2024-2025 College Catalog 
    May 28, 2024  
2024-2025 College Catalog

Basic Welding Certificate

The Basic Welding Certificate is designed to provide students with opportunities to acquire knowledge and develop technical skills needed to progress in the welding industry as an entry-level welder in local industry with a focus on Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW). This basic certificate emphasizes welding skill proficiency through lab activities and projects as learning activities.

Basic Welding Certificate Program Goals

  • Develop skills using hand and power tools used in industry
  • Develop the ability to read and follow welding blueprints and related technical manuals to fabricate welding projects
  • Understand the practical application of mathematical computations used in the welding industry
  • Develop an awareness of the responsibility and need for safe procedures that must be followed in the lab and/or work environment
  • Demonstrate torch cutting with gas applications and plasma cutting
  • Demonstrate GMAW, Pulsed Spray/Spray and FCAW
  • Obtain OSHA 10 safety certification

Admission to the Program: Open

First-Time Enrollees:

  1. Complete an application for admission and, if desired, apply for financial aid.
  2. Send an official high school transcript or GED score report to the Admissions and Records Office.
  3. Complete the placement exam.
  4. Meet with a Student Success Advocate/Advisor to select classes and complete the registration process.

Department of Career & Technical Education

2400 Tom L. Wilson Blvd.
Galesburg, IL 61401
Phone: 309.345.3501

For Additional Information Contact:

The Welcome Center
Phone: 309.345.3500

For Graduation Requirements:

See the graduation policies and procedures page for details   

Certificate Requirements

First Year

Total Semester Hours: 16

Students enrolled in the Basic Welding Certificate must complete all WEL and MFG courses with a grade of “C” or better to graduate.


Ian Milligan
Instructor, Manufacturing Technology

Ellen Burns
Dean of Career & Technical Education


Building G offers classroom space, a computer lab, and houses Carl Sandburg College’s welding program. The College’s welding lab offers 26 bay stations. The welding area offers two welding simulators, as well as state of the art multi process welding machines.