• Career Pathways:

    • Structural Metal Fabricator & Fitter
    • Welder Fitter
    • Production Workers

    Industry Certifications:

    • Certified Welder (AWS)
    • Level I - Entry Welder (AWS)
    • NCCER Core
    • OSHA/CareerSafe 10-Hour Certification

    Program Entrance Recommendations:

    • High School Diploma or GED
    • Algebra I or Geometry
    • Problem-solving / troubleshooting skills
    • Ability to work independently and in a team
    • Hand-eye coordination
    • Mechanical aptitude

  • Welding Technology 

    15 months, 1658 hours

  • Welding is a profession that is needed from the top of the world’s tallest buildings to the depths of the ocean floor. Welding is used in many industries including construction, manufacturing, aerospace, petroleum, agriculture, and the military. Due to this fact, welding is an important part of the U.S. economy and employers have a strong need for skilled welders.

    Students in the Welding program learn the welding standards established by the American Welding Society (AWS) using the latest equipment in a state-of-the-art lab. Welding at BCTC is also an AWS SENSE (School Excelling through National Skill Standards Education) program. Students will learn to fabricate or repair metal using electric arc welding. Students also receive training in shielded metal arc welding, gas metal arc welding and gas tungsten arc welding, as well as oxyacetylene cutting/welding. Students will also have hands on experience using pulse welding technology and a CNC controlled plasma table to create projects. Emphasis is placed on the related skills of blueprint and welding symbol reading, as well as fabrication and layout procedures. Students use AWS blueprints to layout and fabricate modules to achieve an AWS SENSE certification.

    Graduates of this program can work in several areas of the welding field.

    Welding employment opportunities are very diverse and skilled welders may be able to choose from a variety of job prospects both nationally and internationally.