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In our Welder/Advanced Welder certificate workforce training program, you will learn a variety of new skills on our Augmented Reality (AR) welders, then put them into practice with hands-on training in our welding lab.

Approx. Number of Hours/Months:

120 hours/6 months

Program Cost:**


Est. Hourly Wage:*

$18-20 per hour

Min Occupational Requirements:


Welder/Advanced Welder Job Overview


Welders are employed in all phases of industrial operations in fields such as construction, manufacturing and infrastructure. They assist with the construction of industrial equipment, buildings, bridges and pipelines. Welders work from a set of blueprints, interpret symbols and follow specifications to apply their knowledge of metallurgy and welding techniques to fuse a variety of metal components together. They need to wear protective equipment and follow specific protocol to maintain a safe working environment.  

Welders can earn certifications to enhance their skillset and increase their employment opportunities.  

Financial Assistance

Funding is available to help pay for short-term job training. Up to 90% of costs may be covered to complete this training program.

Licensure/certification earned

Upon successful completion of certification testing, which is administered during the Advanced Welding 2 class, you will receive AWS D1.1 Structural Welding Certification. 


View all current course offerings. Not all courses are offered within every term schedule. 

This course provides an introduction to gas and arc welding for beginning welders. Learn the safe and proper handling of welding equipment. Topics include welding and oxy-acetylene safety, electrode/filler metal selection, metal cutting techniques, and the basics of arc, MIG and TIG welding. The proper selection of appropriate welding process and electrode for various metals is also covered. Gain practical experience with welding equipment. For safety reasons, students must wear long sleeve shirt, long pants and hard shoes. Cost includes welding helmet and additional personal safety equipment and basic tools.

Build on the skills learned in Basic Welding. Gain additional hands-on practice making welds operating oxy-acetylene and arc welding equipment safely and properly. Learn new skills and techniques using TIG, MIG and arc welders. Weld plates in various positions including flat and vertical orientations to hone your skills. Develop career skills and take the first step to prepare for the American Welding Society (AWS) certification. For safety reasons, students must wear long sleeve shirts, long pants and hard shoes. Cost includes additional personal safety equipment and basic tools. Prerequisite: Basic Welding VOC-015.

Hone your welding skills for a desired application and prepare for the American Welding Society (AWS) D1.1 Welding Certification Exam. Continue to practice your technique and prepare a test plate for evaluation as part of the exam. Supervision and feedback will be provided as you complete a project consistent with those found in the workplace and prepare for the exam. Test voucher included in course cost. Prerequisite: Advanced Welding VOC-467.

Additional Information & Program Requirements

You must wear protective clothing during classes. 

Interested in enrolling?

Contact our Continuing Education Office (Room A115) if you have any questions or concerns.

410-386-8100 |

*Wages are based on data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and are estimates only. 

**Unless noted, cost does not include any required textbooks and related materials, applicable licensing fees, background check fees, testing fees or prerequisite courses.