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Welding Fabrication

Chemeketa offers degree and certificate options to help you start your welding career.

Potential Salary$40,000

topics Trades

Skills & InterestProblem Solving


  • A student welds while an instructor teaches another student in front of a blackboard
  • Welding student cutting metal in a shop
  • Welding student in welding shop

Why choose Welding Fabrication?

Welding is a great-paying career with lots of opportunities to explore - it can even be done underwater. If you're ready to commit to a long-term career in welding, Chemeketa is the place to start. 

You can complete Chemeketa's welding fabrication degree in just 21 months, or pursue a 10-month certificate with advanced techniques and instruction.

Some program options have enrollment limits and early application deadlines. Class cohorts begin each fall.

What will you learn?

In addition to the fundamentals leading to a career, you will learn advanced arc, MIG, and TIG welding; precision measurement; blueprint reading and sketching; fabrication processes; and metallurgy. Chemeketa's program includes class and lab work as well as cooperative work experiences that will earn you college credits and money.

What will you do?

As a student in the Welding program, you will learn to –

  • Set up and operate manual and semi-automatic welding and cutting equipment used in the metal fabrication industry
  • Perform basic layout and fabrication skills to produce welded metal parts and products
  • Read and interpret engineering drawings to American Welding Society standards
  • Use welding process and procedure applications
  • Apply basic metallurgy knowledge to fabrication processes
  • Perform basic set-up and operations for manual machining equipment
  • Carry out planning procedures for manual mill and lathe operations
  • Select tools and equipment to measure, fabricate, and inspect weldments
  • Select tools and equipment to manufacture, measure, and inspect parts for the manual mill and lathe processes
  • Perform as a team member and practice skills that reflect professional and ethical behavior in the workplace

Graduates with a welding degree or certificate can end up working in robotics, motor sports, military support, ship building and repair, project management, inspections, engineering, education, and sales.


    Although Chemeketa's program does not require background checks or drug testing, you may want to familiarize yourself with how future employers might use these procedures. Whether you are hired or promoted for a job may depend on the information revealed in a background check. Job applicants and existing employees as well as volunteers may be asked to submit to background checks. For some jobs, screening is required by federal or state law. The current emphasis on security and safety has dramatically increased the number of employment background checks conducted. For more information visit

Program Options

  • Welding Fabrication Associate of Applied Science Degree

    This degree is for those who want to acquire the technical knowledge and skills required to work in welding, fabrication, and related occupations. The program offers a background in manufacturing materials, processes, and systems, including shear and press brake operation, blueprint reading, and shop drawing and layout.

    See Course Sequences for more information.

    Enrollment in this program is limited and there is an early deadline for applications.

  • Welding Certificate of Completion

    This certificate prepares you for a variety of positions in job specialty production and maintenance shops. Graduates may find work as MIG welders, arc welders, oxyacetylene welders, semiautomatic welding equipment operators, or TIG welders.

    See Course Sequences for more information.

    Enrollment in this program is limited and there is an early deadline for applications.

  • Arc Welding Career Pathway Certificate

    The Arc Welding certificate combines hands-on training in the use of SMAW welding equipment with the coursework needed for success in the field.

    This program option is wholly contained within the Welding Fabrication AAS degree program and may serve as the first step in a career pathway toward the degree.

    See Course Sequences for more information.

  • MIG Welding Career Pathway Certificate

    The MIG Welding certificate combines hands-on training in the use of GMAW welding equipment with the coursework needed for success in the field.

    This program option is wholly contained within the Welding Fabrication AAS degree program and may serve as the first step in a career pathway toward the degree.

    See Course Sequences for more information.

Open-enrollment welding classes: For credit

  • Open-enrollment classes offered

    Open enrollment classes do not require application and acceptance into the welding program. See Course Descriptions for more information.

    *Class availability subject to change due to enrollment and scheduling.


    WLD059 Ornamental Iron Work
    2 credits
    OFFERED: summer, fall, winter


    WLD151 Basic Arc Welding
    5 credits
    OFFERED: fall


    WLD152 Intermediate Arc Welding
    5 credits
    OFFERED: winter


    WLD153 Advanced Arc Welding
    4 credits
    OFFERED: spring


    WLD161 Basic MIG Welding
    3 credits
    OFFERED: winter


    WLD163 Advanced MIG Welding
    3 credits
    OFFERED: spring

  • Winter 2022 open-enrollment class schedule

    WLD152 Intermediate Arc Welding

    CRN: 62332/62333 (Lecture/Lab)
    Monday & Wednesday, 6-9:50 pm
    Friday, 6-8:50 pm
    Salem Campus


    WLD161 Basic MIG Welding

    CRN: 64342/64343 (Lecture/Lab)
    Tuesday, 6-9:50 pm
    Thursday, 7-9:50 pm
    Salem Campus


Open-enrollment welding classes: Non-credit

  • Non-credit classes offered

    Whether you are new to welding or want to brush-up your skills, we have a welding class for you!

    All levels of students welcome. Age 16 years and older.

    Classes offered every term (subject to enrollment). Classes meet concurrently.
    Fall, winter, spring: Saturday mornings, 9 am-noon
    Summer: Tuesday & Thursday evenings, 6-9 pm

    Please refer to the Tool & Gear List  below for required tools for each class.

    *Non-credit welding classes do not provide an opportunity for welder certification testing.  Any AWS welder certification testing needs to be done at a private testing facility.


    Basic ARC Welding
    Study the basic principles involved in making fillet welds on mild steel using standard industrial procedures, equipment and electrodes with the shielded metal arc welding (SMAW) process.


    Advanced ARC Welding
    Preparation of welding under code-type procedures on plate or pipe. A study of welding procedures previously covered, as they apply to heavy gauge welding, with groove-type joints.


    Basic Oxyacetylene Welding
    Fundamentals of oxyacetylene welding including brazing and cutting.


    Basic Metal Arc Welding (MIG)
    Introduces basic skills in semiautomatic metal inert gas (MIG) welding processes. Covers principles involved in equipment, material and procedures. Uses solid and flux-core wire in typical industrial applications.


    Basic Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (TIG)
    Fundamentals of tungsten inert gas (TIG) welding processes, machine setting and application, and development of inert gas welding skills. Includes stainless and aluminum welding.

  • Winter 2022 Non-credit class schedule

    Saturdays, 9 am - noon
    January 8 - March 12, 2021


    Basic ARC Welding

    CRN: 63307
    Course ID: XWLD9050A
    Fee: $229

    Advanced ARC Welding

    CRN: 63308
    Course ID: XWLD9050B
    Fee: $229

    Basic Oxyacetylene Welding

    CRN: 63309
    Course ID: XWLD9050C
    Fee: $229

    Basic MIG Welding

    CRN: 63310
    Course ID: XWLD9050F
    Fee: $229

    Basic TIG Welding

    CRN: 63311
    Course ID: XWLD9050G
    Fee: $229

  • How to Register for Non-Credit Welding Classes

    *Registration allowed for only one non-credit welding class per term.

    Option 1: Online

    Option 2: Registration Form

    • Request a registration form by email


    • See payment options here
  • Tool & Gear List for Non-Credit Welding Classes

    All Classes:

    • Leather gloves
    • Leather shoes
    • Hood with # 10 lens (ARC, MIG, TIG)
    • Safety glasses
    • Extra plastic cover lenses
    • Ear Plugs (recommended but not required)
    • Something to take notes on


    ARC Classes:

    • Chipping Hammer
    • Wire brush
    • (2) 11R vise grips
    • Fillet weld gauges (*Advanced ARC only as needed)


    MIG Class:

    • Tweco .035 and .045 contact tips (#14, 14H, or 14T only)
    • Wire brush
    • Wire cutters
    • (2) 11r vise grips


    Oxyacetylene Class:

    • Tip Cleaner
    • Pliers
    • Striker
    • Goggles/glasses/face shield in #4 or 5 shade
    • Vise grips


    TIG Class:

    • 3/32 2% thoriated (radioactive), Ceriated, or Lanthanated (non-radioactive) tungsten
    • 3/32 pure tungsten
    • 3/32 collets
    • 3/32 collet bodies
    • Back cap
    • Gas cups
    • Pliers
    • 2 SS toothbrushes

    *All Torch parts must fit a Weldcraft wp-20 Torch


    Questions? Email instructor at