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Welding – Basic SMAW (Stick) Welding Technology – Certificate


Basic SMAW (Stick) Welding Technology


The Welding program provides detailed methods of instruction and training in the four most common metal joining methods. Welding is becoming an increasingly high-tech skill in which welders are trained to operate automated systems that use powerful lasers that can bond to metal. The demand for skilled welders is rising, register to get your certificate or welding degree today!

What You Can Do

Upon successful completion of the Welding Technology Certificate, the student will have the opportunity to enter the workforce as a welding technician. The program will prepare graduates for entry into union trades positions including boilermakers, plumbers & pipefitters, structural steel workers, rail car repair and general maintenance, and small and medium job shops.


  • Welding
  • Cutting
  • Brazing
  • Sodering

Earning Potential

View the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, for Welders, Cutters, Solderers and Brazers, at Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers : Occupational Outlook Handbook: : U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (

Modes of Instruction
Learn more about the modes of instruction offered at John A. Logan College.

Program Details

WEL 60


Prerequisite: OSHA 10-hour General Certification

WEL 115Metallurgy 2
WEL 120Oxyfuel Welding, Cutting & Brazing3
WEL 121SMAW (Stick) Plate Welding I3

Total Hours for Degree8

Earn your Advanced SMAW (Stick) Welding Technology Credential

With these three additional courses you can earn a short-term certificate:

MAC 180Blueprint Reading3
WEL 123SMAW (Stick) Plate Welding II3
WEL 125Weld Testing and Inspection3

The Basic SMAW (Stick) Welding Technology Certificate is a minimum of 8 credit hours. Please use our Tuition and Fees page to calculate your approximate cost.

*Students will be responsible for additional classroom materials and tools.

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John A Logan offers a seamless transfer to the next step in your educational journey for many of our programs. Our academic programs prepare you for what you will need to transfer to a four-year college or university. When you have selected the college where you would like to transfer, it is important to review their specific admission and course requirements. John A Logan College has many articulation agreements with various colleges.

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  1. Safety Procedures: Students will develop a strong understanding of safety protocols and practices in the welding industry.
  2. Welding Techniques: Students will demonstrate proficiency in various welding techniques and clearly understand the process.
  3. Welding Equipment and Setup: Students will learn to set up and operate welding equipment, welding torches, and gas regulators.
  4. Weld Quality: Students will understand the principles of weld quality in accordance with applicable welding code books.
  5. Material Selection: Students will learn how to choose the appropriate materials for specific welding projects based on metal, tensile strength, and the desired outcome.

Welding Faculty Contact

Grover Mays

Grover Mays

Welding Professor

Phone: (618) 985-2828 Ext. 8345
Office: C139 A