Welding, Stick Pipe Welder, Occupational Certificate

Program Information

In Texas, industries and communities are growing, especially in the petrochemical areas. As construction rates rise, so does the demand for talented welders. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the need for welders is expected to grow by 26 percent by 2020.

Welding is a process for permanently joining metals together by use of an electric-arc to melt a filler-metal into the original metal to make the two pieces as one. Welding can include joining parts such as piping, structural steel, steel plates, pressure vessels, or even small parts; and it can be performed on carbon steel, stainless steel, aluminum, and many other metals. Welding takes the skill and talent of an artist, and that skill can be acquired through training and discipline.

A welder may also be required to cut, contour, and bevel metal plates and structural shapes into dimensions as specified by blueprints, work orders, and templates using torches, saws, shears, or other machine tools.

San Jacinto College offers one of the largest and best-equipped welding training facilities in the region, where students can explore many facets of welding technology and gain access to career paths from manufacturing and industry to inspection and management.

The San Jacinto College welding technology program:

  • Has a curriculum designed to meet the needs of the welding industry;
  • Provides instruction for all positions on carbon and stainless steel plate and pipe, using the following multiple processes: Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) “Stick,” Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) “MIG,” Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) “TIG,” and Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW) processes, plus Oxy-Fuels;
  • Offers certificates and continuing education courses for students who want to go directly into the workforce; and
  • Includes an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree with academic courses to make a well-rounded individual to meet the needs of industry and continued opportunities

Earning Potential

Welder, Cutter, Solderer and Brazer

Overall: $47,876 per year ($23.02 hr)1

American Welding Society (AWS) Certification Wages

  • Welder $20.38 hr2
  • Pipe Welder $27.12 hr2
  • Structural Welder $19.13 hr2

For more information, students may contact the following:

Central campus: 281-476-1814 or 281-478-2799

North campus: 281-998-6150, x7639


Central Campus
North Campus


The growing demand for qualified welders has necessitated the availability of a curriculum designed to meet the needs of the welding industry. Students graduating from the program will be skillful and have a good understanding of the related and technical information associated with welding. Graduates should be qualified to pass the entry-level certification tests as required by industry. Students completing the program outlined below will earn credits leading to an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree.

The curriculum focuses on the introductory, advanced, and high-technology welding skills required in manufacturing, industry, and research.

Occupational Certificate

This series of courses introduces the student to various aspects within the shielded metal arc welding (SMAW) of pipe according to common welding codes and procedures. Upon completion of this certificate, students should be successful at completing SMAW pipe weld tests as required by industry and fabrication companies. These courses may also be applied toward the combination pipe welder certificate of technology and the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Welding Technology.


No admission requirements.

Job entry requirements:

  • Pass a drug test on a regular basis;
  • Pass a criminal background check;1
  • Some career paths require a TWIC Card; and
  • Some career paths require a good driving record.

Plan of Study

Central and North Campuses

Plan of Study Grid
First TermCredits
WLDG 1428 Introduction to Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) 4
WLDG 2443 Advanced Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) 4
WLDG 2406 Intermediate Pipe Welding 4
WLDG 2453 Advanced Pipe Welding 4
 Total Credits16

Capstone Experience: WLDG 2453 Advanced Pipe Welding