Build Your Future in Welding Technology

The Welding Technology Certificate is designed to prepare students to apply a variety of welding processes in the workplace. Welders are in demand across a wide spectrum of skilled trades and professions. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the following trades are expected to have “faster than average” (greater than 6%) growth from 2014 through 2024. Boilermakers (9%), Pipefitters (12%), Ironworkers (9%), Millwrights/Industrial Machinery Mechanics (16%), Heavy Equipment Operators/Repair (10%), and Machinists (10%). These trades each rely heavily on welders as a subset of the trade as a whole.  Additionally the inspection and engineering fields related to welding have projected growth that is faster than average. The welding program here at Fullerton College feeds into each of these high demand labor markets.  All full-time faculty are American Welding Society Certified Welding Inspectors. Lab is registered as a Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety Approved Testing Agency (#TA10036).

Upon completion of the program students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate one or more of the five core welding processes and applied relevant safety practices.
  • Demonstrate code compliant requirements for Welding.

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  • Take the online orientation
  • Take assessment exam
  • Meet with a Counselor
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  • Register for classes
  • Pay fees

Will Daniel, Department Chair

Brendon Kirby, Instructor

Jordan Maxwell, Instructor

Frequently Asked Questions

The cost is $46 per unit. Non-resident tuition: $258 per unit PLUS enrollment fees (Non-Resident Tuition includes $19.00 Capital Outlay fee per Ed Code 76141).

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Associate degree or certificate completion depends on program unit requirements and whether student is enrolled full time or part time.

For information on jobs in this industry sector and their median annual salaries visit:

Career opportunities:
• Aluminum Welder
• Braze Operator
• Fabrication Welder
• Finishing Technician
• Fitter-Welder
• Machine Operator
• Maintenance Welder
• Mig Welder
• Spot Welder
• Sub Arc Operator
• Welder
• Welder-Fitter
• Welder/Fabricator

Employment of welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers is projected to grow 6 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations.

Employment growth reflects the need for welders in manufacturing because of the importance and versatility of welding as a manufacturing process. The basic skills of welding are similar across industries, so welders can easily shift from one industry to another, depending on where they are needed most. For example, welders who are laid off in the automotive manufacturing industry may be able to find work in the oil and gas industry.

The nation’s aging infrastructure will require the expertise of welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers to help rebuild bridges, highways, and buildings. Also, the construction of new power generation facilities and, specifically, pipelines transporting natural gas and oil may result in new jobs.

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Will Daniel

Welding Technology

Average Salary in this Field

$25,490 to

$58,340 Per Year

Careers in this Field

Machine Operator


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