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College of Southern Maryland
8730 Mitchell Rd
PO Box 910
La Plata, MD 20646-0910

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A structural welder can earn $26,600 to start and can earn up to $72,700 as they gain experience. Certified master welders can earn upwards of $100,000 annually dependent upon their certifications and type of work.


  Financial Assistance is available for this  program 
  WIA Funding Available
  Veterans Benefits applicable


Certified Structural Welder    High Demand

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Completers of our introductory welding program will be able to go into the welding field as an entry-level welder able to work under the supervision of an experienced welder. Completers will also be qualified to take additional classes to attain a multitude of AWS certifications. Welders construct steel frame buildings; work on nuclear power plants, on bridge construction and as valued employees in many other industries. 


Works under the direct supervision of an experienced welder.

Prerequisite: Six months on-the-job experience or attendance of TEC-9300. TEC-9300 and TEC-5810 may be taken simultaneously.

Course Class Hours
TEC 5810 Fundamentals of Welding Certified Training 45
TEC 5820 Intermediate Stick Welding Certified Training 45
TEC-9300 Construction Core Skills - General  75
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Students will test for their D1.1 Structural Code- Steel Code for Stick American Welding Certificate.

Course Class Hours
TEC 5830 Intermediate MIG Welding All Position Gas Metal Arc Welding Certified Training 45
TEC 5840 Intermediate Gas Tungsten Arc TIG Welding on Stainless Steel and Aluminum Certified Training 45
TEC 5850 Advanced Shielded Metal Arc 2G, 3G, 4G, 5G and 6G Position Pipe Welding Certification 45
TEC 5860 Advanced MIG Pipe Welding Certified Training 45
TEC 5870 Advanced TIG Stainless and Aluminum Welding Certified Training 45
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Check out our welding lab as we trained the National Elevator Instruction Education
Program members to obtain their structural welding certification. 88% of the
CSM students passed!


Learn how to work on bridges, high rise buildings, cross country pipelines, nuclear power plant pipes, welding and many different forms of shop and manufacturing welding. Upon completion of our Basic Welding course, the students will be qualified to enroll in the following certification programs.

CSM students in the HVAC Helper and Certified Structural Welder CAREER STARTERS Training have the option to earn preferred enrollment and placement as a Sheet Metal or Plumber Apprentice.  Upon completion of a 12-month probationary period, candidates will be waived from the entrance examination and directly enrolled into the SMACNA-SMWIA Local Union #100 Joint Apprenticeship Training Program or the Plumbers and Pipefitters Apprenticeship Fund. It is the intent of this cooperative effort to provide the student with a program of study leading to a career as a professional in the Sheet Metal or Plumbing Industry.


For more information contact:

Course Coordinator

Connie Coyle
Program Assistant

For a complete listing of courses that CSM offers, please refer to the Continuing Education Schedule of Classes.

“There is an unprecedented demand for newly skilled welders due to aging population of our nation's welder workforce. Employers have a constant need for skilled welders.”

Source: American Welding Society