Dual Enrollment - Basic Shielded Metal Arc Welder (MB31)  Technical Certificate of Credit

Campus Locations: Vidalia, Swainsboro

The Dual Enrollment Basic Shielded Metal Arc Welder (SMAW) Technical Certificate program prepares an individual for employment within the welding and fabrication industry as well as similar working environments where SMAW applications are required.

The standard curriculum for the Dual Enrollment Basic Shielded Metal ARC Welder Certificate program is designed for the semester system. Students are encouraged to begin the program in the Fall semester to maximize their progress toward completion. However, students may begin the program any semester. The program generally takes two (2) semesters to complete if students begin during Fall semester. To graduate, students must earn a minimum of 18 semester hours.

This program is limited to high school Dual Enrollment students only.


  • Must meet with high school counselor and STC’s high school initiative coordinator;
  • Submit a completed STC Dual Enrollment Application;
  • Submit a Dual Enrollment Funding Application at www.gafutures.org;
  • Submit official high school/high school equivalent transcripts;
  • Submit official college transcripts, if applicable;
  • Satisfy Placement Testing requirements.

Program Costs

Costs are estimates and are subject to change.

Welding & Joining Technology is a registered S.E.N.S.E. (Schools Excelling through National Skills Education) training school approved by the American Welding Society (AWS) Education Services, 8669 N.W. 36th Street, Suite 130, Miami, FL 33166, SENSE@aws.org.

Curriculum Outline (18 hours)
ENGL 1010

(Prerequisite: ENGL 0097 OR Appropriate Placement Test Score AND READ 0097 OR Appropriate Placement Test Score) Emphasizes the development and improvement of written and oral communication abilities. Topics include analysis of writing, applied grammar and writing skills, editing and proofreading skills, research skills, and oral communication skills.

MATH 1012

(Prerequisites: MATH 0097 OR Appropriate arithmetic placement test score.) Emphasizes the application of basic mathematical skills used in the solution of occupational and technical problems. Topics include fractions, decimals, percents, ratios and proportions, measurement and conversion, geometric concepts, technical applications, and basic statistics.

WELD 1000

(Prerequisite: Program admission) This course provides an introduction to welding technology with an emphasis on basic welding laboratory principles and operating procedures. Topics include: industrial safety and health practices, hand tool and power machine use, measurement, Oxyacetylene welding, and welding career potentials. A $50 fee is associated with this course due to the cost of welding rods, steel, and wire.

WELD 1010

(Prerequisite: Program admission) Introduces fundamental principles, safety practices, equipment, and techniques necessary for metal heating, oxyfuel cutting, and plasma cutting. Topics include: metal heating and cutting techniques, manual and automatic oxyfuel cutting techniques, oxyfuel pipe cutting, plasma torch and theory, plasma machine set up and operation, and plasma cutting techniques. A $50 fee is associated with this course due to the increased cost of acetylene and mild steel.

WELD 1040

(Prerequisite: Program admission) This course introduces the major theory, safety practices, and techniques required for shielded metal arc welding (SMAW) in flat positions. Qualification tests, flat position, are used in the evaluation of student progress toward making industrial welds. A $50 fee is associated with this course due to the increased cost of welding rods and steel.


High School Initiatives Coordinator
Vidalia Campus - Building A, Office 163

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