Welding and Cutting Fundamentals

Academic Certificate


At the completion of this certificate, students have the opportunity to become certified in FCAW (2G with Backing) Structural Plate with unlimited thickness and will have the skills and knowledge of an entry-level welder. With these foundational skills in place, they will be ready to advance to the next level of welding training.

Students will study the following processes:

  • SMAW (Stick Welding)
  • GMAW (MIG Welding)
  • FCAW (Flux Core Welding)
  • GTAW (TIG Welding)
  • OFC (Oxy-Fuel Torch Cutting)
  • PAC (Plasma Cutting)
  • CAC-A (Arc Gouging)
  • OSHA 10 Safety Certification
  • Blueprint Reading
  • Welding Quality Control

How to Enroll

To pursue this degree, you must apply to MTC using our online application.

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Sample Program Plan and Costs

On-Campus Traditional. Classes meet on campus.
Virtual 100% online. Meets with a live instructor and classmates on specific days, at specific times. Uses web conferencing software, like Zoom.
Hybrid Some classes on campus. Some classes online or virtual.
Online 100% online. Due dates for projects and assignments. Self-paced work on your time.
Semester Course ID Course Title Classroom Online Hybrid Virtual Credits
Semester 1
(8 Credit Hours)
WLD-111 Arc Welding I

Arc Welding I

ID: WLD-111

Credit Hours: 4

This course covers the safety, equipment, and skills used in the shielded mental arc welding process. Fillet welds are made to visual criteria in several positions.

WLD-202 Cutting Fundamentals

Cutting Fundamentals

ID: WLD-202

Credit Hours: 2

This course covers cutting processes to include: Oxy-Fuel, CAC-A, Plasma, and Mechanical.

WLD-102 Introduction to Welding

Introduction to Welding

ID: WLD-102

Credit Hours: 2

This course covers the principles of welding, cutting, and basic procedures for safety in using welding equipment.

Semester 2
(9 Credit Hours)
WLD-109 Gas Metal Arc Welding 2

Gas Metal Arc Welding 2

ID: WLD-109

Credit Hours: 3

This course covers all position welding and advanced techniques for welding ferrous and non-ferrous metals.

WLD-115 Arc Welding 3

Arc Welding 3

ID: WLD-115

Credit Hours: 4

This course covers the techniques used in preparation for structural plate testing according to appropriate standards.

WLD-103 Print Reading I

Print Reading I

ID: WLD-103

Credit Hours: 1

This is a basic course which includes the fundamentals of print reading, the meaning of lines, views, dimensions, notes, specifications, and structural shapes. Welding symbols and assembly drawings as used in fabrication work are also covered.

WLD-110 Welding Safety and Health

Welding Safety and Health

ID: WLD-110

Credit Hours: 1

This course is an introduction to safety and health hazards associated with welding and related processes.

Semester 3
(7 Credit Hours)
WLD-120 Flux Cored Arc Welding 1

Flux Cored Arc Welding 1

ID: WLD-120

Credit Hours: 4

This course covers the equipment set-up and fundamental techniques for flux cored arc welding.

WLD-134 Inert Gas Welding Non-Ferrous

Inert Gas Welding Non-Ferrous

ID: WLD-134

Credit Hours: 3

This course covers fundamentals techniques for welding non-ferrous mentals.

  Total Credit Hours 24
  Estimated Cost
Financial Aid
Not including fees and equipment



Welder for manufacturing, construction, automotive, and general maintenance. 

Projected Job Growth


Average Annual Salary

According to EMSI data as of 2018

Where Can I Work?

  • Construction Companies
  • Manufacturing Plants
  • Fabrication Companies

What’s next after I complete this program?

Further Your Training

A welder could receive additional training to become a supervisor or own their own welding company.

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