Welding frame

Degrees and Certificates

Why Choose This Program

Students in the Welding Program learn 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 will also learn 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.

graduated from
St. John's Prep
I like working with my hands, and looking into welding more, I saw great opportunities in the field. I had no experience in welding before I started, but I was reassured by people in the program about how fun it is.
Sabrina Welding
graduated from
I was terrified of college right away, but after the first couple weeks, it was so laid back. It’s a lot better than high school and has more breathing room
Sabrina Welding

Skills Acquired

  • 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. 
  • 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. 
2017 Placement Rate
Central MN Average Hourly Pay

Career Choices

Types of Careers

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

Potential Employers

  • Stainless steel Tank Fabrication.  
  • Structural steel fabrication  
  • Power plant construction 
  • Pipe fitting for medical grade equipment 
  • Pipe fitting for petroleum 
  • Equipment and robotics sales 
  • Self-employment/entrepreneurship 
  •  Transportation manufacturing   
  • Agricultural manufacturing and repair  
  • Off shore drilling construction    

Where Grads Work

  • Park Industries 
  • New Flyer
  • Advanced Process Technologies 
  • DCI Inc.
  • Rotochopper
  • Al's Ornamental Iron
  • Northern Metal Products 
  • Weidner Mechanical 
  • Flour City Bending Inc.

Accreditations & Credentials

American Welding Society (AWS) SENSE Program


Graduates of the Welding program can transfer their credits to the Applied Engineering major at Bemidji State University.  You can also check out the Career Ladder with BSU.

Welding Tour Video Frame

Info Sessions

4:00 PM


Contact Us

Eric McAllister
Phone: (320) 308-5931
Fax: (320) 308-5981
Email: emcallister@sctcc.edu

Chuck Haus
Phone: 320-308-5111
Email: Chaus@sctcc.edu  

Program Costs

In addition to tuition and fees, students can expect to pay $1480 for books, supplies, and materials.

Program Scholarship

The following scholarships are specifically for Welding students:

  • American Welding Association
  • DCI, Inc.
  • Park Industries
  • Polar Tank Industries

Apply just once, and students are considered for all SCTCC Scholarships that are offered!

SCTCC Scholarships

Clubs & Organizations

SkillsUSA -Welding

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA helps each student excel and provides educational programs, events and competitions that support career and technical education (CTE) in the nation’s classrooms.

SCTCC Student Clubs

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