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School of Business, Technology & Trades :: Programs of Study

Welding & Metal Processing - Career Studies Certificate

Is your goal to be a welder? The Welding and Metal Processing Career Studies Certificate program at Virginia Western Community College prepares you for careers in arc, gas, MIG and TIG welding as well as metal fabrication. Students have access to the latest instructional and practical experiences in a modern shop facility and the opportunity to earn the AWS (American Welding Society) certification. Day and evening classes; fast track option available.

What classes do I take?

Gainful Employment Disclosure (2019)

This program is designed to be completed in 16 weeks.

This program will cost $3,405 if completed within normal time based on current in-state tuition rates and textbook and supplies costs.  There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting, but may have changed.

Fewer than 10 students completed this program within normal time. Average debt information has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the students.

For more information about graduation rates, loan repayment rates, and post-enrollment earnings about this institution and other postsecondary institutions please click here:

Accelerated Program

VWCC Workforce Solutions Welding programs are non-credit intensive training programs that prepare students for entry-level positions as welders. Click here for more information about non-credit welding programs.


Accredited testing facility through the American Welding Society.

Local Job Opportunities

Tuition: $
Credits: 17 Hours
Time: 1 semester or 1 year

Program Head

Gary C. Young
Assistant Professor, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration

Phone: 540-857-6181
Location: Webber W116

Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Certificate - VWCC, 1997
Electrical Wiring Certificate - VWCC, 1999
AAS Technical Studies - VWCC, 2013
CWE, 2015
CWI, 2015

Contact Us

School of Business, Technology & Trades
Location: Webber Hall W305
Phone: 540-857-7272
Fax: 540-857-7086

Mailing address:
3098 Colonial Ave., SW
Roanoke, VA 24015