Skip to content

Welding Technology

As a graduate of the Modesto Technical college welding school you’ll possess a skill with career opportunities and earning potential. According to many local and national news reports, qualified welders are in short supply and are listed as a “high priority occupation” for the growth of the economy.

Graduates of our welding training programs become qualified welders who are sought after by many employers. These respected companies choose our graduates because these employers are familiar with Modesto Technical College’s training programs and they know that our graduates are taught the practical skills and have the experience necessary for employment as a welder.


Modesto Technical College wants to provide you with the information you need to decide if a career in welding is the right profession for you. We offer courses and training for the beginner wishing to become a welder and the professional welder wishing to increase their skills in certain welding techniques.

Our courses cover a range of important welding techniques including:

  • Shielded Metal Arc Welding(SMAW) commonly called Stick welding
  • Gas Tungsten Arc Welding(GTAW) commonly called TIG welding
  • Gas Metal Arc Welding(GMAW) commonly called MIG welding
  • Stainless purge welding, sanitary grade & certification
  • Process pipe welding

Often we receive calls from an individual or a company requesting information about what it takes for welder qualification and certification. Actually, there is no such thing as a single welder certification for every job. Instead, there are many different codes and standards that regulate welding. Each one of these codes or standards dictates the parameters for depositing sound welds using a specific metal, technique and position; each usually requires a separate qualification test and its own certification.

Modesto Technical College offers welder qualification testing in accordance with many of these codes and standards.

To receive certification in one of these codes or standards, a welder is required to “qualify” their work through a hands-on demonstration of his/her ability by actually performing a weld according to the specific parameters, and then submitting the weld to an Accredited Test Facility (ATF) such as the American Welding Society (AWS). The ATF tests the weld to determine whether it meets the requirements of that particular code or standard. If the weld passes, then the welder receives written testimony, called “certification,” from the ATF to prove to an employer that he/she is “qualified” to do certain jobs. To be specific, the “certification” is the actual paperwork that states the details of the welder’s qualifications. The certification is typically presented to, and signed by, an employer.

The level of skill required to pass a qualification test varies with the process. If you attend our welding school, we offer you the opportunity to perform welding certification tests for a certification at the end of your training program.