Welding Training

Job Outlook & Earnings

WeldingEmployment of welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers is expected to increase by about 4 percent over the 2014-24 decade. The basic skills of welding are the same across industries, so welders can easily shift from one industry to another, depending on where they are needed most.

Average wages of welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers in Maryland were $21.79 an hour in 2015.

Is This Career Right for You?

Welders may work in a wide variety of industries, from car racing to manufacturing. The work done in the different industries and the equipment used may vary greatly. The most common and simplest type of welding today is arc welding, which uses electrical currents to create heat and bond metals together, but there are over 100 different processes that a welder can employ. 

Welding, soldering, and brazing workers need good eyesight, hand-eye coordination, and manual dexterity, along with good math, problem-solving, and communication skills. They should be able to concentrate on detailed work for long periods and be able to bend, stoop, and work in awkward positions. In addition, welders increasingly must be willing to receive training and perform tasks required in other production jobs.

Welding Training at HCC

Students that successfully complete this course should be able to obtain entry-level employment in the construction/metal building/fabrication trades. The program takes about five weeks to complete and is offered during the fall and spring semesters in the evening.


  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Tenth grade reading level preferred
  • Possess transportation
  • Construction experience preferred

Total approximate cost is $600. Total instructional hours are 30.

Employers: Harford Community College offers customized training to meet the needs of your business.

**We can design training for the specific needs of your organization at one of our facilities, or at your location. We are now also a partner with the Maryland WorkSmart program, utilizing the strengths of the Maryland Community College Network. Contact us about what your needs are, and we can develop a training program to support you!**

Any Course. Any Time. Any Location.

Occupational data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Workers.