Welding Technology: Structural - Certificate of Achievement

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 certificate program is designed for students who are already working or want to enter the workforce as soon as possible. The program requirements allow students to graduate faster than those pursuing the A.A.S. degree.

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 focus on developing GMAW and GTAW welding skills along with fabrication and finishing techniques. Our graduates find work with metal finishing companies, manufacturers, metal fabricators and many other organizations.

The lab facility at the Springfield campus is certified by the American Welding Society (AWS).

Program At a Glance

For those who want to:

Make and fasten metal parts using advanced technology
Specialize in structural welding
Work with their employers to customize studies

Program Snapshot

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Out-of-district Tuition: Click Here
Credits: 32*
Median Years: 1.2 Years
Average Salary: $35,729*

Possible Careers

Structural welding specialist
Welding fabricator
Welding supervisor
Welding inspector
Technical salesperson

*Costs are estimates and are subject to change. Please visit the tuition and fees details page for precise details or call 417-447-7500. Degree time/credits vary with students' enrollment and course completion. Graduation retention varies by case. For program enrollment, retention, exam/certification, and employment rates visit Student Outcomes/Student Right-to-Know. Salary information is provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Some careers on this list may require additional education and training. For program-specific accreditation visit OTC Accreditation.

Degree Requirements

credit hours
Program Required Courses

For the full program requirements, see curriculum. For the full list of courses, see the catalog.

Program Details

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Program Contact

Danelle Maxwell
Industrial & Manufacturing Department Chair


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