Schools Near San Jose with Welding Programs
There are three 2-year schools in the San Jose area that offer formal training for welders. Read summaries of the programs and schools in the paragraphs and table below; a brief section about an additional program option outside of the 40-mile radius can be found at the end of the article.
- Chabot College is roughly 26 miles from San Jose's downtown area. Welding students have two different certificate options to choose from, along with an associate's degree program.
- Located about 36 miles from downtown San Jose is Cabrillo College. This school offers basic and advanced welding certificate programs.
- Welding technology certificate and associate's degree programs are available at Laney College, which is located almost 40 miles from San Jose.
Comparison of Schools
In terms of student enrollment, tuition, admission policies and graduation rates, the three schools highlighted above have a lot in common. Percentages of first-year students receiving financial aid vary, as do the school settings.
|Chabot College||Cabrillo College||Laney College|
|School Type||2-year, public||2-year, public||2-year, public|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||13,670*||11,836*||10,891*|
|Campus Setting||Midsize city||Midsize suburb||Large city|
|Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)||$1,138 for in-state students; $7,018 for out-of-state students*||$1,268 for in-state students; $7,028 for out-of-state students*||$1,230 for in-state students; $7,110 for out-of-state students*|
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)||65%*||68%*||68%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)||N/A - Open admissions||N/A - Open admissions||N/A - Open admissions|
|Retention Rate (2017)||73% for full-time students*||72% for full-time students*||62% for full-time students*|
|Graduation Rate (Students began in 2014)||33%*||26%*||25%*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator
Chabot College's Welding Department offers classes during the day and in the evening; weekend courses are available as well. Students enrolled in the school's welding programs may receive discounts on some raw materials at participating locations.
Certificate of Proficiency in Welding
This certificate program is geared towards students looking for entry-level welding positions after graduation. After completing an introductory welding class and a welding skills laboratory, students explore topics like blueprint reading, fitting, layout and measurements. Students also study beginning flux-core and arc welding.
Certificate of Proficiency in Inspection and Pipe Welding
This certificate program focuses on advanced welding techniques. Students learn about fabrication and piping systems, as well as testing and inspection. The courses that this certificate program requires can be taken in any order.
Associate of Science in Welding Technology
This associate's degree program combines courses from the school's two certificate programs. Topics include welding fitting and layout, welding inspection and advanced pipe welding. In addition to core welding courses, students take general education classes.
Continuing education and qualification testing options are available to Cabrillo College students with previous experience in welding. Additionally, programs can prepare students for certification through the American Welding Society. The school recommends that all welding students have a good understanding of pre-algebra.
Basic Welding Skills Certificate
Eight units have to be completed to earn this certificate in basic welding skills. Students typically take two courses each semester. In the first semester, it's recommended that students take courses on sheet metal fabrication, as well as TIG and gas welding. In the second semester, advanced welding and arc welding classes are suggested.
Advanced Welding Skills Certificate
The advanced welding skills certificate program takes roughly four semesters to complete. The required courses for this program include advanced TIG welding, welding fabrication, advanced arc welding, advanced MIG welding and pipe welding.
For the laboratory courses in Laney College's welding program, students are required to provide their own personal protective equipment.
Associate of Science in Welding Technology
The required courses for the welding technology degree program cover wire feed welding, arc welding, beginning gas tungsten arc welding and engineering drawings. Three classes must be selected from a variety of advanced welding techniques. A certificate option is also available that covers a similar set of coursework.
Other School Options
Las Positas College is 41 miles from San Jose's downtown area and offers certificate and associate's degree programs in welding technology.