Undergraduate Certificate, Welding

Students develop technical skills in various welding processes including shielded metal arc welding, gas metal arc welding, gas tungsten arc welding and plasma arc cutting. Students will also develop skills in metal fabrication and technical drawing. Upon completion of the certificate, students are prepared for entry-level welding technician positions. (See learning outcomes for the Undergraduate Welding Certificate )

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For more information and advising, contact Lorraine Stewart at lstewart@alaska.edu  907-486-1209.


This program has been defined as a gainful employment program.

Upon completion of this program, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate technical knowledge and skills required in today's metal fabrication and structural welding environments.
  • Demonstrate applications of specifications and welding procedures to specific job tasks.
  • Demonstrate safe work habits by assessing hazards and using best practices to avoid exposure to risk of injury, and to avoid damaging equipment.

Admission Requirements

Complete the Application and Admission Requirements for Undergraduate Certificate Programs.

Graduation Requirements

Program Requirements

AET A101 Fundamentals of Construction Documents 3
or CIS A105 Introduction to Personal Computers and Application Software
PSY A153 Human Relations 3
or HUMS A155 Human Relations in the Workplace
MATH A105 Intermediate Algebra (or any MATH course for which MATH A105 is a prerequisite) 3
OSH A101 Introduction to Occupational Safety and Health 3
WRTG A110 Introduction to College Writing 3
TECH A295 Technical Internship 1
WELD A112 Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) 4
WELD A114 Welding of High Strength Steels 3
WELD A157 Technical Drawings for Welders 3
WELD A190 Selected Topics in Welding Technology 3
Total 29

A total of 30-31 credits is required for the certificate. 

Upon completion of this certificate program, students are prepared for an entry-level Welding Technician position.

student welding


Use hand-welding, flame-cutting or brazing equipment to weld metal components or fill holes or seams of fabricated metal products safely and efficiently.

Earning Potential

The average wage of a welder is about $30 per hour.

Job Outlook

Alaska's employment growth is moderate with high employment opportunities.