Welding and Metals Fabrication

Harness the Power of Heat and Metal to Forge a Path to In-Demand Careers

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Program Overview

Interested in a career that fuses creativity with precision? The Welding and Metals Fabrication program at College of Western Idaho (CWI) is an ideal choice. This program provides in-depth training in key welding techniques such as Shielded Metal Arc Welding (Stick), Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (MIG), Gas Metal Arc Welding (TIG), and Flux Cored Arc Welding. You will also master essential metalworking skills, including layout, cutting, and fabrication. A highlight of the program is the preparation for the American Welding Society (AWS) certification, highly valued in the industry.

Our program combines theoretical knowledge with extensive hands-on practice in our state-of-the-art workshops. You will learn from experienced professionals, gaining the skills to work on a wide range of projects, from industrial to custom metalwork. Whether starting a new career or advancing your skills, this program is your gateway to a successful career in welding and metals fabrication.

Degree or Certificate Type

Associate of Applied Science

Intermediate Technical Certificate

Basic Technical Certificate


$6,224 – 12,855

Additional cost may apply.

Time to Complete

1 – 2 years

Primary Location

Program Exploration

Program Exploration – July 31

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Learning Opportunities

  • Welding Techniques: Master Stick, MIG, TIG, and Flux Cored Arc Welding, among other welding techniques.
  • Fabrication Skills: Learn layout, cutting, and fabrication for a variety of metalworking projects.
  • Safety & Standards: Adhere to industry safety standards and best practices in all operations.
  • Technical Proficiency: Develop a deep understanding of welding equipment, materials, and techniques.
  • Certifications: Be prepared for the American Welding Society industry-recognized certification.

Area of Study

Degrees & Certificates

Welding and Metals Fabrication – Associate of Applied Science Degree




Degree Requirements

Cost: $12,855

Welding and Metals Fabrication – Intermediate Technical Certificate




Welding and Metals Fabrication – Basic Technical Certificate




Welder working in tunnel

Career Opportunities

  • Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers

    Use hand-welding, flame-cutting, hand-soldering, or brazing equipment to weld or join metal components or to fill holes, indentations, or seams of fabricated metal products.


    Annual Openings*


    Hourly Median Wage*


    Annual Median Salary


    Growth (2021 – 2031)*

  • Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

    Set up, operate, or tend welding, soldering, or brazing machines or robots that weld, braze, solder, or heat treat metal products, components, or assemblies. Includes workers who operate laser cutters or laser-beam machines.


    Annual Openings*


    Hourly Median Wage*


    Annual Median Salary


    Growth (2021 – 2031)*

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*Data sourced from Lightcast™ (2023), a global leader in labor market analytics, and limited to the state of Idaho. Contact CWI Institutional Research for questions regarding this data.


Step 1

  • Apply to CWI.
  • Choose Welding and Metals Fabrication as your major.

Step 2

  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).


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