The Certificate in Welding offered by Great Bay Community College, held at our campus in Rochester, New Hampshire, provides graduates with the ability to meet the needs of entry and intermediate skill levels to acquire sustainable jobs in the field of welding. Upon completion of the program, students may be proficient in the use of welding equipment, set up, and operation for the five major processes; MIG, TIG, Stick, Oxy-fuel, and Plasma as well as many of the auxiliary processes such as; FCAW, Aluminum-TIG, Spool guns, etc. The curriculum will also provide students with a solid range of welding theory, blueprint reading, electricity, and fabrication techniques. Upon completion of the program, students will also be prepared for AWS Certification Testing. The program, offered in the evening will consist of three 12 week semesters.
- Fitters: Welders that set up material, pipe or plate, for the certified welder.
- Tack Welders: Fitters that tack the weld joints prior to large weldments.
- Fabricators: Welders who use welding to fabricate items with metal.
- Welders: Welders usually in the manufacturing industry, with only one process.
- Combination Welders: Welders that can weld with more than one process.
- Certified Welder: Welder with credentials that prove his ability to repeat 100% weld quality.
- Solders: Welders who work with low-temperature material joining.
- Welder Inspector: Those certified to inspect the welding from other welders.
- Welding Engineer: A mechanical engineer certified in the welding specifications.
- Welding Sales: Individuals who work for the suppliers for the welding field.
- Shop Owners: Business owners that are established in the welding field.
Dual enrollment: Students enrolled in the Welding Certificate program may elect to enroll in the Associate Degree in Technical Studies. Dual enrollment is contingent upon the active or graduate status of the certificate. Completion of the Welding certificate satisfies the requirement for the technical specialty core (24 credits) of the Technical Studies degree.