For prospective students interested in welding, few options are available. Asnuntuck Community College and Bristol Community College both offer certificate programs for welding. Coursework included in the programs concentrates on a range of welding skills at varying skill levels and the hours clocked may apply towards an apprenticeship, depending on the school. Students may need to provide some of their own tools and materials.
Read on to learn more about the pair of schools in Connecticut that offer programs in welding.
Asnuntuck Community College
Enfield is the location of Asnuntuck Community College. The college was established in 1972 and is one of the 12 community colleges in the state. The Manufacturing Welding Technology Applications Certificate Program teaches students the fundamentals of welding techniques such as resistance welding, robotic, automatic, CNC, semiautomatic, and LBW. The classes required for completion are Welding Automation and other Welding Processes; Welding Codes, Testing, and Certifications; and Principles of Quality Control. The college also offers a certificate for Manufacturing Welding Technology Fundamentals. The program takes 20 hours to complete and provides students the chance to learn welding procedures and how it correlates with today's manufacturing methods. Courses required to earn the certificate are Manufacturing Math II, Blueprint Reading I, Blueprint Reading for Welders, Welding I, Welding II, Welding III, and Welding IV.
Bristol Technical Education Center
Bristol Technical Education Center is located in Bristol. The Welding Technology program allows students who successfully finish the program to take the 900 clock hours earned and put it toward an approved apprentice training program in the state. Some students are selected to continue courses at Bristol Technical for another year for more training. Metallurgy, blueprint reading, welding safety, and shop math are some of the areas students will learn about. Some of tools students will need include safety glasses, ARC gloves, MIG gloves, wire cutting pliers, and chipping hammer.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Welding Certificates Offered||Tuition & Fees (2015-16)|
|Asnuntuck Community College||2-year, Public, large suburb||Manufacturing Welding Technology Applications Certificate, Manufacturing Welding Technology Fundamentals Certificate|| $4,072 (in-state)
|Bristol Technical Education Center||Less than 2 year, Public, rural town||Welding Technology Certificate||$3,760*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator.