Welding Plasma Cutter
 The new CNC plasma cutter (pictured) is a state-of-the-art, high-quality machine. Understanding this type of technology could create more employment opportunities for students of the program.


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Interested in welding? With SIC, you'll gain valuable skills to ensure success in the welding industry. Get fired up about working with a variety of metals and obtain technical skills with hands-on training to help you get your start in a promising career as a welding professional. You'll learn a variety of welding techniques and equipment use such as: 

  • Metallurgy
  • Oxy/Fuel
  • Gas Welding
  • TIG Welding
  • Arc Welding
  • Flux Core
  • MIG welding
  • Plasma Cutting
  • Pipe welding
  • Blueprint Reading

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median pay for welders, cutters, solderers and brazers is $44,190/year (in 2020) and employment is expected to grow at a rate of 8% from 2020 to 2030. 

Career Opportunities

  • Welding Technician
  • Welding Specialist
  • Welding Supervisor
  • Welding Instructor
  • Welding Inspector

Or maybe you plan to own your own shop! If so, The Workforce & Illinois Small Business Development Center (WISBDC) at Southeastern Illinois College can help get you started! 


The college offers both a one-year certificate and a two-year Associate in Applied Science degree in Welding Technology. Both provide you with the basic skills needed to obtain employment in an industrial setting where welding is part of maintenance or fabrication operations. Southeastern's program places special emphasis on lab activities that help you hone your technical skills.

Why SIC?

Our program is guided by an advisory board composed of local and regional industry members who review our curriculum, ensuring that students are learning the current skills needed by employers. SIC also works directly with area employers for job placement opportunities for its graduates.

BONUS - SIC offers American Welding Society certification in one year!

Interested students should contact our SIC Recruiters at 618-252-5400 ext. 2245, or email

Check out our #CTExplore Video to see Instructor Mark Thomas tell you more about the Welding program!

Equipment Needed

Students enrolled in the Welding Technology program are required to supply the following welding equipment: helmet, goggles, clothing, shoes, gloves, and standard safety glasses. These items protect students from harmful rays, sparks, and hot metal fragments.

Program Learning Outcomes

Goal 1: By utilizing qualified faculty that work in local industry, and maintaining state of the art equipment and laboratory facilities and using a curriculum that is aligned with the technology that is currently used in today’s industry, we prepare our students to obtain meaningful employment as welding professionals that are locally and nationally recognized.
Goal 2: To prepare students that are sought after by competitive employers in heavy construction, fabrication, and repair within the welding industry.
Goal 3: To prepare students to pass the American Welding Society Welder Performance Qualification Test and become certified welders.
Goal 4: To prepare students to apply all welding principles and traits of professional work ethics in any work environment.
Goal 5: To prepare students to continue education as well as to grow and adapt to changes in the workplace.

Curriculum Guides:

A.A.S Degree
Welding Certificate
Welding Certificate(Level 2)

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