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About the Program
The Welding program is a hands-on field of study that prepares students for a career in the fast-paced world of welding and fabrication. This program provides students with a comprehensive understanding of the principles and practices of welding equipment, hand and power tools, and welding machines, and they gain hands-on experience in a variety of welding processes such as MIG, TIG, Stick, and Flux-Cored Arc Welding.
What can I do with this degree?
Potential Careers & Wages
In today’s metalworking industry, welding is rapidly becoming the most commonly used method of joining metals. Opportunities exist in the steel fabrication, plumbing, pipefitting, inspection, construction, automotive, nuclear, sheet metal, and facilities maintenance careers.
Students should meet with an Academic Advisor to develop a clear pathway leading to a seamless transfer experience or transition to the workforce. For additional possibilities that may require an advanced degree or certification, make an appointment with an Academic Advisor.
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RVC is an American Welding Society accredited test facility so students have the opportunity to take a certification test after the completion of our 31 credit certificate program.
The Industrial Welder Certificate provides students with instruction in each of the most common processes used in the welding industry, including: Shielded Metal Arc Welding (Stick), Gas Metal Arc Welding (MIG), Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (TIG), and Oxyfuel welding and cutting, as well as instruction in welding safety. Students who complete this certificate will be prepared for an entry-level position in the welding industry.
Graduates are adept in the various welding types, including Oxy-fuel, Shielded Metal Arc (STICK), Gas Metal Arc (MIG), Flux Core Arc, and Gas Tungsten Arc (TIG) welding. Upon completion a welding certification may be acquired in one or more welding processes.
“One of my favorite things about Rock Valley is the camaraderie between the faculty and students. In my experience, the instructors have felt more like a friend or mentor than a teacher. They don’t just teach you how to weld, they truly enjoy what they do and that rubs off on us as students and allows us to have fun while we learn."
Welding Graduate, 2022