The Welding program is designed to establish welding skills necessary for entry-level job placement and to enhance the skills of experienced welders in various arc welding processes used by industry. The program also provides welder certification training upon successful completion of this program. The student will be able to make quality welds, lay out and fabricate various pipe connections, perform repair work, and have knowledge of welding codes and blueprint reading.
The SSCC Welding Program offers an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree, certificate, and short-term certificate. The AAS degree and certificate program are available to full-time students attending during the day, and the short-term certificate program is available to part-time students attending in the evening. Full-time students pursuing an AAS degree or certificate in welding may enter the program during the fall semester of each year, are required to attend three to four consecutive semesters, and will complete fifteen to nineteen credit hours each semester. Evening courses are offered year-round for part-time students pursuing a short-term certificate in welding. Part-time students can expect to enroll in six to nine credit hours per semester and complete a welding short-term certificate within five to six semesters (subject to course availability).
The national average for annual earnings is $35,200 and the hourly earnings is $16.91. The top 10% annual earnings is $51,700 and the hourly earnings is $24.86.
Employment of welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers is projected to grow 4 percent from 2014 to 2024. Skilled welders with up-to-date training should have good job opportunities.