This program prepares welders for most phases of the industry. It combines classroom time with practical experience in the most common manual and semi-automatic welding processes: OFW (gas), SMAW, GMAW, FCAW, GTAW, SAW (arc), MIG, and TIG. Graduates can earn certifications from the state and from the Washington Association of Building Officials.

Enrollment Point: Fall, Winter, Spring

Certificate of Completion: 
2-7 Quarters
23-113 Credits
Associate of Applied Science: 
8 Quarters
133 Credits
AAS - Transfer: 
Bachelor of Applied Science: 

All program lengths are estimates and are not guarantees. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling (425) 235-5840.

Median Salary: 
Projected Growth: 
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At Renton Technical College, tuition is affordable and competitive.

Financial Aid

Federal aid is available for most students to help pay for school. Fill out your FAFSA now to get started.


The RTC Foundation offers scholarships to help pay the costs of attending school.

All costs are estimates and are not guarantees. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling (425) 235-5840.

Monday - Friday

8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Hours may vary based on specific program requirements. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling (425) 235-5840.

Rick Geist, Dave Parker

Entry Requirements

Admission Requirements

  • Minimum age: 18 years.
  • Must take the Accuplacer or ASSET test before entering the program or being placed on the pre-registration list.

Admission Recommendations

  • High school diploma or GED.
  • Good eyesight. Glasses are permitted.
  • Counselor and instructor interview. 

Course Information

Welder Helper Certificate

Course # Course Title Crs
COL 101 College Success 2
JSTI 101 Core Construction 5
JSTI 109 Safety, Tool & Equipment Certification 4
JSTI 111 Structural Trades 2
JSTI 168 Trades Math I 3
JSTI 175 Communication for Trades 2
JSTI 180 Human Relations for Trades 2
WELD 101 Thermal Cutting 3
  Total 23

Entry Welder Certificate

Course # Course Title Crs
WELD 102 Oxyacetylene Welding and Brazing 7
WELD 104 Introduction to Arc Welding 3
WELD 105 Shielded Metal Arc Welding I 7
WELD 106 Shielded Metal Arc Welding II 7
WELD 138  Certification SMAW 7
WELD 130 Blueprint Reading 3
  Total 57

Certified Welder Certificate

Course # Course Title Crs
WELD 110 Flux Cored Arc Welding 7
WELD 135 Welding Processes and Application 3
WELD 111 Gas Metal Arc Welding 7
WELD 120 MIG Aluminum 5
WELD 140 Certification GMAW/FCAW 6
WELD 136 Welding Metallurgy 3
  Total 88

Welder Certificate of Completion

Course # Course Title Crs
WELD 114 Gas Tungsten Arc Welding I 7
WELD 115 Gas Tungsten Arc Welding II 6
WELD 142 Pipe Welding I 6
WELD 143 Pipe Welding II (with certification) 6
  Total 113

General Education Course Requirements for AAS Degree

Course # Course Title Crs
AMATH 175 Applied Math for Business and Industry 5
CMST& 101 Intro to Communications 5
COMP 100 Applied Composition or 5
ENGL& 101 English Composition 5
PSYC& 100 General Psychology 5
  Total 20

Program Outcomes

Learning Outcomes for Welding Program:

  • Practice professional and safe work habits expected in the welding industry
  • Operate common welding and fabrication equipment safely and with proficiency
  • Communicate effectively in writing and verbally with co-workers and supervisors
  • Evaluate and solve problems as a welder
  • Use mathematical concepts to accurately complete welding projects
  • Pursue employment in the welding industry with appropriate job search, interview and resume development skills


External accreditation is not applicable to this program.


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