Welding Degree and Certifications


Elgin Community College offers a welding degree and several welding certifications. In ECC’s welding programs, you will learn oxygen-acetylene welding, cutting and brazing, shield metal arc or “stick” welding (SMAW), gas metal arc welding—also known as metal inert gas welding (GMAW/MIG), and gas tungsten arc welding—also known as tungsten inert gas welding (GTAW).

ECC offers a two-year Associate of Applied Science degree in Welding Fabrication Technology, three basic welding certificates, and one vocational welding certificate. Our certified welding instructors bring substantial real-world experience to the classroom in our modern welding lab. Morning, afternoon, and evening classes are available to accommodate your busy schedule.

Associate of Applied Science Degree

The Associate of Applied Science in Welding Fabrication Technology degree is a four-semester program that consists of 60 credit hours.

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Welding Certificates

In addition to the Associate of Applied Science, Elgin Community College also offers several basic certificates and a vocational certificate in welding. All certificates can be completed in 4-16 months.

Vocational Certificate

Careers in Welding

As our nation’s infrastructure decays from natural wear and tear, experienced welders will be called upon to regain and renew it. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 6 percent employment growth of welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers from 2016 to 2026.

Skilled welders can also take their knowledge international—welding is employed all over the world! You can join graduates of our welding degree and certificate programs as you work around the globe in a variety of jobs in diverse industries, including, but not limited to:

  • Manufacturing
  • Agriculture
  • Construction
  • Manufacturing
  • Robotics
  • Underwater welding
  • Automotive

Planning to Transfer

Learn more about earning a Bachelor’s degree, earning summer credits for transfer, or dual admissions with a university by visiting University Transfer & Partnerships.

Student Stories

ECC Welding Program—Graduate's Perspective

ECC alum Dan Schmitt describes the impact that an ECC education has had on his life.

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Elgin Community College welding degree and certificate programs can help you to craft your career.

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