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Welding TechnologyCertificates

Certificates offer you the chance to explore a subject and build skills in less time than it takes to complete a degree program. You can study a specific technique to build new career skills.

Aims offers five welding certificates that cover specific welding techniques such as arc welding, pipe welding and metal fabrication. You can also choose a more comprehensive certificate program that combines most of those certificates into one program.

These certificate programs can also serve as a starting point to begin a welding technology degree program at Aims. 

Metal Cutting and Gouging Certificate

Study basic safety practices and techniques for welders in this welding certificate program. Learn cutting and gouging operations using a variety of arc cutting practices.

Row Groupings Certificate Requirements: Credits
required

Covers the hazards of welding on health and safety. One credit.

1
required

Covers setting up equipment and performing cutting and gouging operations utilizing the oxyacetylene, air carbon arc, exothermic, and plasma arc cutting processes. This course will also provide an introduction to blueprint reading. Four credits.

Course Prerequisites

WEL 100 with a grade of "C" or better.  May be taken concurrently

4
Total Metal Cutting & Gouging Certificate Credits 5

Arc Welding Processes Certificate

Learn basic and advanced arc welding techniques including metal, gas metal, flux-cored, and gas metal tungsten with this welding technology certificate program. Gain skill in performing safety inspections, making repairs and adjusting operating parameters.

Row Groupings Certificate Requirements: Credits
required

Covers Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) operation utilizing E-XX10 electrodes. Four credits.

Course Prerequisites

WEL 101 with a grade of "C" or better

4
required

Covers Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) operations utilizing a variety of electrodes and advanced joint designs. Four credits.

Course Prerequisites

WEL 103 with a grade of "C" or better

4
required

Covers Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) operations on carbon steel utilizing various positions and joint designs. Four credits.

Course Prerequisites

WEL 110 with a grade of "C" or better

4
required

Covers Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) operations utilizing various base metals, positions, and joint designs. Four credits.

Course Prerequisites

WEL 201 with a grade of "C" or better

4
required

Covers Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW-G) operations utilizing gas-shielded wire in various positions and joint designs. Four credits.

Course Prerequisites

WEL 202 with a grade of "C" or better

4
required

Covers Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) operations utilizing a variety of base metals and advanced joint designs.  Four credits.

Course Prerequisites

WEL 204 with a grade of "C" or better

4
Total Credits for Arc Welding Processes Certificate 24

Pipe Welding Certificate

Learn basic and advanced pipe welding techniques. Gain skills in evaluating and solving complex welding and fabrication problems.

Row Groupings Certificate Requirements: Credits
required

Covers pipe welding operations utilizing the Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) process in a variety of positions on carbon steel. Four credits.

Course Prerequisites

WEL 224 with a grade of "C" or better

4
required

Covers pipe welding operations utilizing various processes and positions. Four credits.

Course Prerequisites

WEL 230 with a grade of "C" or better

4
Total Pipe Welding Certificate Credits 8

Metal Fabrication Certificate

Apply basic cutting and welding techniques to build a finished product. Learn to read blueprints, design and layout projects and choose a final project to create in a capstone course.

Row Groupings Certificate Requirements: Credits
required

Develops welding and associated skills in metal fabrication. Four credits.

Course Prerequisites

WEL 231 with a grade of "C" or better

4
required

Demonstrates culmination of learning within a given program of study. Four credits.  

Course Prerequisites

WEL 100 and WEL 250

4
Total Metal Fabrication Certificate Credits 8

Welding Technician Certificate

This comprehensive welding technology certificate program forms the basis for the welding associate degree program at Aims. Learn welding safety, metal cutting and gouging, arc and pipe welding techniques and metal fabrication.

Metal Cutting & Gouging Certificate (1 semester)
Arc Welding Processes Certificate (2 semesters)
Pipe Welding Certificate (1 semester)
Metal Fabrication Certificate (1 semester)
Total Credits for Welding Technician Certificate 45