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Welding Technology

Do you want to learn a critical industry skill that offers an interesting career with high pay?

Welding is the process of uniting or fusing metals or thermoplastics by applying intense heat. Skilled welders are in demand by large and small industries. Welding also offers the opportunity to be self-employed.

Central Carolina Community College's Welding Technology programs provide the training to take advantage of these opportunities.

Program Highlights:

  • A Diploma in Welding Technology can be earned in four semesters; a Certificate in Welding Technology can be earned in two semesters during the day and three semesters at night.
  • Hands-on lab experiences train students to entry-level industry standards
  • Instruction takes place at the Lee County Campus and the Lee County Innovation Center in the Lee County Industrial Park
  • Students learn oxy-acetylene cutting and welding, SMAW (stick), GMAW (MIG), and GTAW (TIG)
  • Courses include math, reading and interpreting prints, metallurgy, welding inspection, and destructive and non-destructive testing
  • Graduates can continue their education to earn an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Industrial Systems Technology.

Welding is a high salary and high skill profession. Industry, both nationally and locally, needs skilled welders. The federal Occupational Outlook Handbook indicates that the need for welders will grow by 15 percent over the next 10 years. The Diploma and Certificate in Welding Technology provide students with a sound understanding of the science, technology, and applications essential for successful employment. Career opportunities exist not only in the welding and metalworking industries, but also in construction, manufacturing, fabrication, sales, quality control, supervision, and welding-related self-employment.