One-Year Certificate

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Don't Wait to Weld - videoProgram Mission

The One Year Welding Certificate enriches our community with access to modern and up to date welding education that meets or exceeds industry standards.

Program Descriptions

The One Year Welding Certificate program is designed to provide study in the areas of general welding and operations. The primary focus is to provide the student with a foundation of knowledge of general welding and safety. Related welding operations or processes for this program would include; SMAW, GMAW, FCAW, GTAW, OFC, PAC, CAC-A, OFW.

Mairghread McGowan

“I don’t know why there aren’t more girls in this – there’s so much precision and detail. It’s like having Thors hammer and I love that. The instructors are supportive here. I feel comfortable and every student helps one another. I want to own my own business.”
- Mairghread McGowan

Program Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the One-year Welding Certificate will be able to:

  1. Apply fundamentals of welding, including the basics of common joining processes, cutting and gouging, measurement, fabrication, repair, material identification, and visual acceptance criteria
  2. Interpret and apply basic elements of blueprints such as line type identification, symbols, notes, 2D and 3D interpretation, dimensioning and measurement
  3. Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of safe working conditions, as well as, safety in handling materials, equipment, and personal protective equipment
  4. Identify basic components of welding systems and welding processes, proper machine setup, and demonstrate trouble shooting when visual acceptance criteria of a weldment has not been met.

Ready to get started?

It's easy and only requires TWO steps.

Step 1

Fill out our response form. This will alert us that you are interested in the Welding program.

Step 2

If you are new to UCC (you've never taken a class), apply to UCC. Otherwise, you are done for now. You will be contacted about the next steps.

Career Considerations

The Welding program prepares students for entry-level jobs and future careers in the following areas:

  • Welder helper
  • Production Welding
  • Millwork
  • Repair
  • Cutting, Brazing, Soldering
  • Trucking & Heavy equipment
  • Structural Iron Work
  • Welding Sales

Did you know?

  • The U.S. will need over 375,000 welding professionals by 2023.
  • Welding is used to build ships, automobiles, planes and space vehicles.
  • A welding career can lead to financial security, career advancement and important work in areas around the world.
  • Scholarships and grants are available from the American Welding Society.

Occupational Skills Training

This program is available in an Occupational Skills Training format that is designed to mix school classes and on-the-job training with a potential employer. It’s great for hands-on learners! Individualized training plans are developed in consultation with the student, UCC faculty, UCC advisor, and the work site trainer.
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High School Students

Get a head start by becoming a dual credit student. Dual credit students attend UCC and high school at the same time! You can complete high school requirements, work on college prerequisites and earn credits towards a degree or certificate all at the same time.

Residents of WA, ID, NV, and CA

If you are from Washington, Idaho, Nevada, or California, you pay Oregon resident tuition rates. That's a big discount! You might also be interested in what life is like around UCC. Find out.

Money for College

Get access to millions of dollars that are available to students - not just loans. There are scholarships, grants and work study opportunities too! Every student can use money for college. It can help you to be more successful. Plus, it can lower your debt load when you finish college. Some students actually leave college debt-free! Here are some important sources of money for college. Don't let these opportunities for financial aid pass you by. Act now! Decide. Commit. Succeed.

Why UCC?

Why UCCAt UCC, you can earn a variety of certificates and degrees that can enhance your current career or place you in the workforce sooner. Plus, UCC offers:

• Expert faculty dedicated to teaching
• Personal attention and small class sizes
• Online classes


Prospective students should contact an Enrollment Advisor to get started and then see a program advisor (below) to develop a more focused educational plan.

Ian Fisher - Contact
Associate Professor, Coordinator, Welding
Phone: 541-440-7819


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