The 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

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 CoursesCredit Hrs.
GT 103Engineering Graphics2
WEL100Introduction to Welding2
WEL102MIG Welding4

Welding, Advanced Certificate: 16 Credit Hours