The new Fast Track welding program is designed for students to complete a Certificate of Specialization in just 16 weeks! Those completing the Certificate will earn 21 college credit hours that can be used toward a Certificate of Achievement and/or a Associate of Applied Science.

The College partners with companies across the area that hire our graduates for high paying jobs.

There are several options to help you pay for the program:

What Classes Will I Take? What Will I Learn?

  • Introduction to Welding I Lecture and Lab: An introduction to oxygen-acetylene brazing, cutting, and electric arc welding. The study of safety in oxy-acetylene and electric ar welding is also included.
  • Welding II Lecture & Lab (All Position SMAW): A continuation of Welding I, stressing all- position shielded metal arc welding (SMAW).  The study of weldability of metals, joint design, filler metal selection, plasma arc cutting and carbon arc gouging is also included.
  • Welding III Lecture & Lab (Advanced SMAW): The course stresses the skills in SMAW of groove welds in the 1G,2G,3G,4G and 4G positions. The study of welding codes and standards, and testing and inspecting of welds will also be covered.
  • Welding IV Lecture & Lab (GMAW): The course stresses the development of skills in GMAW of fillet and groove welds in the flat, horizontal, vertical and overhead positions. GMAW and FCAW equipment, setup and operation and shielding gases are among the topics to be discussed.
  • EDU 290, Capstone Management: The course teaches resume writing and interview skills to prepare graduates to enter the workforce.

The Fast Track Welding program is taught in the state-of-the-art welding lab in our Business and Industry Center on the Union campus. The classes meet 4 days or evenings every week for 16 weeks.

The welding profession is experiencing about average growth, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. By 2022, the number of positions is expected to increase by six percent. Median annual earnings for welders were $36,300 in May 2012. Their salaries ranged $24,000 to $56,000.

These industries employed the highest number of welders:

  • Manufacturing
  • Construction
  • Wholesale Trade
  • Repair and Maintenance

The Welding program offers innovative instruction and individualized guidance for both the beginner and the professional welder. An enhanced learning environment is generated by mixing classroom instruction with the latest technical welding processes in the lab. Students are prepared to enter the workforce as welding technicians.

Degrees & Certificates Available:

High school students currently attending the welding courses at the 4 Rivers Career Center can choose to articulate completed Welding coursework to the AAS degree program and continue with the general education block of coursework at ECC.

Program Contact:

Bobby Bland, Program Coordinator

ECC Registration: