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Welding Technology Certificate Industrial & Trade Technology Total Units: 19.5
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Term Effective: Fall 2021


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.

Skilled welders are in demand in Sonoma County. Possible job titles include: Helper or Apprentice, Production Helpers, Welder, Welders and Cutters, Assembler/Production worker.

Program Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  1. Interpret blue prints and identify welding symbols;
  2. utilize the mathematic skills, as needed, in the fabricating industry;
  3. demonstrate the knowledge and skills to safely use tools and equipment in a fabricating/welding shop;
  4. identify the difference between ferrous and non-ferrous metals; and
  5. demonstrate the ability to pass the American Welding Society Unlimited Structural Certification Test.

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Welding Technology Certificate program are:

  • Complete 19.5 units from
    • Welding Technology Requirements

Welding Technology Requirements - complete 19.50 units
MACH 51ABeginning Machine Tool Technology2.00
MACH 161Metallurgy3.00
MACH 162Blueprint Reading for Machine and Related Industries3.00
WELD 101Introduction to Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW)2.00
WELD 113Thermal Cutting Processes2.00
WELD 114AIntroduction to Metal Fabrication2.00
WELD 170Beginning Welding: Fundamentals of Arc and Gas Welding2.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 2.00 units from the following:
WELD 102Introduction to Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW)2.00
WELD 103Introduction to Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW)2.00
WELD 104Introduction to Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW)2.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 1.50 units from the following:
CSKLS 373Foundations of Mathematical Reasoning3.50
IED 190Industrial Mathematics1.50
or higher level math course

Term Effective: Fall 2021

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.

Term Inactive: Fall 2022

Previous Versions:

Welding Technology - effective Fall 2019
Welding Technology - effective Spring 2015
Welding Technology - effective Fall 2014
Welding Technology - effective Fall 2012
Welding Technology - effective Fall 2011
Welding Technology - effective Fall 2010
Welding Technology - effective Spring 2008
Welding Technology - effective Fall 1981

Course Prerequisites and Advisories:

Courses in a program of study may have prerequisites or advisories; that is, courses that must or should be completed before taking that course. Please check for prerequisites or advisories by clicking on the course numbers in the Program Requirements section.

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.
CSKLS 373 may be substituted for a higher level math course.

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