Welding Technology
The Welding Technology program prepares students for entry-level welder employment in production, job shop, or maintenance positions. Students master basic and advanced welding skills while operating industry-quality, state-of-the-art equipment.

The Welding program can be completed in nine months (fall, winter, and spring quarters), one year or two years, depending on the certificate or degree desired. Career-upgrade certificate classes are also offered. American Welding Society welder certification is available to students enrolled in welding classes.

Placement test (COMPASS) is not required for program entrance. Students can pursue six Welding Technology programs, depending on their needs and career goals:

Welding Only Programs:


Nine-Month Program 86 credits
Certificates of Achievement 12-43 credits

Academic Programs (include General Education Requirements):


Certificate of Proficiency 95 credits
Associate in Applied Science Degree 107-110 credits
Associate in Applied Technology Degree 101 credits

Students must complete all Major Area Requirements with a minimum grade of "C" or better in order to successfully complete the program and earn the award.

Refer to the Degree & Certificate Requirements Section of the Clark College Catalog to identify the courses needed to satisfy the General Education Requirements.
SMAW Arc Welding/Oxyfuel (CA)
Major Area Requirements
WELD 110
WELDING BLUEPRINT READING
4 cr.
or WELD 235
ELEMENTARY METALLURGY
2 cr.
and WELD 236
ELEMENTARY METALLURGY LAB
2 cr.
WELD 111
INTRODUCTION TO WELDING INDUSTRY
3 cr.
WELD 112
OXY-ACETYLENE AND SHIELDED METAL ARC LAB
10 cr.
WELD 113
SHIELDED METAL ARC WELDING THEORY I
3 cr.
WELD 114
SHIELDED METAL ARC WELDING LAB I
10 cr.
WELD 115
SHIELDED METAL ARC WELDING THEORY II
3 cr.
WELD 116
SHIELDED METAL ARC WELDING LAB II
10 cr.
Total Required Credits: 43
To learn more about this program's employment outlook, approximate cost and potential careers, please visit the Gainful Employment Program Information page.
Program Outcomes
Program outcomes are overarching skills that are emphasized and reinforced throughout several courses in a specific program; they are measurable statements that define what students should be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College.
  • Use personal-protection safety equipment and demonstrate safe work habits.
  • Operate state-of-the-art welding equipment used in today's fabrication industries.
  • Clamp, hold, tack-weld, straighten, and grind tee, lap, groove, and pipe joints to American Welding Society (AWS) standards.
  • Interpret blueprints and specifications.
  • Perform manual and semi-automatic oxyfuel cutting and plasma cutting operations required by skilled welders.
  • Apply material classifications and identifications to metal fabrication methods.
  • Apply physical metallurgy oriented towards the metalworking trades.
Welded Sculpture/Fabrication (CC)
Major Area Requirements
ART 295
WELDED SCULPTURE THEORY I
1 cr.
ART 296
WELDED SCULPTURE THEORY II
1 cr.
ART 297
WELDED SCULPTURE THEORY III
1 cr.
WELD 120
WELDED SCULPTURE LAB I
3 cr.
WELD 121
WELDING SCULPTURE LAB II
3 cr.
WELD 122
WELDED SCULPTURE LAB III
3 cr.
Total Required Credits: 12
Program Outcomes
Program outcomes are overarching skills that are emphasized and reinforced throughout several courses in a specific program; they are measurable statements that define what students should be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College.
  • Use personal-protection safety equipment and demonstrate safe work habits.
  • Operate state-of-the-art welding equipment used in today's fabrication industries.
  • Weld components in the flat, horizontal, vertical, and overhead positions.
  • Utilize CNC software for plasma shape-cutting.
Wirefeed/Advanced Arc Welding (CA)
Major Area Requirements
WELD 110
WELDING BLUEPRINT READING
4 cr.
or WELD 235
ELEMENTARY METALLURGY
2 cr.
and WELD 236
ELEMENTARY METALLURGY LAB
2 cr.
WELD 221
GAS TUNGSTEN ARC WELDING
3 cr.
WELD 222
GAS TUNGSTEN ARC WELDING LAB
10 cr.
WELD 223
SEMI-AUTOMATIC WELDING
3 cr.
WELD 224
SEMI-AUTOMATIC WELDING LAB
10 cr.
WELD 225
SPECIAL WELDING PROCESSES
3 cr.
WELD 226
PRODUCTION WELDING PROCESSES
10 cr.
Total Required Credits: 43
To learn more about this program's employment outlook, approximate cost and potential careers, please visit the Gainful Employment Program Information page.
Program Outcomes
Program outcomes are overarching skills that are emphasized and reinforced throughout several courses in a specific program; they are measurable statements that define what students should be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College.
  • Use personal-protection safety equipment and demonstrate safe work habits.
  • Clamp, hold, tack-weld, straighten, and grind tee, lap, groove, and pipe joints to American Welding Society (AWS) standards.
  • Operate semi-automatic and automatic welding equipment to fuse metal joints.
  • Interpret blueprints and specifications.
  • Apply material classifications and identifications to metal fabrication methods.
  • Apply physical metallurgy oriented towards the metalworking trades.
Welding Technician (CP)
General Education Requirements
Communication Skills (3 credits required)
 
Computational Skills (3 credits required)
 
Human Relations (3 credits required)
 
Major Area Requirements
WELD 110
WELDING BLUEPRINT READING
4 cr.
WELD 111
INTRODUCTION TO WELDING INDUSTRY
3 cr.
WELD 112
OXY-ACETYLENE AND SHIELDED METAL ARC LAB
10 cr.
WELD 113
SHIELDED METAL ARC WELDING THEORY I
3 cr.
WELD 114
SHIELDED METAL ARC WELDING LAB I
10 cr.
WELD 115
SHIELDED METAL ARC WELDING THEORY II
3 cr.
WELD 116
SHIELDED METAL ARC WELDING LAB II
10 cr.
WELD 221
GAS TUNGSTEN ARC WELDING
3 cr.
WELD 222
GAS TUNGSTEN ARC WELDING LAB
10 cr.
WELD 223
SEMI-AUTOMATIC WELDING
3 cr.
WELD 224
SEMI-AUTOMATIC WELDING LAB
10 cr.
WELD 225
SPECIAL WELDING PROCESSES
3 cr.
WELD 226
PRODUCTION WELDING PROCESSES
10 cr.
WELD 235
ELEMENTARY METALLURGY
2 cr.
WELD 236
ELEMENTARY METALLURGY LAB
2 cr.
Total Required Credits: 95
To learn more about this program's employment outlook, approximate cost and potential careers, please visit the Gainful Employment Program Information page.
Program Outcomes
Program outcomes are overarching skills that are emphasized and reinforced throughout several courses in a specific program; they are measurable statements that define what students should be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College.
  • Operate manual, semi-automatic, and automatic welding equipment to fuse metal joints.
  • Interpret blueprints and specifications.
  • Examine work pieces for defects and measure work pieces with straightedges or templates to ensure conformance with specifications.
  • Perform manual and semi-automatic oxyfuel cutting and plasma cutting operations required by skilled welders.
  • Operate automatic CNC plasma cutting equipment.
  • Apply material classifications and identifications to metal fabrication methods.
  • Apply physical metallurgy oriented toward the metalworking trades.
General Education Outcomes
  • Communications: Communicate with various audiences using a variety of methods as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Human Relations: Demonstrate interpersonal/human relations skills as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Computational Skills: Solve quantitative problems and interpret the solutions as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
Welding Technologies (AAS)
In addition to completing all Major Area Requirement courses for the Certificate of Proficiency, students must also complete the following General Education Requirements:
General Education Requirements
Communication Skills (6 credits required)
 
Health & Physical Education (3 credits required)
 
Computational Skills (3 credits required)
 
Human Relations (3 credits required)
 
Humanities (3 credits required)
 
Social Sciences (3 credits required)
 
Natural Sciences (3 credits required)
 
Major Area Requirements
WELD 110
WELDING BLUEPRINT READING
4 cr.
WELD 111
INTRODUCTION TO WELDING INDUSTRY
3 cr.
WELD 112
OXY-ACETYLENE AND SHIELDED METAL ARC LAB
10 cr.
WELD 113
SHIELDED METAL ARC WELDING THEORY I
3 cr.
WELD 114
SHIELDED METAL ARC WELDING LAB I
10 cr.
WELD 115
SHIELDED METAL ARC WELDING THEORY II
3 cr.
WELD 116
SHIELDED METAL ARC WELDING LAB II
10 cr.
WELD 221
GAS TUNGSTEN ARC WELDING
3 cr.
WELD 222
GAS TUNGSTEN ARC WELDING LAB
10 cr.
WELD 223
SEMI-AUTOMATIC WELDING
3 cr.
WELD 224
SEMI-AUTOMATIC WELDING LAB
10 cr.
WELD 225
SPECIAL WELDING PROCESSES
3 cr.
WELD 226
PRODUCTION WELDING PROCESSES
10 cr.
WELD 235
ELEMENTARY METALLURGY
2 cr.
WELD 236
ELEMENTARY METALLURGY LAB
2 cr.
Total Required Credits: 110
Program Outcomes
Program outcomes are overarching skills that are emphasized and reinforced throughout several courses in a specific program; they are measurable statements that define what students should be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College.
  • Operate manual, semi-automatic, and automatic welding equipment to fuse metal joints.
  • Interpret blueprints and specifications.
  • Examine work pieces for defects and measure work pieces with straightedges or templates to ensure conformance with specifications.
  • Perform manual and semi-automatic oxyfuel cutting and plasma cutting operations required by skilled welders.
  • Operate automatic CNC plasma cutting equipment.
  • Apply material classifications and identifications to metal fabrication methods.
  • Apply physical metallurgy oriented toward the metalworking trades.
General Education Outcomes
  • Communications: Communicate with various audiences using a variety of methods as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Human Relations: Demonstrate interpersonal/human relations skills as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Computational Skills: Solve quantitative problems and interpret the solutions as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Health and PE: Demonstrate progress toward healthier behaviors as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Humanities: Analyze, interpret, and evaluate works and ideas in the Humanities within appropriate global and historical contexts as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Social Science: Evaluate, analyze, and explain events, behaviors, and institutions using perspectives and methods in the Social Sciences as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Science: Apply fundamental principles and relationships from the Natural Sciences to solve problems as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
Welding Technologies (AAT)
General Education Requirements
Computational Skills (5 credits required)
 
Communication Skills (5 credits required)
 
Human Relations (5 credits required)
 
Major Area Requirements
WELD 110
WELDING BLUEPRINT READING
4 cr.
WELD 111
INTRODUCTION TO WELDING INDUSTRY
3 cr.
WELD 112
OXY-ACETYLENE AND SHIELDED METAL ARC LAB
10 cr.
WELD 113
SHIELDED METAL ARC WELDING THEORY I
3 cr.
WELD 114
SHIELDED METAL ARC WELDING LAB I
10 cr.
WELD 115
SHIELDED METAL ARC WELDING THEORY II
3 cr.
WELD 116
SHIELDED METAL ARC WELDING LAB II
10 cr.
WELD 221
GAS TUNGSTEN ARC WELDING
3 cr.
WELD 222
GAS TUNGSTEN ARC WELDING LAB
10 cr.
WELD 223
SEMI-AUTOMATIC WELDING
3 cr.
WELD 224
SEMI-AUTOMATIC WELDING LAB
10 cr.
WELD 225
SPECIAL WELDING PROCESSES
3 cr.
WELD 226
PRODUCTION WELDING PROCESSES
10 cr.
WELD 235
ELEMENTARY METALLURGY
2 cr.
WELD 236
ELEMENTARY METALLURGY LAB
2 cr.
Total Required Credits: 101
Program Outcomes
Program outcomes are overarching skills that are emphasized and reinforced throughout several courses in a specific program; they are measurable statements that define what students should be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College.
  • Operate manual, semi-automatic, and automatic welding equipment to fuse metal joints.
  • Interpret blueprints and specifications.
  • Examine work pieces for defects and measure work pieces with straightedges or templates to ensure conformance with specifications.
  • Perform manual and semi-automatic oxyfuel cutting and plasma cutting operations required by skilled welders.
  • Operate automatic CNC plasma cutting equipment.
  • Apply material classifications and identifications to metal fabrication methods.
  • Apply physical metallurgy oriented toward the metalworking trades.
General Education Outcomes
  • Communications: Communicate with various audiences using a variety of methods as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Human Relations: Demonstrate interpersonal/human relations skills as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Computational Skills: Solve quantitative problems and interpret the solutions as appropriate for a career and technical education program.