⚠LCC is operating - we're just doing things differently.
LCC will continue to operate remotely until further notice (a list of face-to-face and hybrid classes for fall will be posted on July 27). Medical Assisting, Nursing, Machining and Welding resumed limited lab activity on May 5. Applications for emergency funding assistance are still being accepted. - Learn More.
NEW! Starting Winter Quarter 2020, Lower Columbia College is an American Welding Society (AWS) Educational Facility, and our students graduate with AWS credentials.
A career in Welding can take you all over the world and allow you to work in many different industries. As a welder, you can choose a career in aerospace, construction, oil and gas, or manufacturing. LCC's welding program gives you the foundation of all the major welding and cutting processes, and teaches you how to use common industry power tools and equipment. Preparing for the Washington Association of Building Officials (WABO) qualification test is part of the program. There are two options in this pathway, including a certificate and an associate degree.
The Welding Trade path can lead to a long-term career with a good salary, job advancement opportunities, and the chance to work with cutting-edge technology.
Certificate and degree options
Students who attend full-time can earn a welding certificate in three quarters (one academic year) and an associate degree in welding in three additional quarters (two academic years total).
Use the skills you gain in this program to enter an apprenticeship pathway with machinists-boilermakers, operating engineers, machinists & aerospace workers, industrial maintenance millwright, steamfitters & pipefitters, ironworkers, sheet metal workers, or carpenters.