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Welding Certifications

Heat Up Your Career – Become a Welder in Just 8 Weeks!
Southeast Tech Welding Certifications

“It's a great time to be a welder. Thanks to a global boom in industrial manufacturing, skilled welders are in greater demand than ever. Companies can't find enough of them.” Wall Street Journal

From the bottom of the ocean to outer space, welders are in high-demand in both South Dakota and across the nation for their skill and expertise in many industries. To meet this critical demand, Southeast Tech is offering four Welding Technology Certificates that can be completed within a semester:

  • Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) - WLD 103
  • Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) - WLD 104
  • Flux Core Arc Welding (FCAW) - WLD 153
  • Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) - WLD 154
Flexible, Fast and Affordable

Students can choose from a 4-12 week daytime program, or a 10-16 week evening program to fit their lifestyle. Courses are taught with intensive hands-on instruction and will have the opportunity to test for American Welding Society (AWS) certification prior to the end of the program.

What You’ll Earn

The South Dakota Bureau of Labor reports that the average wage for Welders is $16.90/hr.

What do Welders Actually Do?
As a professional welder, you’ll permanently join metal parts through a heat fusion process. You’ll learn to setup and safely operate welding equipment for various welding processes as well as be introduced to ferrous and non-ferrous materials and the welding of these materials in all positions and various joint designs. In addition, you’ll develop skills in one of four welding processes, with the goal of successfully completing an American Welding Society (AWS) welding certification test. Your career opportunities include working in construction, manufacturing and repair industries. In addition, our graduates frequently open their own businesses.
Where Can Welding Take You?

You can work virtually anywhere for a variety of industries. Southeast Tech currently works with several industrial leaders including:

  • A-Ox Welding Supply
  • Concrete Materials
  • Degeest Mfg
  • Diamond Mowers
  • Harvard Integrations
  • Jaycox Implement
  • Kolberg Pioneer
  • Lincoln Electric
  • Marmen Energy
  • Matheson
  • P & M Steel Company
  • Sioux Steel
  • Spartan ERV
  • Therm Dynamics
  • Trail-EZE Trailers
  • Trail King
  • Worthington Industries

View Welding Certificate Curriculum Here

Please complete an application to register for this certificate program. Select the Non-Degree Seeking option when the application asks “What type of student are you?”

View the course schedule to see when classes are offered.

  • Select the 2018-2019 School Year - Summer Term if you are interested in a course for Summer 2019.
  • Select the 2019-2020 School Year – Fall Term if you are interested in a course for Fall 2019.


Each certificate varies in credits from 2 to 6 credits. Costs are calculated based on a charge of $248 per credit hour, plus applicable fees. See a breakdown of all tuition and fees here. Financial Aid is not available for these courses unless you are completing it as a requirement for your diploma or AAS degree.