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Welding Fabrication

Earn your welding fabrication degree in two years from Chemeketa.

Potential Salary$40,000

topics Trades

Skills & InterestProblem Solving


  • A student welds while an instructor teaches another student in front of a blackboard

Why choose program or class?

If you're ready to commit to a long-term career in welding, Chemeketa Community College's associate of applied science degree is the place to start. Welding is a great-paying career with lots of opportunities to explore - it can even be done underwater.

You can complete Chemeketa's welding fabrication degree in two years or pursue a certificate with advanced techniques and instruction.

What will you learn?

In addition to the fundamentals leading to a career, you will learn advanced arc, MIG and TIG welding, precision measurement, blueprint reading and sketching, fabrication processes and metallurgy. Chemeketa's program includes class and lab work as well as cooperative work experiences that will earn you college credits and money.

See Course Sequences for more information.

What will you do?

While completing the welding certificate, you will learn to –

  • Set up and operate manual and semi-automatic welding and cutting equipment used in the metal fabrication industry
  • Perform basic layout and fabrication skills to produce welded metal parts and products
  • Read and interpret engineering drawings to American Welding Society standards
  • Use welding process and procedure applications
  • Apply basic metallurgy knowledge to fabrication processes
  • Perform basic set-ups and operations for manual and computer numeric controlled machining equipment
  • Design and carry out planning procedures for machining purposes
  • Select and use tools and equipment to manufacture, measure, and inspect parts in a machining environment
  • Perform as a team member and practice skills that reflect professional and ethical behavior in the workplace

Graduates with a welding certificate can end up working in robotics, motor sports, military support, ship building and repair, project management, inspections, engineering, education and sales.


    Are you looking for a great-paying career with lots of options after college? Do you have steady hands? A welding certificate might be the entry to the career path you've been searching for.

    Chemeketa's three-term welding certificate program combines classes and hands-on training needed in welding occupations.

    See Course Sequences for more information.


    Although Chemeketa's program does not require background checks or drug testing. you might want to familiarize yourself with how future employers might use these procedures. Whether you are hired or promoted for a job may depend on the information revealed in a background check. Job applicants and existing employees as well as volunteers may be asked to submit to background checks. For some jobs, screening is required by federal or state law. The current emphasis on security and safety has dramatically increased the number of employment background checks conducted. For more information, visit

    For more information, email or call 503.399.6066.