Welding Fabrication Certificate

Career Certificate

Choose your project—Make it real

Learn all the essentials of welding, then focus on fabricating. Work in metal, from your inspiration to finished product.

The Welding Fabrication Certificate takes 2 semesters to complete. If you are an experienced welder, we can arrange for advanced standing.

What can you do with a Certificate in Welding and Fabrication Technology?

After going to school, you may start off as a welder's helper or an entry-level welder or fabricator. As you become more experienced, so does your level of responsibility. Typical job opportunities include:

  • cutting specialist (laser and plasma operator)
  • fabrication welder
  • heavy equipment mechanic
  • welder fitter
  • press brake operator
  • metal processing

See what students love about the welding and fabrication technology program at CLC. Picture yourself here:


  • Metallica Scholarships

  • Advanced Technology Center (ATC)

    State-of-the-art facilities to build career-ready skills
  • Stackable Credentials

    Earn and learn as you go with stackable credentials.
  • Credit for Prior Learning

    Receive college credit for what you already know.
  • Financial Aid/Scholarships Available

    Based on need and/or achievement. Explore ways to pay for college.
  • Career Certificate

    Earn a career certificate in 1 year or less to refine your skills into an in-demand career.
  • Program Length: 1 Year

    Full-time students finish in 1 year.

Career Outlook

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Your CCN guides you through the admission process, helps you choose your academic program, enroll in classes and connect you with resources.

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Recommended Pathway

This pathway serves as a guide for students to complete the degree or certificate assuming full-time enrollment (registered in 12 or more credit hours per semester) with Semester 1 typically representing a Fall term. Students are strongly encouraged to meet with their College and Career Navigator (CCN) to identify coursework that will meet degree requirements based on individual academic goals. For a more inclusive list of course options, see the college catalog.

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  • Credit for prior learning available
  • Dual credit options available
  • Global citizenship
  • Online/Virtual options available
  • Course Code Course Title Credits Course Highlights
    CLC 120 2
    WFT 113 3
    WFT 170 3
    WFT 270 3
    • Course Code CLC 120
      Course Title
      Credits 2
      Course Highlights
    • Course Code WFT 113
      Course Title
      Credits 3
      Course Highlights
    • Course Code WFT 170
      Course Title
      Credits 3
      Course Highlights
    • Course Code WFT 270
      Course Title
      Credits 3
      Course Highlights
  • Course Code Course Title Credits Course Highlights
    WFT 117 3
    WFT 217 3
    PMT 140 2
    • Course Code WFT 117
      Course Title
      Credits 3
      Course Highlights
    • Course Code WFT 217
      Course Title
      Credits 3
      Course Highlights
    • Course Code PMT 140
      Course Title
      Credits 2
      Course Highlights

Total Credit Hours


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Welding and Fabrication Technology at CLC: Get the bigger picture

A Welding Fabrication Certificate is just one possible way to study Welding and Fabrication Technology. Get the bigger picture—degrees, credentials and extra options.

View the Welding and Fabrication Technology program overview

Frequently asked questions

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    Kyle Thorne


    "While I love the space and equipment, it was the instructors that kept me at CLC. They helped make sure I learned the right way, and I had fun doing it."

    Kyle took welding and fabrication classes at the CLC Grayslake campus and Advanced Technology Center in Gurnee. He then started his own mobile welding business. Kyle is one of many CLC graduates bringing their skills to the world of manufacturing.

    Read Kyle's story

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*Cost includes tuition and other fees, including books and materials before financial aid is applied, such as grants, loans or scholarships. There are many opportunities for financial assistance at CLC. Learn more about Cost of Attendance.

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