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
Degrees and Certificates
Welding Technology - Advanced Welding - Certificate Level 1
Certificate Level 1
Welding Technology - Basic Welding Helper - Certificate Level 1
Certificate Level 1
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
Welding Technician I (English and Spanish)
This course emphasizes hands-on training and the mastery of welding techniques. Students develop their technical knowledge of metal fabrication, metallurgy and manipulative welding skills. Students learn field terminology in English to facilitate professional and technical growth.
Acting Director Alberto Urbina
6960 Rustic, Houston, TX 77087