"Welding is helping me build my dreams"
-Charlie O., Student from Auburn Hills
Your classes equip you with a lot of knowledge—and serious skill. You go far in a
short amount of time. At first, you learn the principles of welding as well as safety
measures. Then, you begin your hands-on training, where you learn four different welding
- Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW)
- Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW)
- Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW)
- Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW)
You also gain skills in:
- Thermal cutting (oxyfuel, plasma arc, and air carbon arc methods)
- Welding math and measurement
- Blueprint reading
Build Your Future (Quickly)
We offer two certificates in Welding and Fabrication Technology. You can earn both
by pursuing the Level II certificate, or you can choose to pursue the Level I certificate
and then gain the Level II certificate. Speak with a faculty member for more information
and to design a schedule that works for you.
Certificate: Level I — Fundamentals
Jumpstart your career with this 14-credit, four-class Fundamentals option. This certificate
can be completed by full-time students in just one fall semester:
Certificate: Level II — Intermediate
Learn all you need to know about welding, fabrication, and the manufacturing environment
with this certificate (35-36 credits). Boost your job prospects and negotiate for
higher wages, too. Full-time students can complete this program in three semesters
(one academic year plus a summer). There are nine classes plus a capstone experience
(a way for you to demonstrate your expertise):
Don’t Forget the Certifications
Show off your skills with national certifications offered by NC3, including LEEPS welding credentials. Our program prepares you to ace these certification tests and
boost your personal marketability.
Begin your studies with these steps:
- Apply to OCC. If you’re not already an OCC student, create a profile and complete our online application.
- On the application, select your desired option.
- Existing OCC students can update their academic program using the Student Update Information Request form.