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Welding Technology


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.

Welding Technology Program and Dual Enrollment

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

Gainful Employment Disclosures

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