Career Welding

SUNY CCC’s Welding Technology Program provides the theoretical and practical experience necessary to develop basic foundational welding skills. The curriculum was designed to meet regional employer needs and meets the minimum skill standards established by the American Welding Society (AWS) for entry-level welders and allows students to obtain their SENSE certification.

Listen to Josh Cady, who finished the Welding program in June 2021, in the video above.

The objective of our program is to train students to apply the necessary skills and competencies required to handle welding equipment associated with the various methods of welding, cutting, and fabricating metals; as well as interpreting blueprints, drawings, weld symbols, and written work orders. Graduates of our program will be prepared for entry-level welding positions.

Our Program offers instruction in:

  • SMAW, GMAW, GTAW, and Flux Core Welding on Carbon Steel, Stainless Steel, and Aluminum
  • Thermal Cutting—Plasma and Oxy-Propylene
  • Math for Welders , Blueprint Reading, Welding Symbols
  • Welding Safety
  • Weld Discontinuities
  • Non-destructive Testing
  • Metal Fabrication
  • Internships

Program details

This non-credit program consists of 450 hours of classroom instruction and hands-on-training including qualification testing for nationally recognized American Welding Society Certifications.  Successful students will have passed the following:

  • OSHA 10 Safety Training
  • AWS Qualification Tests D1.1, D1.2, D 1.3, and D1.6 on carbon steel, stainless steel, and aluminum

Certification Requirements

  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Attend an Information Session and an Interview.
    Email or call 607-936-5501
  • Pass a Basic Industry Math Test
  • Commit to attend all program sessions—daily attendance in this program is mandatory.


Cost: $7,995* plus texts and equipment



7:30am - 3:30pm
February 20th, 2024 - May 30th, 2024

Academic and Workforce Development Center
318 Madison Avenue
Elmira, New York

Contact: or 607-936-5501 or REGISTER HERE 

*Looking for funding options? Click here to view non-credit funding options!

SUNY Corning Community College is committed to ensuring equal access to students with disabilities. If you believe that you will need accommodations while taking this course, please contact Accessibility Services by phone 607-962-9262 or email to begin the process of requesting accommodations. We strive to coordinate accommodations in a timely manner, but some accommodations may not be available when you need them if you do not give timely notice.


My name’s Mark Bellinger, I’m a 3rd generation welder. I’ve been welding/fabricating for the past 15 years. My passion for welding started when I was a child, with one of my earliest memories being with my father putting sparklers in the electrode holder for our stick welder to let me pretend I was welding. Since then my passion has only grown. Welding is an art form that can always be improved on, and I thrive on chasing that perfection. I am qualified through AWS in SMAW, GMAW, and GTAW under AWS D1.1, D1.2, D1.3, & D1.6 codes. My next goals are to obtain my CWI (Certified Welding Inspector) & CWE (Certified Welding Educator) licenses. I thoroughly enjoy transferring my knowledge to those with the willingness to learn, and watching them grow. I care about creating well rounded welders for the next generation to be built upon. Some of my hobbies include restoring classic vehicles, building mega trucks, and racing my dirt bike when I find the time.