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Why Choose WWCC for Welding?

Our Welding Technology program can give you the skills, confidence and work ethic to become a welder. You will learn different types of welding, with special emphasis on construction and fabrication. Plus, we’ll help you think about the next steps in your career. With college transferable classes and business classes, you could retire as a supervisor, foreperson or manager.

Careers in Welding

The World Always Needs Welders

Welders help build bridges, buildings, pipelines, power plants, cars and airplanes. They work indoors and outdoors in shipyards, railroads, factories, farms and construction sites. And there’s a steady need for skilled welders in the job market. So your chances of finding a job that pays well are good.

With a welding certificate or associate degree, you’ll be ready to work fast — with less debt than a four-year degree. And as a welder, you’ll have valuable skills you can take anywhere. If you don’t want to be stuck at a desk all day, if you like to work with your hands and see the results, welding could be the right career for you.

Certificates & Degrees in Welding

With just three quarters of classes, you can earn a welding certificate that covers the most in-demand types of welding. For more in-depth training, you can choose a two-year degree. And by the end, you’ll have earned at least one WABO (Washington Association of Building Officials) certification. That can help give you an edge in the job market.

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Welding Program Details

Entrance Requirements

Students must apply for admission to WWCC and take placement exams for English and Math. In addition, students must submit a short essay (typed) that addresses the following prompts: Why are you interested in studying Welding Technology? and What do you see as your role in the future of the Welding Industry? Students must also schedule an interview with a Welding Technology instructor through the workforce navigator. This interview may take place in-person, online, or via phone. Process does not apply to DOC campuses.

Program Outcomes

  • Demonstrate the highest standards of personal and professional safety.
  • Analyze the challenges of welding and apply current industry technology, processes, and procedures to develop solutions that are culturally and environmentally sound.
  • Display respect, accountability, and honesty in communication with colleagues, supervisors and clients in the welding industry.
  • Perform required processes for the appropriate welding certifications.
  • Identify opportunities for continued professional growth and education.
  • Effectively promote and preserve respect for the welding industry.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and ability to perform welding procedures that meet or exceed industry standards.

Scholarship Opportunities

At WWCC, we’ll help you find scholarships that may be open to you. Scholarships provide money for school that you don’t have to pay back. They can be used for things like tuition, books, tools and fees. They come from sources like the WWCC Foundation, local businesses and private funds. Some WWCC programs also have scholarships for students working toward a certain certificate or degree. You might qualify based on good grades, financial need or the potential to benefit from school. The bottom line: You have options. We’ll help you explore them at WWCC.

Paying for Your Degree

There are lots of ways to pay for college. We will work with you to find the right mix of support so that you can go after your dreams. Talk with us to learn more about:

  • Financial aid — grants, scholarships and student loans.
  • Workforce Education Services — support for students on workforce training pathways.
  • Warrior Pledge — covers needs not met by other financial aid.
  • Flexible payment plans — low monthly payments with no interest.
  • Work study — work part-time on campus while you earn your degree.
  • Emergency funds — for students who are struggling to make ends meet.

You can go to college. Start exploring your options today.

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