Students who graduate from the welding program at Southern Union State Community College will be able to make the cut. Welding technology combines classroom learning with hands-on instruction to teach welding and cutting of different materials.


You’ll learn oxy-fuel cutting, carbon arc cutting, shielded metal arc welding, pipe welding and plasma arc cutting, among other types of welding. If you complete the program, you’ll also know how to read blueprints and interpret weld symbols and joints.


When the program is over, you will be prepared to take the American Welding Society Entry Level Welder test. You will be required get credentials to graduate.



Welding is vital to a number of fields, including manufacturing and construction. Military manufacturing is contributing to growth in the field, and the need to update the nation’s aging bridges and pipelines means future growth. In Alabama, the average welder can expect to make close to $36,000 a year, while the top of the field earn more than $52,000.



Welders join metal pieces by melting and fusing them together. They help in the building and repair of everything from ships and cars to spacecraft. It’s hard work, sometimes taking place outdoors in bad weather, or indoors in confined spaces. Welders, cutters, solderers and brazers usually work full time, often work overtime, and sometimes work nights and weekends.




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Southern Union State Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award the Associate in Science, Associate in Applied Science and Associate in Occupational Technologies Degrees. Southern Union provides equal educational opportunities and is open and accessible to all qualified students without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, gender or disability with respect to all of its programs, activities or employment.