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Fire Up Your Future

Welding is a critical skill in high demand. With a Welding Certificate from South Central College, you’re on your way to a skilled trade career in manufacturing, commercial construction, mining, agriculture, and repair and maintenance.

The future looks promising for welding. It is and will continue to be a productive, cost-effective manufacturing process. Advanced technology is creating more uses for welding in the workplace and expanding employment opportunities.

The Welding Program at South Central College is designed to help you quickly develop technical knowledge and hands-on skills for a high-demand job. You have the option to complete the full 16-credit program or take any individual class through the Center for Business and Industry (cbi.southcentral.edu/enroll). With these options, novices and advanced-level students can benefit from the program.

Admission Dates: Fall and Spring
South Central College Credential: Certificate (16 credits)
Industry Credentials: American Welding Society (AWS) Certificates
Location: Faribault Campus

Employment Outlook
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that prospects should be good for welders trained in the latest technologies. Many employers report difficulty finding qualified applicants and wages continue to climb.
In addition, other openings will arise as workers retire, creating a need for skilled and experienced workers to replace them.

The Welding Program at South Central College Includes:

  • Blueprint Reading
  • OSHA Welding Safety
  • Shielded Metal Arc Welding
  • Gas Metal Arc Welding
  • Gas Tungsten Arc Welding
  • Oxy-Fuel Welding and Cutting

Program Advisor
Joe Volk
Welding Instructor
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Welders, Cutters, Solderers, Brazers
  SCC Market Area Minnesota National
2013 Jobs 814 8,526 368,904
2018 Jobs 825 8,862 376,147
Average Hourly Wage $17.35 $18.53 $18.31
Average Annual Wage
(based on 40 hours worked per week)
$ 36,088 $ 38,542 $38,084

Source: QCEW data compiled by Economic Modeling Specialist, Inc.