Welding Technology

Welding, Certificate 

ec3 student receiving welding instruction

If you are interested in a certificate in Welding Technology from EC3, you will be exposed to various materials including steel, aluminum, and stainless steel as you advance your technical skills in shield metal arc welding (SMAW), gas metal arc welding (GMAW) – also referred to as metal inert gas welding (MIG), and gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW). This program is intended to lead to entry-level employment in the welding fabrication industry.


Program Outcomes

  • Identify equipment and safety procedures related to equipment, processes, and materials used in the major welding processes of Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW), Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) and Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW).
  • Read and interpret blueprints with basic manufacturing and welding symbology.
  • Weld SMAW, GMAW, and GTAW in various positions primarily on steel and aluminum with some exposure to stainless steel – to the standards of the American Welding Society (AWS).

Career Outlook

Individuals with a Welding certificate are prepared to enter the workforce with welding jobs in:

  • Agriculture
  • Automotive
  • Construction
  • Manufacturing
  • Robotics
  • Underwater welding

Program Courses

WEL 101: SMAW I Theory – Safety and Operation
WEL 102: SMAW I Lab 1a
WEL 103: SMAW I Lab 1b
WEL 104: GMAW I Theory – Safety and Operation
WEL 105: GMAW I Lab 1a – Short Circuit Transfer
WEL 106: GMAW I Lab 1b – Short Circuit Transfer
WEL 107: GMAW II Lab 2a – Short Circuit Transfer
WEL 108: GMAW II Lab 2b – Short Circuit Transfer
WEL 109: GMAW II Lab 2c – Pulsed Spray and Gas Shielded Flux Core
WEL 110: GTAW I Theory – Safety and Operation
WEL 111: GTAW I Lab 1a
WEL 112: GTAW I Lab 1b
WEL 114: Print Reading for Welders
IMT 114: Introduction to Print Reading

Fall 2023 Welding Program Course Schedule

Total for Degree: 14 courses


This information is for planning purposes only. EC3 will make every effort to offer the most updated curriculum information above but reserves the right to change, add, and cancel course offerings. Please check with your assigned advisor for the most updated class information.


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