The LCC Welding department welcomes you to consider entering this promising and lucrative career pathway. Welding provides a competitive income with multiple opportunities for career advancement and wage increases. Average starting salaries for welders range from $28,000 to $42,000 per year, with the potential to make much more.
If you choose this pathway you will have the opportunity to complete our Basic, Intermediate and Advanced Welding Certificates and an Associates of Applied Science in Welding.
The Lamar Community College Welding program has recently gone through a complete program re-design. All of our courses have been designed to better meet the high standards of the modern welding industry. Our shop has been completely remodeled to be a state-of-the-art facility with top of the line equipment. We are confident you will find the learning environment to be second to none.
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Associate of Applied Science in Fabrication Welding
This degree program is designed to train students in beginning, intermediate and advanced welding applications. Students who complete this degree will be qualified for a variety of career opportunities in the welding industry with the ability to secure jobs with competitive pay. The core courses added to the skill courses will prepare students for future advancement in the industry to include supervisory and management positions.
Upon completing the welding program, students will be able to:
- Describe proper safety procedures in welding environments.
- Demonstrate the proper use and applications of welding equipment.
- Demonstrate the appropriate and correct application of blueprints in welding.
- Perform Gas Metal Arc Welding/Flux Core Arc Welding (GMAW/FCAW), Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW), and Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) welding procedures from flat, horizontal, vertical and overhead positions.
- Demonstrate safe work habits that reflect concern and care for self, others and the environment.
- Apply the skills necessary to secure employment and be successful in the welding workplace.
Welding, Basic Certificate
Careers: Entry Level Grinder, Fitter, Welder’s Helper
This Certificate provides entry-level skills courses in welding technology. Students who complete the basic welding certificate will be qualified for entry level positions in welding shops. These would be at the lowest rate of pay and would require additional training to be provided by the employer. This certificate is essentially designed to provide the foundation for the intermediate and advanced welding certificates.
Welding, Intermediate Certificate
Careers: Welder’s Helper, Apprentice Welder, Welder
This Certificate builds upon the knowledge gained in the basic skills certificate to provide entry-level and advancing skills courses in welding technology. Students who complete this certificate will be prepared for more complex applications in the welding industry. Completion of this certificate will qualify welders for careers in fabrication and/or repetitive application processes performed in most manufacturing shops.
Welding, Advanced Certificate
Careers: Pipe Welder, Aerospace Welder, Weld Operator
This Certificate provides training in intermediate and advanced skills courses in welding technology. Students who complete this certificate in addition to the basic and intermediate certificates will be qualified for a wide variety of careers in the welding industry.
- High school diploma or equivalent
Cost of Textbooks/Supplies
- Tuition based on total number of credits taken.
- The cost may vary from semester to semester.
Gainful Employment Information
See below for the most up to date information about the educational debt, earnings, and completion rates of students who attend our programs.
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I enjoy the welding class because we get to learn from the best welders & instructors. We also get the opportunity to learn multiple processes on new machines. This is beneficial to me because I plan to start my own welding business, and all that I learn here will be applied to my everyday job.
– Kody Lane
I like that when I complete my welding project I can get immediate feedback from the instructors. That’s rewarding.
– Halie Schenck
I have really come to enjoy welding a lot! I hope to finish to get a certificate and go on to also finish my degree as well. I feel like it is a great place to start a career and then start a business and be successful – all thanks to LCC!
– Bryan Ceron
I enjoy coming to a welding environment where the instructors give us personal attention. I hope to take what I learn here and get a manufacturing or pipeline job.
– John Ungerleider
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