Certificate Program Gainful Employment Information

Welding Technology

Napa Valley College’s (NVC) Welding Technology Program provides an extensive background in cutting and welding processes, such as Oxyacetylene Cutting and Welding, Plasma Cutting, Carbon Arc Cutting, Shielded Metal Arc Welding, Flux Core, MIG and TIG.  Other courses in the program include Technical Math, Machine Shop Practice, Digital Design, and non-math Descriptive Physics.

Total units required for Certificate: 40

Gainful Employment Information

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Napa Valley College OPEID: 001247
CIP Code: 48.0508

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CIP Program Description:  Welding Technology/Welder
Program Name: Welding Technology
Program Level: Certificate of Achievement
Program Length in Weeks: 72 [1]

Related Occupations:

Following are the ONET Code(s) and ONET Title(s) (SOC) for occupations related to this program:

51-4121.00 - Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers

51-4121.06 - Welders, Cutters, and Welder Fitters

51-4121.07 - Solderers and Brazers

51-4122.00 - Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

To explore these related occupations and other career opportunities visit http://www.onetonline.org/

For 2012/13:
Estimated Cost of Program: $1,972 [2]
Estimated Cost for Textbooks and Supplies:$3,312 [3]
Napa Valley College does not offer on-campus housing.

Number of students who completed this program between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012: 1

Because of the low number of students completing this program, Napa Valley College does not report:

  • The number of completers with student debt;
  • The median cumulative debt for completers in this program;
  • The amount of Federal student loan debt;
  • The amount of Private loan debt;
  • The amount of Institutional financing plan debt;
  • The number of students who completed the program within the normal program time;

This information is reported in compliance with FERPA regulations.


[1] Program length is expressed in weeks. Length of time is calculated as the number of weeks it would take a student to complete the program unit requirements if they enrolled at the minimum full-time level of 12 units per semester. Students may be able to accelerate their progress by enrolling in more units per semester. Time to complete the program may be longer than the normal program length if a student requires remedial course work.

[2] Program cost is estimated based upon current unit cost (Fall 2012) of $46.00 per unit plus any additional Course Material Fees for required courses. Additional required fees are also included.

[3] Textbook cost is based upon retail cost of new textbooks purchased through the Napa Valley College bookstore. A student's actual cost may vary based upon the availability of used textbooks, rental textbooks or electronic text books.