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Butte College's Welding Program Honored with National Excellence in Action Award



The Welding Technology Program accepts 50 students beginning each Fall Semester and runs continuously (except for school holidays and certain breaks) through the first two weeks of summer session. Because the program is impacted, interested students must complete a Welding Technology application to be placed on the waitlist. Click here for information on applying. The optional PG&E PowerPathway Gas Pipeline Program runs an additional eight weeks in the summer session.


The Welding Technology Program is a vocational core of courses designed to produce qualified personnel for certified welding jobs.  Program performance standards for certification will be in accordance to those established by the American Welding Society and/or American Society of Mechanical Engineers.  Courses are held in a completely modern and well-equipped welding lab.

For certified welders, employment opportunities are virtually unlimited.  High-paying jobs are open in both heavy and light industry throughout California as well as the nation and the world.  As far as can be seen in the future, the job market for certified welders will continue to grow.


The curriculum includes the following major areas of instruction:

- Oxyacetylene Welding and Flame Cutting
- Shielded Metal Arc Welding (stick)
- Symbol Reading, Blue Print Interpretation and Computations
- Flux Core Welding
- Heavy Plate Welding
- Pipe and Tube Welding
- Integrated Welding Applications
- Welding Equipment Maintenance and Service
- Welding Inspection
- Welder Qualification
- Mig /Tig Welding
- Pipe Fitting and Cutting
- Welding Industry Employment Preparation


  1. Certificates/Degrees/Licenses capable of being earned:
    • Certificate
      Certificate of Achievement (one-year track)
    • Degree
      Associate of Science Degree in Welding Technology leading to a four-year Bachelor's Degree in Welding Manufacturing and/or Welding Engineering and/or Industrial Arts.
    • Qualifications
      This program qualifies the student to take the welder certification tests in all Processes.
  2. Desired Outcomes For Individuals Who Complete The Program:
    • This program is designed to produce an entry-level technician in the 6-G pipe position (qualifies for all positions in plate and pipe).  The student will be able to weld with SMAW, FCAW, GMAW, GTAW, OAW, OFC, PAC and AAC in all positions with a variety of metals and alloys.  The student will be able to certify to at least one of the following codes: API, AWS, and ASME, according to  individual skills.
    • This program is designed to give the student the necessary skills to be successful in the modern welding industry, the student will develop job-oriented work habits, job seeking skills, resume skills and a knowledge of what the employer is expecting.


  1. Assessment and Basic Learning Skills:The welding technology industry is becoming a high-tech area; chances for success are enhanced by having good basic skills preparation assessed via testing.  Contact the Butte College Assessment Office for particulars.  The following represent typical placement levels for entry into the Welding Program
    • Reading Placement - Recommended Level III
    • English Placement - Recommended Level II
    • Math Placement  - Recommended Level II
    • Assessment test is for your knowledge and ours.  This test will not keep you from entering the program but placement levels need to be on file with Butte College.
  2. Orientation:
    • Orientation must be cleared with the Butte College Orientation Office. Student Orientation will consist of a campus tour, meeting with a counselor, and setting up your MyBC account. Not all students new to Butte College need to participate in the Orientation/START program. Details and Exemptions are available at the Orientation web link.
  3. Course prerequisites must be completed in order to be accepted for the program. Course prerequisites are WLD 20 (Beginning Welding) AND WLD 21 (Intermediate Welding) with an NCCER Level 1 Certificate. Prerequisites may be met in the following ways:
    • High School 2+2 Articulated Classes and NCCER Level 1 Welding Certification. High school must have an approved 2+2 Articulation agreement with Butte College. Some approved high schools offer only WLD 20; some are approved for both WLD 20 and WLD 21. Not all high school welding classes are 2+2 articulated with Butte College.
    • Butte College WLD 20 (Offered Fall and Spring Semesters)
    • Butte College WLD 21 and NCCER Level 1 Welding Certification (Earned after successful completion of WLD 21). (WLD 20 is a prerequisite to WLD 21. WLD 21 is offered Spring Semester and Summer Session.)
    • *Equivalent welding courses taken at another college (transcripts and course descriptions must be provided for verification). *YOU MUST HAVE THIS OPTION CLEARED WITH DON ROBINSON, WELDING DEPARTMENT CHAIR, IN ORDER TO FULFULL COURSE PREREQUISITES.
    • *Welding certifications (copies must be provided showing certification and expiration dates) or work experience. *YOU MUST HAVE THIS OPTION CLEARED WITH DON ROBINSON, WELDING DEPARTMENT CHAIR, IN ORDER TO FULFULL COURSE PREREQUISITES.
  4. Also Recommended:
    • Students who are still enrolled in high school and who are considering a career in the welding industry are encouraged to take courses in English, Mathematics, Reading and related fields to welding (any agriculture or industrial arts classes).
  5. Other Types of Preparation:
    • Formal or informal employment experience having to do with hand-eye coordination will greatly enhance the student’s educational experience.


Welding Department:


530.895.2469 – Don Robinson (Chair)
530.895.2911 – Chris Armitage
530.879.6162 – Miles Peacock
530.895.2360 – Trevor Robinson
530.879.6138 – Seth Vader

Department Secretary: 530.895.2551 – Melissa Taylor or

Mailing Address:
   Welding Technology Program
   Butte College
   3536 Butte Campus Dr.
   Oroville, CA 95965


  1. The prerequisite courses are a total minimum of 340 hours (34 hours lecture and 208 hours laboratory, not including homework or assigned reading).
  2. The program is a minimum of 1,590 hours (289 hours lecture and 1,301 hours laboratory, not including homework or assigned reading) for a one-year Certificate of Achievement.
  3. PG&E PowerPathway Gas Pipeline Welding Program (offered during summer session) - The program is a minimum of 323 hours (17 hours lecture and 306 hours laboratory, not including homework or assigned reading).
  4. The Welding program may be completed in one year. An Associate in Sciences Degree may be completed in two years.
  5. The average cost per student is $5,200 to $6,200. If student qualifies for Board of Governors Fee Waiver, cost is reduced by approximately $1,978.(Subject to change)
  6. Our classroom and shop facilities will handle up to 50 students.
  7. The program is fully accredited for loans and grants.
  8. The program certifies 96% of its finishing students.
  9. The program is second to none in the quality of instruction.
  10. The shop facility is equipped with the highest quality and variety of equipment.
  11. Employers are constantly seeking our graduates with us as references.
  12. Excessive absences will lead to failure.  More than 24 hours of absences per semester and you will be dropped from the program.  NO certification tests will be taken at Butte College.

Butte College | 3536 Butte Campus Drive, Oroville CA 95965 | General Information (530) 895-2511

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