Start a career in a growing industry that employs nearly 10,000 people in Washington State alone. Our Welding Technology program pairs you with some of the best training equipment on the market used by the best fabrication shops in the industry. You’ll earn real, hands-on experience when it comes to using high-tech equipment to solve problems in a dynamic industrial environment. You'll also earn a degree and several certificates:
- Welding Technology Degree
- Basic Welding Skills Certificate
- Shielded Metal Arc Welding Certificate
- Gas Metal Arc Welding Certificate
- Flux Cored Arc Welding Certificate
- Gas Tungsten Arc Welding Certificate
What's different at SPSCC?
Classes that fit your needs. Whether you’re looking for career training, to increase proficiency, or to supplement job skills, you’ll find a variety of classes to meet your goals.
- Full-time career training that leads to a certificate and/or degree.
- Part-time evening courses that do not lead to a degree or certificate.
Graduate at a fraction of the cost. Studying welding at SPSCC can save you more than 70% compared to the tuition of private training schools and programs. SPSCC is also a WABO (Washington Association of Building Officials) certified testing facility, so testing fees are included in the cost of your tuition.
Worker Retraining funds. Some welding students qualify for Worker Retraining, which helps pay for tuition, fees, books, supplies, and more. Learn if you qualify for Worker Retraining >.
Frequenty Asked Questions
Welding classes fall into two general categories:
1. Full-time career training that leads to a certificate and/or degree.
2. Part-time evening courses that do not lead to a degree or certificate.
Two scheduling options are available for full-time career training:
1. Morning shift is 6:45 a.m. until 12:15 p.m., Monday through Thursday.
2. Afternoon shift is 12:40 until 6:10 p.m., Monday through Thursday.Part-time evening courses meet from 6:15 p.m. until 9:15 p.m., Mondays and Wednesdays, but are currently unavailable due to COVID-19 restrictions.
lf welding classes have already filled by your designated registration time, you should place yourself on the waitlist and show up to attend the first class.
If a registered student does not show up at the beginning of the first class, they will be dropped from the course and their seat will be filled by priority of the waitlist of those who show up to attend.
This is also a good time to complete General Education courses for the AAS Degree.
To be fair to everyone, we are not allowed to reserve space in the course.
Registration times are assigned by the college and are based on the number of credits accumulated and priority registration status.
There are normally 20 students per instructor, but typically only three to eight students in each course.We typically accept three new students each quarter.
Because we accept students every quarter (except summer), there are students at all levels using the same training space at any given time. This is done to maximize our equipment, space, and instructional resources.
A list of required tools and personal protective equipment (PPE) will be provided on the first day of class. We estimate that tools will cost roughly $1,000 in the first quarter to start the program.
Students should be financially prepared to purchase tools by the third day of class. We can provide the tool list earlier upon request, but we prefer to discuss it on the first day to explain considerations that should provide a better value to students.
Ongoing costs in subsequent quarters for consumable items (gloves, grinding wheels, etc.) are estimated at $100/quarter. These cost estimates are based on decent quality, but not extravagant choices, and will vary based on personal choices and market conditions.
Careers in Welding Technology
Check out Career Coach to discover careers related to your interests in this subject. Learn more about what you'll do in the industry, how much you can earn, and view job postings in and around Thurston County.
Degrees & Certificates
- Basic Welding Skills (Certificate of Achievement)
- Flux Cored Arc Welding (Certificate of Proficiency)
- Gas Metal Arc Welding (Certificate of Proficiency)
- Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (Certificate of Proficiency)
- Shielded Metal Arc Welding (Certificate of Proficiency)
- Welding Technology (Associate in Applied Science)