Advanced Welding Technology, Occupational Certificate (O.C.)
After completing the Welding Technology program, you can choose to continue your training with our 750-hour Advanced Welding Technologies course. The advanced course covers all the same welding processes covered in the welding technologies course on schedule 40 and 80 pipes.
FGC is a Lincoln Electric Education Partner School (LEEPS) and an NC3 Leadership School. All of our students train on the latest welding equipment available in the Lab, including Real Weld Trainer. In the classroom, we have virtual reality welders as well as a Robotic Educational Cell that students utilize to learn robotic programming and operations. Students will complete a resume to utilize for job placement prior to graduation.
Review the guided degree pathway where you will find a detailed plan for your courses and other requirements each semester that prepare you for graduation and your transfer goals.
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Florida Gateway College (Main Campus, building 19 in room 14)
Students must demonstrate competence in reading, math, or language through placement examination or by passing the appropriate reading, math, or language courses, if not exempt by the state board of education rule 6A-10.0315
This program is offered either full-time or part-time. Full-time courses are held Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Part-time courses are held Monday through Thursday from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. This program takes 15 months to complete as a full-time student and 30 months to complete as a part-time student.
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Starting salaries range from $28,560 to $51,430, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This range is based on a 40-hour workweek and does not include per diem or overtime.
Welders can earn between $13.73 and $36.00 per hour, with $21.33 per hour as the national average.
Upon completion, students can have a number of career opportunities in many different welding-related industries, such as the production, fabrication, maintenance and repair, building and bridge construction, oil and natural gas pipeline, aeronautical and aerospace, shipyard, and metal sculpture industries.
Expected job growth from 2019 to 2028 is 3% to 11%, depending on the specific industry.
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Students must pass the TABE with a minimum score of 576 for reading, 596 for math, and 584 for language. Students may be exempt from the TABE test based on the completion of college-level courses in Math and English with a grade of C or better. Students who are exempt from developmental education based on Senate Bill 1720, identified by a test code of SBEX on their test score record, are also exempt from TABE requirements.
No books are required. Welding courses utilize Lincoln Electric’s online U-LINC curriculum that is paid for by the program.
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