Welding - Advanced

Career Studies Certificate

PURPOSE: The program offers a career pathway that enables learners to continue their studies for advanced skills. Those who complete this certificate will be well prepared to fill the gap in industrial manufacturing between the welder/fitter-welder and the welding shop supervisor by being better prepared in structural and maintenance welding. Structural and pipe welders join and assemble components as part of the construction of buildings, vessels, structures, and stand-alone pipelines. They use a variety of welding processes and equipment, in a wide range of industrial and commercial environments.

OCCUPATIONAL OBJECTIVES: Opportunities for graduates include shop supervisor, weld inspector, offsite welder, fitter/welder, pipe welder, and advanced structural welder.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS: General college curricular admission

PROGRAM NOTES: Students should possess the competencies obtained by completion of WEL 120 - Fundamentals of Welding, WEL 160 - Gas Metal Arc Welding (MIG and FCAW), and WEL 164 - Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW), Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG), or may petition for program head approval to enroll in the program.






HLT 106

First Aid and Safety



MTH 111

Basic Technical Mathematics



WEL 153

Layout and Fitting for Welders



WEL 141

Welder Qualification Tests I



WEL 145

Welding Metallurgy



WEL 126

Pipe Welding I



Advanced - Welding Career Studies Certificate


Name Program Email Phone
Michael Vaughan Welding CSC MVaughan@reynolds.edu 804/523-5941

Common Job Titles1: Aluminum Welder; Assembly Line Brazer; Brazer; Connector; Electronic Technician; Fabrication Welder; Fabricator; Fitter/Welder; Maintenance Welder; Mig Welder; Production Technician; Refrigeration Brazer/Solderer; Refrigeration Specialist; Solderer; Sub Arc Operator; Welder; Welder-Fitter; Welder/Fabricator; Wirer

Labor Market Statistics (Richmond, MSA)

Projected Employment (2029): 1,025

Current Wage Range (Entry - Experienced): $30,500 - $52,800

Bright Outlook Bright Outlook occupations are expected to have rapid growth over the next 10-years (employment increase of 10% or more in the Richmond, MSA over the period of 2019-2029) or are expected to have a high demand (projected to have 750 or more job openings in the Richmond, MSA over the period of 2019-2029).

Green Occupation "Green occupations will likely change as a result of the green economy. Green economy activities and technologies are increasing the demand for occupations, shaping the work and worker requirements needed for occupational performance, or generating new and emerging occupations." -- O*NET

1 This program may prepare you for one or more of the listed jobs; however, graduates may not be qualified for all of the jobs listed in this section.

Reynolds Community College makes every attempt to provide students with the best, most accurate information possible. The data was sourced from external agencies (O*NET and JobsEQ) on January 29, 2020.