency has been demonstrated and evaluated by instructors.

Program Description

Students enrolled in this program are provided with opportunities to learn entry-level job skills in the welding processes most commonly used in today’s industries. Instruction and practice are provided in oxy-acetylene, shielded-metal-arc, gas-metal-arc, flux-cored-arc and gas-tungsten-arc welding. Theory and applications of these processes are also taught, encompassing both ferrous and non-ferrous metals. Safety and safe practices are emphasized throughout the program. Additional instruction is provided in mathematics for welding and blueprint reading. Students will have the opportunity to learn techniques for welder performance qualifications and certification testing. Thermal cutting and gouging techniques using oxy-fuel, plasma-arc and arc-air processes are also covered.

Enrollment is also available for students with specific interests. For example, students may wish to improve their job skills by upgrading their competencies in specific welding processes or application or prepare for AWS, ASME, and API performance certifications. For these types of activities, students may meet with an instructor to determine the number of scheduled hours needed before enrolling.

Career Opportunities

For state and national occupation information, visit find and enter the following O*Net code(s):

  • 51-4121.01 Welders, Production
  • 51-4121.02 Welders and Cutters

Per O-net SOC 51-4121: National Wages & Employment TrendsWelders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers

Median wages (2011) $17.27 hourly, $35,920 annual

Employment (2010) 337,000 employees

Projected growth (2010-2020) Average (10% to 19%)

Projected job openings (2010-2020) 140,700

Top industries (2010) Manufacturing Construction

Transfer/Articulation Information

American Welding Society: School Excelling through National skill Standards Education (SENSE). Contact Program Coordinator for details.

Program Entry Requirements: Students must demonstrate basic education skills as assessed by the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE):

Reading 8.0

Math 8.0

Prospective students should have good eyesight (corrected vision is satisfactory), finger dexterity, good eye-hand coordination, and be in good physical condition (able to lift 50 lbs. minimum).

Estimated Cost for Students:

Please visit the Welding Program website for up-to-date cost information.

Estimated Time to Completion:

1155 Clock Hours

Required Courses: (1,155 Clock Hours)



Clock Hours



KWLD 0115

Intro to Welding & Lab Safety



SAT Entry skills (TABE test, eighth grade math & reading)

KWLD 0126

Oxy-Acetylene Welding



KWLD 0115, Intro to Welding & Lab Safety

KWLD 0136

Basic Shielded Metal Arc Welding



KWLD 0126, Oxy-Acetylene Welding

KWLD 0235

Advanced Shielded Metal Arc Welding



KWLD 0136, Basic Shielded Metal Arc Welding

KWLD 0145

Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW)



KWLD 0235, Advanced Shielded Metal Arc Welding

KWLD 0165

Blueprint Reading for Welders



SAT Entry skills (TABE test, eighth grade math & reading)

KWLD 0170

Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW)



KWLD 0145, Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW)

KWLD 0180

Gas Metal Arc Welding (GTAW)



KWLD 0170, Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW)

KWLD 0190

Math for Welders



SAT Entry skills (TABE test, eighth grade math & reading)

KWRK 0515

Job-Seeking Skills




Program Student Learning Outcomes

Related College-Wide Student Learning Outcomes


  1. Acquire Substantive Knowledge
  2. Communicate Effectively
  3. Develop Quantitative Literacy
  4. Think Critically and Creatively
  5. Civic Engagement
  6. Work Professionally and Constructively
  7. Develop Computer and Information Literacy

Students learn skills which allow them to be gainfully employed in industry.  Specifically:

  • Oxy-Acetylene Welding
  • Shielded Metal Arc
  • Gas Metal Arc Welding
  • Flux Cored Arc–Self- and Gas-shielded Welding
  • Gas Tungsten Arc (Mild Steel, Stainless Steel, & Aluminum)
  • Basic Blueprint Reading
  • AWS Welding Symbols Interpretation
  • Applied Math for Welding


1, 2, 3, 4, 6

Students learn skills which help them to pass welder performance qualification tests.

1, 2, 3, 4, 6

Salt Lake Community College

4600 South Redwood Road Salt Lake City, UT 84123
Student Services hours: M-Th: 7 am - 7 pm; Fr 7 am - 4:30 pm
Enrollment Info: 801-957-4073

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