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Welding Certificate

The template below is for students declaring a major for the catalog year 2018-19. The Advising Sheet Archive contains printable advising sheets for the catalog years 2016-17, 2017-18, and 2018-19. Students already with a declared major should view their advising report in SIS for appropriate course selection.

Certificate (C)

C Career & technical education programs for job training = Career & technical education programs for job training, guided by Advisory Committees


The certificate in welding further prepares students for work as an apprentice welder with the addition of a WEL course and general education courses in English and mathematics. The Welding Program is accredited by the American Welding Society (AWS) Schools Excelling through National Skills Standards Education (SENSE) program.

Program Requirements and Special Conditions

Students must meet JTCC admission requirements. Students must provide their own personal protection safety equipment. Students may need to complete placement tests in English and mathematics. Visit for all course placement options. If students have deficiencies in English and/or mathematics, JTCC offers developmental and prerequisite courses to prepare students for the curriculum. New students should visit the Advising Center and returning students their faculty advisor for more information.


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Required Courses CR. Pre-requisite or Co-requisite Courses Approved Course Substitutions
SAF 130 Industrial Safety OSHA-10 1   See Note 5
WEL 150 Welding Drawing and Interpretation 2    
WEL 116 Welding I (Oxyacetylene) Offered in Fall Semester 2 SAF 130, WEL 150  
WEL 123 Shielded Metal Arc Welding (Basic) Offered in Fall Semester 3 SAF 130, WEL 150  
WEL 160 Gas Metal Arc Welding Offered in Fall Semester 3 SAF 130, WEL 150  
WEL 130 Inert Gas Welding Offered in Spring Semester 3 SAF 130, WEL 150  
WEL 244 Weld Testing and Codes Offered in Spring Semester 2 SAF 130  
WEL 247 Welding Layout and Fabrication I Offered in Fall Semester 2 SAF 130, WEL 150  
WEL 248 Welding Layout and Fabrication II Offered in Spring Semester 2 SAF 130, WEL 150, WEL 247  
WEL 141 Welder Qualification Tests I Offered in Spring Semester 3 SAF 130, WEL 150, WEL 247  
MILESTONE: Welding Career Studies Certificate
SDV 101 Orientation to STEM 1   SDV100
ENG 115 Technical Writing 3 See Placement Requirements ENG 111
MTH 130 Fundamentals of Reasoning 3 See Placement Requirements MTH 111 or higher
MILESTONE: Optional (Recommended) American Welding Society Certification (See Note 3)
Total Minimum Credits to Complete 30    


  1. Students are strongly encouraged to complete their SDV, ENG, and MTH requirements first.
  2. To achieve American Welding Society SENSE certification, the student must successfully complete workmanship samples and weld tests throughout the program.
  3. Students should regularly meet with their faculty advisor and check their advisement report in MyTyler – SIS.
  4. Courses noted as Fall only or Spring only are based on historical trends and current planning and may change without notice.
  5. The SAF 130 class will be waived with a prior OSHA 10 or 30 certification. Proof of successful completion with a valid OSHA issued card will be required.

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