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Welders use welding equipment to join metal parts, or fill holes, indentions, or seams in metal products. Anything made of metal can be welded—cars, trucks, aircraft, skyscrapers, bridges, pipes, sculptures and more. The basic skills of welding are the same across industries, so welders have a wide range of opportunities, and can easily shift from one type of work to another.

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  • What are my chances of getting a job when I graduate from this Certificate of Welding program?

    The job placement rate for students who completed this program in 2012-2013 is *%.

    * This institution is not currently required to calculate a job placement rate for program completers.

  • How long will it take me to complete this Certificate of Welding program?

    The program is designed to take 15 months to complete. Of those that completed the program in 2012-2013, *% finished in 15 months.

    *Less than 10 students completed this program in 2012-13. The number who finished within the normal time has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the students.

  • What financing options are available to help me pay for this Certificate of Welding program?

    Financing for this program may be available through grants, scholarships, loans (federal and private) and institutional financing plans. The median amount of debt for program graduates is shown below:

    • Federal loans: *
    • Private education loans: *
    • Institutional financing plan: *

    * Less than 10 graduates received loans. Median amounts are withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the loan recipients.

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Welding Certificate from Baker College

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Shape a great career.

Prepare with hands-on training.

Welders use welding equipment to join metal parts, or fill holes, indentions, or seams in metal products. Anything made of metal can be welded—cars, trucks, aircraft, skyscrapers, bridges, pipes, sculptures and more. The basic skills of welding are the same across industries, so welders have a wide range of opportunities, and can easily shift from one type of work to another.

Discover Your Future Welding Career

Career Facts

$36,300

Median salary for Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers

6%

Estimated employment increase by 2022

$58,790

Median salary for Welding Inspectors

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Overview

The Baker College Welding certificate program provides the knowledge and skills you need for an entry-level position in welding.

Your instructors are highly experienced welders who teach the principles and a full range of welding techniques. They provide you with the hands-on training that will start you on your career path—whether your goal is to be a welding engineer, a welding inspector, a structural iron worker, a custom vehicle designer, or a metal art sculptor.

Course Information
Requirements49 Hours
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
CAD 131
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4 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to manufacturing equipment, processes, and related topics.

Introduction to Manufacturing4
ENG 101
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4 Quarter Hours

Emphasizes academic writing by reading and thinking critically to strengthen essential communication skills through the use of the writing process. Various assignments focus on summary and response, analysis, and informative writing. Research practices and research writing in APA style are essential to the course.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 091 or satisfies developmental writing or placement exam, ENG 098B or satisfies developmental reading or placement exam.
Composition I4
INF 112
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2 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to word processing software and applications. This will include demonstrating the ability to perform basic Windows operations commands and word processing commands, which include creating, saving, printing, formatting, editing, and retrieving documents.

Word Processing2
INF 121
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2 Quarter Hours

Provides students with hands-on experience in the basics of using the Microsoft Windows environment. The areas of exploration will include the Start Button, Task Bar, My Computer, Windows Explorer, Customizing Displays, Paint, and the use of shortcuts.

Introduction to Windows2
WELD 101
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4 Quarter Hours

Presents an overview of the welding profession with a focus on basic blueprint reading, basic electrical principles, safety procedures, equipment, and applied mathematics used in welding applications.

Prerequisite(s):
MTH 091 or Satisfy Developmental Ess Math or placement exam.
Welding Principles4
WELD 111A
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5 Quarter Hours

Provides students with the opportunity to safely use equipment to perform Oxy-Acetylene Welding and Cutting (OAW) (OFC-A), and Plasma Arc Cutting (PAC) to cut metal and produce quality welds. 20 hours of lecture and 60 hours of lab are required.

Corequisite(s):
WELD 101
Cutting and Oxy-fuel Welding5
WELD 116
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5 Quarter Hours

Provides students with the opportunity to safely use equipment to perform Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW/MIG), and Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW) to produce quality welds. 20 hours of lecture and 60 hours of lab are required.

Corequisite(s):
WELD 101
Gas Metal Arc Welding5
WELD 121
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5 Quarter Hours

Provides students with the opportunity to safely use equipment to perform Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) to produce quality welds. 20 hours of lecture and 60 hours of lab are required.

Prerequisite(s):
WELD 111A
Gas Tungsten Arc Welding5
WELD 126
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5 Quarter Hours

Provides students with the opportunity to safely use equipment to perform Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) to produce quality welds. 20 hours of lecture and 60 hours of lab are required.

Corequisite(s):
WELD 101
Shielded Metal Arc Welding5
WELD 131
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides students with a better understanding of the effects of alloying elements on the welding process. Students will gain knowledge of the physical and chemical behavior of metal under various welding conditions. Weld testing methods will be studied as well as specialty welding processes that are used within the welding industry today.

Metallurgy4
WELD 191
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides students with the opportunity to use their welding skills to complete various metal projects. 80 hours of lab are required. Must complete with a C (73%) or better in order to count toward the Certificate or Associate Degree program in Welding.

Prerequisite(s):
WELD 116, WELD 121
MTH 091 or satisfies developmental essential math concepts or placement exam.
Welding Practicum4
WRK 291B
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1 Quarter Hours

Covers all phases of securing employment in a required seminar. Major topics include resume preparation, interview strategy, job application, job search action planning, personal appearance, and coordination of the graduate's employment search activity with the College Career Services Office. Students in degree programs may complete the seminar requirement any time during their final two quarters. Certificate students should attend in their last quarter.

Prerequisite(s):
Sophomore status.
Professional Career Strategies1
WRKTC 201
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides a 120-hour minimum learning experience in an appropriate work environment structured to allow students to develop skills and gain training in their major field.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 102 (Associate Degrees), ENG 101 (Certificates), minimum GPA 2.00.
Work Experience4

Quarter Hours Required for Graduation: 49

Program Description

Students successfully completing this program will have acquired the knowledge and skills necessary for entry-level employment in the welding industry. Career opportunities include Welding Engineer, Welding Inspector, Structural Iron Worker, Custom Vehicle Designer, or Metal Art Sculptor. Skills and knowledge presented in the program include oxy-acetylene welding, cutting and brazing, shielded metal arc welding (SMAW), gas metal arc welding (GMAW/MIG), gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW/TIG), and flux-cored arc welding (FCAW), along with destructive weld testing methods. The curriculum is designed to meet or exceed the requirements set forth by the American Welding Society (AWS).

Accreditation

This program is designed to meet or exceed the requirements established by the American Welding Society (AWS).

Accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org

Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

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FAQ's

  • What are my chances of getting a job when I graduate from this Certificate of Welding program?

    The job placement rate for students who completed this program in 2012-2013 is *%.

    * This institution is not currently required to calculate a job placement rate for program completers.

  • How long will it take me to complete this Certificate of Welding program?

    The program is designed to take 15 months to complete. Of those that completed the program in 2012-2013, *% finished in 15 months.

    *Less than 10 students completed this program in 2012-13. The number who finished within the normal time has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the students.

  • What financing options are available to help me pay for this Certificate of Welding program?

    Financing for this program may be available through grants, scholarships, loans (federal and private) and institutional financing plans. The median amount of debt for program graduates is shown below:

    • Federal loans: *
    • Private education loans: *
    • Institutional financing plan: *

    * Less than 10 graduates received loans. Median amounts are withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the loan recipients.

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I think the strength of Baker faculty is that they are in the work force.

Katharine Parker