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Expected Hours for Certificate


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What is Welding Basic Entry Level?

Welding Technology Technical Certificate is designed to train individuals in the following processes: Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW), Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW), Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) and Flux Core Arc Welding (FCAW). These processes are typically used for plate and pipe welding.

What will I learn?

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to do the following:

  • Learn to operate, make adjustments, and repair the following welding equipment:  GMAW (Gas Metal Arc Welding or MIG), SMAW (Shielded Metal Arc Welding or Stick), PAC (Plasma Arc Cutting), and OFC (Oxy-Fuel Cutting). 
  • This certificate will allow the student to weld and become proficient in the 1F (Fillet Weld Flat Position), 2F (Fillet Welding Horizontal Position) and up to 3F (Fillet Welding Vertical Position), 4F (Fillet Welding Overhead Position), 2G(Groove Welding Horizontal Position), 3G (Groove Welding Vertical Position), and 4G(Groove Welding Overhead Position).  Students will learn to operate safely and make cuts with an OOxy-Fuel torch, as well as a PAC (Plasma Arc Cutting machine).

What are my options to pay for this degree?

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  • A student is encouraged to apply early for financial aid. He/she must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the FAFSA Renewal Application as soon as possible after October 1 to ensure that the Financial Aid Office receives the Institutional Student Information Record and other documents prior to the priority deadline. July 1st is the priority deadline for applying for the fall semester and December 1st for the spring semester.

Program Schedule

Fall Semester

ENST 1350

Industrial Safety


WELD 1381

Principles of Welding


WELD 2371

GMAW - Gas Metal Arc Welding


WELD 2372

GTAW - Gas Tungsten Arc Welding


Fall Semester Milestones

WELD 2371 requires a corequisite of WELD 1381.

FINANCIAL AID ALERT - If you receive aid, the priority deadline to apply or renew your FAFSA and submit any requested documentation could be near. Be sure to check your Cleveland State email daily for deadlines, announcements, and award updates for the academic year. Please see your success coach or enrollment specialist to make sure you are in good standing or if you have any questions.

ADVISING and REGISTRATION - Work with your success coach and/or academic advisor to discuss Spring registration. Remember, advising is key to success!

Spring Semester

ENST 1362

Industrial Print Reading


WELD 1200


WELD 2291

Practicum I






WELD 2313

Advanced SMAW - Shielded Metal Arc Welding


WELD 2323

Advanced GMAW- Gas Metal Arc Welding


Spring Semester Milestones

FINANCIAL AID ALERT - Now is the time to begin thinking about financial aid for next semester. Be sure to check your Cleveland State email daily for deadlines, announcements, and award updates for the upcoming academic year. Please contact your success coach or academic advisor if you have any questions.

Congratulations! After you complete this semester's courses and maintain an overall 2.0 GPA, you will complete your one year certificate. Apply to graduate with your certificate by completing the online Intent to Graduation Tab within Registration Tools & Forms on CougarNet.

Work with your advisor to discuss the possibility of continuing on to complete your A.A.S. Degree in Industrial Technology, Electro-Mechanical Concentration.

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