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GHC’s welding technology degree provides foundational skills in welding, cutting, gouging, blueprint reading, layout, measuring, fabrication, and math.  Appropriate work habits and work ethic are highly emphasized.

We offer three associate degree options:  Structural Welding, Construction Welding, and Pipe Welding.  Structural is our basic 7-quarter multi-process program.  It contains a mix of the most common welding, cutting, and gouging processes on a mixture of sheet, plate, tube, and pipe.  Materials are steel, stainless steel, and aluminum.  The last quarter includes certification testing.

The 8-quarter Construction option is identical to the Structural curriculum but adds an additional quarter dedicated exclusively to the self-shield (gasless) Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW-S) process.  It also adds working with beam.  This welding process is used extensively in the construction of buildings and bridges.  This process is very demanding skill wise, and the acceptance criteria for field welds with it are stringent.  While some FCAW-S is included in the Structural curriculum, an average person who hopes to make a living using this process doing evaluated code work will want to opt for the extra training that is in the Construction option.  

The 9-quarter Pipe option is identical to the Structural curriculum but adds two additional quarters dedicated exclusively to pipe welding, and the certification testing in the last quarter is conducted on pipe rather than plate.  Like code welding with FCAW-S, pipe welding demands a very high skill level.  The acceptance criteria for it too is quite demanding.  While some pipe welding is included in the Structural curriculum, an average person hoping to make a living welding pipe, doing evaluated code work will want the extra training that is in the Pipe option. 

With 118 welding course credits in the Structural option, 134 in the Construction option, and 150 in the Pipe option, GHC offers one of the most thorough associate degree programs in welding available.  Training is geared to provide the skill base, knowledge, and professional attitude required to eventually become a journey-level combination welder. 

The GHC welding program offers several different certificates as well, and is a Washington Association of Building Officials (WABO) welder certification test site.  The degree and most certificate programs are offered during daytime hours. 

Beginning level night courses are also offered.  Each includes multiple welding processes.  They are intended primarily as support courses for our Auto, Carpentry, and Diesel program students, although enrollment is open to the general public as well.  They can be a great choice for those that may be on the Waiting List to begin the daytime program, and that want to get a head start on their skill building.  However, being only 6 credits each rather than 16 credits like the daytime welding courses, a night course will not substitute for a day course in the degree program.  The night courses also do not include or lead to certification testing. 

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Career Examples 

  • Journeyman Welder
  • Pipefitter
  • Boilermaker
  • Ironworker
  • Sheet Metal Worker
  • Fabricator

Adam Hoxit - GHC Welding Program Graduate"I highly recommend Grays Harbor College.  When I attended I was highly impressed with how involved the instructors were and the degree and skills I acquired greatly helped me to get ahead of the rest in the field that I am in.  Grays Harbor College is definitely the right place to get started with your career."

Adam Hoxit
Montesano High School Class of 2002
Grays Harbor College Class of 2004
Employer: Willis Enterprises
Occupation: Millwright

This program is designed for licensure/certification in the State of Washington. Grays Harbor College cannot guarantee the transferability of licensure, certificate, or credential to another state.