Welding Diploma

At the center of all industrial and construction expansion are technicians skilled in the art of joining metal. The strength and durability of heavy manufactured goods depend on the skills of welders.

Students in the four-semester program learn to weld in the four main positions: flat, vertical, horizontal and overhead on both structured steel and pipe. 

Before graduation, students are required to meet quality standards through practical weld tests as specified by the American Welding Society and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Codes and Requirements. These tests ensure that graduates can perform quality work before they go on the job. Practical experience in welding processes, together with a good foundation in blueprint reading and sketching prepares the graduate for employment in a variety of industrial and construction settings. 

This diploma provides students with a primary technical specialty. Students completing this credential can, by taking selected general education courses and a secondary technical specialty, have the opportunity to obtain an Associate in Applied Science with a major in General Technology. Students should meet with their advisor(s) to select the proper courses to meet their particular educational goals.

Required Courses

ENG 165 Professional Communications 3.0
MAT 170 Algebra, Geometry and Trigonometry I 3.0
PSY 103 Human Relations 3.0
Subtotal   9.0
WLD 102 Introduction to Welding 2.0
WLD 103 Print Reading I 1.0
WLD 105 Print Reading II 1.0
WLD 142 Maintenance Welding 3.0
WLD 208 Advanced Pipe Welding 3.0
WLD 212 Destructive Testing 2.0
Subtotal   12.0
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 Weld Ferrous 4.0
WLD 136 Advanced Inert Gas Welding 2.0
WLD 154 Pipefitting and Welding 4.0
Subtotal   22.0
Total Credit Hours   43.0


Program Student Learning Outcomes

Purpose Statement

The Welding diploma program prepares graduates to enter the work force with a good understanding of the three major processes of welding.  Graduates will be prepared for jobs as, production, fabrication, and pipe welders. In addition, diploma graduates can, by satisfactory completion of selected general education courses and a secondary technical specialty, obtain the Associate in Applied Science, General Technology.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Explain and read occupationally specific prints for welders and fabricate from a blueprint.
  • Test to certification standards on all types of welding.
  • Demonstrate the manipulative skills to perform groove welds.
  • 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.
  • Practice safety procedures for all types of welding.
Advisement Information

Program Notes

Students may begin this program in any semester and may attend part-time or full-time.  Classes are offered in Greenwood and Laurens Center of Advanced Manufacturing.

Developmental English and math courses should not conflict with welding courses and do not have to be completed before welding classes are attempted. These classes should be scheduled when other students are taking General Education courses.

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 an Associate Degree in General Technology with completion of additional coursework.

Students should be prepared to purchase first semester welding supplies costing approximately $226.60. Supplies for each additional semester of welding will cost approximately $150.

Notes About Individual Classes

The English required for this program is ENG 165.  Students will follow this progression, with their starting point being determined by their placement test scores:  ENG 032/012 and/or RDG 032/012 (or RWR 032/012) > ENG 100 and/or RDG 100 (or RWR 100) > ENG 165.  ENG 101 can be substituted for ENG 165, and ENG 101 is more likely to transfer to a four-year institution.

The math required for this program is MAT 170.  Students will follow this progression, with their starting point being determined by their placement test scores:  MAT 032/012 > MAT 170.

Graduation Plans

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

Welding Diploma (WLD1) - Fall Start
Welding Diploma (WLD1) - Spring Start*
Welding Diploma (WLD1) - Summer Start

2020-2021 Semester-by-Semester Graduation Plans

Welding Diploma (WLD1) - Fall Start
Welding Diploma (WLD1) - Spring Start
Welding Diploma (WLD1) - 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 advising@ptc.edu if this Advising Guide needs to be corrected or updated

Advisement Information updated/reviewed 4/2020