Program Description

The purpose of the Welding program is to prepare individuals for employment in the field of welding. Instruction is provided in various processes and techniques of welding including oxy-fuel cutting, carbon arc cutting, shielded metal arc welding, gas tungsten arc welding, flux-cored arc welding, gas metal arc welding, pipe welding, plasma arc cutting, blueprint reading, weld symbols, and joints. After completion of this program, the student will have covered the skills designated by the American Welding Society (AWS) and will be prepared to take the AWS Entry Level Welder Test.

Degree Options

Welding-480508-Diploma Certificate Options
Course No.Course TitleLectureLabTotal Credit Hrs
WELD 1110Occupational Orientation & Safety112
WELD 1120Basic Blueprint, Metallurgy & Weld Symbols112
WELD 1130Welding Inspection and Testing112
WELD 1210Oxyfuel Systems112
WELD 1310Cutting Processes CAC/PAC011
TCA – Arc Cutter Basic (9)  9
WELD 1410SMAW - Basic Beads112
WELD 1411SMAW - Fillet Weld022
WELD 1420SMAW - V-Groove Open134
WELD 1510SMAW - Pipe 2G123
WELD 1514SMAW - 5G Downhill123
CTS – SMAW Structural Welder (23)  14
WELD 1515SMAW - 6G Downhill022
WELD 1516SMAW - 5G Uphill044
WELD 1517SMAW - 6G Uphill033
CTS – SMAW Pipe Welder (32)  9
WELD 2210GTAW - Multi-Joint123
WELD 2220GTAW - Pipe 5G134
WELD 2221GTAW - Pipe 2G033
WELD 2222GTAW - Pipe 6G022
WELD 2230GTAW - Aluminum Multi-Joint112
CTS – SMAW, GTAW Combination Welder (46)  14
WELD 2310GMAW - Basic Fillet Weld112
WELD 2311GMAW - Groove Weld022
WELD 2110FCAW - Basic Fillet Welds112
WELD 2111FCAW - Groove Welds011
CTS – SMAW, GTAW, GMAW, FCAW Combination Welder (53)  7
WELD 2312Basic Pipe & Structural Fabrication123
TD – Welding (56)  3
Total Clock Hours1830

Program Information

CIP Code: 480508

Program Type: Diploma

Program Length: 61 Semester Credit Hours

Program Resources

Contact Information

Jonathan Darbonne


(337) 421-6592 ext. 4312

3820 Senator J. Bennett Johnston Avenue
Lake Charles, Louisiana 70615
(337) 421-6565
(800) 256-0483

Mon-Thu: 7:45 AM to 4:15 PM
Friday: 7:45 AM to 12:00 PM
(337) 421-6550

SOWELA Technical Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, disability, or age in its programs and activities. The following person(s) have been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies:

Title IX Officer

Candy Parker


(337) 421-6510 or (800) 256-0483

3820 Sen. J. Bennett Johnston Ave. Lake Charles, LA 70615

ADA Officer

Maegan Lewis


(337) 421-6952 or (800) 256-0483

3850 Sen. J. Bennett Johnston Ave. Lake Charles, LA 70615

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