Welding

Certificate Programs    Approved for WIOA and VA funding.

Are you looking to switch careers or further develop your skills in the welding field?

Welding is a specialized skill that serves a variety of industries and is used in many ways throughout the world. Career opportunities include working in:

  • Welding shops
  • Manufacturing of metal goods
  • The petroleum and natural fuel extraction industry
  • Construction
  • Plumbing and pipe welding
  • Plant maintenance 
  • Automobile manufacturing and repair
  • Ship building
  • Aerospace
  • Railroad construction and repair
And many more...

There are many career paths for a skilled welder, and NVCC can give you the qualifications to start your career in this exciting field!

Take advantage of entry level and advanced courses in Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW), Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW), Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW), and an advanced course Flux Core Arc Welding (FCAW), right here at NVCC. The advanced level courses will help you prepare for certification in accordance with American Welding Society standards. 

Naugatuck Valley Community College is proud to announce that we are an Approved Testing Facility for the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CONNDOT) welding certification. Contact our program coordinator for information on testing schedules.

Structural Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) Certificate

(130 hours)

  • Basic SMAW—with OSHA 10hr 
  • Advanced Structural SMAW - with certification* 

Shielded Metal Arc Welding techniques and processes are often referred to as STICK welding and are widely used in the maintenance and construction industries.

 

Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) Certificate

(100 hours)

  • Basic GTAW
  • Advanced GTAW—with certification*
  • OSHA 10hr

Gas Tungsten Arc Welding, also known as TIG welding, is used mainly to weld stainless steel, aluminum, titanium, and other nonferrous metals. It is used in various industries, including the aerospace, manufacturing, construction and piping industries.

 

Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) Certificate

(100 hours)

  • Basic GMAW
  • Advanced GMAW—with certification*
  • OSHA 10hr

Gas Metal Arc Welding, also known as MIG welding, is a process used regularly in manufacturing, repair shops and for heavy construction.

 

Important Information 

 

Course Entrance Requirements

  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • High school level reading and math skills
  • Experienced students may register for advanced courses only with permission.  Please contact the program coordinator for additional information.

Certifications

We offer the following certifications, in accordance with American Welding Society standards:

  • SMAW – D1.1 (Structural Welding Code-Steel) in 2G
  • GMAW - D1.1 (Structural Welding Code-Steel) in 3G
  • GTAW – D17.1 (Specification for Fusion Welding for Aerospace Applications) in 2F for stainless steel and 2F for aluminum
  • Connecticut Department of Transportation (CONNDOT) certification in D1.5 (Bridge Welding Code) in SMAW 3G/4G (*NVCC is an Approved Testing Facility for the CONNDOT welding certification).  

Have more questions about welding? Please see our FAQ section.

Career Information

Welding is a specialized skill that serves a variety of industries and is used in many ways throughout the world.  Career opportunities include working in: welding shops, the manufacturing of metal goods, the petroleum and natural fuel extraction industry, construction, plumbing, pipe welding, plant maintenance, automobile manufacturing and repair, ship building and other transportation industries such as railroads. aircraft, and aerospace applications.  

There are many career paths for a skilled welder, and NVCC can give you the qualifications to attain a career in welding in just months.

 

A day in the life of a Welder, Cutter, or Welder Fitter:

ONet Online lists the following tasks that may be performed:

 

  • Weld components in flat, vertical, or overhead positions.
  • Operate safety equipment and use safe work habits.
  • Lay out, position, align, and secure parts and assemblies prior to assembly, using straightedges, combination squares, calipers, and rulers.
  • Examine workpieces for defects and measure workpieces with straightedges or templates to ensure conformance with specifications.
  • Recognize, set up, and operate hand and power tools common to the welding trade, such as shielded metal arc and gas metal arc welding equipment.
  • Weld separately or in combination, using aluminum, stainless steel, cast iron, and other alloys.
  • Clamp, hold, tack-weld, heat-bend, grind or bolt component parts to obtain required configurations and positions for welding.
  • Select and install torches, torch tips, filler rods, and flux, according to welding chart specifications or types and thicknesses of metals.
  • Ignite torches or start power supplies and strike arcs by touching electrodes to metals being welded, completing electrical circuits.
  • Connect and turn regulator valves to activate and adjust gas flow and pressure so that desired flames are obtained.

Salary Ranges

The CT DOL statistics show the annual salary range for welders to be $40,579-$42,748.

Helpful Links

Welding Information Session

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Cost

Courses are available individually or as part of a certificate. The program costs include all books, supplies and materials.  Welding Certificates are approved by the Workforce Investment Board for training funds.  Please contact your local American Job Center to determine if you qualify for tuition funds.

Payment Plan

A payment plans is available for your selected course(s).  Please download and print a copy below.   This signed payment plan along with your first payment should be submitted upon registration.


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Complete the registration form and send with payment to:

NVCC Danbury Campus
190 Main Street
Danbury, CT 06810-7805

Fax:
Fax registration form with credit card information to 203-575-8243.
AMEX/MC/Visa/Discover only

Phone:
Call 203-437-9699
Monday - Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
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Program Coordinator
Sharon Lutkus
203-596-2197 (p)
203-575-8243 (f)
Room: K404
750 Chase Parkway
Waterbury, CT 06708
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