Welding & Metal Fabrication

The Welding & Metal Fabrication program prepares students for entry-level positions in the welding industry, including: welder, materials engineer, structural iron worker, robotics technician, sheet metal worker, underwater welder, metallurgist, welding inspector, pipefitter, and more. 

  • Learn about careers in the Welding & Metal Fabrication field.
  • Work in the FRCC Weld Shop.
  • Practice basic shop safety.
  • Learn how to setup, break down, and clean equipment and keep a professional shop running smoothly.
  • Apply basic welding and metal fabrication skills in Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) and Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW).
  • Combine metalworking skills, design skills, and creativity to produce unique projects and designs.
  • Develop project management skills; including estimating, budgeting, and working on a team toward project goals.
  • Learn how to read blueprints and layout/join materials properly.
  • Visit a high-elevation structural welding training site.
  • Interact with industry professionals.
  • Acquire professional workplace and employment skills throughout the year.
  • Many students find employment immediately after completing the program.

This program could be right for you if you have:

  • History of good attendance
  • History of turning in assignments
  • Willingness to seek help
  • Good communication with instructor and classmates
  • Willingness to participate in all assignments and activities.
Note: Being in good physical shape is important; standing, climbing, lifting, bending and kneeling are necessary parts of the program.

High School Credit

Coursework may qualify for high school academic credit and/or fulfill high school graduation requirements. See your high school counselor for more information.

College Credit (2019-2020 School Year)

13 optional FRCC college credits are available:

  • WEL 100 Safety for Welders
  • WEL 101 Allied Cutting Processes
  • WEL 103 Basic Shielded Metal Arc Welding
  • WEL 125 Intro to Gas Metal Arc Welding

Students who successfully complete these classes and complete certificate program admission requirements earn a FRCC Welding Fundamentals Certificate and the Oxyacetylene Welding Certificate.

Optional college credits earned through this program apply towards FRCC degrees and certificates!

  • All students who successfully complete the optional college credit can finish the program with a FRCC Welding Fundamentals Certificate.
  • Students who wish to continue at FRCC can apply all credits earned to the Welding A.A.S. degree. Many credits apply to a variety of shorter FRCC certificate programs, as well.

Learn more about FRCC degrees and certificates.


Josh Heuerman

Class Location

FRCC Larimer Campus

Class Times

Monday - Friday, 8:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Monday - Friday, 12:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Eligible Students

Juniors and seniors (seniors strongly recommended).


Tuition paid by school district. Students pay program fees.

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2020-2021 Welding and Metal Fabrication Students

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Josh Heuerman
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