One-year Certificate

Welding and Fabrication

WVC is an approved Washington Association of Building Officials (WABO) testing site. Call 509-682-6900 for more information.

Welding is considered a high demand occupation that provides a living wage, with projected short- and long-term growth in Chelan and Douglas counties, according to the Washington State Employment Security Department.

WVC’s Industrial Technology program offers a welding and fabrication 65-credit certificate. This training provides students with the skills to perform welding duties in construction, repair, maintenance and fabrication fields. Hands-on instruction is included in core welding techniques—including MIG and TIG and pipe welding— and in metal fabrication with a variety of materials. Safe working habits are emphasized in lecture format and in demonstrations. An industrial safety course includes training and certification in first aid/CPR, flagging, forklift/ industrial truck operation, OSHA 10 and hazardous materials awareness. Students also receive practice in preparation for the Washington Association of BuildingOfficials (WABO) welding certification exam.

Required Courses: One-year certificate

Offered at the Wenatchee campus

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First Year - Fall Quarter

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First Year - Winter Quarter

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Placement score may be required for some levels of MATH, ENGL or OCED.

Program outcomes

Upon completion of this program, successful students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate standard shop safety procedures.
  • Apply welding theory and knowledge of common terms used in the industry to oxy/fuel gas and electric arc welding processes.
  • Apply a variety of standard and exotic welding techniques.
  • Operate various shop fabrication equipment.
  • Use torches and fuel gases to produce durable parts.
  • Read, interpret and use shop drawings and specifications in the fabrication and making of durable goods.
  • Use effective reading, thinking, mathematical and written communication skills in workplace environments.
  • Employ problem solving skills.
  • Be prepared to take welder qualification test in accordance with Washington Association of Building Organization (WABO) utilizing the SMAW process.