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Welding Technology
Combination and Pipe Welding Certificate

The welding program is designed to prepare students with in-depth training and skills for entry-level employment in a wide variety of careers as a welder in light or heavy fabrication, construction, and manufacturing.  Training focuses on the theory and application to provide essential skills in Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW), Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW), Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW), and Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) processes in all positions, using plate and pipe.  Students will also gain knowledge in layout and fabrication as well as blueprint reading for welders, safety and metallurgy.  The program is offered at the Wharton campus only.

Graduates can leave the program with (16) certificates to build a resume:

  • Combination Welding Course Completion Certificate
  • (3) certificates: code weld tests according to AWS D1.1 for Fillets and Butt Joints (Administered by a 3rd party CWI)
    • Fillet Break Test - Semester I
    • Plate Bend Test - Semester II
    • Pipe Bend Test - Semester III
  • (12) AWS certificates in welding-related topics through the American Welding Society Online Library

Entrance Requirements:

  • Must apply and meet all admission requirements to Wharton County Junior College
  • College entrance testing (TSI) is NOT required for acceptance into the program
  • Students will be required to provide their own tools and personal protective equipment
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