welderThe Spoon River College Welding program prepares students to work as welding operators in a variety of industries. The program offers courses in arc welding, MIG (Metal Inert Gas) welding, and TIG (Tungsten Inert Gas) welding.

Certificates and Degrees

  • Welding Operator Certificate
  • Advanced Welding Certificate

Nature of Work
Welding is a process that joins together metal parts. In this process, heat is applied to metal pieces, melting and fusing them together in a permanent bond. Welding is used in building construction, shipbuilding, automobile manufacturing, aerospace and other manufacturing activities. Welding is also used to connect beams when constructing bridges and to join pipes in pipelines, power plants and refineries. This program is part of the Manufacturing Career Cluster.

Employment Opportunities

  • Construction
  • Self-employed/contract welder
  • Manufacturing
  • Ornamental construction materials
  • Ship/barge construction or maintenance


Welding Operator Certificate:
8 Credit Hours
Required Courses Credit Hrs.
GT 103 Engineering Graphics 2
WEL100 Introduction to Welding 2
WEL102 MIG Welding 4
Welding, Advanced Certificate:
16 Credit Hours
Required Courses​ Credit Hrs.
GT 103 Engineering Graphics 2
GT 150 Applied Mathematics 3
WEL101 Advanced Arc Welding 4
WEL102 MIG Welding 4
WEL103 TIG Welding 3

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For information about the Welding program, call an advisor at (309) 647-4645.


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