Welding Technology

About our program

Green River’s Carpentry Technology program is designed to train students for employment as either Residential or Commercial carpenters. Both Day and Evening classes are available.

The curriculum is designed to train students in every major area of the carpentry trade.  Units of study include Foundation forming and concrete placement, Wall and Roof Framing, and Interior and Exterior finish carpentry. Training takes place in our well-equipped 5500 SF shop which is large enough to build two full size houses. As part of your training you will build full size mock-ups in the shop and when available, build projects for customers in the field to learn and master basic and mid-level carpentry skills

The program is the only WA Labor and Industry Approved Pre-apprentice program in our region which means the program has to meet high standards yearly to meet L & I stringent requirements.

As a student you can earn 5 different training certificates, or an Applied Arts and Science Degree.

The program is the only one in the region that has an Agreement with the Union Carpenters apprenticeship training program.  Completing required courses and maintaining a 3.5 GPA, our students are given preferred acceptance in their training program. After acceptance into their training program, students can earn advancement pay levels based upon an exam given to them 3 months after acceptance.

The employment out-looks for the Washington state is excellent.  The construction of the new Puget Sound transit system is projected to last over the next 30 years and demand for carpenters will be high. In addition plans for new residential homes and multi-family buildings for the future are expected to continue.

Program notes

Students may enter the Welding Technology program at the beginning of any quarter

A consultation with the welding department faculty is required before admission to the program.

A high school diploma or GED® and a recent general math class is highly recommended.

Additional expenses include tools and safety gear. Approximate total cost over the two-year period is $200. This amount is split into individual quarters.

To become certified in one or many areas of welding, you will need to pass a test through the Washington Association of Building Officials (WABO). This test can be taken through the college. It consists of a written exam and hands-on welding procedures. A $40 fee is paid to the state.



Job placement of graduates from Green River's Welding program is excellent. At this time, more positions are available than we have students to refer. The Student Employment Office maintains contact with construction firms, wood products industries, and metal fabrications firms needing to hire trained welders. The staff also helps students write resumes and develop interviewing skills. There is also a definite demand for women in the welding industry.

Employment opportunities: Construction companies | Machine shops | Manufacturing firms | Marine welding companies | Metal art sculpturing | Metal products firms | Railroads | Repair shops | Schools | Self-employment | Shipyards | Steel companies | Trucking companies | Welding firms | Transportation equipment companies | Apprentice welder | Arc welder | Assembler welder | Combination welder | Experimental welder | Gas welder | Gas welder | Inspector | Instructor Ironworker | Pipe fitter | Repair welder | Ship repairer | Welder | Welder fitter

Degrees & Certificates


Contact Us

  • Ben Orr
    Welding Technology Faculty
    253-833-9111, ext. 4257

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Occupations: Welder, Welder Fitter, Pipe Fitter, Ironworker, Gas Welder

Earnings: Range from $17.56 to $22.09 an hour, entry to mid-level.

Data source: CareerOneStop.org