The requirements for this program of study are effective beginning the semester shown above. If you began working on this program before the effective semester, you may not be affected by the changes. Consult with the program contact person or the department chair to determine your eligibility to complete the program under previous requirements.
The Welding Technology Certificate of Achievement prepares students for work in areas of ship building, bridges and building construction, pipeline construction, refrigeration, missile and aircraft construction, automobile and related industries where metal must be joined together. Developments in metallurgy have created many types of metals which require new techniques.
Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be able to:
Skilled welders are in demand in Sonoma County. Possible job titles include: Helper or Apprentice, Production Helpers, Welder, Welders and Cutters, Assembler/Production worker.
- Interpret blue prints and identify welding symbols;
- Utilize the mathematic skills, as needed, in the fabricating industry;
- Demonstrate the knowledge and skills to safely use tools and equipment in a fabricating/welding shop;
- Identify the difference between ferrous and non-ferrous metals; and
- Demonstrate the ability to pass the American Welding Society Unlimited Structural Certification Test.
It is important that students who are completing an Associate Degree and desire to transfer to a four-year institution meet with a counselor to plan their lower division coursework. While many majors at SRJC are intended to align with lower division major preparation required by California public universities, specific lower-division major requirements vary among individual campuses. See a counselor, visit the Transfer Center, and check Guides For Transfer in Specific Majors, and ASSIST to review transfer preparation guides for specific schools and majors.
It is recommended that students complete WELD 70 or an equivalent welding class, or have some trade experience in gas or arc welding prior to beginning this program.
Students should have the desire and ability to work with their hands and possess a high degree of mechanical aptitude. Completion of high school courses in mechanical drawing, blueprint reading, general metals and technical mathematics is also recommended.