Basic Welding Certificate

Program: Welding

A wide variety of career opportunities are available to students who prepare for actual work situations through practical training in welding. 

Students in this program will learn the basic skills to weld in the four main welding positions using GMAW and SMAW welding processes.

Required Courses

WLD 102 Introduction to Welding 2.0
WLD 103 Print Reading I 1.0
WLD 105 Print Reading II 1.0
WLD 106 Gas and Arc Welding 4.0
WLD 113 Arc Welding II 4.0
WLD 115 Arc Welding III 4.0
WLD 142 Maintenance Welding 3.0
Subtotal   19.0
Total Credit Hours   19.0


Program Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Explain and read occupationally specific prints for welders and fabricate from a blueprint.
  2. Test to certification standards on all types of welding.
  3. Demonstrate the manipulative skills to perform groove welds.
  4. Demonstrate the necessary manipulative skills needed to apply the Gas Tungsten Arc on various joint designs, on plate with both ferrous and non-ferrous metals.
  5. Practice safety procedures for all types of welding.
Advising 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

2018-2019, 2019-2020 Semester-by-Semester Graduation Plans

Basic Welding Certificate (WLD6) - Fall Start
Basic Welding Certificate (WLD6) - Spring Start
Basic Welding Certificate (WLD6) - 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 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 e-mail to submit advising information updates and corrections.

Advisement Information updated/reviewed 4/2020