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Welding and Fabrication Technology

About the Program

Welding and Fabrication Technology are skills needed in many occupations and will soon be available in CLC's state-of-the-art Advanced Technology Center.

Housed in the Engineering, Math and Physical Sciences division, the program prepare students for employment and advancement in welding-related jobs performing welding, soldering and brazing duties. Developed with industry advice, the program is taught by faculty with extensive knowledge of the skills employers are seeking.

You can earn a certificate, a pathway to a career or earn your associate degree and transfer to a four-year school all with the ability to earn and learn as you go with stackable credentials.

Get a background in manufacturing materials, processes, and systems; including shear and press brake operation, blueprint reading, and shop drawing and layout. Plus, if you've had personal or professional experience in welding, your experience may be worth 6 to 9 college credits through the Credit for Prior Learning program.


Program Costs & Financial Aid

  • Tuition: $128 per credit hour (in-district for Fall 2022)
  • Estimated Tuition Cost per Semester: $1,536 
    (12 credit hours)

This program is eligible for financial aid.

Program Length

  • Certificate: 4 months (1 semester)
  • Associate Degree: 24 months (2 years)

Learn about your classes.

Types of Classes and Locations

Career & Salary Snapshot

  • Salary Range: $17.01 - $20.65/hour*
  • Career Outlook: 8% projected growth (2020 to 2030) for production welder jobs nationally**

Source: * ** O*Net OnLine

Welders work both indoors and outdoors, welding or joining metal parts. Most work in manufacturing industries or construction. To learn more, refer to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook for Welders.

Connect & Succeed: Earn your Bachelor's degree at SIU through UCLC

Your associate degree can transfer seamlessly to Southern Illinois University (SIU). Stay in Grayslake and earn your Bachelor of Science in Industrial Management & Applied Engineering (IMAE) offered through University Center of Lake County (UCLC). The IMAE program lets you pursue your degree while working full time — classes are held online or in-person on alternate weekends.

 

Welding and Fabrication Technology Program

Looking for a hands-on career that literally makes sparks fly? Check out CLC's Welding & Fabrication Technology program! This 90-second video takes you into our lab for an up-close look at skills learned in this career.

Read the video transcript.