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How to Choose Soldering Courses and Schools

Individuals who take courses in soldering learn industrial metalworking techniques by which hot metal is used to fuse materials together. Soldering courses are available in conjunction with programs in electronics, construction and other vocational technologies.

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Students can find soldering courses within broader degree and certificate programs in topics like welding, HVAC and electronics technology, which are commonly offered by vocational, technical, and community colleges. Some schools also offer standalone workforce training courses.

Ten Schools that Offer Soldering Courses

These institutions education in soldering.

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Undergraduate Tuition (2015-2016)*
Ogden-Weber Tech College Ogden, UT 2-year, Public Certificate $3,540
Hennepin Technical College Brooklyn Park, MN 2-year, Public Diploma, Certificate, Associate's $5,159
Salt Lake Community College Salt Lake City, UT 2-year, Public Certificate $1,102
Atlanta Technical College Atlanta, GA 2-year, Public Diploma In-state $2,746; Out-of-state $4,882
Pima Community College Tucson, AZ 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's In-state $1,974; Out-of-state $8,610
Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Jackson Jackson, TN 2-year, Public Diploma, Certificate $3,948
Bates Technical College Tacoma, WA 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's In-state $3,681; Out-of-state $8,676
Cuyahoga Community College Cleveland, OH 2-year, Public Non-Credit Course In-district $3,136; In-state $3,953; Out-of-state $7,648
Wharton County Junior College Wharton, TX 2-year, Public Certificate In-district $2,222; In-state $3,446; Out-of-state $4,214
Olympic College Bremerton, WA 4-year, Public Certificate, Associate's $3,837

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES); School websites

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School Selection Criteria

There are several things to consider when reviewing schools that offer courses in soldering.

  • Because soldering courses are most commonly offered within broader associate's degree and certificate programs, it is important for students to make sure that the rest of the curriculum coincides with their academic interests and career goals.
  • It can be helpful to find out whether the program prepares students for a particular professional certification exam, such as that offered by the Association Connecting Electronics Industries (IPC).
  • Prospective students may want to find out about the school's hands-on training facilities, in order to ensure that they will have access to the latest technologies used for techniques such as hand-soldering and surface mount soldering.
  • Because technician jobs that involve soldering may require heavy lifting and other manual labor, prospective students should make sure they are in adequate physical condition before applying.

Certificate and Diploma Programs

Undergraduate certificate and diploma programs in soldering-related fields usually consist of a short series of courses that introduce students to the basics of the field. In addition to technical soldering training, they may include coursework in blueprint reading or welding. Graduates are typically prepared for entry-level technician positions, though they may also be able to apply the credits they earn toward higher degree programs in the future.

Associate's Degree Programs

Soldering courses are included within many different associate's degree, programs; possible majors include electronics technology, HVAC, welding and construction. They usually take about two years to complete and can confer an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) or Associate in Technical Arts (ATA) degree. In addition to soldering and other career-specific courses, students must also fulfill general education requirements before they can graduate.

Standalone Courses

At some schools, it is possible to enroll in a standalone workforce training course in soldering. Although these courses may not confer college credits, they provide valuable soldering training for individuals who want to boost their skills in the field. Often, these courses consist entirely of hands-on soldering training, with no lecture-based education included as part of the class.

Undergraduate programs that include courses in soldering can lead to a certificate, diploma or associate's degree, although standalone courses are also available. Students who are considering different programs should make sure they provide adequate preparation for their desired career.

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