Welding Technology
Welding Technician

Student Success

"The time I spent at West Hills College in the Precision Ag program has been very beneficial and the lessons learned there have been useful in my everyday life."

Kerri Birdwell,
Pacific Coast Field Support Technician
Ag Leader Technology, Iowa


Certified welders are trained according to procedures and standards established by the American Welding Society (AWS) and work in the industrial, welding or agricultural industries. AWS certified welders are in high demand in these industries and are trained in shielded metal arc welding (SMAW), metal inert gas welding (MIG), plasma cutting and oxy-acetylene or oxy-fuel cutting.

What are the education requirements for welding technology?

This program prepares students with core skills needed to receive AWS certification. Students are trained at the new, state-of-the-art Farm of the Future facility and receive hands-on and real-world experience through available courses.

Students learn skills such as advanced SMAW, gas metal arc welding (GMAW), flux cored arc welding (FCAW), welding plates and pipes and receive instruction in beads, joint fit-up and alignment. The program begins with the basics and transitions into more advanced skills students need to become job-ready. Welding tech students also learn metallurgy, weld symbols and how to read welding detail drawings.

Courses include:

  • WT-70 Introduction to Certified Welding
  • WT-71 Beginning SMAW
  • WT-72 Advanced SMAW
  • WT-73 Intro to Metallurgy and Weld Symbols
  • WT-74 GMAW and FCAW: Plate

This program prepares students for AWS certification, and once students become certified, they are ready to begin work as a certified welder. This is a growing, high-paying career field. Certification is dependent upon successful completion of all required coursework. Financial Aid assistance is available for those who qualify.

Industry Certifications

  • AWS D1.1 Structural Welding Code-Steel
  • MSSC Certification
  • NCCER Certification
  • ASME Sec. IX Boiler and Pressure Vessel
  • API 1104 Pipeline and Facilities


  • Pipeline Welder
  • Structural Steel Welder
  • CWI (requires work experience and AWS exam)
  • Welder/Fabricator

Contact US

Chris Chaney Chris Chaney
Agriculture Industrial
Technologies Instructor

(559) 934-2705

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