Students interested in careers in welding, engineering, automotive or diesel technology, or any number of trades, should consider earning a welding degree at KCC.
KCC offers two paths to welding-related careers. The first is a pathway that focuses on one aspect of welding (stick, TIG or MIG) and can be completed in about two terms. The second is a pathway that allows students to earn a welding certificate in one year.

Regional Employment Forecast

Hourly Salary Range (Klamath Area):
$15.07 - $42.89
Hourly Salary Range (State of Oregon):
$14.37 - $27.94
Area Employment Projections: Projected growth (2014-2024) in the Klamath area is 11.4%. Projected growth in the state of Oregon is 13.9%.
Statewide Employment Analysis:The total number of job openings is projected to be much higher than the statewide average number of job openings for all occupations through 2024. This occupation is expected to grow at about the statewide average growth rate for all occupations through 2024. Educational Requirements:The typical entry level education for this occupation is a high school diploma or equivalent. Those with a postsecondary non-degree award have a competitive advantage in the labor market.

All data was gathered from the State of Oregon Employment Department
Data provided for a welding position. For a different employment forecast please visit the State of Oregon's Employment Department.
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Program Advisor

Matthew Walter
Welding Program Lead
7390 S. Sixth St.
Klamath Falls, OR 97603

Q & A 

What type of welding education does KCC offer?

Klamath Community College’s Welding Technology Program offers a one-year certificate of completion as well as single classes. Emphasis areas include shielded metal arc welding (SMAW), gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW), gas metal arc welding (GMAW), flux-cored arc welding (FCAW), oxy-acetylene welding and cutting (OAW), and basic fabrication.

What do you learn while earning the welding technology certificate?

The Welding Technology Certificate includes blueprint reading, welding processes and applications, welding metallurgy, shielded metal arc welding, gas metal arc welding, basic fabrication, and SMAW certification practice.

What is a SMAW certification?

The American Welding Society offers most welding certifications through their certified welder program. Welding certifications are organized by positions, thicknesses, processes, and metal type. Most plate welding certifications use groove welds and follow a coding system:
1: Flat position
2: Horizontal position
3: Vertical position
4: Overhead position
F: Fillet weld
G: Groove weld
You can get certified in one or more of the classifications.