Welding Technology

Used in nearly all fields of manufacturing...

Welding Technology

Degree Options

Gainful Employment

Program Information

The Welding Technology program at Kishwaukee College is dedicated to continuously meeting the needs of the students and the community. Training is provided in arc and gas welding as well as advanced metal joining processes such as Metal Inert Gas (MIG) and Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) welding. As a student of welding you could also develop skills for the rapidly growing maintenance and repair welding occupations. Courses in Machine Trades Blueprints and Welding Certification prep are also available. Experienced instructors in small classes and laboratory settings allow for a top-notch education at an affordable price.

The Equipment

Each student is required to furnish the required equipment below. This same basic equipment is used for all lab courses. Specific information will be provided at the first class meeting.

All welding equipment may be purchased as a package through the College bookstore.

  • Welding hood with #10 lens/auto darkening
  • Welding goggles or shield with a #3 lens for gas welding
  • Hat/cap
  • Gloves—Gauntlet type, leather or cloth
  • Safety glasses
  • Chipping hammer
  • Wire brush
  • Welding sleeves—leather or cloth
  • Bib (optional)
  • MIG pliers
  • Medium size channelocks 12” (plumb pliers)
  • Work boots


This program is part of the Architecture & Construction Career Cluster.

High School Programs of Study guides

Occupational Information

Welding has been the most common way to permanently join metal parts since 4000 B.C. In the last half century, welding and joining have become a science and art. With increasing advances through research and development, the field of welding now includes knowledge and skills from metallurgy, ceramics, physics, heat transfer, electrical engineering, engineering mechanics, lasers, thermal spraying, micro-joining, and robotics. Because of its strength, welding is used in nearly all fields of manufacturing.

American Welding Society (AWS) Certification

The American Welding Society (AWS) is a national organization that independently tests and certifies welders. AWS welder certification is a professional credential that is accepted internationally. The Welding program at Kishwaukee College is designed to prepare you to pass the AWS D1.1 structural steel shielded metal arc Welding Certified Welding Test, which involves groove welds on 3/8" ASTM A36 steel plate in all four positions, both open root and with backing. The AWS welder certification test can be taken in the welding lab at Kishwaukee College. The cost of certification testing is approximately $300, students who have completed the program will receive a discount.

Contact Information

Zachery Caccia
Instructor
815-825-9703
Office: A1429
zcaccia@kish.edu