Certificate of Proficiency (COP)


About The Program

The welding certificate program helps prepare the student for employment in manufacturing or maintenance. 

For a roadmap that identifies the preferred sequencing of courses and other specific recommendations from faculty, please see the corresponding program map(s):


Certificate Requirements  

Program Requirements

BLPT 160 Blueprint Reading for Welders 5
CS 110 Intro to Microcomputer Applications 3
HLTH 105 First Aid, CPR and Bloodborne Pathogens 1
MFG 105 Industrial Safety 3
WELD 141 SMAW - Stick Welding with E7018 10
WELD 158 Welding Theory and Fabrication 5
WELD 241 FCAW-G - Dual Shield Wire Feed Welding w/ E71T-1 10
WELD 243 GMAW - Solid Wire Feed Welding with ER70S-6 and ER5356 6

Diversity and Distribution Lists are available in the Lower Columbia College Catalog located at lowercolumbia.edu/catalog.

Total credits required to earn this certificate: 58.

Students completing this program should acquire the following skills and abilities:

  • Communicate professionally in writing and speaking as appropriate to an industrial technology work environment. (GS Communication)
  • Apply objective, valid methods of inquiry and problem solving to draw rational, ethical, and coherent conclusions. (GS Critical Thinking)
  • Apply mathematical information to perform tasks in industrial technology. (GS Numeracy/Quant. Literacy)
  • Interact effectively with individuals and groups. (GS Interpersonal Relations)
  • Display work appropriate behavior including positive attitude, timeliness, and teamwork.
  • Apply industry standard safety and hazardous material handling guidelines.
  • Apply knowledge of computer programs to create professional, academic, or business documents following current industry standards.
  • Safely operate equipment and tools used in welding, cutting, and fabricating.
  • Demonstrate competency in entry level welding and cutting processes.
  • Perform welding activities following written and verbal instructions.
  • Demonstrate competency in interpreting prints, drawings, and symbols for welding and fabricating.
  • Communicate work performed using trade specific language.
  • Complete tasks accurately, safely, and within a given timeframe.

Revised December 2021 (Effective Summer 2022)


Program planning is based on information available at the time of preparation. It is the student’s responsibility to meet with their LCC advisor. Consult the LCC catalog for LCC graduation requirements.

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