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Welding

El Camino’s welding degree program puts you on the right track for a career in the welding industry. Whether your passion is layout, fabrication, reading engineering drawings and pipe welding, or another field of welding expertise, you’ll be ready to start a career following graduation. It’s an accessible, affordable path to a rewarding, in-demand career.

Top 5
California has one of the highest levels of employment for welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers
$44,407
Median salary for a sheet metal worker
805
Annual job openings for welders, cutters, and welder fitters

Our Welding Associate of Science (AS) degree typically takes up to two years, and all El Camino welding assessment follows criteria established by the American Welding Society, the American Petroleum Institute, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and the American National Standards Institute. Welding education at El Camino will challenge you to be your best. We’ll be here to help.

Choose a Degree Designed for Welding

This degree is the perfect option for El Camino welding students who want to prepare for American Welding Society certification and start their careers as soon as possible.

Welding Associate of Science (AS) Degree

With courses that cover oxy-acetylene cutting, plasma arc cutting, brazing and welding, shielded metal arc welding, gas metal arc welding, gas tungsten arc welding, and flux cored welding, this degree prepares you for a career in a wide array of fields related to welding.

  • Develop skills in welding ferrous and non-ferrous alloys in flat, horizontal, vertical, and overhead positions.
  • Acquire proficiency in blueprint reading, layout, structural fabrication, and pipe welding.
  • Consider a variety of welding careers in construction, manufacturing, maintenance, and other highly in-demand fields.
  • Prepare yourself for employment, or, if you’re already employed, take advantage of opportunities to upgrade your skills.

Certificates

With courses that cover oxy-acetylene cutting, plasma arc cutting, brazing and welding, shielded metal arc welding, gas metal arc welding, gas tungsten arc welding, and flux cored welding, this certificate prepares you for a career in a wide array of fields related to welding.

  • Develop skills in welding ferrous and non-ferrous alloys in flat, horizontal, vertical, and overhead positions.
  • Acquire proficiency in blueprint reading, layout, structural fabrication, and pipe welding.
  • Consider a variety of welding careers in construction, manufacturing, maintenance, and other highly in-demand fields.
  • Prepare yourself for employment, or, if you’re already employed, take advantage of opportunities to upgrade your skills.

With courses that cover gas tungsten arc welding, this certificate prepares you for a career in a wide array of fields related to welding.

  • Develop skills in welding ferrous and non-ferrous alloys in flat, horizontal, vertical, and overhead positions.
  • Acquire proficiency in blueprint reading, layout, structural fabrication, and pipe welding.
  • Consider a variety of welding careers in construction, manufacturing, maintenance, and other highly in-demand fields.
  • Prepare yourself for employment, or, if you’re already employed, take advantage of opportunities to upgrade your skills.

With courses that cover gas metal arc welding and flux cored welding, this certificate prepares you for a career in a wide array of fields related to welding.

  • Develop skills in welding ferrous and non-ferrous alloys in flat, horizontal, vertical, and overhead positions.
  • Acquire proficiency in blueprint reading, layout, structural fabrication, and pipe welding.
  • Consider a variety of welding careers in construction, manufacturing, maintenance, and other highly in-demand fields.
  • Prepare yourself for employment, or, if you’re already employed, take advantage of opportunities to upgrade your skills.

With courses that cover shielded metal arc welding, this certificate prepares you for a career in a wide array of fields related to welding.

  • Develop skills in welding ferrous and non-ferrous alloys in flat, horizontal, vertical, and overhead positions.
  • Acquire proficiency in blueprint reading, layout, structural fabrication, and pipe welding.
  • Consider a variety of welding careers in construction, manufacturing, maintenance, and other highly in-demand fields.
  • Prepare yourself for employment, or, if you’re already employed, take advantage of opportunities to upgrade your skills.

With courses that cover oxy-acetylene cutting, plasma arc cutting, brazing and welding, shielded metal arc welding, gas metal arc welding, and gas tungsten arc welding, this certificate prepares you for a career in a wide array of fields related to welding.

  • Develop skills in welding ferrous and non-ferrous alloys in flat, horizontal, vertical, and overhead positions.
  • Acquire proficiency in blueprint reading, layout, structural fabrication, and pipe welding.
  • Consider a variety of welding careers in construction, manufacturing, maintenance, and other highly in-demand fields.
  • Prepare yourself for employment, or, if you’re already employed, take advantage of opportunities to upgrade your skills.

Pursue a Career in Welding

As an El Camino welding graduate, you’ll be prepared for American Welding Society D1.1 certification and for work in the welding industry. We’ll help you build the practical knowledge and hands-on skills for any career you choose.

  • Start a career in a wide variety of fields related to welding, including pipefitters and steamfitters, rebar workers, sheet metal workers, structural iron and steel workers, and solderers and brazers.
  • Apply your understanding of layout, fabrication, reading engineering drawings and pipe welding to establish yourself as a knowledgeable welding professional.
  • Use the foundation you’ve developed in El Camino’s welding courses to prepare for American Welding Society certification.
  • Median salary for a structural iron and steel worker is $68,000, and $71,000 for a construction supervisor.

Participate in Academic and Career Opportunities

Take your education outside of the classroom. El Camino has apprenticeship opportunities and connections with industries that translate into valuable real-world experience.

  • Prepare for American Welding Society (AWS) D17.1 certification.
  • Take advantage of an internship or paraprofessional opportunity.
  • Expand your networking and attend conferences and exhibitions.
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Welding Academic Details

Learn about course requirements and more for the Welding AS degree and Welding, Gas Tungsten Arc Welding Ferrous and Non-Ferrous, Semi-Automatic Welding, Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) Structural Steel, and Structural Steel Fabrication certificates in El Camino’s online catalog.

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