Gas Tungsten Arc Welder (GTA1)  Technical Certificate of Credit

Campus Locations: Vidalia, Swainsboro

The Gas Tungsten Arc Welder (GTAW) Technical certificate program prepares an individual for employment within the welding and fabrication industry as well as similar working environments where GTAW applications are required. The standard curriculum for the Gas Tungsten Arc Welder (GTAW) 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 one (1) semester to complete. To graduate, students must earn a minimum of 16 semester hours.


  • Submit a completed application;
  • Be at least 16 years of age;
  • 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.

  • Tuition/Fees: $1,349
  • Books/Supplies: $325

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,

Curriculum Outline (16 hours)
Occupational Courses (16 hours) 16
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 1030

(Prerequisite: Program admission) This course introduces the knowledge and skills necessary for reading welding and related blueprints and sketches. An emphasis is placed on identifying types of welds and the associated abbreviations and symbols.

WELD 1110

(Prerequisite: Program admission) Provides knowledge of theory, safety practices, inert gas, equipment, and techniques required for successful gas tungsten arc welding. Qualification tests, all positions, are used in the evaluating of student progress toward making industrial standard welds. Topics include: GTAW safety and health practices; shielding gases; metal cleaning procedures; GTAW machines and set up; selection of filler rods; GTAW weld positions; and production of GTAW beads, bead patterns, and joints. A $50 fee is associated with this course due to the increased cost of welding rods and steel.


Welding & Joining Technology Instructor
Vidalia Campus - Building A, Office 411/417


Welding & Joining Technology Instructor
Swainsboro Campus - Building 6


Welding Instructor
Swainsboro Campus - Building 6, Office 6106/6107

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