Southeast Tech’s Welding program teaches you how to use a heat fusion process to join metal parts. Welding is used in many industries, including automobile manufacturing and repair, shipbuilding, aerospace, as well as in construction of bridges and other structures.
Southeast Tech’s Welding Certificate program puts you on the fast-track to your field. Each course is 4-12 weeks in duration. STC offers four certificates:
- Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW)
- Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW)
- Flux Core Arc Welding (FCAW)
- Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW)
Each certificate is "stackable," meaning credits count towards a welding diploma.
The type of welding depends on the application and the conditions under which the work is being done. STC’s program focuses on ferrous and non-ferrous materials and welding in various positions and joint designs.
In your field, your other duties might include:
- Reading blueprints or designs
- Inspecting structures to be welded
- Measuring dimensions
- Monitoring process for overheating
- Maintaining equipment/machinery
Your attention to detail and manual dexterity will help you have a steady hand for mastering a strong weld. In addition, your technical skills will be valuable as you operate manual or semiautomatic welding equipment.
STC’s Learning Outcomes
Your trade-related coursework in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, is where you will gain expertise in welding safety and various welding processes.
Best benefit: Upon completion, you could have the opportunity to take the American Welding Society (AWS) welding certification test. Your classes also help you:
Problem Solve: Welders must identify and solve problems related to weld defects as well as understand AWS weld specifications.
Work Opportunities: As a top Welder from Southeast Tech, you will be in demand in construction, manufacturing and repair industries. Your field is also a great place to start as an entrepreneur!
- Complete the Southeast Tech application.
- Select "Non-Degree Seeking" when asked "What kind of student are you?"
- Once the application is submitted, an Admissions Representative will be in contact.
- Pay $75 registration fee.
- Then, the Admissions Office will complete the registration request and send you an official schedule.
CostCosts for this program are calculated based on a charge of $249 per credit hour, plus applicable fees. Federal Financial Aid is not available for this certificate.
Want to know more? Request information about Southeast Tech from the admissions office.
Additional Program Requirements
Uniforms are required for this program and are available from the Southeast Tech Bookstore.
Tools are required for this program and are available from the Southeast Tech Bookstore.
On JumpStart day, after a safety presentation, welding students are required to take a safety test. Students must achieve a score of 100% before continuing in the program and have three attempts to pass. The same test is given each time, and missed questions are reviewed and discussed.
Southeast Technical College's Welding Certificates are Bring Your Own Laptop (BYOL) programs. You may purchase a laptop on your own or from the Southeast Tech Support Center.
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