Welding Programs in Denver, CO
There are three community colleges in Denver, CO, that offer certificate and associate's degree programs in welding. Get summaries of the programs, review some key school facts, and find out about a couple of other options in the area with welding training programs.
- Front Range Community College, the largest of the three featured schools, offers an associate's degree program in welding technology and eight certificate programs. Six of the certificate programs are available on the Westminster campus, which is around 14 miles from downtown Denver.
- Certificate and associate's degree programs that focus on fabrication are available at the Community College of Denver, located just under 1.5 miles from the downtown.
- Red Rocks Community College offers its certificate and associate's degree programs with Warren Tech, which is an American Welding Society (AWS) Excelling through National Skill Standards Education (S.E.N.S.E.) certified educational institution. This school is located 10.4 miles from downtown Denver.
Comparison of Schools
As noted in the table below, in-state and out-of-state tuition rates at the three featured community colleges are relatively similar. All three schools also have open admission's policies and are located in a suburban setting.
|Front Range Community College||Community College of Denver||Red Rocks Community College|
|School Type||2-year, public||2-year, public||2-year, public|
|Total Enrollment (2014)||18,761*||10,296*||8,112*|
|Campus Setting||Large suburb||Large city||Midsize city|
|Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)||$3,527 in-state; $13,244 out-of-state*||$3,509 in-state; $13,179 out-of-state*||$3,429 in-state; $13,145 out-of-state*|
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Financial Aid (2013-2014)||68%*||73%*||62%*|
|Acceptance Rate||N/A - open admissions*||N/A - open admissions*||N/A - open admissions*|
|Retention Rate (2013-2014)||56% for full-time students; 42% for part-time students*||53% for full-time students; 37% for part-time students*||56% for full-time students; 40% for part-time students*|
|Graduation Rate (2014)||20% (12% transfer-out rate)*||10% graduation rate (10% transfer-out rate)*||26% graduation rate (36% transfer-out rate)*|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics.
Front Range Community College
The welding programs at Front Range Community College are available on the Westminster, Brighton and Larimer campuses. The Westminster campus offers welding classes in conjunction with the Denver Pipefitters Union. In addition to those listed below, there's a 9-credit Welding Fundamentals certificate and a 41-credit Comprehensive Welding certificate program.
Gas Tungsten and Arc Welding (GTAW) Certificate
This is a short certificate program offered at the Larimer and Westminster campuses. Students take courses in introductory and advanced GTAW and safety in welding.
Gas Metal Arc Welding Certificate
This 1-semester program offers training in gas metal arc welding on a variety of joint configurations and metals. A total of four courses include topics in safety practices in addition to introductory and advanced gas metal arc welding.
Oxyacetylene Welding Certificate
This short certificate program has two courses totaling five credits. Students first take a course in safety in welding and then one in allied cutting processes.
Pipe Code Welding Certificate
This is another short program which consists of 13 credits. The curriculum includes three courses in pipe welding. The pipe welding certification course introduces students to the practice and theory of welding methods used for pipe systems and pressure pipelines.
Creative Metalworking Certificate
Courses in this 28-credit certificate program include art appreciation, drawing, computer-aided drafting, safety in welding, tungsten inert gas (TIG) welding and allied cutting processes. Students also complete a capstone course and two electives, such as design, sculpture, blacksmithing, computer-aided drafting, Autodesk or SolidWorks.
Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) Certificate
Students take two courses in basic SMAW, which cover using SMAW equipment with various electrodes, as well as performing minor repairs, safety inspections and layout procedures. The advanced SMAW course covers much of the same material as the basic course plus using SMAW operations on fillet and groove welds with various electrodes.
Welding Fundamentals Certificate
Students must complete nine credits to earn this certificate. Students have some flexibility in their courses options and can choose from welding safety, basic GTAW, basic SMAW, cutting processes or gas metal arc welding (GMAW).
Associate of Applied Science in Welding
The associate's degree program can train students for entry-level positions as well as help employed students upgrade their skills. The program is open-entry, so students may return to the program after working to continue their studies. Courses include welder safety, SMAW, blueprint reading, GTAW, fabrication and layout. The program requires the completion of 61 credits, and students who obtain the pipe welding certificate can count 12 of those credits towards the associate's program with an advisor's approval.
Community College of Denver
Welding programs are offered through the Center for Career and Technical Education. The center's programs prepare students for jobs, or a student may choose to transfer to a four-year institution to continue his or her education.
Basic Welding Certificate
Students taking this certificate program learn about basic SMAW, joining processes using oxyacetylene and cutting processes. Students also take courses in technical math and safety in welding.
Intermediate Welding Certificate
The curriculum for this certificate program includes all of the basic welding certificate program courses in addition to courses in PC applications and blueprint reading. This program is designed to be completed in two semesters and requires a total of 24 credits.
Arc Welder Certificate
This program can give students entry-level skills in arc welding. Students may find jobs as construction, plate or arc welders upon graduation. Completed courses in this certificate program can be counted as credits towards the Associate of Applied Science in Fabrication Welder degree program. Courses include SMAW basics and advanced techniques, technical math, allied cutting processes and blueprint reading.
Fabrication Welder Certificate
Students train to become metal inert gas (MIG), TIG, construction, fabrication, production, industrial, plate or arc welders. Students may seek certification in TIG/MIG welding and SMAW after completing the certificate program. Courses include oxyacetylene joining processes, SMAW basic and advanced training, GTAW intro and advanced training and GMAW intro and pipe welding.
Associate of Applied Science in Fabrication Welding
Students can learn how to weld metals, such as thin-gauge sheets, pipes and heavy plates, using GTAW, GMAW, SMAW and oxyacetylene welding. Students may also work on aluminum and various steels. The program prepares students to seek certification in TIG/MIG welding and SMAW. This program requires a total of 65 credits and can be completed in four semesters.
Red Rocks Community College
Red Rocks Community College has been offering programs since 1969. Welding programs are offered in association with Warren Tech, a career and technical high school. Warren Tech is an S.E.N.S.E. educational institution, offering training at the entry welder level.
Ox-Fuel Welding and Cutting Certificate
The ox-fuel welding (OFW) and ox-fuel cutting (OFC) certificate program consists of three courses totaling nine credits. Courses include welding safety, allied cutting process and oxyacetylene joining processes.
Students learn the basics of SMAW in the two-course program, including safety inspections and layout practices and procedures. Students are instructed in operating parameters, running equipment used in SMAW and performing SMAW operations on fillet and groove welds using various electrodes.
Students take two courses in GMAW. Topics covered in courses include metallurgy principles, operating parameters, minor repairs and safety inspections.
Flux Core Arc Welding (FCAW) Certificate
Students learn about safety inspections, FCAW equipment operation with a self-shielded wire, material selection, preparation and joint design principles and operating parameters. Other topics in this eight-credit program include cost estimating and welding applications as applied to inspection, fabrication and welding.
This certificate program has an introductory course and an advanced course in GTAW. Students enrolled in this certificate program need to have knowledge of basic metallurgy (i.e. weldability of metals), welding safety and structural joints. They learn to perform GTAW processes on aluminum, stainless steel and carbon steel.
Associate of Applied Science in Welding
Students take general education courses in addition to welding courses. Core welding courses include GMAW, flux cored arc welding, advanced GTAW, fabrication, layout and computer-aided drafting. This program requires a total of 64 credits.
Other School Options
Students can also find welding programs at Pickens Technical College, approximately 11.7 miles (27 min.) from downtown Denver and Emily Griffith Technical College, about one mile from downtown Denver. Emily Griffith Technical College is an AWS S.E.N.S.E. institution offering welder training at the entry, advanced and expert welder levels.