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 400,000 shortage of skilled welders by 2024.
The Advanced Welding certificate provides students with the skills and knowledge necessary to achieve American Welding Society (AWS) industry-recognized certifications in multiple processes. Through a combination of classroom-based theory and hands-on laboratory training, students 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). In addition, they learn the skills necessary for employment in today’s welding industry, including those associated with safety, blueprint reading, and practical application. This certificate devotes additional time to preparing students for the D1.5 and D1.1 Structural Steel Unlimited Certifications in all positions for the FCAW and SMAW processes. The certificate allows students to transfer credits into the Associate in Science degree in Trades Management and fulfills all prerequisites for the Pipe Welding certificate.
Health/Safety Considerations for All Welding Programs
Welding students must not place in jeopardy fellow students, faculty, and equipment. In the welding lab, students must demonstrate sufficient emotional stability to withstand the stresses and changing circumstances that are inherent in a lab of this size, or they will be removed from the program. Applicants should be aware of the basic health and fitness requirements to pursue various careers in the welding industry. Prospective students with special needs or limitations that may affect their eligibility for employment should discuss their career goals with the program coordinator prior to admission.
Furthermore, students are expected to exercise sound judgment, accept direction and guidance from faculty members, and work for reasonable periods of time with potentially dangerous equipment and processes without direct supervision. These expectations include an ability to identify and avoid potential safety risks to themselves and to avoid creating potential safety risks to others.