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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. Course is not repeatable for credit.

Course Prerequisites

Department or instructor approval.

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. Course is not repeatable for credit.

Course Prerequisites

WEL 1000 with a grade of "C" or better, and approval of department or instructor. 

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. Course is not repeatable for credit.

Course Prerequisites

WEL 1001 with a grade of "C" or better, and approval of department or instructor.

4
required

Covers Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) operations utilizing a variety of electrodes and advanced joint designs. Course is not repeatable for credit.

Course Prerequisites

WEL 1003 with a grade of "C" or better, and approval of department or instructor.

4
required

Covers Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) operations on carbon steel utilizing various positions and joint designs.Course is not repeatable for credit.

Course Prerequisites

WEL 1010 with a grade of "C" or better, and the approval of the department or instructor.

4
required

Covers Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) operations utilizing various base metals, positions, and joint designs. Course is not repeatable for credit.

Course Prerequisites

WEL 2001 with a grade of "C" or better, and the approval of the department or instructor.

4
required

Covers Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW-G) operations utilizing gas-shielded wire in various positions and joint designs. Course is not repeatable for credit.

Course Prerequisites

WEL 2002 with a grade of "C" or better, and the approval of the department or instructor.

4
required

Covers Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) operations utilizing a variety of base metals and advanced joint designs. Course is not repeatable for credit.

Course Prerequisites

WEL 2004 with a grade of "C" or better, and the approval of the department or instructor.

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. Course is not repeatable for credit.

Course Prerequisites

WEL 2024 with a grade of "C" or better, and the approval of the department or instructor.

4
required

Covers pipe welding operations utilizing various processes and positions. Course is not repeatable for credit.

Course Prerequisites

WEL 2030 with a grade of "C" or better, and the approval of the department or instructor.

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. Course is not repeatable for credit.

Course Prerequisites

WEL 2031 with a grade of "C" or better, and the approval of the department or instructor.

4
required

Demonstrates culmination of learning within a given program of study. Course is repeatable with a maximum of 12 credit hours.  

Course Prerequisites

WEL 2050 with grade of "C" or better, and the approval of the department or instructor.

0 to 12
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.

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