Three community colleges and one university in New Hampshire offer welding training. Studies are offered through undergraduate certificate and associate degree programs. Depending on the school, certificate programs require students to complete 19-32 credit hours. Credits earned for a certificate may be applied toward an associate degree. Overviews of three school welding programs in New Hampshire are provided below, along with tuition and school info.
Manchester Community College
Manchester Community College in Manchester offers an associate's degree and two certificate programs in welding technology. The welding technology certificate program is only offered in the evening and requires students to complete 19 credit hours of coursework. The welding technology professional certificate program is only available during the day and requires 32 credit hours for program completion. The professional certificate welding program meets employment qualifications for non-code welding, and credit earned in this program may be applied towards the associate's degree program in welding. Students must complete 67 credit hours to earn the associate's degree. Coursework includes metal inert gas (MIG) and tungsten inert gas (TIG) welding, fabrication techniques, cost estimation, blueprint reading and metallurgy.
University of New Hampshire - Main Campus
The civil technology associate's degree program at the University of New Hampshire's main campus in Durham offers a welding/fabrication technology course. Students in the civil technology degree program can choose a concentration in surveying and mapping, architectural technology or construction management, and welding training is offered as an elective in each of these concentrations. The civil technology program is provided by the University of New Hampshire's Thompson School of Applied Science, and the welding course is one of the agricultural mechanization department's offerings.
White Mountains Community College
White Mountains Community College in Berlin offers a welding certificate program that prepares students to take the AWS certification exam. This program trains students in shielded oxy-acetylene cutting and beveling, metal arc welding, MIG and TIG welding, advanced arc welding and plasma cutting technology. Students also learn about related electricity, blueprint reading and welding safety. A certificate is awarded when students have completed the 26 required credits of coursework.
Although certification isn't required by the state, employers prefer to hire welders who have been certified by the American Welding Society (AWS). A candidate for certification is required to perform a sound weld for an AWS-certified weld inspector. This weld must be deposited according to the guidelines described in the AWS welding procedure specification. After becoming certified, welders must maintain their certification by submitting a certification maintenance form every 6 months.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Welding Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2015-2016)|
|Manchester Community College||2-year, public; midsized city||Welding Technology Certificate,
Welding Technology Professional Certificate,
Associate of Applied Science in Welding Technology
|$6,880 in-state; $15,040 out-of-state*|
|University of New Hampshire - Main Campus||4-year, public; small suburb||Associate of Applied Science in Civil Technology||$16,986 in-state; $30,256 out-of-state*|
|White Mountains Community College||2-year, public; remote town||Advanced Welding Technology Certificate||$10,529 in-state; $18,689 out-of-state**|
Sources: *NCES College Navigator, **White Mountains Community College.