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Welding Technology Certificate

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Ignite your passion for welding 

Do you have a knack for working with your hands and a desire to build something lasting?  Clackamas Community College's Welding Technology Certificate has American Welding Society (AWS) certified instructors who can equip you with the skills and knowledge to thrive in this exciting and in-demand field.   

This one-year program provides a comprehensive foundation in welding processes, preparing you for entry-level positions in various industries. 

Short-term welding training options 

If you are looking to enter the workforce quickly, we can create a personalized education and employment plan for you. This plan will focus on the specific knowledge and skills you need to jumpstart your career or switch paths. To learn more, contact faculty advisor Dustin Bates at 503-594-3973 or

For detailed description and outcomes for this program, view the course catalog.

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Weld your way to a rewarding future 

The Welding Technology Certificate equips you for exciting opportunities in a variety of industries, including: 

  • Fabricated metal products 
  • Manufacturing of vehicles and equipment 
  • Construction 
  • Transportation equipment 
  • Ship and boat building and repair 
  • Aircraft and parts manufacturing 
  • Self-employment (welding services) 
  • Other miscellaneous metal product fabrication

Search related careers and regional data on wages and job outlook on WorkSource.

For more information on career opportunities for this program, view the course catalog.

Get industry-standard training from expert welding instructors 

Led by American Welding Society (AWS) certified instructors, the Welding Technology Certificate follows the AWS national curriculum for entry-level welders. You should gain the knowledge and hands-on skills for a welding career, learning to perform: 

  • Welding techniques: Fillet and groove welds using SMAW, GMAW, FCAW and GTAW on steel, stainless steel and aluminum with various electrodes. 
  • Cutting techniques: Plasma arc cutting (PAC), air carbon arc cutting (CAC-A) and gouging, along with manual and automatic oxy-fuel cutting (OFC and OFC-Track Burner) processes. 
  • Welding theory: Understand the science behind materials and welding processes. 
  • Practical skills: Develop experience in blueprint reading, weld inspection, quality control, safety protocols and essential shop practices. 
  • Fabrication from concept to completion: Learn fabrication techniques including job costing, layout, sketching, creating bills of materials, and applying fitting and cutting skills to real-world projects designed in collaboration with industry partners.

With a Welding Technology Certificate from CCC, you should gain the knowledge and hands-on skills to excel in your welding career, learning to perform a variety of techniques that will prepare you for any welding job.

For more information on expected outcomes of successfully completing this program, view the course catalog.

Investing in your future

Clackamas Community College offers some of the lowest tuition rates in the Portland metro area. To begin building the cost for your program, you can start with the base estimate below. 

This estimate includes the cost of tuition and the general fees applied per class and per academic term. This estimate does not include additional fees required for many courses or the cost of course materials. Contact the program to learn more about additional costs that may apply. 

You can also find more information about the costs of attending CCC on the Tuition and Fees page.

Get help paying for college

Scholarships and grants (free money!) are available for students in this program. For help with financial aid and scholarships, contact the Financial Aid Resource Lab.  


See where your certificate can take you

The classes you take in this program can help you earn additional certificates or degrees. Take one step at a time and know that each step gets you closer to your future goals. Even if you decide to change direction later, you will have a solid foundation to build on to keep moving forward.

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