Great Bay Community College and Seacoast School of Technology (SST) Partner to Offer New Welding Certificate Program

01/23/2014 by Lisa Proulx

Information Session to be held on February 3rd at SST

Starting on February 25th, Great Bay Community College, in collaboration with the Seacoast School of Technology (SST), will be offering a new certificate program in Welding.  The credit program will be held at the Seacoast School of Technology in Exeter, New Hampshire and is designed to provide graduates with training for entry and intermediate jobs in 5 major welding processes: MIG, TIG, Stick, Oxy-fuel and Plasma.  Instruction on blue print reading, electricity and fabrication techniques will also be provided.  Upon completion, students will be prepared for AWS Certification Testing.

According to Jonathan Theberge, Program Coordinator at SST, the welding certificate program was first developed when SST and GBCC met to discuss the growing demand for skilled welders.  “The need for skilled welders is significant” notes Theberge.  “According to the American Welding Society (AWS), there are currently 600,000 welding jobs available in the U.S.   With the lack of skilled workers, only half of those positions are currently filled.  We have seen this locally as work sites have shut down due to the lack of welders and at SST and we are contacted weekly by employers looking to hire students immediately.  This program is a major step in the right direction to fulfill the needs of manufacturers across the region” 

The new welding certificate program will be offered in the evenings at SST and will consist of three 12 week semesters.  Seacoast School of Technology recently completed an $8.5 million renovation and now houses new classroom and lab space including a dedicated welding lab with 14 welding booths and plasma cutting capabilities.  After program completion, graduates are qualified to work in a variety of roles including fitters, tack welders, solders, certified welders, welder inspector and engineer and fabricators. 

“Welding is key to so many manufacturing processes, notes Paul Petritis, Vice President of Academic Affairs at Great Bay Community College.  “Because of our partnership with SST, we are able to provide relevant training that leads to a variety of career opportunities.  Individuals who want to enhance their current skills, learn new techniques, or change careers will benefit from this exciting opportunity.”

Info Session

To learn more about the program, those interested can attend an Information Session at the Seacoast School of Technology on Monday, February 3rd from 5:30-7PM.  The event will begin promptly at 5:30 with a program presentation from 5:30-6PM followed by a tour and question and answer session.  Representatives from Great Bay and SST will be on hand to assist with the application process, answer questions on the program and financial aid and more.

To register for the info session visit the Registration Page.  For more information on the program, contact Great Bay Community College at (603) 427-7610 or email

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