Welding Technology

Welding Technology

About the Program

The Welding Technology program is designed to offer students the necessary skills for entry level positions in the welding industry.

AWARD TYPES: Certificate Level 1

AREA OF STUDY: Construction Industry & Manufacturing

Material Science

This program is part of the

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Center of Excellence


The Material Science Center of Excellence is one of the Gulf Coast regions leading providers of technical material science education focused on closing the gap for qualified professionals in the industry.

Degrees and Certificates

Program Outcomes



Demonstrate knowledge of Safety Rules and Regulations as they apply to a welding environment.


Interpret and Decode Information Found in Blueprints, Specifications, and Applicable Documents Related to Welding Projects.


Exhibit Knowledge in the proper selection, Use, and Application of Welding Apparatus and Equipment.


Fabricate parts and components using information provided in blueprints and specifications.

Program Information

General Requirements

The Welding Technology program is designed to offer students the necessary skills for entry level positions in the welding industry. There is an increasing demand for skilled welders in the fields of MIG (Metal Inert Gas), TIG (Tungsten Inert Gas), and Pipe welding.

Houston Community College offers two certificates in welding, the Basic Welding Helper certificate which can be completed in one semester and prepares students for entry level work, and the Advanced Welding certificate which enhances the skills learned in the helper certificate by providing more advanced training in advanced MIG, TIG, and Pipe welding techniques.

Students successfully completing any of the certificates listed may apply a maximum of 21 semester hours towards an AAS degree in Construction Technology – Craft Management Specialization. For certificates with fewer than 21 semester hours, additional courses in Construction Technology, Business Administration, or other related disciplines may be required.

TSI testing required prior to first enrollment for all AAS degrees and Level II certificates.


There are 17,094 Welders, Cutters, and Welder Fitters employed in the Greater Houston Area. This number is expected to increase by 9.5% over the next four years.

  • The estimated annual job openings is 979 jobs a year.
  • Median Wages - $18.64 hourly, $39,000 annually


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Get in touch

Tam Le, PhD Dean, Material Science Center of Excellence

Welding Technology

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