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Do you enjoy working with your hands? Life outside of a cubicle? Diverse days and tasks? Consider a career in welding, where demand is high and boredom is low. Welders are in demand among a variety of industries - manufacturing, technology, aerospace, and even art!
Compton College's Welding Program prepares students for the American Welding Society D1.1 certification that tests welding skills including shielded metal arc welding, gas metal arc welding, and more. Students who complete Compton College's Welding Program - whether you're immediately entering the job field or transitioning to a university - are trained with employment and skill excellence in mind.Apply Now
Becoming a Compton College student starts by filling out a free online application. After that, there are a few simple steps to follow before it's time to enroll in classes. Click to get started today.
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Associate of Science Degree
Certificate of Achievement
The program cost is $46 per unit for California residents, not including books, fees, and supplies. For example, unit fees for a 15-unit certificate would be $690, ranging up to the 60-unit associate degree, which would be $2,760. Most students qualify for financial aid or for the Compton College Promise Program.
The median salary for someone with a welding certificate in California is $45,564 and goes up based on the welding role and experience. For example, a welder fabricator earns approximately $43,000/year (certificate experience) and a welding engineer earns $85,000/year (bachelor's degree).
Cooperative Work Experience (CWEE) is designed to provide Compton College students with workplace experience and enhanced skills. We invite you to learn more about the work experience process with us by visiting the CWEE website.
Compton College is a great value for students looking to make a change or enhance their career and get experience for in-demand, high-paying jobs. Our diverse programs, affordable fees, and outstanding student services are here to support your career goals. The Welding Program is just one of many career paths we offer and trains students based on American Welding Society standards to ensure industry success.
Upon completing Compton College's Welding Program, students can use their certificate and/or degree to work immediately or complete additional general education and major preparation coursework for transfer to a university.
At least 50% of the major requirements for the associate degree must be completed at Compton College.
"I find that it is most rewarding when some of my students who did not think they could attend and survive college, let alone attain a degree, actually complete these dreams and become employed in high-paying jobs."Pamela Richardson, welding instructor and 2018 American Welding Society Teacher of the Year
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