Some welding classes in New Jersey are offered on an individual basis. Others are part of a larger undergraduate program, completion of which might allow students to earn a certificate. Studies are offered at 4-year colleges and universities as well as community colleges and vocational schools. Individual courses might be able to be completed in a few days or months, while more intensive training programs could take up to two years. Find out more about program offerings in welding below.
Bergen Community College
At Bergen Community College in Paramus, students can take welding technology classes or earn a Certificate of Achievement in Welding Technology. The certificate program requires students to earn 12 credits with classes in drafting, materials processing and fabrication. The welding technology I course goes over the basics of soldering, welding and brazing. Students are educated on welding safety as well. The welding technology II class expands upon the techniques covered in the first course.
Monmouth County Vocational School District
Individual welding courses can be taken in Neptune at Monmouth County Vocational School District. The welding I and II courses are each 72 credit hours and meet for 24 sessions. These classes are typically held during the evening. Students in the welding I class go over flat, vertical and overhead welding positions. The welding II course covers pipe welding, basic cutting/welding and pipe joint fitting.
Montclair State University
Montclair State University, named after the city of Montclair, offers introductory, intermediate and advanced classes in brazing and welding. These courses are a part of the elective options for the fine arts bachelor's degree program. The welding courses are associated with the sculpture concentration. Each welding course is 4 hours and contains a studio requirement.
Morris County Vocational School District
Students can find continuing education programs in welding technology at Morris County Vocational School District in Denville. Helmet and gloves are necessary items that students must purchase. The continuing education program in welding takes 2 years to complete. The first year of the program goes over welding symbols, welding science and print interpretation. In the second year of the program, students can learn about flux core arc welding, gas metal arc welding and gas tungsten arc welding. American Welding Society certification programs are also available.
Ocean County Vocational-Technical School
Students in Toms River can pursue a welding program at Ocean County Vocational-Technical School. Students must complete 900 hours in 2 years. Upon graduation, students can apply for certification with the American Welding Society. During this hands-on program, students can explore flux core arc welding, plasma cutting, oxy-fuel gas cutting, gas tungsten arc welding, shielded metal arc welding and gas metal arc welding.
Ramapo College of New Jersey
Ramapo College of New Jersey in Mahwah has a bronze casting and welding course that can be taken as a part of the sculpture concentration for the Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts program. This studio course focuses on exploring self-expression through the medium of welding and sculpting. Please not that this course is not offered for Fall 2016.
Warren County Community College
Students can take basic and advanced welding classes at Warren County Community College in Washington. The basic class goes over MIG welding and fabrication, while the advanced course concentrates on shielded metal arc and TIG welding. These courses are normally held on Sundays. Demonstrations are conducted during class so students can learn the proper procedures and safety techniques for particular styles of welding.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Welding Programs and Classes Offered||Program Tuition|
|Bergen Community College||2-year, public; large suburb||Certificate of Achievement in Welding Technology,|| $138.50 per credit hour in-county;
$285 per credit hour out-of-county;
$300 per credit hour out-of-state (2016-2017)*
|Monmouth County Vocational School District||< 2-year, public; large suburb||Welding I and II Courses||$600 per course (2016)*|
|Montclair State University||4-year, public; large suburb||Welding and Brazing Introductory, Intermediate and Advanced Courses|| $11,772 average undergraduate tuition and fees per year in-state;
$20,319 average undergraduate tuition and fees per year out-of-state (2015-2016)*
|Morris County Vocational School District||< 2-year, public; large suburb|| Welding Technology Continuing Education Program,
American Welding Society (AWS) certification
|AWS Certification courses $769 per course|
|Ocean County Vocational-Technical School||< 2-year, public; large suburb||Welding Program||$3,250 for the program (2016-2017)*|
|Ramapo College of New Jersey||4-year, public; large suburb||Bronze Casting and Welding Course|| $13,697.60 average undergraduate tuition and fees per year in-state;
$22,563.20 average undergraduate tuition and fees per year out-of-state (2015-2016)*
|Warren County Community College||2-year, public; fringe rural||Welding Basics and Welding Advanced Courses|| $153 per credit in-county
$163 per credit out- of county
$183 per credit out-of-state (2016)*
Sources: *Schools' websites