Welding Technology 



The Welding Technology Program @ Lawson State Community College offers both day and evening classes designed to meet a student’s individual needs. Training is provided in arc welding including manual, semi-automatic, and automated applications, manual and mechanized cutting, blueprint reading and blueprint fabrication, pipe welding and pipefitting, and welding inspection.  

Benefits of Choosing Lawson State for Your Program:

The Welding Technology Program @ Lawson State Community College is a member of the American Welding Society (AWS) and is part of the AWS S.E.N.S.E. program which allows the program to qualify welders to AWS Standards at no extra cost which is covered under tuition. The program also is a Skills USA member and participates in the Skills Alabama and Skills USA Organization. This allows students enrolled in the welding program to compete at the state level and may advance to the national level. The program also is an AWS Student Chapter which provides students the opportunity to meet industry leaders and to attend AWS meetings and field trips which provides an opportunity for students to see real-world job opportunities.  The program offers several awards that may be completed in a short time period from two semesters to four semesters. Due to being associated with the AWS, the welding program provides to its student a wide variety of employment opportunities.

Employment and Median Wages Statistics:

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 Employment in the welding occupational field is expected to grow, dependent upon industry served, from 4% to 22% from 2012-2022. Many of the fields are expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations.

    Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters- $20.22 hourly/$42,330.00 annual
    Ironworkers- $22.18 hourly/$ 50, 740.00 annual
    Boilermakers- $27.19 hourly/$55,830.00 annual
    Pipefitters and Steamfitters-$23.62 hourly/$52,950.00 annual
    Welders and Cutters- $17.45 hourly/$38,410.00 annual
    Millwrights and Maintenance Mechanics- $23.80 hourly/$50,740.00 annual
    Welding NDT Inspectors- $31.25 hourly/$65,000.00 annual

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Award Types and Course Listings:

 The Welding Technology Program offers the following awards:
Ø  Short Certificate 28 credit hours
Ø  Long Certificate 52 credit hours
Ø  AOT Degree 75 credit hours  

Career Clusters:

The Welding Technology Program provides training for employment in manufacturing, construction, maintenance, shipbuilding, and inspection fields. Students graduating from the program may become iron and steelworkers, boilermakers, pipefitters and steamfitters, sheet-metal workers, millwrights, and welding inspectors. 

Facilities Information:

The Welding Technology Program is located on the Bessemer Campus of Lawson State Community College. It is at Exit 108 on the I20/59 interstate which provides easy access to the college and students may commute to the college in a very short drive time. The welding department is housed in the “B” Building and all training is convenient to the students. Because of the small size of the campus, students may access the library, bookstore, student services, and cafeteria easily. 


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