Welding Technologies

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. Employers are currently seeking  a skilled workforce with an understanding of fabrication, welding and repair techniques as well as other differentiated attributes. The welding career field has a variety of job levels and responsibilities.

The Certificate in Welding is offered in collaboration with the Seacoast School of Technology in Exeter, New Hampshire, and provides graduates with the ability to meet the needs of entry and intermediate skill levels to acquire sustainable jobs in the field of welding. Upon completion of the program, students may be proficient in the use of welding equipment, set up, and operation for the five major processes (MIG, TIG, Stick, Oxy-fuel, and Plasma) as well as many of the auxiliary processes (FCAW, Aluminum-TIG, Spool guns, and more). The curriculum will also provide students with a solid range of welding theory, blue print reading, electricity, and fabrication techniques. Students will be prepared for AWS Certification Testing. The program is offered in the evening and consists of three 12 week semesters.


This program includes work in a welding shop and requires participants to physically perform functions that require the following:

  • Normal vision for reading instructions and for performing tasks (corrective vision is acceptable).
  • Manual dexterity with both hands; good hand and eye coordination.
  • No medical electronic implants such as pace makers are allowed in the welding shop. 
  • Complete an application to the program
  • Provide an official copy of High School transcripts or equivalent 

This program includes work in a welding shop where high temperatures and explosive gases are used.   Students will be taught and expected to follow industry standards for personal safety and the safety of others in the shop.  Personal protective equipment must be worn in the shop at all times.

Program Curriculum

Transfer Credit Policy

In addition to Great Bay transfer credit policies, transfer of courses in the Welding program will be evaluated by the program coordinator on an individual basis.

Course ID Course Theory Lab Credits
WELD100 Basic Welding Technologies 5 3 6
Classroom 5, Lab 3, Total 6
WELD150 Intermediate Welding Technologies 3 6 6
Classroom 3, Lab 6, Total 6
WELD200 Advanced Welding Technologies 3 6 6
Classroom 3, Lab 6, Total 6
Total Credits 18


AMPed NH is sponsored by (or in part by) a $19.97 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration TAACCCT Grant #TC-22504-11-60-A-33. The Community College System of NH is an equal opportunity employer, and adaptive equipment is available upon request to persons with disabilities.

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