× LoneStarCollegeALERT:

Visit LoneStarCollegeAlert for more information.

Welder working while wearing mask and gloves.



Master welders may find work in a variety of industries and locations, including commercial and industrial construction, offshore and underwater oil and gas drilling sites, automotive manufacturing plants, light manufacturing to heavy industrial fabrication plants, pipelines for water, petroleum and natural gas.

Many trades in manufacturing industries are adopting automated practices. As these trends continue, some welding processes may become partially or wholly automated, though well trained qualified welding operators are going to be in demand to operate the automated processes.

Individuals with expert welding skills will be in demand as certified welders, certified welding operators, certified welding inspectors, certified welding educators, and with this experience individuals can qualify for specialized welding processes and quality assurance inspection services. Non Destructive Examination (NDE) inspector is another potential career that well trained welders and welding operators find available with additional NDE training.

Since employers prefer applicants with diverse welding skills, acquiring expert-level training and education will help aspiring welders to be in demand in the job market for many years to come.

Printable Program Flyer


Please contact Tina Dealy at Tina.Dealy@LoneStar.edu or call 281.290.2865
Jennifer Aubain at Jennifer.D.Aubain@LoneStar.edu or call 936.521.4507 for more information.

Program Plan

Courses Contact Hours
DFTGC 1102312 Blueprint Reading for Welders 32
BUSGC 1101200 Work Skills for the Workplace 16
WLDGC 1103001 Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) 80
WLDGC 1103401 Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) 80
WLDGC 1109130 Math for Welders 32
WLDGC 1104101 Pipe Welding 80
WLDGC 1102802 Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) 80
Welding Master Certificate Total 400

  Search for Continuing Education (CE) Classes

Career Options

Median Wage: $37,3281

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

  • Welder2
  • Fabrication Welder2
  • Fitter2

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: $6,364

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.