The availability of welding jobs in Texas is on the rise, with starting salaries between $40,000 and $70,000. An associate degree in Welding from DCCCD will only cost you about $3,600, making it a great value for the cost.
Welding Certification at Dallas Community Colleges
As far as welding schools go, DCCCD offers three certificates and one associate degree program. Certification types include:
- Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) certificate program, designed to qualify students in the gas metal welding processes of either pipe or plate
- Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) certificate program, designed to qualify students in the gas tungsten welding processes
- Shielded Metal Arc Welding certificate program, designed to qualify students in the shielded metal arc welding processes of either pipe or plate
All three programs work in accordance with the American Welding Society or the American Petroleum Institute procedures. Mountain View also offers a Welding Technology Associate in Applied Sciences degree, which includes introductory courses like:
- Oxy-fuel Welding and Cutting
- Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW)
- Welding Metallurgy
- Preparation for Welding Inspection
- Advance Blueprint Interpretation and Cost Analysis
- Cooperative Education – Welding Technology/Welder
The associate degree program prepares students in the basic processes of oxyacetylene and arc welding. There are also many specialized options to fit your specific needs. In addition, the Welding program offers training in related support areas like metallurgy, tooling, drafting, pattern layout and characteristics of materials. That means the program provides preparation for entry-level jobs as well as more advanced positions like welding inspectors.
Welding Schools in Texas
So, where can you learn to weld in Dallas County? Certificates can be earned at Eastfield and Mountain View, and the full associate degree program is available only at Mountain View. Most students can complete the certificate programs in about two semesters, and the associate degree program can be completed in two years.
Another option is through the continuing education program at El Centro, where you can learn about fabrication welding, maintenance welding and more. The continuing education programs generally take between 330-355 hours to complete.
An entry-level welder salary can range from $40,000 to $70,000, with the potential to make six figures as you advance your career.
What Kind of Jobs Can I Get as a Welder?
Now that you’ve learned a little bit about the our Welding program, you’re probably wondering what you’ll do after you’ve earned that degree or certificate.
As it turns out: you’ve got options! Welding jobs are available in a wide range of industries, including:
- Automotive manufacture and repair
- Chemical processing
- General manufacturing
- Oil and gas extraction
- Plumbing and pipe welding
- Underwater welding
Bruce: “What I like about welding is that you get the chance to create something, and because it’s metal it lasts just about forever. It’s also really fun, and now I work on a lot of home projects I would never have been able to do before.” Find out what else Bruce has to say about the program.
- Construction or manufacturing (as a business owner, supervisor, foreman or welder)
- Skilled trades (as a business manager, instructor, journey person, apprentice or national officer)
- Inspection (as a business owner, non-destructive tester or senior certified welding inspector)
- Education (as a post-secondary administrator, professor or associate professor, secondary administrator or welding teacher)
- Technical sales (as a distributor owner, manufacturer sales rep or distributor of outside or counter sales)
- Artistic welding (as a metal sculptor, creating things like garden furniture, decorative ironwork in gates, window grilles and balconies)
Do You Have What It Takes to Become a Welder?
Typically, good welders possess the following physical traits:
- Good manual dexterity, with both broad and fine motor skills
- Excellent hand-to-eye coordination
- An inquisitive mind as to how things work and go together
- An open-minded approach to learning new skills and techniques
- Good communication skills in order to verbalize questions and problems
- The ability to “think outside the box” in solving problems
How to Become a Welder
More Information About Technical/Mechanical Programs
- Learn more about the different construction programs available, or read about some of the technical/mechanical programs available.