One-Year Certificate

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Don't Wait to Weld - videoProgram Mission

The One Year Welding Certificate enriches our community with access to modern and up to date welding education that meets or exceeds industry standards.

Program Descriptions

The One Year Welding Certificate program is designed to provide study in the areas of general welding and operations. The primary focus is to provide the student with a foundation of knowledge of general welding and safety. Related welding operations or processes for this program would include; SMAW, GMAW, FCAW, GTAW, OFC, PAC, CAC-A, OFW.

Mairghread McGowan

“I don’t know why there aren’t more girls in this – there’s so much precision and detail. It’s like having Thors hammer and I love that. The instructors are supportive here. I feel comfortable and every student helps one another. I want to own my own business.”
- Mairghread McGowan

Program Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the One-year Welding Certificate will be able to:

  1. Apply fundamentals of welding, including the basics of common joining processes, cutting and gouging, measurement, fabrication, repair, material identification, and visual acceptance criteria
  2. Interpret and apply basic elements of blueprints such as line type identification, symbols, notes, 2D and 3D interpretation, dimensioning and measurement
  3. Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of safe working conditions, as well as, safety in handling materials, equipment, and personal protective equipment
  4. Identify basic components of welding systems and welding processes, proper machine setup, and demonstrate trouble shooting when visual acceptance criteria of a weldment has not been met.

Ready to get started?

It's easy and only requires TWO steps.

Step 1

Fill out our request info form. This will alert us that you are interested in the Welding program.

Step 2

If you are new to UCC (you've never taken a class), apply to UCC. Otherwise, you are done for now. You will be contacted about the next steps.

Career Considerations

The Welding program prepares students for entry-level jobs and future careers in the following areas:

  • Welder helper
  • Production Welding
  • Millwork
  • Repair
  • Cutting, Brazing, Soldering
  • Trucking & Heavy equipment
  • Structural Iron Work
  • Welding Sales

Did you know?

  • The U.S. will need over 375,000 welding professionals by 2023.
  • Welding is used to build ships, automobiles, planes and space vehicles.
  • A welding career can lead to financial security, career advancement and important work in areas around the world.
  • Scholarships and grants are available from the American Welding Society.

Occupational Skills Training

This program is available in an Occupational Skills Training format that is designed to mix school classes and on-the-job training with a potential employer. It’s great for hands-on learners! Individualized training plans are developed in consultation with the student, UCC faculty, UCC advisor, and the work site trainer.
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Program Publications




Ian Fisher - Contact
Associate Professor, Coordinator, Welding
Phone: 541-440-7819


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