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White Mountains Community College

White Mountains Community College, with locations in Berlin, N.H., and in Littleton, N.H., offers training programs that cover every aspect of precision welding, preparing students for an exciting career with high growth and income potential.

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White Mountains CC offers specific, targeted education and training so students are prepared to make seamless transitions into the workforce, embarking on challenging, rewarding careers. Student success is always our top priority. Recent high school graduates looking to join the workforce or planning to transfer to a four-year college or university, and adults looking to upgrade skills or start a new career path, have all found success in our programs.

Advanced Welding

Welding is all around us. It’s a skillset, and in many ways an art form, used to help build bridges, skyscrapers, vehicles… even rockets. Welding is the most popular way to bond metal due to its efficiency, strength and versatility.

At White Mountains CC we offer training that provides students with the skills they need for American Welding Society (AWS) certification in structural welding, and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) certification, as well as a broad overview of related welding skills and techniques. Students will learn in a balanced environment of classroom study and lab training as they explore shielded metal arc welding, metal inert gas, and tungsten inert gas welding.

Skills include:

  • Advanced blueprint reading
  • Material selection and preparation
  • Precision Welding Education
  • Use of modern techniques for:
    • Shielded metal arc
    • Flux cored arc
    • Gas tungsten arc
    • Gas metal arc welding

White Mountains CC offers the following programs:

The Advanced Welding Certificate is a full-time, two semester program that typically runs three days a week from September to May.  Through a combination of classroom and laboratory training, the student will learn the applications of SMAW (Stick), GMAW (MIG), FCAW (Flux Core), SAW (Submerged Arc), and GTAW (TIG), as well the necessary safety, blueprint reading and practical application skills needed for employment in today’s welding industry. This certificate not only provides the student with the skills and knowledge necessary to achieve the AWS certification in multiple processes, but the tests are included as part of the course. Students are prepared for and take the D1.1 Unlimited Structural Steel in SMAW and FCAW, and the D17.1 AWS certification in GTAW.

Students can improve their employability by returning over the summer for Pipe Welding.  It builds upon the skills learned in the Advanced Welding Certificate and provides the opportunity to add two ASME Pipe certifications (GTAW Root & SMAW Fill) to an already growing resume.

Students can take Precision Welding instead of the Advanced Welding Certificate. While the two programs are almost identical, Precision Welding offers a Co-op/Capstone the following semester.

The Associate in Science in Advanced Welding degree is stackable with the certificate program and provides more hands-on instruction in advanced processes, inspection and testing. It prepares students for improved job prospects immediately, but even more importantly, positions them for advancement to further career goals.  Furthermore, program graduates will possess the necessary foundation in welding to pursue further studies towards a higher degree.  

White Mountains Community College Admissions

Admissions counselors can answer many of your questions over the phone, but they can also set up an appointment with you to show you the campus and talk to you in person about your plans and goals, to go over courses and schedules.

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Financial Aid at White Mountains Community College

Financial aid provides funds for direct and indirect college expenses. Direct expenses are generally those expenses charged directly to your student account, such as tuition, fees, room and board if you live on campus. Indirect expenses are those that you pay for out of pocket such as for books and transportation to and from college. At White Mountains CC, 85% of students receive some form of financial aid.

2020 Riverside Drive
Berlin, NH 03570
P: (603) 752-1113 or 800-445-4525
F: (603) 752-6335
School code: 005291


WorkReadyNH helps NH job seekers and career builders get the professional and technical skills identified by companies as essential to workplace success. With national and college credentials in hand, successful participants will be immediately identifiable as "work ready."

Four of the eight WorkReadyNH centers are funded by the Department of Labor’s TAACCCT-NH grant, which is used to better prepare adults for high-wage, high-skill employment in the advanced manufacturing industry.

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Did you know?

Every one of the White Mountain Community College students who completed the precision welding program in summer 2012 passed the industry standard ASME Pipe Certification Test, and all but one were hired into welding positions within weeks of graduation.