Seattle Welding Classes with Program and School Information

There are a few schools within 35 miles of Seattle's downtown that have welding programs. Read an overview of three schools' programs, requirements and admission information to find out which school is the right one for you.

Welding Classes in Seattle

Students who want to learn welding have some options in the Seattle area. This article covers three public schools that are within 25 minutes of the city center. At the end of the article, a table compares some important statistics about the schools. Following that, learn about a couple of other schools in the area with welding classes.

  • Seattle Community College - South Campus is about 6.5 miles from Seattle's downtown and offers welding certificate and associate's degree programs.
  • Programs are also available at Lake Washington Institute of Technology, located about 15 miles northeast of Seattle in Kirkland, WA.
  • 16.4 miles south of Seattle, students can find welding classes and degree programs at Renton Technical College.

Seattle Community College - South Campus

There are individual project options available for students and welders who are looking to update their skills during the course of one of these welding programs.

Welding Fabrication Technology Certificate

Students must earn 64-66 credits in order to graduate with this welding certificate. The program's curriculum covers print reading, welding symbols and welding theory. From there, students move on to topics involving different types of arc welding and cutting. In addition to these welding classes, students take courses in communications, business math and human relations psychology.

Associate of Applied Science in Welding Fabrication Technology

This associate's degree program contains the same core courses as the certificate program, in addition to classes in advanced fabrication, drafting technology, computers and pipe shielded metal arc welding. Students must earn 111-113 credits to graduate and must also complete an internship.

Lake Washington Institute of Technology

The welding technology programs at this school can prepare students to take professional certification tests. Courses also train students for work in manufacturing, construction and maintenance.

Certificate of Completion in Welding Technology

In this program, social science, written communication and quantitative reasoning are all topics covered in the core academic requirements. Students can learn about carbon arc, oxy-acetylene and plasma cutting, gas tungsten arc welding, gas metal arc welding and flux core arc welding. It typically takes five quarters to complete this program. The coursework of the program covers 75 credits.

Associate of Applied Science in Welding Technology

Students who choose to pursue the associate's degree program can select a focus in pipe welding, structural and plate welding, welding fabrication or aerospace manufacturing. This program requires 95 credits to complete and usually takes six quarters of study.

Renton Technical College

A counselor and an instructor interview, as well as placement testing, must be completed in order to enroll in these programs. The school's programs can prepare students for certification exams in welding.

Certificate of Completion in Welding

This program offers several classes on blueprint reading and gas tungsten arc welding. There are also courses on pipe welding, welding metallurgy and welding processes. Students can study shielded metal arc welding, as well as oxyacetylene thermal cutting and welding.

Associate of Applied Science in Welding

The associate's degree program offers the same listing of welding courses as the certificate program. Students, however, must also take 20 units of general education courses in subjects like psychology, applied algebra, communication and composition.

Comparison of Schools

The right school can be just as important as the right program. Read below to find out more information about the enrollments, community settings, tuitions and graduation rates for the three featured schools.

Seattle Community College - South Campus Lake Washington Institute of Technology Renton Technical College
School Type 4-year, public 4-year, public 2-year, public
Total Enrollment (2011) 5,439* 4,151* 3,417*
Campus Setting Large city Large suburb Small city
Tuition & Fees (2011-2012) $3,427 for in-state students; $8,617 for out-of-state students* $3,461 for in-state students; $8,651 for out-of-state students* $5,303*
% of Beginning Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2011) 61%* 64%* 64%*
Acceptance Rate (2011) N/A - Open admissions N/A - Open admissions N/A - Open admissions
Retention Rate (2011) 100% for full-time students* 58% for full-time students* 72% for full-time students*
Graduation Rate 20% (for students beginning in fall 2005)* 21% (for students beginning in fall 2005)* 62% (for students beginning in fall 2008)*

Source: *NCES College Navigator.

Other School Options

Olympic College is about 18 miles from downtown Seattle via ferry ride and provides welding technology programs. Green River Community College is 34 miles from downtown and offers an associate's degree program in welding technology.

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