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MATC Welding Certificate

The MATC Welding One-Year Certificate of Completion program is a self-directed, outcome-based program designed to prepare students for technician-level employment in Welding in a manufacturing environment. The program is offered exclusively at the Manufacturing and Applied Technology Center (MATC) at COCC's Redmond Campus.

Departmental approval is required for enrollment at the Manufacturing and Applied Technology Center.

The MATC Welding Certificate provides you with 45 credits of instruction in a wide variety of welding processes including SMAW, GMAW, GTAW (commonly called Stick, Mig and Tig). Additional courses are available in Oxy fuel, Plasma, and Flux core processes. The training can used to qualify you to weld in a number of welding processes and positions.

Regarding Welding "Certifications": We are often asked if we offer welding "certifications". There are many different types of welding certifications including those issued by AWS, API, and ASME to name a few. They are most often narrowly specified by process, material and position. Most employers who require certified welders have their own tests or will specify a particular AWS or other code specification.

Because there are so many possible welding certifications, the MATC does not provide specific certification testing. Earning our welding certificate qualifies you to to produce quality welds. If a student needs a particular certification for a job, our MATC instructors can help them prepare and practice for the test. Testing is then done by a third party examiner for the particular certification.

All credits required to satisfy the requirements of this One-Year Certificate can also be applied towards the Associate of Applied Science degree in Manufacturing Technology.

For details see:
Welding - One Year Certificate of Completion (Online Catalog)

This certificate/degree is designed for students planning to enter their chosen career upon graduation. Often only selected credits are considered transferable to public or private baccalaureate institutions. Prior to starting any MATC program, students are advised to contact the institution they intend to transfer to and identify what credits may be transferable.

Regional Employment Projections from Oregon Employment Market Information System indicate that jobs in Welding are expected to grow at a somewhat faster rate than the statewide average. Total job openings are projected to be much higher than the statewide average. Jobs in Metals Fabrication are expected to grow at a somewhat faster rate than the statewide average. Total job openings are projected to be somewhat higher than the statewide average.



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