Diploma, 32 Credits

COURSE PLAN: Two Semesters
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Would you like to quickly develop skills for a high-demand job?

You can complete this 32-credit Riverland program to earn a Welding Diploma in two semesters. Our class size will give you easy access to the equipment and tools of the trade.

Students learn welds in various positions and joint design. Hands-on experience and learning the welding codes will help you work toward becoming a certified welder. Another advantage of our program is that you can maintain your job while taking classes.

Count on gaining practical knowledge of a vast range of welding processes needed by today’s employers. Check to see if you qualify for financial aid to help pay your tuition.


From:  Bureau of Labor Statistics

Welders typically do the following:
  • Study blueprints, sketches, or specifications
  • Calculate dimensions to be welded
  • Inspect structures or materials to be welded
  • Ignite torches or start power supplies
  • Monitor the welding process to avoid overheating
  • Maintain equipment and machinery

Employment Outlook

Riverland graduates from this program are eligible to immediately work in a variety of industries including productions, fabrication, pipelines, and maintenance or job shops around the region. You will find many appealing job opportunities, plus options to advance to supervisory positions after gaining work experience and developing skills.

Job Prospects

Overall job prospects will vary with the worker’s skill level. Job prospects should be good for welders trained in the latest technologies. However, welders who do not have up-to-date training may face strong competition for jobs.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers, 
on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/production/welders-cutters-solderers-and-brazers.htm (visited May 16, 2016).


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