Welding Technology (SMAW, MIG-TIG)


Program’s Mission Statement

This program is committed to prepare students for employment or advanced training in a variety of occupations in the welding industry. Also, to prepare the student for a job interview in the welding industry.

Program Content

This course includes specialized classroom and practical experience in the cutting and joining of metal parts through the application of intense heat, using gas and electric welding equipment. Applications include oxyacetylene welding (OAW), fusion and non-fusion welding, shield metal arc welding (GMAW). The skills for cutting metal include OAW (flame cutting) equipment and plasma arc cutting equipment. Related skills include print reading and layout, metal identification and math. Content also includes use and care of hand tools, power tools, specialized tools and equipment, safe and effective work practices and use of current industry standards, practices and techniques.

The course/program also provides supplemental training for persons previously or currently employed in these occupations.

 Entrance Requirements

  • 16 years of age or older and not currently enrolled in another Miami-Dade County Public School
  • Occupational interest

 Length of Program

The entire program is 1050 hours, but students can earn a certificate at the completion of the following OCP’s:

OCP A              (Welder Assistant 1)                                      150 hours

(Welder Assistant 2)                                      150 hours

OCP B              (Welder, SMAW 1)                                         150 hours

(Welder, SMAW 1)                                         150 hours

OCP C              (Welder)                                                         450 hours

Minimum basic-skills grade levels required for awarding a Full Program Completion Certificate are 9th grade in Math, Reading and Language on the TABE Test, and/or passing the industry licensure “Certified Welder License” by the American Welding Society.

Employment Opportunities

  • Aerospace Welders
  • Combination Welder
  • Construction Welder
  • Marine Welder
  • Robotic Welders
  • Flame Cutters
  • Tack Welders
  • Production Line Welder

***Welding Technology is a core program. It is recommended that students successfully complete Welding Technology or demonstrate mastery of the outcomes in that program prior to enrollment in the Welding Technology – Advanced program.


In 2012, the median hourly entry-level pay was $17.45 per hour. As of 2012 there were 357,400 Welders in the U.S., The expected job outlook for 2012-20122 shows and increase in need of 6%.

Financial aid is available to eligible students and eligible programs.

Applications and information regarding financial aid resources may be obtained from the Financial Aid Office.

The Federal PELL Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), are some forms of aid offered. To be eligible a student must:

  1. A full registration fee is charge from the first day of the trimester throughout the 21st
  2. Seventy-five percent of the fee is charged from the 22nd through the 45th
  3. Fifty percent of the fee is charged from the 50th day through the end of the trimester.
  4. Students registering for short-term classes will pay a course fee based upon the duration of the course and the total hours of the class.

For more information please see your Financial Aid Officer.

The Federal PELL Grant, FSEOG are all based on financial need and are determined by a student’s Expected Family Contribution (EFC). Additional resources such as Vocational Rehabilitation, South Florida Workforce, SAVES, etc. can assist students through their vocational programs for those who qualify. Please see those individual agencies to determine eligibility.

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