Welding Technology

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
Blueprint Reading

Orbital Welding
Mathematics and Fabrication Layout for Welders
Pipe Welding

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.

Program Details

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.

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In less than 2 years
you can earn:
Certificate of Achievement

Learn the skills you need to take a welding certification test or upgrade your current welding skills to advance in your career. This program will prepare you for a position as a welding technician, inspector, engineer and supervisor or will give you the credits you need to transfer to a California State University engineering program or the welding engineering degree program at Ohio State University. View program detail in course catalog.

Build on your certificate
of achievement with a:
Certificate of Specialization

Master basic shielded metal arc welding (SMAW) Levels I, II, III or IV. View program detail in course catalog.

Master intermediate shielded metal arc welding (SMAW) Levels V or VI, and acquire the skills you need to take a welding qualification test for certification, which may be required for employment. View program detail in course catalog.

Master first-level advanced welding in shielded metal arc welding (SMAW) Levels VII, VIII and IX, and acquire the skills you need to take a welding qualification test for certification, which may be required for employment. View program detail in course catalog.

Master first-level advanced welding in flux-cored arc welding (FCAW) Levels I, II and/or IV, and acquire the skills you need to take a welding qualification test for certification, which may be required for employment. View program detail in course catalog.

Master second-level advanced welding in flux-cored arc welding (FCAW) Levels V, VI, VII, VIII or IX, and acquire the skills you need to take a welding qualification test for certification, which may be required for employment. View program detail in course catalog.

Master the skills necessary for gas metal arc welding (GMAW) Levels I, II, III, IV or V, and acquire the skills you need to take a welding qualification test for certification, which may be required for employment. View program detail in course catalog.

Master the skills necessary for gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW) Level I, and acquire the skills you need to take a welding qualification test for certification, which may be required for employment. View program detail in course catalog.

Prepare for an entry-level position in the piping industry. Perform welds on pipe or tubing using orbital welding equipment to the standards of AWS and ASME Code. View program detail in course catalog.

Master the skills necessary for pipe Levels I and/or II, and acquire the skills you need to take a welding qualification test for certification, which may be required for employment. View program detail in course catalog.

Or earn your
associate degree
in under 4 years

Complete the Welding Technology Certificate of Achievement and the Associate in Science graduation requirements to earn an associate degree. This program will prepare you for a position as a welding technician, inspector, engineer and supervisor or will give you the credits you need to transfer to a California State University engineering program or the welding engineering degree program at Ohio State University. Learn the skills you need to take a welding certification test or upgrade your current welding skills to advance in your career. View program detail in course catalog.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

To enroll in a Career Advantage program, you must first apply for admission to Orange Coast College. To apply, go to the Admissions Application Information webpage and review the information and requirements for admission. A link at the bottom of that page will take you to the CCCApply website, where you will be prompted to create an account so you can begin the application process.

Classes cost $46 per unit for residents of California. Classes vary in their unit value, but an average 3-unit class costs $138. There are additional fees required to register and additional costs associated with each program. Click here to view the estimated total costs of the program in this career cluster.

View this chart for the length of the core program.

This program offers online, evening and weekend courses. For details about offerings in this program, speak to a counselor or consult the class schedule. The class schedule tool searches through all Orange Coast College course offerings and includes a filter for online classes.

You can make an appointment in person, online or by phone.  Click here for more information about Counseling Services and how to make an appointment.

For general questions about enrollment, availability of classes and other services for prospective and current OCC students, call The Answer Center at 714-432-5772. For answers to specific questions you can speak to a counselor or to the faculty member listed on this program page.

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Did you know?

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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