Welding Technology

Are you interested in a lucrative career in welding?  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.

The welding program at West Hills College Coalinga 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.

WHCC welding 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.

Are you ready to start an exciting career in welding?  Apply today!


Program Options

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.

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