Coastal Bend College’s Welding Program has a 45-year history of training qualified welders to enter the workforce. The welding curriculum builds skills in Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW), Oxy-Acetylene Welding (OAW), Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW), and Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) for employment in many industries with different requirements for cutting and welding. These skills are required in the fabrication and construction of vessels and structures, and their maintenance and repair. Emphasis is on the opportunity to gain practical experience, with related courses in shop math, welding theory, drafting and layout, plate and pipe fabrication, and the properties of various metals. State-of-the-art equipment such as CBC’s Mobile Welding Trailer provides students with the ability to learn SMAW, GMAW, GTAW, FCAW, and plasma welding techniques.
Welding is an articulated high school credit program. Students who have successfully completed appropriate welding courses in high school may be able to receive college credit for those courses. In addition to the Associate of Applied Science Degree, Level I and Level II certificates may be earned in welding. Graduation with any award requires completion of the curriculum and passage of the program’s capstone. Capstone exams are given in WLDG 2451 for the AAS and Level II certificate, and WLDG 1430 under the basic welding skills curriculum.
Welding students have access to free tutoring services, career counselors, and a dedicated faculty advisor.
Program Cost & Highlights:
- A one to two-year program with an average class size of 15-20 students at CBC Beeville, Alice, and Pleasanton. The program is also offered at several high schools in the area.
- Course content focuses on several welding modalities for a robust and thorough classroom and laboratory (hands on) education.
- In addition to tuition and fees, students also invest about $300-$500 for course/lab fees and course materials.
- Financial aid and scholarship are available to those who qualify.
- Median hourly wage in the Coastal Bend region is $19.35 per hour.*
- Employers that have hired our program graduates include Ranch Hand, Dixie Iron Works, Straight Line Construction, ACME Trucking, and several independent welding shops.
- Jobs in the welding industry are expected to grow by over 6% from now through 2026.
*Data obtained from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, Corpus Christi region, 2018.