Jun 14, 2024  
2020-2021 SLCC General Catalog 

Welding Technology: CC (CTE)

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Certificate of Completion | 34 credits minimum

Apprenticeship and Construction Related Technology Division
Taylorsville Redwood Campus
General Information
Program Information 801-957-4096
Program Website
Academic and Career Advising

Program Faculty
Associate Professor - Steve Ford
Assistant Professors - Frank Buckler

Program Description
The one year certificate of Completion Degree is designed to provide students a foundation in industry practices, welding theory, and an introduction to metal alloys and welding metallurgy. Graduates from the program will have entry level skills for cutting and welding metals required by industry. Students will have the opportunity to learn techniques for certification testing, blueprint interpretation, and written procedures required by industry.

The welding program at SLCC also provides training in a variety of welding processes and joint designs. This includes:

OAW - all position oxyacetylene welding, cutting
SMAW - stick welding, all positions, plate and pipe
CAC - Carbon Arc Cutting
Blueprint reading, fabrication and layout
PAC - Plasma Arc Cutting

A student must pass each course with a “C” or higher to move onto the next level class.

Career Opportunities
Right now, there is a need for 2,200 welders in Utah, and a need for 200,000 across the nation. There are 5 open jobs to every candidate in welding.

SLCC’s welding students are many times offered a welding position before they finish the program.

SLCC welding graduates will be prepared to find careers such as:

  • Fabricator/Welder: $16.00 - $24.00/hr.

Businesses will test graduates’ skills to determine what their pay should be. Because of the shortage of welders, opportunities for overtime are common, which means you can earn even more pay! Wages will vary from industry to industry.

Gainful Employment

Median wage for Utah is $19.05.  Projected yearly employment positions 289.

Transfer/Articulation Information
Students who complete the Welding Technology Certificate of Completion may continue on to earn the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Welding Fabrication & Inspection, or an Small Business Management Emphasis or Associate of Science Transfer Emphasis. Upon completion of the AAS or AS options students may transfer to UVU to complete their BS in Technology Management or the Integrated Studies programs.

Estimated Cost for Students
Tuition per semester: http://www.slcc.edu/student/financial/tuition-fees.aspx
Supplies & personal protective equipment: Ranges from $500 to $800

In addition to tuition and fees, students will pay a lab fee for welding labs. This fee is based on materials, consumables, and supplies required for the particular lab. Lab fees may vary due to individual abilities and material required by individual labs. Contact program faculty for more information on lab fees.

Estimated Time to Completion
If students follow suggested sample schedule, completion time is two semesters.

Program Entry Requirements
Good eyesight, good eye-hand coordination, physical condition and basic reading and math skills are required for success in this program. Students may start this program during the Fall or Spring semester. For information on getting started, please visit http://www.slcc.edu/future/getting-started.aspx

Program Student Learning Outcomes Related College-Wide Student Learning Outcomes
  1 - Acquire Substantive Knowledge
2 - Communicate Effectively
3 - Develop Quantitative Literacy
4 - Think Critically and Creatively
5 - Civic Engagement
6 - Work Professionally and Constructively
7 - Develop Computer and Information Literacy

Demonstrate knowledge to pass a practical examination such as AWS code book, AWS publications, API code, ASME code.

1, 2, 4, 6

Demonstrate the ability to comprehend basic welding techniques for a variety of welding positions and various joint designs related to principals, policies and procedures in the welding industry.

1, 2, 4, 6

Demonstrate effective oral communication skills in a presentation in the theory welding area.

1, 2, 4, 6

Demonstrate effective oral communication with proper welding terminology, acronyms, and personal communications.

1, 2, 4, 6

Apply reasoning and interpret information represented on data, graphs, and/or tables.

1, 2, 4, 6

Apply welding knowledge to effectively utilize problem solving skills as it relates to the operation of equipment in the industry.

1, 2, 4, 6

Demonstrate the ability to identify, analyze, and synthesize relevant data from multiple information sources in order to develop acceptable conclusions.

1, 2, 4, 6

Engage and interact as a team in a learning environment to develop skills which relate welding industry standards.

1, 2, 4, 5, 6

General Education Requirements

Core Skills*

Quantitative Studies (QS) 1 course

Communication (CM) 1 course

Human Relations (HR) 1 course


Additional General Education courses are required for students who choose to continue on to the AAS or AS degrees. Additional requirements include English Composition and courses in the Gen Ed Distribution Areas. For course selection, see the School of Technical Specialties Academic Advisor.

Advising Notes

Students will need basic reading and math skills. Students who need to take preparatory classes to meet the requirements of the first semester courses should plan on extra time to complete the program.

It is highly recommended that each student meet with the Program Advisor prior to starting this program. It is the students’ responsibility to understand the requirements for their chosen program of study and to examine each course description for details about the prerequisite classes.The Program Advisor may be reached in Academic and Career Advising.


All students enrolled in the program are encouraged to participate in SkillsUSA. This program is designed to promote leadership, communication, social, and employability skills. For more information see: www.skillsusa-utah.org

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