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Welding & Metal Fabrication

Program Description

With Kern County’s emphasis on oil, agriculture, and manufacturing careers, welding is a high-demand job skill that will benefit you for year’s to come.  ROC’s highly-regarded welding programs teach you basic welding techniques and worksite safety during their first semester.  Then, during their second semester students build on their skills, applying the basic principles of cutting, grinding, and welding various metals using ARC, MIG, and TIG welding processes. Instruction in shop discipline and safety practices are emphasized throughout. 

Welding (first semester) students learn:

  • Industry terminology and use of basic tools
  • Cutting and grinding
  • Bonding metals using the ARC process
  • Shop procedures, including safety practices, shop discipline, and cleaning/maintenance


  • Reading blueprints
  • Planning and completing welding projects
  • Creating job estimates and customer order procedures
  • Completing certifications necessary in the welding industry
  • Fundamentals of the fabrication process


Certifications offered to students completing the Metal Fabrication course include:

  • AWS D1.1
  • F.C.A.W. welding process
  • S.M.A.W. welding process
  • ASME Sec.9 Pipe Test

High School credit available

Students earn 15 elective units each semester toward their high school graduation.


Welding and Metal Fabrication is articulated with Bakersfield College courses in:

WELD B1a – Introduction to Oxygen Acetylene Welding and Cutting (2 units)
WELD B1b – Introduction to Welding Processes (2 units)
WELD B74a – Introduction to SMAW and FCAW (2 units)
Students meeting BC’s established criteria can earn up to 6 units of BC credit in addition to the above high school credit.

Career Pathways and Related Occupations

This is a career awareness class which instructs students on the basics necessary for entry-level employment. Successful Welding & Metal Fabrication students oftentimes pursue careers in the following:

  • Welding helper
  • Welder
  • Welder Mechanic
  • Maintenance Welder
  • Construction Welder
  • Pipe Welder