This program provides basic training for students who want to acquire the fundamental skills of Stick, MIG, TIG, and OxyFuel welding and introduces additional industry technologies: programming of welding robots, fabrication, nondestructive testing techniques, metallurgy, and workplace safety. Students have the potential to earn three nationally recognized certifications. At the conclusion of the MIG, TIG, and Stick welding classes, students submit a test piece (between 1F and 4G) for American Weld Society (AWS) certification evaluation.

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This certificate will be automatically awarded when the certificate requirements are completed. If you do not want to receive the certificate, please notify the Office of the Registrar at RegistrarOffice@tri-c.edu.

Learn more here and here about how certificate credits apply to the related degree.

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Program Admission Requirements

  • High School Diploma/GED
  • MATH-0910 Basic Arithmetic and Pre-Algebra or appropriate score on Math Placement Test.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program is designed to prepare students to demonstrate the following learning outcomes:

  1. Use effective interpersonal, communication, and professional skills to work with welding, production, engineering, and quality control teams.
  2. Comply with industry safety guidelines.
  3. Apply TIG, MIG, and Stick processes to join metal.
  4. Apply oxygen and fuel cutting skills.
  5. Add and Subtract decimals and fractions and convert decimals to fractions.
  6. Train operators, troubleshoot equipment, analyze root causes and identify corrective actions of weld issues.
  7. Work with production and engineering teams to develop equipment and processes for product development, production needs, and customer expectations.
  8. Use practical knowledge/experience of fabricating, blue print reading, and welding skills to complete most welding projects.

Suggested Semester Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredit Hours
HLTH-1230 Standard First Aid and Personal Safety 1
ISET-1100 Welding Blue Print Reading 2
ISET-2100 Gas Metal Arc Welding (MIG) 4
ISET-2120 Shielded Metal Arc Welding (STICK) 4
MET-1300 Engineering Materials and Metallurgy 3
SPCH-1000 Fundamentals of Interpersonal Communication 3
 Credit Hours17
Second Semester
ISET-2110 Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (TIG) 4
ISET-2130 OxyFuel Gas Welding 4
ISET-2140 Non-Destructive Testing 3
ISET-2150 Robotic Welding 3
ISET-2160 Structural Fabrication 4
 Credit Hours18
 Total Credit Hours35