Welding 1 : Emily Griffith Technical College

Welding 1

We have full-time and part-time start dates throughout the year! Give us a call at 720-423-4700 to find out when our next available start date is.

Add some spark to your career with a certificate in Welding! There are a variety of fields you can work in as a welder, including aerospace, construction, manufacturing, oil and gas and more. 

At Emily Griffith, our Welding program will give you hands-on experience in key welding processes, including gas metal arc welding, thermal cutting processes, shielded metal arc welding, flux cored arc welding, gas tungsten arc welding and oxy fuel cutting and welding. 

The program focuses on developing critical welding skills, equipment setup, safety, and basic welding metallurgy. You will also gain skills in blueprint reading, metal types, and the welding applications to use with them, metal cutting and fabrication tools, welding positions, and weld inspection and testing.

Latest technology: Our welding program is lab-based, so you’ll spend the majority of your time gaining experience with welding equipment and processes. Plus our coursework is aligned with the American Welding Society’s SENSE Standards. 

Convenient classes: We offer both full-time and part-time classes to fit into your schedule.

High-demand career: Welders are always in demand! 

Want more information? Get the Welding 1 Program Flyer and the Welding 1 Program Checklist.

What Can I Do with an Emily Griffith Welding 1 Certificate?

Graduates from Emily Griffith’s Welding 1 program use their certificate to up their technology game at their current jobs or to work in jobs such as the following:

  • Aerospace
  • Electronics Welding
  • Iron Working
  • Ornamental Fabrication
  • Materials Science
  • Metal Fabrication Specialist
Skilled Trades
$9,799
Approximate cost. Additional material and book fees may apply
8 Months
Full-time program length
4/05/2021
Next Start Date
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Course Information

Required Courses

WEL 100 Safety for Welders

Covers the hazards of welding on health and safety, locating essential safety information from a code or other standard, and identifying and applying shop safety procedures.

Start Date: No upcoming starts available.
WEL 101 Allied Cutting Processes

Covers setting up equipment and performing cutting and gouging operations utilizing the oxyacetylene, air carbon arc, exothermic, and plasma arc cutting processes. This course will also provide an introduction to blueprint reading.

Start Date: No upcoming starts available.
WEL 103 Basic Shielded Metal Arc I

Covers performing safety inspections, making minor repairs, adjusting operating parameters, and operating SMAW equipment utilizing E-6010 electrodes. Layout procedures and practices will also be introduced.

Start Date: No upcoming starts available.
WEL 106 Blueprint Readng-Welders/Fitters

Covers interpreting weld symbols on blueprints, identifying proper layout methods and tools, and proper joint design necessary for various welding processes.

Start Date: No upcoming starts available.
WEL 110 Advanced Shielded Metal Arc I

Covers safety inspections, minor repairs, operating parameters, operation of SMAW equipment, and SMAW operations on groove and fillet welds utilizing E-6010 and E-7018 electrodes. Layout procedures will be practiced during this course.

Start Date: No upcoming starts available.
WEL 121 Structural Welding I

Covers theory and practice in oxy-acetylene processes with emphasis toward AWS welder qualification with mild steel electrode E-7018 welding in the horizontal and vertical position.

Start Date: No upcoming starts available.
WEL 124 Intro-Gas Tungsten Arc Welding

Covers welding in all positions and on various joint configurations using the GTAW (tig) welding process on carbon steel, stainless steel and aluminum. Student should be familiar with basic metallurgy pertaining to the weldability of metals, structural joints, and safety in the welding industry.

Start Date: No upcoming starts available.
WEL 162 Basic Flux Cored Arc Welding

Teaches how to safely set up and operate the flux core arc welding equipment.

Start Date: No upcoming starts available.
WEL 163 Basic Shielded Metal Arc Welding

Teaches how to safely set up and operate the shielded metal arc welding equipment.

Start Date: No upcoming starts available.
WEL 201 Gas Metal Arc Welding I

Covers safety inspections, minor repairs, operating parameters, operation of GMAW equipment on plain carbon steel utilizing short circuit and spray transfer, and fundamental metallurgy principles.

Start Date: No upcoming starts available.
WEL 203 Flux Cored Arc Welding I

Covers safety inspections, minor repairs, operating parameters, operation of FCAW equipment utilizing self shielded wire, and principles of joint design, preparation, and material selection to welding operations.

Start Date: No upcoming starts available.
WEL 204 Flux Cored Arc Welding II

Covers safety inspections, minor repairs, operating parameters, operating FCAW equipment utilizing gas shielded wire, and applying fundamentals of welding applications and cost estimating to welding, fabrication, and inspection.

Start Date: No upcoming starts available.
EMILY’S STORIES


"Mr. G is excellent. One of the most patient teachers I've ever had," says Reuben. "He will sit and explain things to you; he knows how to translate the information."

Reuben Alcantar is a student in the Commercial/Residential HVAC & Refrigeration program. Rueben will complete his certificate this month and is already filing the paperwork to start his own HVAC business!

He decided to attend Emily Griffith after he was laid off from his job as a welder for Northwest Pipe Company when the company decided to close its Denver facility. He was eligible for a Trade Adjustment Assistance grant and after helping his neighbor with some HVAC work, decided he wanted to make it his new career. 

He chose Emily Griffith because we understood his specific needs, particularly regarding childcare for his 7-year-old daughter. He also appreciates the hands-on experience that he’s received. “Mr. G is excellent. One of the most patient teachers I’ve ever had,” says Reuben. “He will sit and explain things to you; he knows how to translate the information.”

Vince Guerrie, HVAC instructor, says of Rueben, “He’s a natural leader. He always steps up to help. He’s going to be very successful.” 

Rueben is looking forward to starting his own business and being his own boss. He hopes to be able to spend more time with his family but he says he will miss coming to Emily Griffith every day. 

Congratulations Reuben! 

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