Introduction to Welding-SMAW/GMAW


Introduction to Welding was developed to introduce a more skilled entry-level worker into the rapidly growing metal working manufacturing, fabrication and construction industries.

The Introduction to Welding-SMAW/GMAW combines hands-on learning of such skills as Shielded Metal Arc Welding, Gas Metal Arc Welding, Oxyfuel Cutting and other commonly used cutting methods. Theoretical training in such topics as Welding and Shop Safety, Basic Welding Principles, Weld Quality and Shop math and more.
Upon completion of the program, you are eligible for the following Certifications

  • Certificate of Completion-Chaffey College
  • Cal/OSHA 10 General Industry
  • Amatrol Certificate
  • American Welding Society (AWS): SMAW D1.1 Structural Welding Code-Steel and/or GMAW D1.3 Structural Welding Code-Sheet Steel
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Career Pathways
  • Assist with part fit-up
  • Tack welding
  • Welding of non-critical parts and connections
  • Material cutting
  • Grinding and trimming
  • Clamping of parts
  • Removing defective welds
  • Primer and painting
  • Regular clean-up of work area
  • Safety inspections of tools and equipment

Welding Career Pathway

What is the potential wage outlook?
  • 1 – 5 years of experience $21-$25
  • 5 – 10 years of experience $25-$45
  • Independent Owner/Operators of Welding Rigs $100-$200


Welding may be right for you if you enjoy the following:
  • Working with your hands
  • Feel a sense of accomplishment after a hard day’s work
  • Good pay
  • Physically demanding work
  • Bending, lifting, reaching, crawling, standing for long periods at a time
  • Getting dirty
  • Starting your day early
  • Building and creating
  • Finding solutions for problems
  • Hot work
  • Having a skill that few possess
Possible Employment Positions:
  • Entry-Level Welder
  • Entry-Level Fabricator
  • Welder’s Helper
  • Field Installer
  • Welder/Fabricator Assistant
  • Cutter
Possible Fields Of Employment:
  • New Product Manufacturing
  • Steel Fabrication
  • Construction
  • On-site Product Installation
  • Equipment Repair and Maintenance