Welding

Welding is an art, a trade and a skill used by other trades. More than 75 occupational titles are listed by the U.S. Department of Labor that entail some form of welding-related activities. The 1990 census shows that approximately 4.6 percent of all welders in the United States are employed in Illinois, which ranks sixth among all states.

In DuPage County, welding ranks high on the list of the 30 fastest-growing occupations. These figures do not include more than one million people nationally who currently use welding as part of their occupation, including mechanics, machinists, plumbers and maintenance workers. Add to that the hobbyist, sculptor and other artisans, and you have a sizable number of people needing and/or desiring to learn the art of welding.

At College of DuPage, the Welding program is designed for people interested in learning welding or upgrading their skills in the various processes. Novices and advanced-level students can benefit from the program offered. This program offers a variety of skill levels in oxyacetylene, arc, MIG, TIG, and plasma welding/cutting processes, using both manual and semi-automatic applications. A course in welding theory and blueprint reading is also available.

The program offers instruction during day, evening and Saturday classes.

From a historical point of view, welding is still growing. The Occupational Outlook Handbook projects that job prospects are excellent through 2014, as employers are having difficulty finding qualified workers.

Major Employment Areas

    • Arc Welder
    • TIG Welder
    • MIG Welder
    • Metal Fabricator

Gainful Employment Information

View information about this program, including estimated cost and employment opportunities.

Program Requirements 

Please consult a faculty advisor listed below before beginning your coursework.

Faculty Advisor 

If you are considering this program as an area of study, consult with a faculty advisor in this field. To send an email, click on the name of the advisor you wish to reach:

David Ellis, Program Coordinator
Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 1062, (630) 942-2527

David Earl, Program Advisor  
Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 1047, (630) 942-2538
 

Peter Deeman, Program Advisor    
Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 1047, (630) 942-2548

Bridget McFarland, Program Support Specialist
Technical Education Center (TEC), (630) 942-8419 

Business and Technology Division
Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 2026, (630) 942-2592

Student Spotlight

  • Maggie Guzman

    Maggie GuzmanWelding

    “The Welding program has the certification I need to get into the business. It is also well-known and connected to numerous companies and unions that come by to recruit and speak to the students about career options. Welding varies vastly over numerous occupations, so it’s nearly impossible to not find something you are comfortable in. The skills you develop can even apply to your personal life."

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  • Eric Ranzy

    Eric RanzyWelding

    “College of DuPage was flexible in allowing me to complete the coursework. COD did the job. I hope the Welding program expands to give more students the training to get into this field.”

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Faculty Spotlight

  • David Ellis

    David EllisWelding

    “I like learning. I like knowing more today than yesterday, and I hope my students feel the same way. They are dedicating themselves to learning the processes involved in welding and then beyond that so they know the ‘whys’ and the ‘hows.’ I want to see them receive their certificates and make a fair living. Perhaps they can even push beyond the certificate if that’s what they want to pursue, because Welding is one of the few trades where you can get a Ph.D. I believe there’s a job for everybody, and I want my students to see all of the possibilities, especially female students. Welding is a fantastic career for women.”

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