Employers across Hampton Roads are seeking skilled welders with an understanding of fabrication, welding and repair techniques. Tidewater Community College’s Career Studies Certificate in Welding provides you with the knowledge and skills you need to gain an in-demand career in the field.
Focusing solely on practical classes that range from oxyfuel welding and cutting to pipe and tube welding, this one-year program provides you with a quick way of learning the fundamentals of welding. Students learn oxyacetylene (gas) welding, arc welding and inert gas-shielded techniques from instructors who average 30 years of experience in the field. The program’s structure allows busy students to pursue these courses on a part-time basis.
Whether you’re a high school graduate with no experience, an entry-level welder who wants to increase your skills or experienced craftsmen interested in a raise, this certificate will prepare you for success in the field. Graduates are ready for immediate entry-level positions in the welding trade.
Certify your skills
Earn valuable industry credentials! Course work qualifies students to sit for one or more exams administered by the American Welding Society.
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
Only half of the 600,000 welding jobs in the U.S. are filled, according to the American Welding Society
10 percent of the students in the TCC program are women
TCC's Career Studies Certificate in Welding consists of 3 semesters of part-time study, with classes offered on the Portsmouth Campus.
Estimated Program Cost*:
26 credits x $181.10 per credit = $4,708.60 (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.
Graduates are prepared for immediate entry into the workforce. All credits earned in this program are applicable toward the TCC Certificate in Welding.
* 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.