Advanced Welding Certificate

Advanced Welding Certificate provides the student with the skills necessary to perform tasks to the American Welding Society (AWS) standards in multiple processes.

Through a combination of classroom and laboratory training, the student will learn the applications of Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW), Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW), and Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW), as well as the necessary safety, blueprint reading, and practical application skills needed for employment in today’s welding industry.

Required Courses

WLD 102 Introduction to Welding 2.0
WLD 103 Print Reading I 1.0
WLD 105 Print Reading II 1.0
WLD 108 Gas Metal Arc Welding I 4.0
WLD 113 Arc Welding II 4.0
WLD 115 Arc Welding III 4.0
WLD 117 Specialized Arc Welding 4.0
WLD 132 Inert Gas Welding Ferrous 4.0
WLD 136 Advanced Inert Gas Welding 2.0
WLD 142 Maintenance Welding 3.0
WLD 154 Pipefitting and Welding 4.0
WLD 208 Advanced Pipe Welding 3.0
WLD 229 Inert Gas Welding Pipe II 2.0
Subtotal   38.0
Total Credit Hours   38.0

Program Student Learning Outcomes

  • Read and interpret occupationally specific blueprints for welders 
  • Preform Gas Metal Arc Shielded Metal Arc, and Gas Tungsten Arc welds to acceptable industry standards. 
  • Demonstrate the necessary skills needed to apply GMAW SMAW AND GTAW on various joint designs.
  • Understand and demonstrate occupational welding safety practices. 
Advisement Information

Program Notes

  • Students may begin this program in the fall, spring and summer semesters depending on booth availability.
  • WLD courses are offered during days and evenings.
  • Students who work alternating shifts are encouraged to enroll in the certificate program and to rotate between day and evening classes to fit his/her work schedule.
  • Graduates can complete a Welding Diploma or an Associate Degree in Occupational Technology with completion of additional coursework.
  • Students should be prepared to purchase first semester welding supplies costing $226.60. Supplies for the second semester of welding will cost approximately $150.
Graduation Plans

2020-2021 Semester-by-Semester Graduation Plans

Advanced Welding Certificate (WLD8) - Fall Start
Advanced Welding Certificate (WLD8) - Spring Start
Advanced Welding Certificate (WLD8) - Summer Start

  • Enrollment advisor: Please attempt to make contact with welding faculty during the advisement process.  However, registration may be completed in the New Student Advising, Veterans’ Center or at any county campus.
  • You can find the name of your assigned academic advisor by reviewing Degree Works or your Class Schedule.  To learn more about advising visit the Advising webpage.
  • You may contact Jim LaddGarrett Gilliland, or Tony Amos (at the Center for Advanced Manufacturing in Laurens) for information about this program.
  • Please email if this Advising Guide needs to be corrected or updated.

Advisement Information updated/reviewed 5/2020