Production Welding General Info
If you enjoy using high-tech equipment and want a great job in manufacturing or other industries, NCC’s Production Welding program can help you achieve your goals. The Production Welding diploma program emphasizes all major welding and cutting processes. A Welding certificate is available to students who desire training in only one welding process and is based on availability.
As a Production Welding student you will gain hands-on knowledge of metallurgy, blueprint reading, the properties and identification of metals, welding symbols, and repair procedures. You will also learn to identify and understand welding defects, prevent distortion of metals, and design and fabricate products in a recently remodeled lab. You can perfect your skills through extensive hands-on training on state-of-the-art equipment such as a robotic welder.
The Production Welding program offers students the opportunity to train for certification of structural pipe using mild steel, stainless steel, and aluminum in AWS (American Welding Society), ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers), and API (American Petroleum Industry Codes. Certification test(s) are administered.
- Diploma (Certificate Option Available)
- Two Semesters & One Summer Term
- Fall semester entry
- Spring entry optional—not guaranteed full-time enrollment and will not complete in one year.
- Good understanding of basic math concepts
- Enjoy working with their hands
- This program is available on campus. General education courses are available online.
Student Story Mathew Peck
“I’ve always had an interest in welding and I want to work on a pipeline after I graduate. It’s great working in the shop. All of the people I know at NCC are friendly.”
Production Welding student
Requirements for this program
|MFG122-E||Machine Trade Printreading I||3|
|WEL120-E||Oxy Fuel Welding & Cutting||2|
|WEL152-C||Shielded Metal-Arc Welding||3|
|WEL206-C||Quality Assurance Program||2|
|WEL191-C||Gas Tungsten Arc Welding||3|
|ATR102-C||Introduction to Robotics||3|
|MFG122-E||Machine Trade Print Reading I||3|
Frequently Asked Questions
Job opportunities are endless. Current needs far outweigh qualified applicants in all areas. You could work as a production welder or pipe welder in countless industries. You could also work in construction welding for structural bridge and building contractors or in a welding repair shop. In the past several years, placement has been 100% for those graduates seeking employment in welding areas.
Typical starting salary begins at around $13–$20 an hour in the local area. Students who are willing to take on extra training in a unique field such as underwater welding will be able to make $35,000–$54,000 in their first year.
Approximately one hour a day will consist of lecture and the rest will all be hands-on work in the welding lab.
NCC has top of the line technology including robotic welders that are more advanced than many of the welders that are currently seen in the local industry.also places their students in a variety of hands-on situations in order to learn by doing.
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