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Welding Technology

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College of The Albemarle’s (COA) Welding Technology program will give you a sound understanding of the science, technology and applications essential for successful employment in the welding and metal industries.

Classroom training and practical application course work include:

  • Consumable and non-consumable electrode welding and cutting processes.
  • Blueprint reading.
  • Metallurgy.
  • Welding inspection.
  • Destructive and non-destructive testing.

Employment opportunities include entry-level technician, sales and quality control positions in metalworking, construction, manufacturing and fabrication.

Equipment needed for the Welding Technology program includes:

  • Welding helmet (auto darkening is a plus).
  • Burning goggles (shade 5).
  • Tip cleaners.
  • Striker.
  • MIG Pliers
  • 10” adjustable wrench.
  • Welding jacket with leather sleeves.
  • Steel toe leather boots (with high sides).
  • Welding gloves.
  • Safety glasses.
  • Ear plugs.
  • Calculator.
  • 12″ ruler (for Blueprint Reading 111).

Contact any welding instructor for local vendors and supply companies.

Career Resources

If you’re undecided about a program of study, visit career services.

Gainful Employment Disclosures

Visit the occupational outlook handbook for welders, cutters, solderers and brazers on the Bureau of Labor Statistics website.