Students develop skills for welding processes such as Shield Metal Arc Welding, Gas Metal Arc Welding, and Flux Core Arc Weldin and gain experience in out of position welding.

Dual Credit through SWIC:
1st year students receive 6 college credits
    Introduction to Welding 101- 6 credits
2nd year students receive 5 college credits
    All Position Welding 152 - 5 credits

What to expect:
This course is a learning experience designed to provide the student with job entry-level welding skills. The majority of the time will be spent on hands-on training to stick arc welding, oxyacetylene welding, TIG welding, MIG welding, oxyacetylene cutting, arc air cutting, and plasma arc cutting on mild steel, stainless steel, and aluminum in all positions. Safety, print reading, and employability skills, as well as, related information will be learned.

Employable Skills:
  • Read standard blueprints and use them in metal fabrication
  • Prepare metal for welding operations and understand the basic of metallurgy
  • Perform standard welding operations including: GMAW (MIG) welding, SMAW (stick) welding, oxy-fuel welding and cutting and brazing, GTAW (TIG) welding, air carbon arc cutting, and optic-eye automatic torch cutting. 
  • Adhere to safe work practices
Career Opportunities and Job Titles:
Entry-level after high school graduation and Collinsville Area Vocational Center training:
  • Welder’s Assistant
  • Mass Production Welder
  • Weld Tacker
  • Welder Assembler
  • Construction or Maintenance Welder Apprentice
Entry-level after Junior College Program leading to an Associated Degree or Certificate Program:
  • Code Pipe, Plate or Structural Welder
  • Welding Inspector
  • Welding Repairman
  • Welding Foreman/Supervisor
  • Welding layout and Fit-up Person 
  • Welding Sales
  • Welding Technician
  • Robot Welder Technician
Entry-level after Baccalaureate Degree:
  • Welding Production Engineer
  • Welding Production Manager
  • Welding Equipment Engineer
  • Welding Supplies Engineer
  • Welding Robotics Engineer