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Welding Technology

Weld good pay with refined skills.

Certified welders are among the highest paid of all the skilled trades. Welders join metals by applying intense heat from a gas or electric source to melt metal to form a permanent bond with or without the use of filler metals. Visit to learn more about salaries in this field of study.

What is welding used for?

Joining, surfacing, or repairing structures or parts made of metal or other weldable materials. You plan the sequence of operations and select your equipment according to the metals involved and the type of weld needed

What can we offer you?

Course work and practical experience to give you the skills and knowledge to determine and perform appropriate welding techniques. You’ll also learn blueprint reading and flame cutting of metals.

Photo of a welderWhat do we teach?

The use of various tools and machines related to the welding field. You weld various kinds of metals, such as mild steel, aluminum, cast iron, and stainless steel. You’ll also learn:

  • Electric arc welding
  • Oxyacetylene gas welding and cutting
  • Metal inert gas welding (MIG)
  • Tungsten inert gas welding (TIG)

What will I learn to use in the shop?

Saws, drill presses, grinders, power shears, metal brakes and rolls, and numerous other hand tools. You fabricate trailers, frames, racks, and swings using steel plates, angle iron, pipes, channel iron, and other structural steel.

Academic Plans

  • AWS National Skills Standards Level I, Tack Welder, and Production Line Welder--Current Curriculum (PDF   XLS)
  • ARC Welder, Shielded Metal Arc Welding and Gas Metal Arc Welding--Current Curriculum (PDF   XLS)
  • Gas Tungsten Arc Welding--Current Curriculum (PDF   XLS)

Where could I work?

Most welders work in manufacturing industries. Others are employed by construction firms and repair services. A skilled welder may qualify as a technician, supervisor, inspector or owner of a welding business.

What credentials are available?


For more information contact

man in collared shirt and goatee smiling Tony Mercer
IMT Program Coordinator
Sullivan Technology Center
Room 114