Welding Technology

Why Welding?

  • Students can find a good job in less than a year of training.

  • EMSI labor data reports that 3,400 new and replacement welding positions will be available in the Santa Cruz Commute Region by the end of 2024 with a median income of $38 per hour.

  • State-based data indicates that there is a 96% undersupply of welders in the broader region.

  • The Employment Development Department/CalJOBS includes welding-related jobs on their "Fastest Growing Occupations" list. In Santa Cruz County, many of these fields were expected to enjoy a 25+% increase in growth from 2012-2022.

  • At the state-level, CalJOBS lists "Ironworkers" first on their list of the "Top 100 Fastest Growing Occupations in California, 2014-2024." This occupation is predicted to enjoy an employment increase in growth through 2024.

Featured Careers


Using tools, machines and their hands, fabricators make and assemble parts that go into finished products. Using a range of skills, knowledge, schematics, and tools, fabricators make a variety of goods, such as electronic devices, automobiles, appliances, aircraft, computers, and toys. Most fabricators work in a team setting, and many have quality control responsibilities.


Ironworkers install structural and reinforcing iron and steel to form and support buildings, bridges, and roads. In a very physically demanding and often dangerous work environment, ironworkers use blueprints, shears, welding equipment and other tools and machinery to work with structural iron and steel for highways, skyscrapers and other structures. Overall employment of ironworkers is projected to grow 13% from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations, mostly driven from large construction projects.

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Additional Certificates for Your Career

Please know that we do not offer American Welding Society (AWS) testing, nor do we issue any certificates other than Cabrillo College Skills Certificates. However, Nationally and internationally recognized licensure exams/certificates such as the following can be independently pursued by students:

  • Certification by the American Welding Society (AWS)

  • Certification by the American Petroleum Institute (API)

  • Certification by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)

  • Certification by the Underwriters Laboratory (UL)

Have Questions?

Contact our faculty by email or phone (831) 479-5705.

Counseling is also available to help get you started or help you along the way after enrollment.