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Intermediate Welding Certificate Program

What will students learn?

Students will learn both introductory and intermediate welding skills including: 1) cutting of ferrous metal while emphasizing welding and cutting safety and basic welding processes, 2) oxy-fuel gas cutting and welding, 3) shield metal arc welding (SMAW),  4) Flux-cored arc welding (FCAW),  5) gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW), and 6) an introduction to gas metal arc welding (GMAW).

When does the course begin and end?

This Couse has multiple start dates throughout the year. Please refer to the information given on the Workforce registration page.

Is the Bacterial Meningitis Vaccination required for this course? 


How many days per week?

Classes meet from 9:00am to 4:15pm Monday through Thursday.

Location of classes?

Classes will meet on the Associated Builders & Contractors of Southeast Texas campus located at 2700 N Twin City Hwy, Nederland, TX 77627

How much does it cost?

Tuition for the Certificate Program is $5,200, which includes all necessary supplies.

Is student funding available for this class?

This class is offered on a non-credit basis for those students wanting a rapid path into employment rather than a certificate or 2-year degree. Because of this it is not eligible for regular students funding. Funding for the program is available through the Veteran’s Administration and through the Texas Workforce Commission.

Is this a partnership?   

This is a partnership between LSCPA and ABC of Southeast Texas.   LSCPA is providing all registration and training.  The LSCPA instructors are a certified NCCER instructors and LSCPA will share daily attendance data with ABC who will record attendance in the NCCER database.  Students who pass the classes written and laboratory tests will have completed all the training needed to earn NCCER Level 1 and Level 2 Certificates in Welding.

What supplies will I need?

Supplies will be provided.

Meet Your Instructors:

Daniel Spittler

Mr. Spittler is a Nederland native, graduating from Nederland High School in 2001.  Mr. Spittler has earned three Associate Degrees from the Lamar Institute of Technology.  In addition to his degree in Welding, he holds degrees in Advanced Engine Technology and Computer Aided Drafting.

He has been welding for more than a decade now.  Following an industrial accident Mr. Spittler devotes his attention to creative welding involving stainless steel and teaching.

Contact Information

Dr. Ben Stafford, Dean of Workforce Programs
Phone: 409-984-6354

Yadira Hernandez, Workforce Development Counselor
Phone: 409-984-6232

What Courses are involved in the Certificate Program?

Students enrolled in the Intermediate Welding Certificate Program will earn credit for each of the following four Welding Courses:

Intermediate Welding Certificate Program Class Hours
Introduction To Welding Using Multiple Processes WLDG 1000 80
Intermediate Welding Using Multiple Processes WLDG 2013 160
Advanced Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) WLDG 2051 80
Advanced Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) WLDG 2043 80

Are there specific attendance or grading policies?

Students must complete each course during the session in which they are enrolled.   Students falling below 70% of attendance will be automatically dropped from the course.  This class contains both written tests and tests involving the actual demonstration of welding techniques.  Students must earn a grade average of 70 or above in order to pass the course.  Students must pass the technique demonstrations to the satisfaction of the course instructors.  Only students who successfully pass both the written and demonstration portions of the course will be awarded the Workforce Certificate and specific NCCER Certification.

Is it possible to earn partial credit?

Students who complete this course will earn both a Certificate in Intermediate Welding awarded by the College and credit for completion of the NCCER Core, NCCER Welding Level 1 and NCCER Welding Level 2. 

While it is not possible to earn a partial award of the Intermediate Welding Certificate it is possible to earn a partial award of the NCCER elements of the course.  For example, a student may be certified as complete in the NCCER Core and as complete in NCCER level 1 Welding but they may fail the final elements of the class.  In this case they would be awarded the NCCER certifications that they had earned but would not earn the Certificate in Intermediate Welding or certification for sections of NCCER material in which they failed to demonstrate mastery. 

WLDG 1000:   Introduction to Welding

Course Description: Equipment used in oxy-fuel and arc welding. Includes cutting of ferrous metals. Emphasizes welding and cutting safety and basic welding processes.

End-of-Course Outcomes: Identify safety procedures associated with oxy-fuel and arc welding and cutting processes; and demonstrate basic welding and cutting.

WLDG 2013:    Intermediate Welding Using Multiple Processes

Course Description: Instruction using layout tools and blueprint reading with demonstration and guided practices with some of the following welding processes: oxy-fuel gas cutting and welding, shield metal arc welding (SMAW), gas metal arc welding (GMAW), flux-cored arc welding (FCAW), gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW), or any other approved welding process.

End-of-Course Outcomes: Identify proper safety equipment and tools and identify and select the proper welding process for a given application. Demonstrate skills training using more than one approved welding process; demonstrate ability to analyze situations and make decisions using skills as taught concerning safety and electrode selections; and select the most economic and practical welding process for the given task.


WLDG 2051:    Advanced Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW)

Course Description: Advanced topics in GTAW welding, including welding in various positions and directions.

End-of-Course Outcomes: Demonstrate proficiency in various welding positions; describe safety rules and equipment used; and describe the effects of welding parameters in GTAW; weld various joint designs; diagnose welding problems; and perform visual inspection.


WLDG 2043:    Advanced Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW)

Course Description: Advanced topics based on accepted welding codes. Training provided with various electrodes in shielded metal arc welding processes with open V-groove joints in all positions.

End-of-Course Outcomes: Describe effects of preheating and post weld heating; explain precautions used when welding various metals and alloys; distinguish between qualification and certification procedures; and discuss problems of welding discontinuities; perform open groove welds with low carbon steel and low alloy electrodes in all positions.


NCCER Certifications for Welding Level 1 & Level 2

NCCER is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) education foundation created in 1996 as The National Center for Construction Education and Research. It was developed with the support of more than 125 construction CEOs and various association and academic leaders who united to revolutionize training for the construction industry. Sharing the common goal of developing a safe and productive workforce, these companies created a standardized training and credentialing program for the industry. This progressive program has evolved into curricula for more than 70 craft areas and a complete series of more than 70 assessments offered in over 4,000 NCCER-accredited training and assessment locations across the United States.

The LSC-PA Intermediate Welding Certificate Program is designed to incorporate all of the classroom activities, laboratory activities and testing involved in earning the NCCER Welding Certificates for Level 1 & Level 2 Welding.  ABC of Southeast Texas, the local NCCER training center, will file for NCCER certification.