Buildings. Bridges. Pipelines. Sculpture. Welding is the skill of using technology and tools to join metals. Learn welding, and your career possibilities are wide open: Welders apply their skills to build, fabricate and repair metal structures and items of all types, including fine art sculptures. Through the OCC Career Advantage welding program, you can gain the skills you need to enter the field or build on your existing skills to specialize – and earn higher pay – within a specific area. Skilled welders are in high demand and earn high wages. Sheet structural metal fabricators and fitters in California earn a median wage of $42,078, sheet-metal workers earn $57,131, while heavy construction and experienced pipeline welders earn about $72,000. Read on to learn more about the Welding Technology programs at OCC.
A sampling of courses for these careers
Arc and Oxy-acetylene Welding
Gas Tungsten Arc Welding
Mathematics and Fabrication Layout for Welders
Did you know?
Skilled craft professionals continue to earn top dollar, with salaries starting above the national median wage. This includes average annual salaries of more than $65,000, according to the Association for Career Technical Education.
Complete one of our certificate programs, and you’ll be well-prepared to enter a career in welding.
Build upon your skills if you’re already employed in the field. Or earn an associate degree for even greater advancement opportunities.
In less than 2 years
you can earn:
Certificate of Achievement
Build on your certificate
of achievement with a:
Certificate of Specialization
Or earn your
in under 4 years
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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, people who have a certificate as
their highest level of education earned, on average, 20 percent more than
those whose highest education level is a high school diploma.
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