Welding Technology, Occupational Certificate (O.C.)
This 1,800-hour program affords students an opportunity to earn two program certificates. Thefirst 1,050 hours covers the Welding Technologies course in which students will learn SMAW(stick), GMAW (mig), GMAW-P (pulsed mig), FCAW (flux core), GTAW (tig), and GTAW-P (pulsed tig) all on plate thickness from razor blade (.040) to one inch.
After completing the Welding Technology course students can choose to continue 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 40 and 80 pipes.
FGC is also one of only eleven schools in the country that is LEEPS (Lincoln Electric Education Partner 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.
Welding 4 Supply list
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Florida Gateway College (Main Campus, building 19 in room 14)
Students must take the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) and score a minimum of 576 for reading, 596 for math, and 584 for language by the end of the program. Students can also demonstrate competence in reading, math, and language by passing the appropriate reading, language, and math courses. Students who meet the exemption criteria as set forth in State Board Rule 6A-10.0315 are not required to provide test scores.
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.
Starting salaries range from $28,560 to $51,430, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This range is based on a 40 hour work week and does not include per diem or overtime
Upon completion, students can have a number of career opportunities in many different welding-related industries, including building and bridge construction, aeronautical and aerospace, shipyard, metal sculpture, and oil and natural gas pipeline fields. Students may work in production, fabrication, maintenance, or repair.
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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 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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