When the summer heat is not an issue, then welding may be a career to consider. The Advanced Manufacturing department at Sandhills Community College offers high-tech, in-demand career training through state-of-the-art equipment designed to meet the growing demand for skilled workers. Through partnerships with local employers, this program aligns class offerings and curriculums to provide employers a pipeline of skilled workers with job-specific skills. These programs do not take an extended period to complete, and many students have employment lined up before graduation. SCC even offers job placement assistance and career coaching.

The welding program is based on the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) curriculum and is designed to train students for mastery of basic welding skills and techniques including safety, metal cutting and fitting, and welding skills using generally recognized industry processes. Upon successful completion of “Welding Level I,” students earn the Level 1 NCCER Welding Certification and are prepared to work in entry-level positions.

“Welding Level I” will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Aug. 13-May 19, from 6-9 p.m. A second class will be held on Saturdays, Aug. 17-May 23, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The cost is $285 plus the cost of text.

The “Welding Level II” program follows the National Center for Construction and Research (NCCER) curriculum and builds upon content learned in “Welding Level I.” Students learn the physical characteristics and mechanical properties of metals, pre and post-heating of metals, gas metal and flux-cored arc welding, as well as welding safety and symbols, and interpreting detailed welding drawings. Upon successful completion of written and performance assessments and required training hours, students will be awarded a certificate of completion from NCCER. The prerequisite for this class is “Welding Level I.” 

“Welding Level II” will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays, Aug. 19-June 10, from 6-9 p.m. The cost is $285 plus the cost of text.

There may be funds available to help students pay for Continuing Education courses. Contact Jason Levister at (910) 695-3778 or levisterj@sandhills.edu, or Tess Regan at (910) 695-3766 or regant@sandhills.edu to learn more about SCC Continuing Education scholarships.


Seats are still available for these classes. Register in the Sandhills Community College Continuing Education office located on the first floor of Van Dusen Hall on the Pinehurst campus at 3395 Airport Road. Registration by phone with a credit card can be made by calling (910) 695-3980. Registration hours are Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., and Fridays 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.

For online registration, visit www.sandhills.edu/continuing-education link. Select “Registration and Payment” on the left sidebar and follow the instructions.

For more information about these or other Advanced Manufacturing classes, contact Deneane Smith at (910) 246-4117 or smithl@sandhills.edu.

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