Jul 20, 2024  
2022-2023 SLCC General Catalog 

Welding Technology: CC (SLTC)(CTE)

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Certificate of Completion | 900 Clock Hours

Program Website
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Program Description
Students enrolled in this program are provided with opportunities to learn entry-level job skills in the welding processes most used in today’s industries. Instruction and practice are provided in Oxy Acetylene Welding (OAW), Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW), Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW), Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW), and Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW). Thermal cutting and gouging techniques using oxy-fuel, plasma-arc and arc-air processes are also covered. Safety and safe practices are emphasized throughout the program. Additional instruction is provided in mathematics and blueprint reading. Students will have the opportunity to learn techniques for welder performance qualifications and certification testing. 

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 
• PAC - Plasma Arc Cutting 
• SMAW - stick welding, all positions, plate, and pipe 
• CAC - Carbon Arc Cutting 
• GMAW - all position short circuiting transfer and spray transfer techniques GTAW - all position welding ferrous metals 
• FCAW - flux cored arc welding 
• GTAW – Gas Tungsten Arc Welding
• Blueprint reading, fabrication, and layout 
• Welding Math
• Operation of shears, rolls, drills, and brakes 

Career Opportunities
The current need for Utah is 1,650 welders. For Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers the median wage is $47,987, while the national median wage is $43,986. Welding students are often offered a welding position before they finish the program.
Salt Lake Community College welding graduates will be prepared to find careers such as:

• Fabricator/Welder: $16.00 - $24.00 per hour
• Pipe Welders: $20.00-$30.00 per hour 

Transfer/Articulation Information
American Welding Society: School Excelling through National skill Standards Education (SENSE).

SLCC Welding Fabrication & Inspection: AAS  

Contact Program Coordinator for details.

Estimated Cost for Students
Tuition and student fees: http://www.slcc.edu/satts/cost-financial-aid.aspx.
Please visit the program website for up-to-date cost information. 

Program Entry Requirements
Students must demonstrate basic education skills as assessed by the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE):

  • Reading 8.0
  • Math 8.0

Prospective students should have good eyesight (corrected vision is satisfactory), finger dexterity, good eye-hand coordination, and be in good physical condition (able to lift 50 lbs. minimum).

Program Requirements

Time to Completion

Time to completion is 900 clock hours.

Program Learning Outcomes

Program learning outcome alignment with Student Learning Outcomes  in brackets.

  • Learn skills which allow them to be gainfully employed in industry. Specifically: Intro to Welding and Safety, Oxy-Acetylene Welding, Shielded Metal Arc Welding, Gas Metal Arc Welding, Flux Cored Arc - Self - and Gas - Shielded Welding, Gas Tungsten Arc Welding, Basic Blueprint Reading, AWS Welding Symbols Interpretation, Applied Math for Welding. [1,2,3,4,7,8]

  • Learn skills which help them to pass welder performance qualification tests. [1,2,3,4,7]

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