Welding at LCC


The LCC Welding department welcomes you to consider entering this promising and lucrative career pathway.  Welding provides a competitive income with multiple opportunities for career advancement and wage increases.  Average starting salaries for welders range from $28,000 to $42,000 per year, with the potential to make much more.

If you choose this pathway you will have the opportunity to complete our Basic, Intermediate and Advanced Welding Certificates and an Associates of Applied Science in Welding.

The Lamar Community College Welding program has recently gone through a complete program re-design.  All of our courses have been designed to better meet the high standards of the modern welding industry.  Our shop has been completely remodeled to be a state-of-the-art facility with top of the line equipment.  We are confident you will find the learning environment to be second to none.

Degrees & Certificates

Welding Options

Fabrication Welding A.A.S. Fabrication Welding Degree Plan
Welding, Basic Certificate Welding, Basic Certificate Plan
Welding, Intermediate Certificate Welding, Intermediate Certificate Plan
Welding, Advanced Certificate Welding, Advanced Certificate Plan

Associate of Applied Science in Fabrication Welding

This degree program is designed to train students in beginning, intermediate and advanced welding applications.  Students who complete this degree will be qualified for a variety of career opportunities in the welding industry with the ability to secure jobs with competitive pay.  The core courses added to the skill courses will prepare students for future advancement in the industry to include supervisory and management positions.

Program graduates will be able to:

  1. Define and adhere to proper safety procedures in welding environments.
  2. Illustrate knowledge of the proper use and applications of welding equipment according to industry standards.
  3. Identify and employ the appropriate and correct application of blueprints in welding.
  4. Perform basic Gas Metal Arc Welding/Flux Core Arc Welding (GMAW/FCAW), Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW), and Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) welding procedures from flat, horizontal, vertical and overhead positions according to industry standards.
  5. Demonstrate safe work habits that reflect concern and care for self, others and the environment that reflect current industry expectations.
  6. Illustrate and apply professional employability skills desired by potential employers in the welding field, such as the importance of being timely, quality weld production and effective communication techniques.

Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced Welding certificate programs

The Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced Welding certificate programs offer students the workforce skills to perform the essential functions within the scope of practice that an individual desires a career/employment in. The three certificates are “stackable” in conjunction with the five general education courses to complete the AAS degree.

Welding, Basic Certificate

Careers: Entry Level Grinder, Fitter, Welder’s Helper

This Certificate provides entry-level skills courses in welding technology.  Students who complete the basic welding certificate will be qualified for entry level positions in welding shops.  These would be at the lowest rate of pay and would require additional training to be provided by the employer.  This certificate is essentially designed to provide the foundation for the intermediate and advanced welding certificates.

Welding, Intermediate Certificate

Careers: Welder’s Helper, Apprentice Welder, Welder

This Certificate builds upon the knowledge gained in the basic skills certificate to provide entry-level and advancing skills courses in welding technology.  Students who complete this certificate will be prepared for more complex applications in the welding industry.  Completion of this certificate will qualify welders for careers in fabrication and/or repetitive application processes performed in most manufacturing shops.

Welding, Advanced Certificate

Careers: Pipe Welder, Aerospace Welder, Weld Operator

This Certificate provides training in intermediate and advanced skills courses in welding technology. Students who complete this certificate in addition to the basic and intermediate certificates will be qualified for a wide variety of careers in the welding industry.

Program Details

Program Prerequisites

  • High school diploma or equivalent

Cost of Textbooks/Supplies

  • Tuition based on total number of credits taken.
  • The cost may vary from semester to semester.

Career Options

Colorado Helps Advanced Manufacturing Programs (CHAMP)
Find your career goals today.  Explore your options by visiting the Colorado Careers Action Tools website.

Faculty & Staff

Doug Cash

Welding Faculty
Phone: 719.336.1544

Terry Martin

Welding Adjunct Instructor

For additional program information, contact:

Kelli Gaines

Advanced Manufacturing Project Director (Co-Lead)
Phone: 719.336.1523

Student Testimonials

I enjoy the welding class because we get to learn from the best welders & instructors. We also get the opportunity to learn multiple processes on new machines. This is beneficial to me because I plan to start my own welding business, and all that I learn here will be applied to my everyday job.

–  Kody Lane

I like that when I complete my welding project I can get immediate feedback from the instructors. That’s rewarding.

–  Halie Schenck

I have really come to enjoy welding a lot! I hope to finish to get a certificate and go on to also finish my degree as well. I feel like it is a great place to start a career and then start a business and be successful – all thanks to LCC!

–  Bryan Ceron

I enjoy coming to a welding environment where the instructors give us personal attention. I hope to take what I learn here and get a manufacturing or pipeline job.

–  John Ungerleider

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