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Welding
Certificates

Basic Welding Certificate

19 SEMESTER HOURS
Students complete all NCCER Level I modules and may earn their national NCCER Level I credential. The curriculum includes blueprint reading, welding safety, oxyfuel cutting, and gas and arc welding. Students complete Level I NCCER modules in the SMAW welding process, including beads and fillet welds, open V-groove welds and open-root pipe welds. This certificate is taught to national welding codes, and prepares students for testing and certification for local metal fabrication shops and maintenance welding. It provides basic skills needed for construction pipe welding and welding on nuclear power job sites.

Intermediate Welding Certificate

20 SEMESTER HOURS
Students complete all required NCCER Level II modules and may earn their national NCCER Level II credential and NCCER Core Credential. The curriculum includes reading welding detail drawings and SMAW, GMAW, GTAW and FCAW welding processes. This certificate is taught to national welding codes, and prepares students for testing and certification for local metal fabrication shops and maintenance welding. It provides basic skills needed for construction pipe welding and welding on nuclear power job sites.

Welding Fundamentals Certificate

(Not intended for students who seek NCCER-level certification)
21 SEMESTER HOURS
This certificate provides a sound introduction to welding processes. Students complete NCCER modules across two levels of NCCER and are not required to complete all NCCER Level I modules. The curriculum includes blueprint reading, welding safety, oxyfuel cutting, and gas and arc welding. Students complete modules in the SMAW, FCAW and GMAW welding processes. This certificate is taught to national welding codes, and prepares students for testing and certification for entry-level employment at local metal fabrication shops and maintenance welding.


Students are required to be equipped with basic safety equipment and tools. These items are not provided and must be purchased by the student.

Required Items
Safety glasses
Welding gloves
Welding hood (with #10 or #11 lens)
Oxyacetylene goggles for cutting (with #4 or #5 lens)
Striker, wire brush, chipping hammer
Protective clothing (no synthetic blends -100% cotton is recommended)
8” high steel toe boots

 

"I like working with my hands. OCtech gave me the chance to learn a trade, something that I love to do."

- ROBERT HENDRIX JR., Welding

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