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Patterson Campus:
3920 Troy Highway, Building H
Montgomery, Alabama 36116

Phone: 1-866-753-4544
Phone: 334-420-4200

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Welding?

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.

Our Mission

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.

The Program

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
AreaCourseHours RequiredRecommended Course(s)
IWritten Composition3ENG 101
IIHumanities and Fine Arts3MUS 101
IIINatural Sciences and Mathematics6-7MTH 116 & PHS 112
IVHistory, Social, and Behavioral Sciences3PSY 200
Area V
Ori 101Orientation to College1
ADM 100Industrial Safety3
ADM 111Manufacturing Safety Practices .3
WDT 119Gas Metal Arc/Flux Cored Arc Welding3
WDT 228Gas Tungsten Arc Welding3
WDT 286Co-op1
WELDING ELECTIVES: (Choose 27 credit hours)
WDT 110Industrial Blueprint Reading3
WDT 120SMAW Groove Theory3
WDT 122SMAW Fillet/OFC Lab3
WDT 123SMAW Fillet/PAC/CAC Lab3
WDT 124Gas Metal Arc/Flux Cored Arc Welding Lab3
WDT 125Shielding Metal ARC Welding Groove Lab3
WDT 155GTAW Carbon Pipe Lab3
WDT 156GTAW Stainless Pipe Lab3
WDT 157Consumable Welding Processes3
WDT 158Consumable Welding Processes Lab3
WDT 167Flux Core Arc Welding Lab3
WDT 219Welding Inspection & Testing Theory3
WDT 221Pipefitting and Fabrication3
WDT 257SMAW Carbon Pipe Lab3
WDT 268Gas Tungsten Arc Lab3
Sample Degree Plan
Where can I find tuition rates?

Tuition & Fee Schedule

You can find tuition rates on our Tuition & Fee schedule

Where can I find important dates?

Important Dates

Refer to the College Calendar for all important dates.

Do I have to take the ACCUPLACER?


The answer is yes, unless you qualify for exemption.

What is the salary range?

Potential Salary Range

The median annual wage for welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers was $47,540 in May 2022. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $35,380, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $68,750. Source: Bureau of Labor and Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2022 Survey

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Contact Us

Program Contact

Chris Burdick
Program Coordinator

Program Contact

Jarred Cantrell

Program Contact

Austin Edwards


Patterson Campus:
3920 Troy Highway, Building H
Montgomery, Alabama 36116