Welding Process Technology

  • Credits: 16
  • Degree Type: Certificate
  • Campus: Thief River Falls

The Welding Process Technology certificate was designed in cooperation with local manufacturing companies and prepares students for an entry level career in the welding field.

Program Overview

The Welding Process Technology certificate is designed to provide the student training in safely welding and cutting in various environments on mild carbon steel. The program is offered over 12 weeks (Jan-Mar) in the spring semester to allow for those students that would not otherwise be able to participate in a full 16 week semester (Jan-May).
Students will be introduced to basic theory and practical skill development in common welding process and techniques used for general welding repair and fabrication.
Upon completion the student will be proficient in SMAW, GMAW, GTAW, and OAW on mild steel. They will also be able to use various thermal cutting processes such as plasma, OAC, and carbon-arc cutting


The employment outlook for welders and solderers in the state of Minnesota from 2010 to 2020 is 18%, a high growth career.

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Program Courses

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Required Courses

Course # Course Name Credit(s)
WELD 1104 Basic SMAW 4
WELD 1117 Gas Tungsten Arc Welding 3
WELD 1121 Oxy-Acetylene Weld/Cut 2
WELD 1123 Fabrication Math 2
WELD 1124 Cutting Processes 1
WELD 1130 Gas Metal Arc Welding 4

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Program Specific Requirements

Program Accreditation

Northland Community & Technical College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

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Transferring to NCTC?

We know there are a number of reasons students consider transferring from their current college or university. We also know you might have concerns about transferring current course work, meeting program prerequisites, managing timelines, and more. As a transfer student, you’ll quickly discover that creating opportunities for your smooth transition to Northland is our top priority. Our transfer admissions specialists and academic counselors understand this is an important move for you and will do everything they can to make your transition as easy as possible.

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Program Faculty

  • Joel Ziegler
  • Welding Instructor
  • Campus: Thief River Falls
  • Tel: (218) 683-8728
  • Toll Free: 1.800.959.6282

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