Welding is a method of joining materials by applying heat, pressure, or both with or without filler metal, to produce a permanent fusion.
Students obtain experience in the following areas to achieve a sufficient skill level to acquire entry-level employment:
- oxyacetylene welding
- oxy-fuel cutting (both hand and machine operated)
- air carbon and plasma arc cutting
- shielded metal arc welding
- gas tungsten arc welding
- flux cored arc welding
- gas metal arc welding
- print reading
- practical math for welders
- welding certification preparation
- welding metallurgy
Blueprint reading and math are an integral part of this program to ensure our graduates may be successful in many welding environments. The program emphasizes the importance of good workmanship, professionalism, and work ethic. The 800-hour program is comprised of 670 hours of welding, 60 hours of print reading, 60 hours of math, and 10 hours of a career readiness course.
Although not required for many welding positions, graduates of the GACTC welding program have the opportunity to complete an associate degree with several local colleges and universities. Please contact the Continuing Education office for details.