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Gas Metal Arc Welder

Offered at the Following Campuses

Program Overview

The Gas Metal Arc Welder Technical certificate program prepares an individual for employment within the welding and fabrication industry as well as similar working environments where GMAW applications are required.

The standard curriculum for the Gas Metal Arc Welder certificate program is designed for the semester system. Students are encouraged to begin the program in the Fall semester to maximize their progress toward completion. However, students may begin the program any semester. The program generally takes 1 semester to complete. To graduate, students must earn a minimum of 16 semester hours.

Entrance Requirements

  • Submit a completed application;
  • Be at least 16 years of age;
  • Submit official high school/high school equivalent transcripts;
  • Submit official college transcripts, if applicable;
  • Satisfy Placement Testing requirements.

Course Overview

Contact Minutes
Credit Hours
Curriculum Outline (16 hours)
Occupational Courses (16 hours)

(Prerequisite: Program admission) Provides an introduction to welding technology with an emphasis on basic welding laboratory principles and operating procedures. Topics include: industrial safety and health practices, hand tool and power machine use, measurement, laboratory operating procedures, welding power sources, welding career potentials, and introduction to welding codes and standards.

(Prerequisite: Program admission) Introduces fundamental principles, safety practices, equipment, and techniques necessary for metal heating and oxyfuel cutting. Topics include: metal heating and cutting principles, safety procedures, use of cutting torches and apparatus, metal heating techniques, metal cutting techniques, manual and automatic oxyfuel cutting techniques, and oxyfuel pipe cutting. Practice in the laboratory is provided.  A $20 fee is associated with this course due to the increased cost of acetylene and mild steel.

(Prerequisite: Program admission) Introduces the knowledge and skills necessary for reading welding and related blueprints and sketches. Topics include: basic lines; sketching; basic and sectional views; dimensions, notes, and specifications; isometrics; and detail and assembly of prints.


(Prerequisite: Program admission) Provides knowledge of theory, safety practices, equipment and techniques required for successful gas metal arc welding. Qualification tests, all positions, are used in the evaluation of student progress toward making industrial standard welds. Topics include: GMAW safety and health practices; GMAW theory, machines, and set up; transfer modes; wire selection; shielded gas selection; and GMAW joints in all positions.  A $50 fee is associated with this course due to the increased cost of welding wire and steel.