Fabrication Welding

Programs of Study

Fabrication Welder

Curriculum
Direct to Work
Offered in the Classroom & 20% Online

Basic Welding

Curriculum
Direct to Work, Stackable
Offered in the Classroom & 24% Online

Intermediate Welding

Curriculum
Direct to Work, Stackable
Offered in the Classroom & 29% Online

Arc Welder

Curriculum
Direct to Work, Stackable
Offered in the Classroom & 14% Online

Fabrication Welder Certificate

Curriculum
Direct to Work, Stackable

Creative Metalworking

Curriculum
Direct to Work

About the Program

Fabrication welding careers are in demand as they are needed in all sorts of trades — from construction to the energy field.

Our program offers you the ability to earn an Associate of Applied Science degree in fabrication welding, which you can apply toward a bachelor’s degree at any public four-year college or university in Colorado. Or start with one of our four certificate programs and gain the knowledge you need to start your career today. With the economy on the rebound, there are many construction projects looking to hire new employees, with an average salary ranging from $13 to $40 per hour, depending on your experience. There are many industries and job possibilities for welders throughout the country and the state of Colorado.

Academic Support

Our state-of-the-art Advanced Manufacturing Center has three high-tech welding simulators for you to practice your welding skills.

Available Online

CCD Online offers fully online certificates and degrees, and individual online courses to help match your busy schedule. This program offers between 14 to 24 percent of its degree either online or through a hybrid program.

Your first step is to see if online learning is right for you. Online and hybrid environments offer much more flexibility but require more self-direction and self-discipline. Certain work habits, learning styles and skills contribute to a successful online or hybrid learning experience.

Online Experience Questions?
303.352.6785 | TLC@ccd.edu

Course & Program Fees

Some programs and/or courses may require additional fees in addition to the base tuition and fees. High-cost course fees are used to support the maintenance and development of the course labs and are embedded within your general tuition.

Welding Supplies

On the first day of the Welding Safety (WEL 100) class, you will receive a detailed explanation of the supplies to purchase to ensure you the have the proper equipment. Students do not need to purchase the equipment for the WEL 100 Welding Safety class. You can receive a discount from some local vendors. Prices range between $350.00 and $850.00, depending on your selection of equipment. The supplies include boots, glasses, hood, jacket, gloves, ear plugs, cap, goggles, striker, tip cleaner, slag hammer, hand wire brush, measuring tape, pliers, square, and soapstone/holder.  A list of required and optional supplies is also available at the Advanced Manufacturing Center.    

Course Fees

The fees listed here are estimated and may change at any time. Please contact your advisor with any questions. The following courses have additional fees: 

Course Description Fee
WEL 101 & WEL 125 Material/Shop fee $258.00
WEL 102 Material/Shop fee $237.00
WEL 103 Material/Shop fee $104.00
WEL 110 & WEL 111 Material/Shop fee $158.00
WEL 124 Material/Shop fee $156.00
WEL 202 Material/Shop fee $141.00
WEL 230 Material/Shop fee $250.00

Financial Aid Eligibility

This program is eligible for federal financial aid.

Your first step is to connect with the Financial Aid office to discover how you can afford college. Our dedicated staff and support services help you wade through all the legal language and get you past the first hurdle to completing your educational goals.

In addition, CCD has $1,000,000 available in scholarships. Apply at CCD.edu/Scholarships.

Internships & Service Learning Opportunities

Some courses may include service learning opportunities. You can earn five American Welding Society (AWS) qualifications. There are also non-credit and continuing education courses available.

Job Outlook & Salary Information

What Can I Do with My Major?

Welding is the process of permanently joining metal parts. Employment growth reflects the need for welders in manufacturing because of the importance and versatility of welding as a manufacturing process. Employment of welders is projected to grow 6 percent from 2016 to 2026. 

Job possibilities in this field are vast and include a large number of industries.

  • Fitter/Welder
  • Fabrication Welder
  • Construction Welder
  • TIG/MIG Welder
  • ARC Welder
  • Pipe Welder

Industries include:

  • Oil Production Pipelines
  • Wind Power Turbines
  • Vehicle Fabrication and Repair
  • Railroad and Transportation Industry
  • Building, Factory, and Industrial Maintenance
  • Industrial Pump Assemblies
  • Sheet Metal Fabrication
  • Aircraft and Aerospace Industry
  • Architectural Fabrication

Learn about more job options by visiting CCD's Career and Transfer Success.

How Much Can I Expect to Earn?

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics lists the median annual wage for welders as $40,240 ($19.35 per hour) in May 2017.  Earning overtime is common.

Program Outcomes

TOTAL OF 2019 GRADUATES
TOTAL STUDENTS EMPLOYED IN THEIR FIELD OF STUDY
TOTAL STUDENTS WHO HAVE TRANSFERED TO 4-YEAR DEGREE OR OTHER INSTITUTION
41
6
0

Stackable

The certificates all seamlessly transfer to the Associate of Applied Science in fabrication welder. Complete a certificate and start working while you study and finish your associate degree.