Student Success

Fully 86% of students in the Advanced Welding Technology Certificate program at WMCC complete the program on time.  Following graduation in May, most of these students go on to complete the Pipe Welding Certificate program over the summer semester. 

Of students who complete both certificates, 97% enter the workforce; top employers for the 2019 graduates include Can-Am Bridges, Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Cianbro, Rotobec, Bath Iron Works, and Pratt & Whitney.  


Now is the time to enroll in the state-of-the-art welding program at WMCC.  Our knowledgeable faculty provide students with the skills and expertise necessary to achieve the American Welding Society (AWS) certification in multiple processes.  Our one-year program has over 30 industry partners ready to hire graduates, which is especially important considering the AWS predicts a 450,000 shortage of skilled welders by 2020.


The Advanced Welding Certificate program provides the student with the skills and knowledge necessary to achieve the American Welding Society (AWS) certification in multiple processes.  Through a combination of classroom and laboratory training, the student will learn the applications of Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW), Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW), Flux Core Arc Welding (FCAW), Submerged Arc Welding (SAW), and Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW), as well the necessary safety, blueprint reading and practical application skills needed for employment in today’s welding industry.

This program includes additional time spent preparing the student for the D1.5 Structural Steel Unlimited Certifications in all positions for the FCAW and SMAW processes.  The certificate program allows students to transfer credits into the Trades Management degree program and also fulfills all prerequisites for the Pipe Welding Certificate. 

Health/Safety Considerations for All Welding Programs

The college must ensure that students, faculty and equipment are not placed in jeopardy by students during learning experiences.  Therefore, students in the welding lab must demonstrate sufficient emotional stability to withstand the stresses and changing circumstances that are inherent in a lab of this size or be removed from the program.  Applicants should be aware of the basic health and fitness requirements for many careers in welding industry.  Prospective students with special needs or limitations that may affect their Co-op placement or potential employability or both are encouraged to discuss their career goals with the program coordinator prior to admission.

Furthermore, the student is expected to be able to exercise sound judgment, accept direction and guidance from a faculty member and work for reasonable periods of time with potentially dangerous equipment and processes without direct supervision.  This includes the ability to identify and avoid potential safety risks for themselves and avoid creating potential safety risks for others.

Program available in Berlin.

Students majoring in programs of study other than welding may elect to take Automotive Welding (AUTO213W) or Mobile Equipment Welding (DSL214W) as exploratory welding courses on a space available basis.

Fall SemesterLecLabCr
WELD106WBlueprint Reading I202
WELD110WMath for Welders202
WELD115WFundamental Welding Skills and Principles22212
WELD125WIntroduction to Metallurgy101
WELD203WTools and Tool Safety021
 Semester Totals72418
Spring SemesterLecLabCr
 CAR101WCareer Readiness202
WELD206WBlueprint Reading II202
WELD216WPlasma Cutting Technology021
WELD221WAdvanced Welding Skills and Principles12111
WELD226WWelding Hazard Identification and Assessment101
WELD228WSurvey in Nondestructive Examination101
 Semester Totals72318
 Total for Certificate  36

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, graduates will be prepared to:

  • Evaluate potential hazards and apply procedures to maintain workplace safety; demonstrate appropriate safe work habits when operating oxy fuel, plasma and electric welding equipment and function safely in a welding environment.
  • Select and operate tools and equipment to support welding and related activities.
  • Read and interpret basic blueprints and welding symbols to fabricate components.
  • Perform Shielded Metal Arc Welding to industry standards and pass the AWS D1.1 Structural Unlimited Certifications.
  • Perform Gas Metal Arc Welding to industry standards.
  • Perform Flux Core Welding to industry standards and pass the AWS D1.1 Structural Unlimited Certifications.
  • Perform Gas Tungsten Arc Welding to industry standards and pass the AWS Aluminum Aerospace Certification.
  • Perform Oxy and Plasma cutting to industry standards.
  • Prioritize work assignments and use time management skills effectively.
  • Apply problem solving and decision making skills to overcome obstacles in completing objectives.
  • Demonstrate the ability to inspect the weld joint – before, after and during welding.
  • Evaluate work quality and generate recommendations for continuous improvement.
  • Apply basic math and measurement.
  • Communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  • Be successfully employed in the field.
  • Demonstrate technical understanding and skills to the satisfaction of their employers.
  • Demonstrate professional and ethical work behavior.

36 Credits Required


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