Welding is an art, a trade and a skill used by other trades. More than 75 occupational titles are listed by the U.S. Department of Labor that entail some form of welding-related activities. The 1990 census shows that approximately 4.6 percent of all welders in the United States are employed in Illinois, which ranks sixth among all states.

In DuPage County, welding ranks high on the list of the 30 fastest-growing occupations. These figures do not include more than one million people nationally who currently use welding as part of their occupation, including mechanics, machinists, plumbers and maintenance workers. Add to that the hobbyist, sculptor and other artisans, and you have a sizable number of people needing and/or desiring to learn the art of welding.

At College of DuPage, the Welding program is designed for people interested in learning welding or upgrading their skills in the various processes. Novices and advanced-level students can benefit from the individualized competency-based program offered. This program offers a variety of skill levels in oxyacetylene, arc, MIG, TIG, and plasma welding/cutting processes, using both manual and semi-automatic applications. A course in welding theory and blueprint reading is also available.

The program offers competency-based instruction during day, evening and Saturday classes.

From a historical point of view, welding is still growing. The Occupational Outlook Handbook projects that job prospects are excellent through 2014, as employers are having difficulty finding qualified workers.

Major Employment Areas

    • Arc Welder
    • TIG Welder
    • MIG Welder
    • Metal Fabricator

Gainful Employment Information

View information about this program, including estimated cost and employment opportunities.

Program Requirements 

Please consult a faculty advisor listed below before beginning your coursework.

Faculty Advisor 

If you are considering this program as an area of study, consult with a faculty advisor in this field. To send an email, click on the name of the advisor you wish to reach:

David Ellis, Program Coordinator
Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 1062, (630) 942-2527

David Earl, Program Advisor  
Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 1047, (630) 942-2538

Peter Deeman, Program Advisor    
Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 1047, (630) 942-2548

Bridget McFarland, Program Support Specialist
Technical Education Center (TEC), (630) 942-8419 

Business and Technology Division
Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 2026, (630) 942-2592


  • Eric Ranzy

    Eric RanzyWelding

    “College of DuPage was flexible in allowing me to complete the coursework. COD did the job. I hope the Welding program expands to give more students the training to get into this field.”

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