Welding, Continuing Education Workforce Certificate

CCBC, in partnership with Earlbeck Gases and Technologies, offers a series of welding courses that will take you from beginning skills and techniques in Fundamentals of Welding through additional courses that cover intermediate and advanced Gas Metal Arc (MIG), Shielded Metal Arc (Stick), and Gas Tungsten Arc (TIG) welding processes. If you have basic welding experience, you can take intermediate and/or advanced classes. Classes are held at Earlbeck, which is fully equipped to offer hands-on training and instruction.​ There are four program options to choose from, as well as individual courses available.  Financial Aid is available for program options, but not necessarily available for individual courses.

Program objectives

Upon successful completion of this Continuing Education Workforce Certificate, students will be able to:

​1. prepare to pass American Welding Society (AWS) certifications;

2. prepare material and safely perform fillet and groove welds on various types of metals; and  

3. prepare for a career in welding in a variety of industries.

 

Program Credential

Successful Completion:

CCBC Credential:

Program Options: Students will be awarded a Continuing Education Workforce Certificate, and will have access to a Continuing Education academic record (transcript).

Individual Courses: Students will receive a Continuing Education course completion certificate for each class, and will have access to a Continuing Education academic record (transcript).

External Credential:

Earlbeck Gases and Technologies completion certificates are given for each class, as well as an AWS qualification certificate upon successful completion of all intermediate level classes. An American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) qualification certificate is awarded upon successful completion of Advanced Welding.

Certifying Organization:

American Welding Society (AWS)

www.aws.org

American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)

www.asme.org

Financial Aid and Payment Options

CCBC currently offers Continuing Education (CE) financial aid to those who qualify. We package public and private funding options to benefit students which include COVID-19 relief funding, the Maryland Sequence Scholarship, CCBC Opportunity Grant funding, Maryland Promise, and Baltimore County College Promise. Financial aid funding is available for select CE courses and programs. 

Additional opportunities for financial support include partial payment options through Nelnet Business Solutions and tuition waivers for those who qualify. Resources outside of CCBC may also be available through employer/sponsor paid tuition,  the Department of Rehabilitation Services (DORS), and your local office of workforce development. 

For more information about funding resources and how to apply for them, please contact the CCBC Continuing Education Information Center at 443-840-4700.

Program Length

Courses are offered at Earlbeck Gases and Technologies. Earlbeck training is provided in both daytime and evening formats throughout the year.

Entry Level - 5 weeks (days), 13 - 15 weeks (evenings)

Advanced Level - 8 weeks (days), 21 - 23 weeks (evenings)

Program Requirements

Minimum age of 18

Application Process

To apply, go to www.ccbcmd.edu/apply and complete the CCBC Continuing Education Workforce Certificate program application.  An email will then be sent with program information and any additional requirements necessary to apply for the program.

Open Entry – No screening or documentation required.

Prior Learning Assessment

This program has no options for obtaining course waiver(s) for prior learning.

Program Course Sequence

Begin with Fundamentals of Welding, or take Fundamentals and then go on to specialize in one of the three processes (MIG, Shielded Metal Arc/Stick, or TIG).​  Total hours and prices vary dependent on the selected sequence.

MIG Welding - Option A - Two-course registration pricing

Course Number

Course

Title

Course Hours **

Textbook Information

(approximate cost; subject to change)

Costs **

T=Tuition/F=Fees

VOA 926

Fundamentals of Welding

36

Book provided - cost included in tuition

$1700

T-$255/F-$1445

VOA 930

Intermediate MIG Welding

42

Book provided - cost included in tuition

$2450

T-$368/F-$2082

MIG Welding Option A Course Series Totals:   78 $0

$4150

T-$623/F-$3527

MIG Welding - Option B - Combined Pricing for single registration

Course Number

Course

Title

Course Hours **

Textbook Information

(approximate cost; subject to change)

Costs **

T=Tuition/F=Fees

VOA167 Career Welding - MIG 78 Book provided - cost included in tuition

$3818

T-$573/F-$3245

Stick Welding Option A - Two-course registration pricing

Course Number

Course

Title

Course Hours **

Textbook Information

(approximate cost; subject to change)

Costs **

T=Tuition/F=Fees

VOA 926

Fundamentals of Welding

36

Book provided - cost included in tuition

$1700

T-$255/F-$1445

VOA 932

Intermediate Shielded Metal Arc Welding

54

Book provided - cost included in tuition

$2450

T-$368/F-$2082

Stick Welding Option A Course Series Totals: 90 $0

$4150

T-$623/F-$3527

Stick Welding Option B - Combined pricing for single registration

Course Number

Course

Title

Course Hours **

Textbook Information

(approximate cost; subject to change)

Costs **

T=Tuition/F=Fees

VOA166

Career Welding - Stick

90 $0

$3818

T-$573/F-$3245

TIG Welding Option A - Two-course registration pricing

Course Number

Course

Title

Course Hours **

Textbook Information

(approximate cost; subject to change)

Costs **

T=Tuition/F=Fees

VOA 926

Fundamentals of Welding

36

Book provided - cost included in tuition

$1700

T-$255/F-$1445

VOA 928

Intermediate TIG Welding

48

Book provided - cost included in tuition

$2450

T-$368/F-$2082

TIG Welding Option A Course Series Totals: 84 $0

$4150

T-$623/F-$3527

TIG Welding Option B - Combined pricing for single registration

Course Number

Course

Title

Course Hours **

Textbook Information

(approximate cost; subject to change)

Costs **

T=Tuition/F=Fees

VOA 168

Career Welding - TIG

84 Book provided - cost included in tuition

$3818

T-$573/F-$3245

Additional Course (may not be aid-eligible)

Course Number

Course

Title

Course Hours **

Textbook Information

(approximate cost; subject to change)

Costs **

T=Tuition/F=Fees

VOA 581

Advanced Welding

(MIG, Stick, or TIG)

48

Book provided - cost included in tuition

$2,500

Additional Information

​Additional Offerings:
APP 285 - Welding Basics
APP 284 - Symbols for Welding
VOA 551 - Visual Weld Inspection
VOA 772 - Intermediate GMAW - Aluminum
VOA 774 - Intermediate GMAW - Self Shield FCAW
VOA 775 - Intermediate GMAW - Stainless

 

Skills for Success:

​Detailed-oriented, dependable, self-control, ability to follow safety rules, ability to follow directions, cooperation, integrity, persistence, manual dexterity, mechanical aptitude, mathematical aptitude, ability to stand for long periods of time, and the ability to lift 35 pounds.​

Career Opportunities:​

Welders who obtain multiple certifications can expect to earn highly competitive wages in a variety of industries including automotive, rail, shipbuilding, aerospace, heavy construction and manufacturing. Experienced welders who carry a number of American Welding Society (AWS) certifications and work in heavy industrial construction work on bridges, ships or railroads and often earn wages double or triple these numbers.​

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Program Contact Information

Coordinator: Steve Ricketts | sricketts@ccbcmd.edu | 443-840-4442 | Catonsville | BESS 100L

Administrative Assistant: Ollie Wright | owright@ccbcmd.edu | 443-840-4476 | Catonsville | BESS 100