Pipe Welder

Program Overview

The Pipe Welder Technical Certificate of Credit program provides instruction in the specialized field of pipe welding.  A good understanding and skill base is essential for the completion of this program.  Topics include advanced gas tungsten arc welding practices, fabrication practices, and pipe welding techniques.

Students are accepted into the Pipe Welder certificate program every semester. A full-time student can complete this program in 2 semesters. To graduate, students must earn a minimum of 9 semester credit hours.

Career Traits/Requirements

Individuals wanting to enroll in the Pipe Welder certificate program must have good eyesight, manual dexterity, hand eye coordination, critical thinking skills, and the ability to apply technology to the work environment.

Offered at the Following Campus

North Campus (Sandersville)
South Campus (Dublin)

Salary Potential

$35,000.00 – $42,000.00

Program Costs

Tuition & Fees:  $1,562.00
Books & Supplies:  $100.00
(Costs are estimated and are subject to change.)

HOPE Career Grant:
The HOPE Career Grant, formerly known as the Strategic Industries Workforce Development Grant, is available to HOPE Grant-qualified students who enroll in select majors specifically aligned with one of 12 industries in which there are more jobs available in Georgia than there are skilled workers to fill them.

To qualify, an OFTC student must be fully admitted to the college, enrolled in one of the above programs and receiving the HOPE Grant for the same term. The amount of the HOPE Career Grant award is a fixed amount for each term of enrollment:

  • 9 or more credit hours – $500/semester
  • 3-8 credit hours – $250/semester
  • 1-2 credit hours – $125/semester
  • Commercial Truck Driving – $1,000 one time award

High School students in dual enrollment and joint enrollment are NOT eligible.

Employment Opportunities

Graduates of the Piper Welder certificate are prepared for employment as pipe welders with industrial construction companies and manufacturing companies. Instruction and practical application of learned skills provide a broad occupational background which appeals to prospective employers.

Admission Requirements

  • Submit a completed application and application fee;
  • Be at least 16 years of age;
  • Submit official high school transcript or GED transcript;
  • Submit official college transcripts, if applicable;
  • OFTC may accept a student’s official entrance score on the following validated assessment instruments if the scores meet the required minimums: COMPASS/ASSET, SAT, ACT, PSAT, PACT, Accuplacer/Accuplacer Next Generation/Companion, HOPE GPA after completion of 10th grade of 2.6 or higher or GED.

Additional admission requirements:
1. Must be a graduate of the Welding and Joining Technology diploma program.



Course Overview

  • WELD1151Fabrication Processes3 credit hours60 contact hours
  • Choose one of the following:
  • WELD1055Shielded Metal Arc Welding Pipe Welds3 credit hours105 contact hours
  • WELD1152Pipe Welding4 credit hours105 contact hours
  • Choose one of the following:
  • WELD1075Gas Tungsten Arc Welding Pipe Welding4 credit hours135 contact hours
  • WELD1150Advanced Gas Tungsten Arc Welding3 credit hours75 contact hours