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.


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 its 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.
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Median Annual Salary

United States:
Oregon State:
Klamath Region:

Prospective Jobs

Production worker Welder Fabricator
Production supervisor Shop foreman  

2019-2029 Employment Projection

12.4% Growth

Entry Level Educational Requirements:

High School Diploma

All data was gathered from the State of Oregon Employment Department and Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Data is provided for a welding position. For a different employment forecast please visit the State of Oregon Employment Department.
Program Advisor
Matthew Walter
Welding Program Lead
OIT, Cornett Hall, Room 212, Welding Lab
Klamath Falls, OR 97603