Welding Technology

James Turner Institute of Welding Technology

The James Turner Institute of Welding Technology at Central Piedmont is focused on being the leader in workforce development for the Charlotte area and region. Our skilled faculty work closely with local and regional industry to provide highly customizable training programs to enhance the employee's skills and create a pipeline of talent for future growth. The opportunities are endless: if you are looking for a job that is ever-changing and challenging, welding is for you.

What You Will Learn

The welding technology program teaches both the theoretical and practical principles of the profession, develops proficiency in technical skills, and provides opportunities for the application of both theoretical and practical knowledge. Successful graduates of the program may be employed as entry-level technicians in welding and metalworking industries. Upon completion of the program, you will be able to:

  • safely and efficiently utilize cutting and welding equipment that complies with accepted industry standards
  • read/interpret mechanical drawings and apply communicated information to build fabricated assemblies that comply with industry standards
  • demonstrate acquired skills and a knowledge base that meets or exceeds established industry benchmarks

Career opportunities exist in construction, manufacturing, fabrication, sales, quality control, supervision and welding-related self-employment.

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Why Choose Central Piedmont

After completing the associate degree, you will have the opportunity to take the Corporate and Continuing Education American Welding Society (AWS) plate or pipe certification test before graduation for a discounted rate. Our welding program is approved for workplace learning opportunities while you are in school — Central Piedmont has an entire department dedicated to connecting students with applicable work based learning opportunities such as cooperative education (co-op), internships, and/or apprenticeships. Our welding program also offers extracurricular opportunities via student clubs, such as participation in the annual American Welding Society competition. Past students have won first place in the American Welding Society competition.

Real World Education

At Central Piedmont, your education goes beyond what you learn in class. We offer numerous opportunities for you to enhance your learning — and to make friends, network, and pursue your passions — through clubs and organizations, sports, events and activities, leadership opportunities, job experience, volunteer experiences, visual and performing arts, and even international experiences.

A Current Student's Perspective

Dr. Kandi Deitemeyer, president of Central Piedmont, talks with Welding Technology student Marco Gallardo Cuervo about the struggles and opportunities he's experienced as a student both on- and off-campus during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Details

  • Program Options

    Choose from an Associate in Applied Science, a diploma, or from several specialized welding technology certificates. The college catalog lists the welding program options, courses, eligibility, and requirements currently available at Central Piedmont.

    If you would like information on opportunities to transfer associate degree credit to a four-year institution, please visit the Transfer Resource Center.

    Visiting Students

    If you wish to transfer welding course credit back to your home institution, explore how to enroll at Central Piedmont as a visiting student.

    Corporate and Continuing Education

    Central Piedmont's Corporate and Continuing Education provides non-credit, non-degree courses and programs, including job skills, industry-focused career training, certificates, certifications, professional licensure, and personal enrichment. Day, evening, weekend, and online opportunities are available. 

    The Construction Continuing Education program offers scholarship opportunities for non-degree welding courses.

    College and Career Readiness

    If you are looking for programs to gain the knowledge or skills necessary to finish a high school degree or to get a job, visit Central Piedmont's College and Career Readiness.

    College Credit for High School Students

    Visit Career and College Promise to learn about opportunities for high school students to earn college credit at Central Piedmont.

  • Welding Technology Program Requirements

    The welding associate degree requires the completion of 67–68 credit hours. For detailed information on welding program options, courses, eligibility, and requirements, visit the Central Piedmont Community College catalog.

    Students interested in earning their associates degree can complete the entire program in as little as five semesters attending full-time.

  • Locations

    Harper Campus

    Courses available and their schedules can change each semester. Check the welding program options, courses, eligibility, and requirements each semester.

  • Course Delivery Methods


    Courses available and their schedules can change each semester. Check the welding program options, courses, eligibility, and requirements each semester.

  • Welding Careers

    There are multiple industries that use welders on a regular basis. Manufacturing areas such as architectural and structural metal manufacturing, mining and agricultural manufacturing, and motor vehicle manufacturing. Other major areas include aerospace and shipbuilding industries. Demands in these areas continue to grow as the workforce is aging and employees are retiring faster than younger employees enter the field. Successful program graduates may be employed as entry-level technicians in welding and metalworking industries. Career opportunities also exist in construction, manufacturing, fabrication, sales, quality control, supervision, and welding-related self employment. Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers may work outdoors, often in inclement weather, or indoors, sometimes in a confined area. They may work on a scaffold, high off the ground, and they occasionally must lift heavy objects and work in awkward positions. Although most work full time, overtime is common.

    Depending on your job, you may work in a closed environment (such as a factory or manufacturing plant) that is very clean, or you may be working outside on a construction site. You may be required to carry up to 50 pounds of equipment. The environment may be cold or hot, you may be working in confined spaces, on scaffolding, or in dirty, noisy environments. Welding positions typically start at $15 per hour, and can go as high as $25 to start with little experience. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers is projected to grow four percent from 2014 to 2024, higher than the average for all occupations. In 2014, there were almost 400,000 available welding jobs.  If you are looking to move up within a company, a degree will be typically be required for higher level management positions. The hands on knowledge gained from the associate degree is invaluable when applying for a position. Visit Central Piedmont’s Career Coach for detailed welding career opportunities, salary information, and job openings.

  • Costs and Aid

    Central Piedmont provides real-world, affordable, hands-on education and career training. Learn how much it costs to attend Central Piedmont. Financial aid and scholarships are available.

    Welding Program Costs

    In addition to Central Piedmont tuition and fees welding students will need to purchase safety gear and personal protective equipment (PPE), which costs about $300.

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  • Admitted Students: Find Your Faculty Advisor

    Students at Central Piedmont have a faculty advisor for each program of study offered. Find your faculty advisor based on your last name:

    • Rich Davis: last names A–E
    • John McPherson: last names F-J; P–Z
    • Ray Sosko: last names K–O