Welding Technology

The welding trade traces its roots back thousands of years through antiquity, and has given us some of our most important technological advances. Here at Columbia College, we'll provide the tools, training, and expert teaching staff to help you master this useful and practical craft to earn gainful employment in one of the numerous and diverse jobs available in the industry. The Welding Technology program provides the most comprehensive, complete educational welding experience in the Mother Lode.

Core Welding Technology classes include:

  • Arc/Gas Welding
  • Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW)
  • Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW)
  • Welding Design and Fabrication

Related Electives include:

  • Automotive Electrics
  • Automatic Transmissions and Transaxles
  • Auto Body Collision Repair


Welding Technology Majors go into a variety of careers. Some examples are:

At the Certificate Level: 
Specialized/Advanced Training or Degree
Agriculture/Equipment Fabrication Shop Positions Teacher/Professor
Bridge and Building Repair  Lumber Company Positions Underwater Welding
Military Support Millwright Engineer
Construction Truck and Heavy Equipment Repairs Project Management
Auto Manufacturing & Repair Oil & Gas Pipelines  

Please see a counselor for major preparation and general education that will best meet your specific goals.

AA-T/AS-T = Associate of Arts/Science Degree for Transfer Earned by completing requirements in the academic major, a transfer general education pattern, and a total of 60 transferable units that would be the typical first two years of a 4-year degree; provides a clear transfer pathway to CSU.
AA/AS = Associate of Arts/Science Degree Earned by completing requirements in the academic major, a general education pattern, and a total of 60 degree-applicable units.
COA = Certificate of Achievement Formally recognizes a student’s competence in a program of study and prepares students for employment in a career/technical field. Also available for completion of a General Education Pattern for transfer. Will appear on the student’s academic transcript.
SAC = Skills Attainment Certificate Prepares students for employment with experience in specific career/technical fields. Do not appear on official transcripts.
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