Which Colorado Schools Offer Welding Certification Classes?

Learn about welding classes and certifications in Colorado. See program options, degree requirements, tuition costs and specific classes to make an informed choice concerning your education. Schools offering Industrial Automation Engineering Technology degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Are you interested in earning one or more welding certifications in Colorado? In this article, you will read about four schools that have certificate programs, two of which also offer associate degrees in this field.

What You Need to Know

Welding certification courses offer hands-on training and experience with welding technology and terminology. Associate's degrees provide the technical certification along with core academic courses. Welding training in Colorado may be found at both 2- and 4-year schools. Certificates in various areas of welding may be earned in 1-4 semesters. You could also pursue an associate's degree in welding through 4-6 semesters of study, learning most of the same skills as in the certificate programs and completing general education classes, in addition. All of these programs will help you get ready for testing to earn American Welding Society (AWS) certifications. Once certified, you can weld in production, industrial, fabrication, construction and many other related areas.

Welder Certificate Programs in Colorado

Colorado Mountain College

Colorado Mountain College is located in the rural, northwestern part of the state. The basic welding certificate is available through the Rifle campus and the certificate for pipe welding is offered at West Garfield. You'll want to complete both of these certificate programs if your goal is to prepare for the AWS certification exam.

  • Program: Basic Welding and Cutting Certificate or Pipe Welding Certificate
  • Program Length: 8 or 9 credit hours, 1 semester full-time
  • Tuition and Fees: $1,556 in-district, $2,756 in-state, $9,140 out-of-state per year (2015-2016)
  • School Type: 4-year, public; about 5,700 undergraduate students

Community College of Denver

Located in the large city of Denver, this school's fabrication welder program can prepare you for entry-level jobs in four major types of welding. You will learn about gas metal arc welding, oxyacetylene welding, gas tungsten arc welding and shielded metal arc welding. Upon program completion, you should be ready to take your certification test and secure employment as a plate, arc, production, industrial, fabrication, MIG, TIG or construction welder.

  • Program: Fabrication Welder Certificate
  • Program Length: 53 credits, 3 semesters full-time
  • Tuition and Fees: $3,509 in-state, $13,179 out-of-state per year (2015-2016)
  • School Type: 2-year, public; about 10,300 undergraduate students

Pueblo Community College

In the welding program at this college, which is located in southeastern Colorado, you will take courses in different types of welding, such as shielded metal arc and gast tungsten. Your curriculum includes courses in mechanical drawing, machining technology, career math and blueprint reading for welders and fitters. This school also offers 'mini-certificates' of 12 credits each, including structural welding introduction and structural welding intermediate.

  • Program: Welding Certificate
  • Program Length: 40 credits, roughly 3-4 semesters full-time
  • Tuition and Fees: $6,761 in-state, $14,561 out-of-state per year (2015-2016)
  • School Type: 2-year, public; about 6,200 undergraduate students

Trinidad State Junior College

The welding certificate program at this southern Colorado school could prepare you to find jobs in welding, repair, fabrication or service. You'd gain skills in many types of welding, including oxyacetylene, structural, gas metal arc, gas tungsten arc and pipe. Only the Valley campus offers this program. An Associate of Applied Science degree is also available. It would take you about 4 semesters full-time and help you acquire skills in diesel mechanics and precision machining.

  • Program: Welding Certificate
  • Program Length: 38 credit hours, roughly 2-3 semesters full-time
  • Tuition and Fees: $4,530 in-state, $7,318 out-of-state per year (2015-2016)
  • School Type: 2-year, public; about 1,800 undergraduate students

Welder Associate Degree Programs in Colorado

Community College of Denver

In this program, you will take the same welding-related coursework as in the school's certificate program, but you will also complete classes in PC applications, English composition, technical writing, sociology and political science. As a graduate of this program, you're prepared to test for AWS certification.

  • Program: Associate of Applied Science in Fabrication Welder
  • Program Length: 65 credits, 4 semesters full-time
  • Tuition and Fees: $3,509 in-state, $13,179 out-of-state per year (2015-2016)
  • School Type: 2-year, public; about 10,300 undergraduate students

Pueblo Community College

This associate degree program includes most of the welding core curriculum requirements from the school's certificate program. In addition, you complete classes in technical writing, humanities, natural science and social science. Instead of the career math course required in the certificate program, you will take a higher-level course of technical math.

  • Program: Associate of Applied Science in Welding
  • Program Length: 73 credits, approximately 5-6 semesters full-time
  • Tuition and Fees: $6,761 in-state, $14,561 out-of-state per year (2015-2016)
  • School Type: 2-year, public; about 6,200 undergraduate students

In summary, Colorado offers certificate welding programs at both Colorado Mountain College and Trinidad State Junior College. In addition to also having their own welding certificate programs, both Community College of Denver and Pueblo Community College have associate degree programs available for Colorado welders who wish to further their education and skill set.

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