About the Career

Working with artistic precision, welders possess high-level skills that many companies, especially those in manufacturing, compete to employ. The overall employment of welders, cutters, solderers and brazers in the Gulf Coast from 2011 to 2020 is projected to grow 26.7 percent.

The median hourly wage for welders is $17.93. (Source: Workforce Solutions 2014)

Graduates are in demand in a variety of settings:

  • Oil and Gas
  • Construction
  • Manufacturing and Production
  • Power Plants
  • Energy Exploration
  • Maritime Industry

About the Program

COM’s program prepares a student completing the Welding, Multiple Processes class to be hired as a welder SMAW (shielded metal arc welding) helper/tacker. Students completing three classes may be hired as a structural welder while students completing five classes may be hired as a pipe welder.

This course includes a $200 lab fee per class and a one-time investment of approximately $250 for personal equipment.

Welding – Structural Welder

Course Hours Cost
WLDG 1007 Welding, Multiple Processes 112 $700/$705
WLDG 1007 Welding, Multiple Processes 112 $700/$705
WLDG 1007 Welding, Multiple Processes 112 $700/$705
Total 336 $2,100/$2,115

How to Begin

New students must register in person on the main campus at the Continuing Education Office – Technical Vocational Building Suite 1475. Returning students may register in person or online at www.com.edu/register.

Financial Assistance Available

  • Texas Public Education Grants (TPEG) – This is a grant based on financial need.
  • Hazlewood Act – This assistance is available to veterans, their spouses and eligible children.
  • Workforce Solutions Workforce Investment Act – This assistance is based on financial need.



student Michael Minx

“When I got here, I didn’t know anything about welding. (The instructors) never let me quit. They teach you to be confident in yourself.”

– Michael Minix

Michael Minix is a COM graduate and welder at CBI in Texas City

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