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Welder with mask and torch



A welding technician works in the area of fabrication, construction and manufacturing industries.


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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Program Plan

Courses Contact Hours
CNBTC 2101106 NCCER Core - Construction Methods and Materials 73
WLDGC 2100401 Fundamentals of Oxy-Fuel Cutting/Welding 40
WLDGC 2102805 SMAW Introduction 130
WLDGC 2105703 SMAW Interim 115
Welding I NCCER Workforce Certificate Total 358

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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: $4,842

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.