Welding (WDT) is 60 semester hour program combining classroom theory with hands-on practice in the laboratory. Requirements for the certificate of completion include four academic courses totaling 12 semester hours and all required career technical courses.  Students can also earn stackable short term certificates and industry certifications. The program is designed to help students acquire the knowledge, skills and abilities needed to prepare for successful entry-level employment in the welding profession.


  • Certificate
    • Welding

  • Short Term Certificate
    • Construction Welding
    • Consumable Welding
    • Industrial Welding
    • Welding Certification w/ Pipe Cert.

Industry Certification
National Career Readiness Credential
OSHA 10-hr General Industry Safety/Health

Estimated Program Length

Award Length Credit Hours
Short Term Certificate 1 semester 12
Certificate of Completion 4 semesters 60

Required Program Courses

Course Title Credit Hours
WDT108 SMAW Fillet/OFC 3
WDT109 SMAW Fillet/PAC/CAC 3
WDT110 Industrial Blueprint Reading 3
WDT119 GMA/Flux Cored Arc Welding 3
WDT120 SMAW Groove 3
WDT122 SMAW Fillet/OFC Lab 3
WDT123 SMAW Fillet/PAC/CAC Lab 3
WDT124 GMAW/Flux Cored Arc Welding Lab 3
WDT125 SMAW Grooves Lab 3
WDT157 Consumable Welding Processes 3
WDT158 Consumable Welding Processes Lab 3
WDT218 Certification 3
WDT223 Blueprint Reading for Fabrication 3
WDT258 Certification Lab 3
WDT268 GTAW Lab 3

Required Academic Courses

Course Title Credit Hours
DPT100 Introductory Computer Skills I 3
ENG100 Vocational Technical English 3
MAH101 Introductory Mathematics I 3
SPC103 Oral Communication Skills 3

Elective Courses

Course Title Credit Hours
WDT180 Special Topics 3
WDT181 Special Topics 3
WDT219 Welding Inspection and Testing 3
WDT257 SMAW Carbon Pipe Lab 3
WDT280 Special Topics 3
WDT281 Special Topics 3
WDT282 Special Topics 3

Electives may be offered to meet a student’s personal educational goals or for instructional purposes.


Program Contact

Mr. Chris Ingram, Instructor
Main Campus

Mr. Chris Wells, Instructor
Tutwiler Instructional Center

Mr. Billy Wesson, Instructor
Draper Instructional Service Center

This is a “Live Work” program.

Occupational Data*

Welders use hand-held or remotely controlled equipment to join or cut metal parts, and to fill holes, indentations, or seams in metal products. Welders may work outdoors, often in inclement weather, or indoors, sometimes in a confined area. They may work high off the ground, and they occasionally must lift heavy objects and work in awkward positions. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for welders was $40,240 in May 2017. Employment of welders is projected to grow about six percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. The nation’s aging infrastructure will require the expertise of welders, to help rebuild bridges, highways, and buildings.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook