Welding Technology

[D50420] Diploma
[C50420M] MIG Certificate
[C50420T] TIG Certificate

The Welding Technology curriculum provides students with a sound understanding of the science, technology, and applications essential for successful employment in the welding and metalworking industry in its state-of-the-art facility featuring 31 welding booths.

Instruction includes consumable and non-consumable electrode welding and cutting processes. Courses may include math, print reading, metallurgy, welding inspection, and destructive and nondestructive testing providing the student with industry-standard skills developed through classroom training and practical application.

Graduates of the Welding Technology curriculum 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.

NOTE: The Welding Technology program is offered at RCC's Archdale Center. For more information, contact Michael Ford, Department Head, Welding - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - 336-328-1756.


Upon successful completion of the Welding Technology program, the student should be able to

  • Properly perform welds to industry standards.
  • Demonstrate the ability to identify common weld defects.
  • Show proficiency in setting up of welding machines.

American Welding Society - Accredited Testing Facility Logo
SENSE - AWS logo


Randolph Community College’s Archdale Welding Center has been named an Accredited Testing Facility (ATF) by the American Welding Society. The AWS Accredited Test Facility program establishes minimum requirements for test facilities, their personnel and equipment to qualify for accreditation to test and qualify welders. RCC’s testing program can test welders from anyone of eight different codes and standards. Read more about it here.

RCC’s Archdale Welding Center is now a participating organization in SENSE (Schools Excelling through National Skills Education) with the AWS. SENSE is a set of specifications and guidelines meant to assist schools in training welders and ensures all graduates have the knowledge and skills to meet the work force once in the field.

Trainees that complete a SENSE-compliant training program are eligible to receive an AWS SENSE certificate and wallet card. The SENSE program includes four different certificates that a trainee can earn, one for each welding process offered (SMAW, GMAW, GTAW, and FCAW).