Welding Technology

Hours: 1,170 – approximately one school year (36 weeks)
Tuition is approximately $3,370.00, plus books & fees (Click to see all related charges) 
Testing Requirements:
Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE)
Location: LTC Main Campus

Mission: The mission of the Welding Technology program is to prepare students for employment or advanced training in the welding industry.

What you’ll learn

  • Shop and personal safety
  • Proper use of welding equipment and products
  • Basic and advanced welding
  • Weld positioning
  • Flux-cored arc welding (FCAW or FCA)
  • 6G certified pipe testing
  • Gas metal arc welding (GMAW); gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW)
  • Shielded metal arc welding (SMAW); metal inert gas (MIG) welding
  • Tungsten inert gas (TIG) welding
  • Preparation for the American Welding Society (AWS) certification exam, instruction covers 140 of the 143 Different AWS weld types
OCP Course Number Course Title Course Length
A PMT0011 Welder Helper 250 hrs
B PMT0012 Welder, Shielded Metal Arc 250 hrs
C PMT0013 Welder, Gas-Metal Arc 125 hrs
D PMT0014 Welder, Flux Cored Arc 100 hrs
E PMT0015 Welder, Gas-Tungsten Arc 175 hrs
F PMT0016 Welder, Pipe 270 hrs

Industry Certifications

  • American Welding Society (AWS) 6G Pipe Certifications

Employment Opportunities

  • Power plants
  • Welding repair shops
  • Bridges, boats, underwater welding
  • Aviation & transportation

Starting Salaries

Vary, ranging from $35,000 to $80,000*
*Based on local industry information

Recent Employers of Graduates:

  • Sunbelt Metals & Manufacturing, Inc.
  • NCAD Products, Inc.
  • Belew’s Welding
  • Southeastern Mechanical
  • Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 803
  • Metro Steel & Pipe Supply, Inc.
  • ARW Welding, US Conveyor Solutions, Inc.
  • G&T Conveyor Co., Inc.
  • Outback Metal Fabrication
  • South East Fabricators

Completion Rate* – 89%
Placement Rate* – 77%
Licensure Pass Rate* – N/A

For employment information, visit www.onetonline.org
*Data as reported to COE and is updated annually in December of each calendar year.

Required Book List

  1. Welding Technology Fundamentals LAB MANUAL, ISBN  9781605252575, 4th ed, Goodheart-Willcox
  2. Welding Technology Fundamentals, ISBN 9781605252568, 4th ed, Goodheart-Willcox

Steps to Enroll

  1. Apply for financial aid, if applicable
  2. Complete the online application
  3. Take the TABE and/or placement tests
  4. Meet with a counselor/career advisor
  5. Register and pay tuition and fees
  6. Purchase books and supplies
  7. Complete the new student orientation online prior to the first day of class