Welcome to a welder’s world. Everything made of metal involves welding, whether it’s a bridge, your car or the railings that you hold when you walk into your house.
You can master the essentials of major welding processes as well as the technical study of metals with Tidewater Community College’s Certificate in Welding.
Welding is a high-demand field with versatility in career paths. Welders can find employment in inspection, education, engineering, robotics, sales and project management. That’s among the reasons welding is a fertile field for jobs, particularly in the Hampton Roads maritime industry.
Whether you’re changing careers or currently employed in the industry, this certificate prepares you for entry or advancement in the field. For those interested in a less-intensive degree track, TCC offers two one-year career studies certificates, one in welding and the other in maritime welding, that prepare you for entry-level positions as an arc welder, gas welder or ship repairer.
Certify your skills
Earn valuable industry credentials! Course work qualifies students to sit for one or more certification exams administered by the American Welding Society.
TCC's Certificate in Welding consists of 3 semesters of part-time study, with classes offered on the Portsmouth Campus.
Estimated Program Cost*:
33 credits x $181.10 per credit = $5,976.30 (not including textbooks and supplies)
*Based on Fall 2017 in-state tuition. Your actual cost may differ.
Students are responsible for purchasing their own personal protection equipment, including safety shoes.
Yes, if you:
- work well in groups
- are detail-oriented
- enjoy working with your hands
- have good hand-eye coordination
Veterans, transitioning military, spouses and dependents: TCC’s Center for Military and Veterans Education provides academic guidance and help in maximizing your GI Bill® and other educational benefits.
Tuition assistance such as financial aid, scholarships, work-study, grants and loans can help you save money and reduce college debt.
You will have access to a comprehensive welding laboratory, designed to industry standards
Students with prior experience in the field can test out of entry-level courses
Midnight welding courses allow students with offbeat schedules to advance their degree without missing work
* Salary estimate is provided for comparison purposes only and doesn’t constitute a promise of employment or earnings. Salaries were calculated based on related job codes and U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data.