Welding programs in Maryland offered by not-for-profit or public schools are limited. Students who want to receive welding training in the state have the option to take basic welding courses, as well as more advanced courses that prepare them for American Welding Society (AWS) certification exams. Award programs lead to certificates, but many individual courses and certification training programs are offered at varying skill levels. Hands-on skills with regard to safety procedures are the focus of all such programs. Read on to find more detailed profiles of the Maryland schools that offer programs in welding and a comparison table for schools' tuition costs and settings.
Allegany College of Maryland
Cumberland's Allegany College of Maryland Center for Continuing Education offers three welding courses. The coursework ranges from basic welding for beginners to intermediate welding courses and prepare students for certification by the AWS. Students can take a course that prepares them for certification in shielded metal arc welding, also known as stick welding.
Anne Arundel Community College
The welding training program at Anne Arundel Community College in Arnold provides welding classes at multiple skill levels that lead to a certificate. Beginning welders start their training with a course designed to teach the fundamentals of welding and move on to specialize in one of three distinct methods. Students have the opportunity to earn a Welding for Work - Continuing Education Certificate in TIG, MIG and/or shielded metal arc welding. Non-certified welding courses are also available. The college provides its welding programs through a partnership with Earlbeck Gases and Technologies, a welding company based in Baltimore, where students receive hands-on welding training.
Carroll Community College
The welding program at Carroll Community College in Westminster consists of a basic welding course for beginners and an advanced welding course. This program provides approximately 60 hours of training. Students must wear protective clothing to prevent injury caused by poisonous gases and hot materials. Students will receive AWS certification after passing the certification test offered during the advanced welding class.
Cecil College in North East offers a welding program that trains students for the AWS certification test. This program consists of four modules that teach shielded metal arc welding, along with different cutting processes, inspection and testing of welds, robotic welding and metal surfacing. The college also offers courses on MIG and TIG welding and shielded metal arc welding.
College of Southern Maryland
The College of Southern Maryland in La Plata offers an introductory welding program that prepares students for employment as entry-level welder's helpers. Students who complete the introductory program are eligible to take more advanced courses that prepare them for certification in different welding methods. These certification-training courses cover advanced stick welding, as well as intermediate and advanced MIG and TIG welding.
McHenry-based Garrett College offers an introductory welding program, in addition to more advanced programs that prepare students for AWS certification. The introductory course provides instruction on terminology, safety, stick welding and oxygen fuel cutting. Subsequent courses train students on MIG and TIG welding, fluxed core arc welding and gas voltage requirements for different sizes of metals.
Hagerstown Community College
Hagerstown Community College in Hagerstown offers a welding course suitable for those who have no welding experience. Through the continuing education division, students can also take intermediate courses to learn soldering, brazing and arc welding, in addition to oxyacetylene cutting and welding. Safety and equipment setup are also covered in this course. Welding stations are provided, and students work at their own pace.
The Community College of Baltimore County
Located in Baltimore, The Community College of Baltimore County offers basic, intermediate and advanced welding courses. Like Anne Arundel Community College, this school partners with Earlbeck Gases and Technologies, where students receive hands-on welding training. Training is provided in basic, intermediate and advanced welding techniques, metallurgy, welding safety procedures and oxyacetylene cutting, and some courses prepare students for AWS certification.
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In order to become a certified welder, the candidate must perform a weld determined to be sound by an AWS Certified Weld Inspector. After a person is certified, he must submit a certification form every 6 months, verifying that he is still performing the same type of welding as he performed during the certification exam. The AWS certification program is performance-based and doesn't require prerequisite courses for certification.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Welding Programs/Courses Offered||Program/Course Cost|
|Allegany College of Maryland||Two-year, public; small city||Introduction to Basic Welding,
Shielded Metal Arc Certification
|Individual course costs range from $269 to $499 plus certification testing fee (2016)*|
|Anne Arundel Community College||Two-year, public; large suburb||Fundamentals of Certified Welding Training Certificate,
Welding for Work - Stick, MIG, TIG Certificate,
Intermediate Stick Welding Certified Training Certificate,
Intermediate TIG Welding Certified Training Certificate,
Intermediate MIG Welding Certified Training Certificate,
Advanced Shielded Metal Arc Pipe Welding Certificate,
Advanced MIG Pipe Welding Certificate,
Advanced TIG Pipe Welding Certificate
|Certificate course costs range from $1,550 to $2,275, includes fee (2016)*|
|Carroll Community College||Two-year, public; rural fringe||Basic Welder/Advanced Welding||Approximate course cost: $1,474/$959 (2016)*|
|Cecil College||Two-year, public; rural fringe||Certified Welder Program,
MIG and TIG Welding,
Shielded Metal Arc Welding
|$5,080 (for certification program in 2016), $499-$580 for courses (with fees, 2016)*|
|College of Southern Maryland||Two-year, public; rural fringe|| Certified Structural Welder,
Intermediate MIG Welding Certified Training,
Intermediate TIG Welding Certified Training,
Advanced Shielded Metal Arc Welding Certification,
Advanced Gas Metal (MIG) Arc Welding - Pipe,
Advanced Gas Tungsten (TIG) Arc Welding - Pipe
|$759 per course (2016)*|
|Garrett College||Two-year, public; rural distant|| Preparation for Welding,
|Individual course costs range from $400 to $900 in-county; $405 to $905 out-of-county and $410 to $910 out-of-state (2016)*|
|Hagerstown Community College||Two-year, public; midsize suburb|| Intro to Welding,
Intermediate Shielded Metal Arc Welding - Stick,
Intermediate Gas Tungsten Arc Welding - TIG
|$300-$321 per course, not including materials (2016)*|
|The Community College of Baltimore County||Two-year, public; large suburb|| Fundamentals of Welding,
Intermediate Shielded Metal Arc Welding,
Intermediate Gas Metal Arc Welding,
Intermediate Gas Tungsten,
Advanced Shielded Metal Arc Welding- Pipe,
Advanced Gas Metal Arc Welding- Pipe,
Advanced Gas Tungsten Arc Welding- Pipe
|Individual course costs range from $130 to $369 per hour, including fees (2016)*|
Source: *Schools' websites.