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Welder with mask and torch



Welding is a high-tech industry that takes place in all countries across the globe. It is used in one way or another is all manufacturing and processing industries. It is used in building space vehicles, computers to food processing as well as agriculture production. It is also prominent in manufacturing for national defense, the varied welding industry impacts virtually every industry. 

The Construction Industry Institute Report 318 estimates that there will be a need for 181,390 additional welders in the U.S. by 2018 Technology is creating more uses for welding in the workplace. For example, new ways are being developed to bond dissimilar materials and non-metallic materials, such as plastics, composites, and new alloys. Also, advances in laser beam and electron beam welding, new  technologies and techniques all point to an increasing need for highly trained and skilled workers.

Lone Star College uses the NCCER’s welding curriculum that covers topics such as Oxy-fuel Cutting, Plasma Arc Cutting (PAC), Carbon Arc Cutting (CAC) Welding Symbols, welding in all positions  using the Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW), Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW), Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW), Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW). Lone Star College/NCCER Welding curriculum also correlates to the AWS SENSE (Schools Excelling through national Skills Education) standards and guidelines for Entry Welder. 


The National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) is the training, assessment, certification and career development standard for the construction and maintenance craft professional.

NCCER credentials can lead to careers in construction. These credentials are tracked through NCCER’s Registry System that allows organizations and companies to track the qualifications of their craft professionals and/or check the qualifications of possible new hires.

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Students must complete the Welding NCCER Workforce Certificate prior to enrolling in this program.

Program Plan

Courses Contact Hours
WLDGC 2104305 Intermediate Arc Welding 128
WLDGC 2201301 Intermediate Welding Multiple Processes 98
Welding II NCCER Workforce Certificate Total 226

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Career Options

Median Wage: $37,3281

Representative career titles and job positions for this program plan include:

  • Maintenance Welder2
  • Welder/Fabricator or Welder2

Gainful Employment

The U.S. Department of Education requires colleges to disclose a variety of information for any financial aid eligible program that “prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation."


  1. Wage data is based on annual salaries from Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, 2013
  2. Position titles vary by employer and location.


Program Cost: $3,033

Financial Aid

Financial aid helps students and their families pay for college. There are several types of financial aid available to LSC students and financial aid packages may include more than one type of award.