Areas of Study

Areas of Study

Welding Technology

Degree options

  • Associate Degree
    An Associate in Applied Science degree will be awarded upon successful completion of a minimum of 90 credits in courses numbered 100 or above. All core and general education requirements must be met, with any additional credits to be selected as electives.
  • Certificates of Proficiency
    A Beginning Welding Certificate will be awarded upon completion of WELD 110, WELD 120, WELD 119, and WELD 170.
    An Intermediate Welding Certificate will be awarded with the addition of WELD 130 and WELD 140.
    An Advanced Welding Certificate will be awarded with the addition of WELD 150, WELD 155, and WELD 160.

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Sarah Patterson 
(360) 596-5220

Dan Main
(360) 596-5312

Consider this: Every ship, jet, train, bridge and steel-frame building is only as strong as its welds. The welder is much more than a man or a woman with a torch and a mask. The modern welder is knowledgeable about metallurgy, blueprint-reading, safety and technology. In short, he or she is an indispensable member of any construction team.

Welding is a precision craft that demands concentration and training. If you're interested in a career in welding, South Puget Sound Community College is committed to providing you the best training available.

Welders use oxy-acetylene, arc, dual-shield, tungsten inert gas, and short arc welding techniques. Welders are also qualified to braze, solder, and use the cutting torch, both manual and automatic.

South Puget Sound Community College's welding program provides the necessary skills to be employed as a welder in the building trades, shipbuilding, bridge construction, metal fabrication, and maintenance repair work.

What You'll Do Here
You'll learn how to weld on all types of materials, in all position. You'll learn manual and automatic cutting, using oxy-acetylene, arc, gas tungsten arc, dual shield and metallic inert gas welding. Every facet of safety and equipment use will be covered. You'll work on cast iron, steel and aluminum in every available shape, thickness and size.

In our Welding Shop you'll work on trailers, tanks, bumpers, your own home projects and metallic artwork. You'll also have the opportunity through our Cooperative Work Experience program to work part time in a related industry job.