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Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers use hand-held or remotely controlled equipment to join or cut metal parts. They also fill holes, indentations, or seams in metal products. Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers typically do the following:

  • Study blueprints, sketches, or specifications
  • Calculate the dimensions of parts to be welded
  • Inspect structures or materials to be welded
  • Ignite torches or start power supplies
  • Monitor the welding process to avoid overheating
  • Maintain equipment and machinery

Welding is the most common way of permanently joining metal parts. In this process, heat is applied to metal pieces, melting and fusing them to form a permanent bond. Because of its strength, welding is used in shipbuilding, automobile manufacturing and repair, aerospace applications, and thousands of other manufacturing activities. Welding also is used to join steel beams in the construction of buildings, bridges, and other structures and to join pipes in pipelines, power plants, and refineries.

Welders work in a wide variety of industries, from car racing to manufacturing. The work that welders do and the equipment they use vary with the industry. Arc welding, the most common type of welding today, uses electrical currents to create heat and bond metals together—but there are more than 100 different processes that a welder can use. The type of weld is usually determined by the types of metals being joined and the conditions under which the welding is to take place.


The mission of the Welding program at Trenholm State Community College is to prepare individuals to enter and progress in a career as a welder in manufacturing, construction or maintenance. This program is based on curriculum approved by the Program Advisory Committee and meets national industry skills standards.


Awards Available

Associates Degree

  • Associate of Applied Science - Automotive/Advanced Manufacturing – Welding (60 Semester Hours)


  • Automotive/Advanced Manufacturing – Welding (47 Semester Hours)

Short Term Certificate

  • Automotive/Advanced Manufacturing – Welding – Construction SMAW Plate Welding (13 Semester Hours)
  • Automotive/Advanced Manufacturing – Welding – Manufacturing Welding (13 Semester Hours)
  • Automotive/Advanced Manufacturing – Welding – Construction SMAW Plate Welding (13 Semester Hours)
  • Pipe Welding (13 Semester Hours)

Curriculum Requirements For Associate Degree

General Education Core Requirements
Area Course Hours Required Recommended Course(s)
I Written Composition 3 ENG 101
II Humanities and Fine Arts 3 MUS 101
III Natural Sciences and Mathematics 6-7 MTH 116 & PHS 112
IV History, Social, and Behavioral Sciences 3 PSY 200
Area V
Course Hours
Ori 101 Orientation to College 1
ADM 100 Industrial Safety 3
ADM 111 Manufacturing Safety Practices . 3
WDT 109 SMAW Fillet/PAC/CAC 3
WDT 119 Gas Metal Arc/Flux Cored Arc Welding 3
WDT 228 Gas Tungsten Arc Welding 3
WDT 286 Co-op 1
WELDING ELECTIVES: (Choose 27 credit hours)
WDT 110 Industrial Blueprint Reading 3
WDT 120 SMAW Groove Theory 3
WDT 122 SMAW Fillet/OFC Lab 3
WDT 123 SMAW Fillet/PAC/CAC Lab 3
WDT 124 Gas Metal Arc/Flux Cored Arc Welding Lab 3
WDT 125 Shielding Metal ARC Welding Groove Lab 3
WDT 155 GTAW Carbon Pipe Lab 3
WDT 156 GTAW Stainless Pipe Lab 3
WDT 157 Consumable Welding Processes 3
WDT 158 Consumable Welding Processes Lab 3
WDT 167 Flux Core Arc Welding Lab 3
WDT 219 Welding Inspection & Testing Theory 3
WDT 221 Pipefitting and Fabrication 3
WDT 257 SMAW Carbon Pipe Lab 3
WDT 268 Gas Tungsten Arc Lab 3

Program Details: View more information in the catalog.

Program Brochure

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Welding Brochure


Potential Salary Range

The median annual wage for welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers was $41,380 in May 2018. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $28,560, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $63,740. Source: Bureau of Labor and Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2018 Survey


Program Contact


Chris Burdick
Program Coordinator

Jarred Cantrell

Austin Edwards


Patterson Site
3920 Troy Hwy,
Montgomery, AL 36116
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History of

For half a century, thousands of students have charted their path to success at Trenholm State Community College. From the 1960s to today, we have been part of the fabric of Montgomery and the River Region, growing to include diverse programs of study, multiple campuses, and online learning. Now, we celebrate the present and move forward with a renewed dedication to our community and the success of our students. We invite you to join us.

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