Welding Technology is the application of the art and science of joining metals. Welding technologists have important roles in the fabrication and construction of nuclear and fossil fuel power plants, heavy equipment, agricultural machinery, petro-chemical plants, bridges, buildings, floating and underwater vessels, automobiles, appliances, and projects for national security. Specifically anything involving metals, from miniature electronic devices to sophisticated space projects, will require the skills of the expert welding technologist. These highly skilled members of the technological team apply practical working knowledge of welding processes, welding metallurgy and welding code standards in solving problems of welding design and production. The field is open to men and women. The OCC Welding Department is licensed to qualify (certify) welders to code standards.
The Certificate of Achievement program in Welding Technology is for those who desire advanced knowledge of welding for employment as welding technicians, welding inspectors, welding engineers, welding supervisors, and advanced welders. Students also completing the required general education requirements and electives may earn the Associate in Arts degree. In addition, many OCC welding courses are transferable and can be used by those students who are interested in the welding engineering degree program at Ohio State University. Whatever the case, a person's chances for the job of their choice are much higher when they have the technical background as evidenced by earning our Certificate of Achievement in welding.
The Weld Testing Certificates of Completion will be awarded upon successful completion of a proficiency test for each identified level (e.g., Level I, II, etc.) within a category of welding (i.e., SMAW, FCAW, GTAW, GMAW or Pipe). The indicted Weld Testing class must be repeated for each type of certificate received. Higher levels of certification will potentially lead to better paying jobs within the industry.
Basic Welding (SMAW)
This Certificate of Completion certifies mastery of basic Shielded Metal Arch Welding (SMAW) Levels I, II, III, or IV.
Intermediate Welding (SMAW)
This Certificate of Completion certifies mastery of intermediate Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) Levels V or VI.
Advanced Welding (SMAW)
This Certified of Completion certifies mastery of first level advanced welding in Shielding Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) Levels VII, VIII and IX.
Advanced I Welding (FCAW)
This Certificate of Completion certifies mastery of first level advanced welding in Flux-Cored Arc Welding (FCAW) Levels I, II, and/or IV.
Advanced II Welding (FCAW)
This Certificate of Completion certifies mastery of second level advanced welding in Flux-Cored Arc Welding (FCAW) Levels V, VI, VII, VIII, or IX.
Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW)
This Certificate of Completion certifies mastery of skills necessary for Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) Level I.
Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW)
This Certificate of Completion certifies mastery of skills necessary for Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) Levels I, II, III, IV or V.
Pipe Certificate of Completion
This Certificate of Completion certifies mastery of skills necessary or Pipe Levels I and/or II.
Federal Gainful Employment Report
Use the link below to view Orange Coast College’s gainful employment reports. These reports provide you, the student, with important information regarding the costs, benefits and potential employment options of our certificate programs.
Federal Gainful Employment Reports - Welding