Program Fact Sheet

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Diploma Program

What is a Welder?

A welder joins metal parts through coalescence (melting base metal); fills seams and holes of metal components; follows sketches, blueprints and specifications; follows and maintains knowledge of safety protocol; lays out, fits and fabricates metal components to assemble structural forms using knowledge of welding techniques, metallurgy, and engineering requirements. Some welders analyze engineering drawings and specifications to plan welding operations where procedural information is unavailable.

Prerequisite Courses
Diploma level proficiency in Reading, Writing, and Math before program admission.

Degrees and Certificates
  • Welding and Joining Technology Diploma
  • Advanced Shielded Metal Arc Welder Certificate
  • Flux Cored Arc Welder Certificate
  • Gas Metal Arc Welder Certificate
  • Gas Tungsten Arc Welder Certificate

Length of Program
  • Degree: 5 semesters
  • 53 Credit Hours

Semester Program Begins
Fall and Spring Semester

Application Process

Applicants to the Welding and Joining Technology Diploma Program must meet all Admissions requirements; complete an application and pay the application fee. Apply to Gwinnett Technical College at and submit all transcripts from high school and previous college work, and take the ACCUPLACER test if required.

Program Deadlines
You may enter in the Fall or Spring Terms.



(this data was compiled from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)


2016 Median Pay $39,390
Entry level Education Associate's degree, Diploma, Certificate
Number of jobs, 2014 4,550
Job Growth, 2024 44%