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1-Year Diploma Program | 33 Credits

Southeast Tech’s Welding program teaches you how to use a fusion process to join metal parts. Welding is used in many industries, including automobile manufacturing and repair, shipbuilding, aerospace, as well as in construction of bridges and other structures.

The welding process depends on the application and the conditions under which the work is being done. STC’s program focuses on ferrous and non-ferrous materials and welding in various positions and joint designs. Your other duties might include: 

  • Reading blueprints, weld symbols and welding procedures
  • Identifying and preventing weld defects
  • Welding equipment setup and maintenance
  • Identifying correct welding processes

Job Placement Rate


Southeast Tech's Welding program boasts a 100% job placement rate among its 2023 graduates*

* View details and methodology of the Graduate Outcome Report.

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Your Skillset  

Your attention to detail, manual dexterity and technical knowledge will help you to master a strong welding technique - making you valuable in any industry setting, whether it be as a welder, inspector or maintenance professional.

STC’s Learning Outcomes

Your trade-related coursework in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, is where you will gain expertise in cutting safety, processes, filler and base material selection, blueprint reading, flux core arc welding, shielded metal arc welding, gas metal arc welding, gas tungsten arc welding and plasma arc cutting. Classroom and hands-on learning for this program takes place in STC's Ed Wood Trade and Industry Center.

Additional benefit: Upon completion of the two-semester program, you could have the opportunity to take the American Welding Society (AWS) welding certification test. Your classes also help you:

Boost your Knowledge Base: You will learn about welding processes (GMAW, SMAW, GTAW, FCAW), filler metals, shielding gasses and weld symbols.

Problem Solve: Welders must identify and troubleshoot issues related to weld defects, applications, machine maintenance, and understand and apply AWS weld specifications. 

Work Opportunities: As a top Welder from Southeast Tech, you will be in demand in construction, inspection, non-destructive testing, manufacturing and repair industries. Your field is also a great place to start as an entrepreneur!

Job Outlook

Explore Classes  

Southeast Tech’s curriculum for Welding includes classes in Welding Theory, Flux Core Arc Welding, Computer Essentials, College Math and Gas Tungsten Arc Welding. 



Costs are calculated based on a charge of $255 per credit hour, plus applicable fees.

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