Buildings. Bridges. Pipelines. Sculpture. Welding is the skill of using technology and tools to join metals. Learn welding, and your career possibilities are wide open: Welders apply their skills to build, fabricate and repair metal structures and items of all types, including fine art sculptures. Through the OCC Career Advantage welding program, you can gain the skills you need to enter the field or build on your existing skills to specialize – and earn higher pay – within a specific area. Skilled welders are in high demand and earn high wages. Read on to learn more about the Welding Technology programs at OCC.

A sampling of courses for these careers

  • Arc and Oxy-acetylene Welding
  • Gas Tungsten Arc Welding
  • Blueprint Reading
  • Orbital Welding
  • Mathematics and Fabrication Layout for Welders
  • Pipe Welding

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Did you know?

Skilled craft professionals continue to earn top dollar, with salaries starting above the national median wage.
This includes average annual salaries of more than $65,000, according to the Association for Career Technical Education.


Program Details

Complete one of our certificate programs, and you’ll be well-prepared to enter a career in welding.

Build upon your skills if you’re already employed in the field. Or earn an associate degree for even greater advancement opportunities.

Welding Technology

Learn the skills you need to take a welding certification test or upgrade your current welding skills to advance in your career. This program will prepare you for a position as a welding technician, inspector, engineer and supervisor or will give you the credits you need to transfer to a California State University engineering program or the welding engineering degree program at Ohio State University. View program detail in course catalog.

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Basic Welding (SMAW) - Skills Certificate

Master basic shielded metal arc welding (SMAW) Levels I, II, III or IV. 

Intermediate Welding (SMAW) - Skills Certificate

Master intermediate shielded metal arc welding (SMAW) Levels V or VI, and acquire the skills you need to take a welding qualification test for certification, which may be required for employment. 

Advanced Welding (SMAW)

Master first-level advanced welding in shielded metal arc welding (SMAW) Levels VII, VIII and IX, and acquire the skills you need to take a welding qualification test for certification, which may be required for employment. 

Advanced I Welding (FCAW)

Master first-level advanced welding in flux-cored arc welding (FCAW) Levels I, II and/or IV, and acquire the skills you need to take a welding qualification test for certification, which may be required for employment. 

Advanced II Welding (FCAW)

Master second-level advanced welding in flux-cored arc welding (FCAW) Levels V, VI, VII, VIII or IX, and acquire the skills you need to take a welding qualification test for certification, which may be required for employment.

Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW)

Master the skills necessary for gas metal arc welding (GMAW) Levels I, II, III, IV or V, and acquire the skills you need to take a welding qualification test for certification, which may be required for employment.

Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW)

Master the skills necessary for gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW) Level I, and acquire the skills you need to take a welding qualification test for certification, which may be required for employment.

Orbital Welding

Prepare for an entry-level position in the piping industry. Perform welds on pipe or tubing using orbital welding equipment to the standards of AWS and ASME Code. 

Pipe

Master the skills necessary for pipe Levels I and/or II, and acquire the skills you need to take a welding qualification test for certification, which may be required for employment.

Welding Technology

Complete the Welding Technology Certificate of Achievement and the Associate in Science graduation requirements to earn an associate degree. This program will prepare you for a position as a welding technician, inspector, engineer and supervisor or will give you the credits you need to transfer to a California State University engineering program or the welding engineering degree program at Ohio State University. Learn the skills you need to take a welding certification test or upgrade your current welding skills to advance in your career. View program detail in course catalog.

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Did you know?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, people who have a certificate as
their highest level of education earned, on average, 20 percent more than
those whose highest education level is a high school diploma.

Our Team

Katie Ottoson
Katie Ottoson, M.S.
Counselor, CTE and
Career Services
Cindy Voss
Cindy Voss
Counselor, Technology
Programs