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.

Degrees and Certificates

Basic Welding Helper - Certificate

Advanced Welding - Certificate

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.

Program Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • 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.

Employment

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

Continuing Education Programs

Continuing Education certificates offer contact hours, not academic credit. One Continuing Education Unit, or CEU, is 10 contact hours of successful participation/completion in an organized continuing education experience under responsible sponsorship, capable direction and qualified instruction. CEUs are not substituted for college credit hours, but rather are a means of reporting continuing education activities. Transcripts listing CEU credits satisfactorily completed are available on request. CEUs are recognized internationally as a measure of substantial professional education and training.

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