Career Studies Certificates

Code: 221-995-01

General Information

The Welding Career Studies Certificate is intended for students making a career change into fabrication. This certificate provides the basic welding skills necessary for employment in a modern fabrication facility.

Program Requirements

Welding – CSC – Program Information Sheet (PDF)



Classes are held on the main campus in Clifton Forge and a variety of other locations, including the DSLCC Rockbridge Regional Center (RRC) in Buena Vista. Facilities include classrooms, program-specific lab spaces, computer labs, offices and spaces used for student activities, student support services and a wide variety of resources to support student learning.

Formats for the delivery of many general classes include traditional lecture, compressed video, web-enhanced instruction, and independent study. For the successful completion of most courses, students are expected to attend classes, participate in labs and/or complete assignments that require additional study outside of scheduled class times. Some courses are available on an independent-study basis.

Some courses are offered every semester while others are only scheduled in the fall or spring semester or one of the college’s summer sessions. It is important to discuss academic and career plans with an academic advisor who can assist in the development of a pathway that meets each student’s needs and addresses the scheduling of courses by the college. This will assist the student in achieving their goal of completing all requirements for graduation.

Tools, Equipment and Supplies

Tools Price
Boots (at least 9″ tall, avoid Stitched Toes) $35.00 – $99.00
Welding Gloves $ 5.00 – $10.00
TIG Gloves $ 6.00 – $10.00
Safety Glasses $ 3.00 – $ 6.00
Wire Cutting Pliers $12.00 – $25.00
Slip Joint Pliers (dollar store) $ 2.00 – $5.00
Wire Brush $ 3.00 – $6.00
Welding Jacket (may use old denim, etc.) $ 0.00 – $65.00
Tape Measure $ 2.00 – $ 8.00
T-Square (for DRF 166 Welding Blue Print Reading) $ 3.00 – $7.00
30, 60, & 45 Degree Triangles (for DRF 166 Welding Blue Print Reading) $ 3.00 – $12.00
Chipping Hammer $ 8.00 – $20.00
Shields are furnished by DSLCC.


American Welding Society

American Welding Society Southwest Virginia Section #179

ESAB North America Welding Equipment

Lincoln Electric/Community

Miller Welding

National Association of Manufacturers (NAM)

Hobart Welders

The Fabricator

Welding Career


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