Academic Catalogs

Orbital Welding, Certificate of Specialization

Not Financial Aid Eligible
Banner Code: 1_CE_ORBW

Students completing the Certificate of Specialization in Orbital Welding will be prepared for entry-level employment in the piping industry.

Program Outcome

  1. Perform welds on pipe or tubing using orbital welding equipment to the standards of AWS and ASME Code.

Certificate Requirements

Orange Coast College offers two types of certificate awards in career programs designed to prepare the graduate to enter a particular field of employment. At least 3 units in an advanced course from the certificate must be completed at OCC.

  1. Certificate of Achievement - 8 units or more in a state-approved program.  Certificates of Achievement are not automatically awarded. A petition must be filed in Enrollment Services or online at the beginning of the semester in which the student will be completing his or her final requirements.  The petitioning periods are listed in the Graduation Requirements section of this catalog. 
  2. Certificate of Specialization - 16 units or less in a locally approved program.  Certificates of Specialization are not automatically awarded, not printed on official academic transcripts, and there is no acknowledgment of completion given at graduation.  Please contact the division for details regarding the submission of petitions as procedures for each division vary.  Most division offices prefer that students complete all of the required courses and then provide a copy of the transcript while some divisions allow petitions for Certificates of Specialization before finishing.

Minimum Grade Requirement
In order to be awarded a certificate, students are required to obtain a grade of “C” or better in all program-required courses. Grades of “CR” or “P” will be accepted whereas “CR” or “P” meets the equivalency of a “C” or better. A list of certificate programs can be found in the Programs A-Z section of this catalog. Check with a counselor to determine the requirements for completion.

Course Title Units
Fall Semester
WELD A255Orbital Welding Level 13
Second Semester
WELD A256Orbital Welding Level 23
WELD A120Mathematics & Fabrication Layout for Welders4
Summer Semester
WELD A180Blueprint Reading2
Third Semester
WELD A230Welding Metallurgy3
Total Units15

Orbital Welding Suggested Electives

Course Title Units
WELD A130Gas Tungsten Arc Welding Level 13
WELD A131Gas Tungsten Arc Welding Level 23