SPARK - Welding

Career Ignite

Welcome to Career Ignite at SCTCC.

St. Cloud Technical & Community College is a co-sponsor of the Times Media SPARK project, a year-long exploration of skilled career options in Central Minnesota.Many of these careers are experiencing a shortage of workers and are well paying. And all of them are available to study at SCTCC for you to finish in two years or less.

Get ready to learn about the wide variety of in-demand industries in the area from September through May. Then get ready to ignite your career by starting at SCTCC!

September: Welding

At SCTCC, the Welding and Fabrication Diploma is 37 credits and takes 16 months to complete.

Open House - open to the public
Thursday, September 8, 2016 • 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Open House - current SCTCC students
Thursday, September 8, 2016 • 1:00-3:30 p.m.

Wondering if welding is for you? Always wanted to give it a try but just weren't sure? Pretty sure welding is the career path you want to take but want to chat with employers before diving in?

Stop by our Open House on September 8. You can put on the helmet and pick up the torch. There will be current welders and employers to talk with about career opportunities.

Not just welding: learn more about mechanical designmachine tool and energy & electronics.

The mark of a skilled welder is everywhere, as welding is the most economical and efficient way to join metals permanently. Meaningful work for skilled welders is practically unlimited in its variety and industries that offer welding opportunities.

Graduates of SCTCC's Welding Program are skilled in a variety of techniques, including Shielded Metal Arc Welding, Oxy-Acetylene Welding and Brazing, Gas Metal Arc Welding, Gas Tungsten Arc Welding, fuel gas and plasma cutting. They also have strong knowledge of metallurgy, fabrication and equipment, automated machining, CADD, blueprint reading and safety procedures.

Welds will be made to industry standards using the AWS D1.1 Structural Code and AWS D1.3 structural welding code-sheet steel. Welds will be done in all positions, and guided bend tests will be made to check weld quality.

If you’re looking to spark your career, look no further than welding!

Skills Acquired

  • Work and communicate effectively with other employees.
  • Respect the diversity of individuals to promote cooperative teamwork.
  • Use appropriate forms of communications to effectively and efficiently communicate with costumers, co-workers and supervision.
  • Apply critical thinking and decision-making processes to technical problem solving.
  • Demonstrate the ability to schedule, plan, and manage time effectively so you are able to maintain a good attendance record.
  • Demonstrate the ability to read and interpret blueprints and codes.
  • Use critical thinking skills and apply mathematics to solve Welding problems.
  • Select appropriate welding technology, techniques, and be able to properly demonstrate welding ability with GMAW, GTAW, FCAW, SMAW, OFW, and Robotic Welding.
  • Determine materials properties to insure safe handling and proper disposal of hazardous materials.

Career Choices in Welding/Fabrication

Types of Careers

  • Welding
  • Fabrication
  • Structural Steel
  • Energy
  • Plant Maintenance
  • Pipe Fitting
  • Plumbing
  • Sales

For more information on getting started with the Welding program at SCTCC, please visit

Next month: CNC Machining