Ever dreamed of a career in welding? Begin by getting trained and certified! You’ll need skills to become a strong welder and a piece of paper that certifies to employers you have those skills.
But what piece of paper do you need? A credit certificate? A workforce certificate? An industry certification? A two- or four-year degree?
Below are some definitions to help you differentiate the awards you can obtain through the welding program. Like building blocks, certificates and degrees stack upon each other to help you advance your career and land you higher-paying jobs.
You earn a certificate after completing courses in a particular subject.
In this case, you can earn one of many welding certificates offered at Bill J. Priest Institute (through Cedar Valley College), Eastfield College and Mountain View College.
Earning your certification allows you to take a step forward in the welding field, as many welding jobs require you to be certified.
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Planning to take your education further and possibly earn a degree? You're in luck! Many of the classes that are offered as part of the welding certificates also apply to the associate degree.
Translation: Some of the credit you earn in your welding classes will meet requirements for both certification and the Associate of Applied Science degree. This includes the course “Welding Qualifications,” which is specifically designed to prepare you for the Certified Welding Inspector Exam!
Of course, earning your degree will take longer than earning a certification. While the paths to earning a certificate (in GMAW, GTAW or SMAW) will require between 16-18 credit hours, earning your associate degree in welding technology requires 60 credit hours taken over the span of four semesters.
The colleges of DCCCD do not offer four-year degrees in welding technology. You can start here and
transfer to a school that offers four-year degrees. Many schools allow you to apply the college credit you have already earned toward a bachelor’s degree in welding.