Basic Shielded Metal Arc Welder Certificate (FS31)

The Basic Shielded Metal Arc Welder Technical Certificate of Credit prepares students for careers in the welding and joining industry. This certificate emphasizes arc welding in the flat position and is pre-requisite to the advanced certificate.

Employment Opportunities

The Basic Shielded Metal Arc Welder certificate program is designed to prepare individuals for entry level employment within the welding and fabrication industry, as well as similar working environments where welding is needed.

Admissions Criteria

  • Submit a completed application and application fee;
  • Be at least 16 years of age;
  • Submit official high school transcript or GED transcript;
  • Submit official college transcripts, if applicable;
  • Meet the following assessment requirements:
Test Reading Writing Numerical Algebra
Accuplacer 36 30 23 NA
Accuplacer (Next Gen) 218 222 223 NA
Compass 70 32 26 NA
SAT 16 15 18 NA
SAT 270 280 310 NA
ACT 14 13 14 NA
ASSET 37 38 32 NA
PSAT 16 15 18 NA
GED NA 145 145 NA
TABE 461 NA 442 NA

Basic Shielded Metal Arc Welder Curriculum

The Basic Shielded Metal Arc Welder certificate program is designed for the semester system. A student may enter the program any semester. To graduate, students must earn a minimum of 12 semester credit hours. The program requires a minimum of 270 contact hours and generally takes 1 semester to complete.

Program Courses

Occupational Courses (12 Credits)

WELD 1000Intro to Welding Technology


WELD 1010Oxyfuel Cutting


WELD 1040Flat Shielded Metal Arc Weld


NOTE: ”C” or higher grade is required for all the above courses.

Program Costs

Tuition ($100 per credit hour): $1,200

Fees ($385 per semester): $385

Books/Supplies: $130

Course Supply Fees:  Welding (click to find individual course fees)

(Costs are estimates and are subject to change.)