SWCID - SouthWest Collegiate Institute for the Deaf


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Certificate Level I
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Interested in a career in welding?  View a SWCID Welding Program introduction video.  Welding is a fabrication or sculptural process that joins materials, usually metals or thermoplastics, by causing coalescence. This is often done by melting the workpieces and adding a filler material to form a pool of molten material (the weld pool) that cools to become a strong joint, with pressure sometimes used in conjunction with heat, or by itself, to produce the weld. This is in contrast with soldering and brazing, which involve melting a lower-melting-point material between the workpieces to form a bond between them, without melting the workpieces.  The Welding Certificate Program provides students with entry-level job skills for the welding industry.  THEA Waived.welding with helmet

Employment Responsibilities May Include: Weld flat and horizontal using stick and MIG wire; cutting with oxy-acetylene; reading weld symbols and basic blueprint; know all shop, welding, cutting, tools and safety.


  • Entry Level I Welder

Employment Locations:

  • private business
  • commercial business
  • municipal or other government agencies
  • lead up to self-employment
  • jobs on land, at sea and under.


  • ENGL 0311
  • Vocational MATH 0321
  • ENGL 0320
  • PSYC 0200
  • PSYC 0300
Students taking a full load of welding classes can take only Developmental English or math in any given semester.  Students must take and pass WLDG 1313, 1425 and 1323 in the fall semester before taking WLDG 1428, 1430 and 2439 in the spring semester unless they have permission from the instructor.  Only WLDG 1317 may be taken in the spring semester if all fall WLDG classes have not been taken and passed.

Program Duration: (two semesters) This program could be longer depending on the student’s high school background and basic registration.

Welding Tool Kits: Welding students are required to purchase a welding tool kit at the cost of $700 at the time of registration.  A welding book and blueprint book are required at the time of initial registration and will be used in all classes. 

Students must have an up-to-date tetanus record in advisor’s student file.

The SWCID Welding Program is a vocational training program with heavy emphasis upon “hand skills” and work adjustment.  Students who successfully complete the training will receive certificates from SWCID and will be ready to enter the work force.


First Semester
Course    Semester Hours
WLDG 1425   4
WLDG 1313   3
WLDG 1421   4
WLDG 1323   3
OSHA 1305   3
Total           17

Second Semester
Course    Semester Hours
WLDG 1317   3
WLDG 1428   4
WLDG 1430   4
WLDG 1435   4
DFTG 1309    3
Total           18
Total Hours  35


Course Information: SWCID Catalog

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