Students have the opportunity to begin a career in Welding and Fabrication. Openings in this field are varied and growing, especially due to the oil and gas industry boom and the number of older welders retiring. Welding requires detail-oriented people with good vision and hand-eye co-ordination.
Zane State College offers a one-year Certificate in Welding & Fabrication. The Certificate Program requires three semesters of full time enrollment. Students will start with oxy-fuel and plasma cutting, followed by Basic SMAW (stick-welding), GMAW (MIG) and GTAW (TIG) courses. They will learn to read blueprints, work with Auto CAD and gain experience in CNC Plasma Cutting and other fabrication related equipment. At the end of the Basic SMAW series, students have the option to take a structural stick-welding certification test, through the Ohio Department of Transportation. During the last semester of the curriculum students have the opportunity to put their welding and cutting skills together with their blueprint reading knowledge to build a project of their own.
If at some point the student elects to continue their education, all certificate courses may be applied to the Welding and Fabrication Associate of Applied Science degree. All welding classes are taught at the Cambridge Campus and are set up in a self-paced format. To enroll in the Welding Program, contact the Director of Welding Education for an advising appointment. The Welding Lab is open Monday-Thursday from 8:00 am – 8:00 pm. Lab attendance is set up in 6 hour shifts and arranged by instructor, based on the number of credit hours a student is enrolled.
Welding Certification and/or Qualification is available on-site, with or without course completion. AWS, ASME and API procedures are available. Contact the Director of Welding Education to make an appointment for testing.