Combination Welder, Basic Certificate



Program Code: 0758

Program Requirements

Required Program Core
332TECH 449Professional Development2
332TECH 472Vocational Physical Training2
332TECH 509Intro To Basic Arc Welding3
332TECH 518Manufacturing Materials & Processes1
332TECH 520Arc Welding4
332TECH 526Welding Mathematics I1
332TECH 530Advanced Welding4
432CMGT 609Construction Safety II3
432CMGT 604Blueprint and Specifications3
CIS 120Introduction to Computer Applications3
Total Hours26


This is an example course sequence for students interested in pursuing welding. This does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If this pathway is followed as outlined, you will earn a Basic Certificate (BC) in Welder (Combination).

The Basic Certificate program in Welder (Combination) is designed to provide students with training in basic welding skills in a shop setting. In addition to learning welding mathematics, blueprint reading, layout and fabrication, students are also introduced to the basic fundamentals of job safety and ethics. Graduates of this program are qualified for entry level employment as an ARC, MIG, or TIG welder.

Semester-by-Semester Program Plan for Full-Time Students

All plans can be modified to fit the needs of part-time students by adding more semesters.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Hours
432CMGT 609 Construction Safety II 3
432CMGT 604 Blueprint and Specifications 3
332TECH 472 Vocational Physical Training 2
332TECH 509 Intro To Basic Arc Welding 3
332TECH 526 Welding Mathematics I 1
332TECH 518 Manufacturing Materials & Processes 1
332TECH 520 Arc Welding 4
332TECH 530 Advanced Welding 4
Semester 2
CIS 120 Introduction to Computer Applications 3
332TECH 449 Professional Development 2
 Total Hours26

Choose your courses with your College Advisor.


This program can prepare students for the jobs listed below. Click on each one to learn more, including average earnings, annual job openings, and how much education people in that field have. For additional guidance and resources on career options, current City Colleges students and alumni can contact the Career Services Office.

Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers

Job Description

Use hand-welding, flame-cutting, hand-soldering, or brazing equipment to weld or join metal components or to fill holes, indentations, or seams of fabricated metal products.

Salary Based on Experience Level

Take a look at the average hourly/annual earnings for this career in Cook County

Lightcast earnings figures are based on OES data from the BLS and include base rate, cost of living allowances, guaranteed pay, hazardous-duty pay, incentive pay (including commissions and bonuses), on-call pay, and tips.

Annual Wages

Entry-Level 10th Percentile$33,788
Median 50th Percentile$47,323
Senior-Level 90th Percentile$68,126

Hourly Wages

Entry-Level 10th Percentile$16
Median 50th Percentile$23
Senior-Level 90th Percentile$33

Annual Job Openings

438 annual openings in Cook County

National Education Attainment

Here, you can see the level of education that people in this career complete.

Degree Program% of Jobs
A high school diploma or less74.38%
A certificate11.64%
Some college11.28%
An Associate degree1.75%
A Bachelor's degree0.94%
A Master's or Professional degree0.00%
A Doctoral degree or more0.00%

0.94% continue their education beyond an associate degree