Students welding in the welding lab.

American Welding Society Level 1

The American Welding Society certificate is designed to provide students with the technical skills needed to become a level 1 certified welder. The graduate will be proficient in SMAW, GMAW, FCAW, OFC, OAW, PAC, and GTAW procedures, mathematic calculations, and reading blueprints. Students receive various levels of welding proficiency after successfully completing tests that measure their welding skills.

 

Admission Requirements

American Welding Society Level 1 is an open enrollment program, meaning there are no criteria students must meet to be admitted. Students who are interested in enrolling in this program should complete our steps to enroll, which includes completing the free application for admission.

We encourage all prospective students to visit campus. We have several Explore Sandburg Open Houses throughout the year, or you can schedule a campus visit at your convenience.

Career and technical programs/courses are offered without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, or status in any group protected by applicable federal, state or local law. Title IX Coordinator Rick Eddy, 309.341.5234; Jacob Runge, 309.341.5262.

For additional information contact:
Welcome Center
309.345.3500
welcomecenter@sandburg.edu

Employment

The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates a 3% growth in employment for welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers from now to 2028. Due to the nation’s aging infrastructures experienced welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers will be needed to help rebuild highways, bridges, and buildings. The basic skills of welding are similar across industries making it easier for individuals trained in the field to shift from one industry to another. New jobs for welders are anticipated in manufacturing industries that produce fabricated metal products and transportation equipment. (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2020).
2019 Median Pay: $42,490 per year; $20.43 per hour 

POTENTIAL CAREERS 

Welders, Cutters, and Welder Fitters 

Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

Vocational Education Teachers, Postsecondary 

Career/Technical Education Teachers, Secondary School

Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products

Sample course schedule for the American Welding Society Level 1 program

Sample schedule for American Welding Society Level 1 certificate.

 

Program format

The Welding program offers both online and face-to-face class options. 

Class formats

Sandburg offers courses in a variety of formats to best fit the needs of our students. To determine the formats for specific courses, please refer to our course schedule.

Regardless of the course format, it is highly recommended that students have access to a reliable computer with broadband internet. All courses use online resources and require students to access course information through mySandburg. Accessing courses through a phone is discouraged. Both campuses have open computer labs for student use.

Click here for a list of the class formats.

ESTIMATED COSTS FOR THE ACCOUNTING PROGRAM

American Welding Society Level 1 certificate cost sheet

 

FINANCIAL AID

To apply for financial aid, visit our financial aid page for more information.

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) is designed to help job seekers access employment, education, training, and support services to succeed in the labor market and to match employers with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy. Contact the local office to inquire if you qualify for financial support. 

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SCHOLARSHIPS

Thanks to our generous donors, Carl Sandburg College Foundation is able to award over $100,000 each year in scholarship dollars to Sandburg students. High school, adult learners, and returning students - everyone is eligible to apply. Apply between October 1 and March 15 for the upcoming year. We encourage all students to apply. 

Meet the Instructors 

Ian Milligan
Welding & Industrial Process Professions Instructor


Department of Career and Technical Education
2400 Tom L. Wilson Blvd.
Galesburg, IL 61401
309.341.5274