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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
  • Welding student cutting metal in a shop
  • Welding student in welding shop

Why choose Welding Fabrication?

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.

Non-Credit Welding classes – for personal enrichment

  • Winter 2020 Non-Credit Welding Classes

    Whether you are new to welding or want to brush-up, we have a welding class for you. All levels of students welcome! Age 16 years and older. Please refer to the Tool & Gear List  below for required tools for each class.

    *Non-credit welding classes do not provide an opportunity for welder certification testing.  Any AWS welder certification testing needs to be done at a private testing facility.

    Contact department for questions: or 503.399.5210.


    Winter 2020 Non-Credit Welding Class Schedule

    Registration begins November 26


    Saturdays, 9 am – noon

    January 11 – March 14, 2020

    Salem Campus

    Building 20, Room 123 (lecture)

    Building 21, Room 110 (lab)

    Classes meet concurrently


    Basic ARC Welding

    Study the basic principles involved in making fillet welds on mild steel using standard industrial procedures, equipment and electrodes with the shielded metal arc welding (SMAW) process.

    CRN: 63307

    Course ID: XWLD9050A

    Fee: $229


    Advanced ARC Welding

    Preparation of welding under code-type procedures on plate or pipe. A study of welding procedures previously covered, as they apply to heavy gauge welding, with groove-type joints.

    CRN: 63308

    Course ID: XWLD9050B

    Fee: $229


    Basic Oxyacetylene Welding

    Fundamentals of oxyacetylene welding including brazing and cutting.

    CRN: 63309

    Course ID: XWLD9050C

    Fee: $229


    Basic Metal Arc Welding (MIG)

    Introduces basic skills in semiautomatic metal inert gas (MIG) welding processes. Covers principles involved in equipment, material and procedures. Uses solid and flux-core wire in typical industrial applications.

    CRN: 63310

    Course ID: XWLD9050F

    Fee: $229


    Basic Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (TIG)

    Fundamentals of tungsten inert gas (TIG) welding processes, machine setting and application, and development of inert gas welding skills. Includes stainless and aluminum welding.

    CRN: 63311

    Course ID: XWLD9050G

    Fee: $229

  • How to Register for Non-Credit Welding Classes

    Option 1: Online

    Option 2: Registration Form

    • Request a registration form by email


    • See payment options here
  • Tool & Gear List for Non-Credit Welding Classes

    All Classes:

    • Leather gloves
    • Leather shoes
    • Hood with # 10 lens (ARC, MIG, TIG)
    • Safety glasses
    • Extra plastic cover lenses
    • Ear Plugs (recommended but not required)
    • Something to take notes on


    ARC Classes:

    • Chipping Hammer
    • Wire brush
    • (2) 11R vise grips
    • Fillet weld gauges (*Advanced ARC only as needed)


    MIG Class:

    • Tweco .035 and .045 contact tips (#14, 14H, or 14T only)
    • Wire brush
    • Wire cutters
    • (2) 11r vise grips


    Oxyacetylene Class:

    • Tip Cleaner
    • Pliers
    • Striker
    • Goggles/glasses/face shield in #4 or 5 shade
    • Vise grips


    TIG Class:

    • 3/32 2% thoriated (radioactive), Ceriated, or Lanthanated (non-radioactive) tungsten
    • 3/32 pure tungsten
    • 3/32 collets
    • 3/32 collet bodies
    • Back cap
    • Gas cups
    • Pliers
    • 2 SS toothbrushes

    *All Torch parts must fit a Weldcraft wp-20 Torch


    Questions? Email instructor at