Welding is the process of joining together two pieces of metal so that bonding takes place at their original boundary surfaces. Welding is used in the construction and repair of many thousands of manufactured products. The Welding Technology (WDT) Program at Wallace Community College Selma provides students with the technical skills necessary to enter the construction, manufacturing, and repair industries.  WDT students attain hands-on experience in a variety of welding processes used by various industries in the fabrication and repair of steel components.  Through practical exercises which are designed to be as realistic as possible and representative of actual world-of-work experiences, WDT students learn to use many different cutting and joining processes.  The program offers both the basic Standard Certificate in Structural Welding as well as a more specialized Standard Certificate in Pipe Welding which permits a student to apply for more competitive pipe welding positions found in heavy industries such as refineries and off-shore drilling rigs.

  Awards Offered: Structural Welding Certificate

                                   Pipe Welding Standard Certificate


Employment of welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers is projected to grow 4 percent from 2014 to 2024, slower than the average for all occupations.

Employment growth reflects the need for welders in manufacturing because of the importance and versatility of welding as a manufacturing process. The basic skills of welding are similar across industries, so welders can easily shift from one industry to another, depending on where they are needed most. For example, welders who are laid off in the automotive manufacturing industry may be able to find work in the oil and gas industry.

The nation’s aging infrastructure will require the expertise of welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers to help rebuild bridges, highways, and buildings. The construction of new power generation facilities and, specifically, pipelines transporting natural gas and oil will also result in new jobs. $37,420 per year $17.99 per hour


Program Requirements (4 Semesters)

Area I:   Written Composition  3SH

Area II:  Humanities and Fine Arts  6SH

Area III: Natural Sciences and Math  3SH

Area IV: History, Social, and Behavioral Sciences  0SH

Area V: Additional General Education Courses, Major Courses and Electives  48SH  

  Fall Sem. Hrs.
WDT 108 SMAW Fillet/OFC Theory 3
WDT 109 SMAW Fillet/PAC/CAC Theory 3
WDT 122 SMAW Fillet/OFC Lab 3
WDT 123 SMAW Fillet/PAC/CAC Lab 3
MAH 101 Introductory Mathematics I 3

                                                              Semester Total   =  15 SH

  Spring Sem. Hrs.
WDT 119 GMAW/FCAW Theory 3
WDT 120 SMAW Grooves Theory 3
WDT 125 SMAW Grooves Lab 3
ENG 100 Vocational Technical English I 3

                                                              Semester Total   =  15 SH Pipe Certification

  Summer Sem. Hrs.
WDT 115 GTAW Carbon Pipe Theory 3
WDT 116 SMAW Stainless Pipe Theory 3
WDT 155 GTAW Carbon Pipe Lab 3
WDT 156 GTAW Stainless Pipe Lab 3

                                                                   Semester Total   =  12 SH  

  Fall Sem. Hrs.
WDT 110 Industrial Blueprint Reading 3
WDT 217 SMAW Carbon Pipe Theory 3
WDT 257 SMAW Carbon Pipe Lab 3
WDT 258 Certification Lab 3

                                                                      Semester Total   =  12 SH
                     Pipe Welding Certificate Program Total   =  54 SH

For Additional Information Contact: Calvin Griffin, Lead Masonry Instructor @ 334-876-9350

Or email at: calvin.griffin@wccs.edu