Welding and Fabrication Technology
Master the process. Embrace the results.
Work with your hands and acquire versatile welding and metal fabrication techniques. From hand-written or digital sketches, drawings or blueprints comes masterfully manufactured steel.
When you fuse this material, you're not just creating a product. You're fabricating the beams that become the girders that transport birthday gifts. Your skill makes it possible to construct the trusses that allow a family to return home after a hurricane.
Explore the stackable credentials in welding and fabrication offered at CLC. Master as many techniques as you'd like. You learn to blend time-honored skills of the trade with modern technologies. Create an indispensable career doing work you love.
Why study Welding & Fabrication Technology with us?
Your instructors are expert-level welders and fabricators who bring real-world skills and techniques to the classroom/lab. Get personalized guidance in small class sizes (15 students max.).
You can earn a certificate, a pathway to a career or earn your associate degree and transfer to a 4-year school. Earn and learn as you go with stackable credentials — certificates in the program 'stack' to build up your skills for better job opportunities.
Work with our Academic Success Advisors to plan your transfer to a 4-year institution such as Southern Illinois University. Or stay nearby to earn your Bachelor of Science in Industrial Management & Applied Engineering through University Center of Lake County (UCLC). We can recommend schools that fit your future goals.
Advanced Technology Center (ATC)State-of-the-art facilities to build career-ready skills
Stackable CredentialsEarn and learn as you go with stackable credentials.
Credit for Prior LearningReceive college credit for what you already know.
Financial Aid/Scholarships AvailableBased on need and/or achievement. Explore ways to pay for college.
Career CertificateEarn a career certificate in 1 year or less to refine your skills into an in-demand career.
Career DegreeEarn an associate degree in 2 years and gain in-demand technical and job-ready skills.
Career Degrees & Certificates
For students who want to start or shift to a new career or advance in their current career.
You can earn an Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree at CLC in 2 years*. Gain job-ready skills from experienced instructors and earn work-based experience from apprenticeships and internships. Some of the courses you’ll take earn college credit, which can transfer to a 4-year college or university toward a bachelor’s degree.
*Assumes full-time enrollment.
For students who want to earn job skills for entry level occupations, or level up in their career.
Certificates are designed to be completed in less than 2 years. Many certificate programs contain Career Degree core courses so you can continue with additional study or stack certificates to earn an A.A.S. degree.
A College & Career Navigator (CCN) is ready to answer your questions and assist with your application, academic program selection, class enrollment and connecting you with resources as needed, making your journey at CLC smoother.
Welding and Fabrication TechnologyAssociate in Applied Science
Gas Metal Arc Welding Certificate
Gas Tungsten Arc Welding Certificate
General Welding Certificate
Shielded Metal Arc Welding Certificate
Welding Fabrication Certificate
Courses in the program
Start with a foundation in core welding courses. Then, move into the techniques and processes of expert applications.
Meet our instructors
Experience the benefit of small class sizes and personalized instruction from your CLC instructors.
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