This hands-on program trains students in the skills needed to secure jobs in the local carbon steel industry. Welders join together metal parts and polish metal surfaces using specialized, heat-based tools. The parts they work on are used to build structures such as buildings, bridges and other vital infrastructure. The coursework covers major welding processes including Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW), Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW), Gas Metal Flux-Cored Arc Welding (FCAW) and more. Our instructors also teach students how to use welding safety gear, read blueprints and find a job in the field.
Advanced welding classes will focus on SMAW and GMAW welding skills along with fabrication techniques to prepare the graduate for testing and certification for local carbon steel shops. The Associate of Applied Science degree builds upon the skills learned in certificate welding courses through additional instruction in welding inspection, advanced project construction and general education classes.
The lab facility at the Springfield campus is certified by the American Welding Society (AWS).