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.
  • Certificate of Achievement
    Basic Welding Skills Certificate of Achievement will be awarded upon completion of WELD 102, WELD 103, WELD 104 and WELD 106. 
  • Certificates of Proficiency
    Shielded Metal Arc Welding Certificate will be awarded upon completion of WELD 102, WELD 103, WELD 104, WELD 106, WELD 125 and WELD 127.
    Gas Metal Arc Welding Certificate will be awarded upon completion of WELD 102, WELD 103, WELD 104, WELD 106, WELD 125, WELD 127, WELD 134 and WELD 135.
    Flux Cored Arc Welding Certificate will be awarded upon completion of WELD 102, WELD 103, WELD 104, WELD 106, WELD 125, WELD 127 and WELD 210.  
    Gas Tungsten Arc Welding Cerificate will be awarded upon completion of WELD 102, WELD 103, WELD 104, WELD 106, WELD 125, WELD 127 and WELD 220.   

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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.

Opportunities
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.