Welding Technology Certificate

Cerro Coso IWV campus

What can I do with this?

The Welding Technology Certificate

  • Trains students in multiple welding processes.
  • Prepares students for an entry level welding position in diverse fields.
  • Promotes safe and clean work habits.
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You can use this to:

  • Enhance career opportunities in:
    • Pipe Welder
    • Fitter/Fabricator
    • Sheet Metal Worker
    • Manufacturing
    • Structural Welder
  • Potentially find work in the following industries
    • Aircraft
    • Construction
    • Marine
    • Mining
    • Renewable Energy
    • Aerospace
    • Manufacturing
    • Metal Art
    • Railroad
    • Ship Building

The basic skills of welding are the same across industries, so welders can easily shift from one industry to another, depending on where they are needed most.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition, Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers

What will I learn?

  • To demonstrate competency in major welding processes used in industry.
  • To apply welding processes and the use of hand tools and shop equipment to fabricate projects.
  • To accurately fabricate items from technical drawings using appropriate math skills.
  • To apply and practice workplace safety policies and procedures while learning welding and related skills.

Program Learning Outcome Assessments

I wanted to tell you how much I have appreciated your welding classes. I am a metal fabricator at Searles Valley Minerals and your classes have helped me excel in my trade.

—Anthony Blanco, Student

What courses do I take?

Note: Some courses within the major may have a required prerequisite. If you feel you have equivalent knowledge and skills to those included in the prerequisite course through professional experience, licensure, or certification, you have the opportunity to submit a Prerequisite Challenge to be reviewed by the faculty chair. For the Prerequisite Challenge to be considered, you must submit documentation/verification to substantiate the basis for the challenge. Please consult a counselor for more information regarding Prerequisite Challenge.



Complete all of the following courses

Program Pathways

All classes needed for this certificate are available at the following campuses: Ridgecrest / IWV

See Counseling for specific help with enrolling and completing this major.

How can I afford it?

This degree requires 23.0 units and will likely take 2 semesters.

Approximate Total Costs

CA Residents

23.0 units

at $46 per unit

Equals $1,058 in tuition and fees

Plus approximately $713* for books and supplies

Total cost $1,771 for 2 semesters


23.0 units

at $375 per unit

Equals $8,625 in tuition and fees

Plus approximately $713* for books and supplies

Total cost $9,338 for 2 semesters

*This is an estimate. Actual costs will vary.

Need help? Financial Aid can help with fee waivers and scholarships and other aid. Make sure to fill out your FAFSA every January.