NCCER Welding and Joining Technician (Diploma)

Program Description
The NCCER Welding and Joining Technician diploma prepares students for careers in the welding industry. Program learning opportunities develop academic, technical, and professional knowledge and skills required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement. Program graduates receive the NCCER Welding Technology diploma, have qualifications of a welding technician, and are prepared to take qualification tests required by industry. The program emphasizes welding theory and practical application necessary for successful employment.

Program Details

  • Location: Flint River and Griffin Campuses
  • Major Code: WA12
  • Program Entrance Term: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Minimum Length of Program: 3 terms
  • Minimum Credit Hours for Graduation: 40

Admission Requirements

  • Submit completed application and application fee
  • Be at least 16 years of age
  • Submit official high school transcript or GED transcript with test scores and ALL post-secondary transcripts in an official sealed envelope
  • Meet assessment requirements

The following is a suggested path to complete this program in a timely manner. An individual’s path to completion may be different based on institutional and personal factors affecting his/her academic progress.

Note: While all courses are offered, they may vary by term and campus. See the program advisor for any questions.

Program Courses Credits
First Term
COFC 1080 Construction Trades Core 4
Choose one of the following course clusters
WELD 1005/1035 Cluster
WELD 1005 Welding and Cutting Fundamentals AND 3
WELD 1035 Gas Metal and Flux-Cored Arc Welding 3
WELD 1007/1037 Cluster
WELD 1007 Welding Technology Fundamentals 3
WELD 1037 GMAW and FCAW Welding 4
WELD 1015 Shielded Metal Arc Welding I 4
WELD 1025 Shielded Metal Arc Welding II 3
Second Term
WELD 1045 Gas Tungsten Arc Welding I 3
WELD 1085 SMAW Stainless Steel Groove Welds 3
MATH 1012 Foundations of Mathematics 3
ENGL 1010 Fundamentals of English I 3
Third Term
EMPL 1000 Interpersonal Relations and Prof. Development 2
WELD 1125 GMAW and GTAW Aluminum Plate Welds 3
Specific Occupational Elective 3-4
Specific Occupational Elective 3-4
Specific Occupational Electives:
WELD 1055 Shielded Metal Arc Welding Pipe Welds 3
WELD 1065 GMAW and FCAW Pipe Welds 4
WELD 1075 Gas Tungsten Arc Welding Pipe Welding 4
WELD 1151 Fabrication Processes 3

Program Advisor
David Wiley
Griffin campus

Chris Patterson
Flint River campus

Career and Academic Planning
CAP Center
Career Advisor
Griffin Campus
Room 107

Bridgette Worst
Career Advisor
Flint Campus
Room 250A