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Welding Program

The welding program at Tidewater Community College prepares students for careers as welding engineers, manufacturing engineers, application engineers, sales engineers, and project engineer or manager. The program focuses on applying technical knowledge and skills to join or cut metal surfaces. Program course include: arc welding, resistance welding, brazing and soldering, cutting, high-energy beam welding and cutting, solid state welding, ferrous and non-ferrous materials, oxidation-reduction reactions, welding metallurgy, welding process and heat treating, structural design, safety, and codes and standards. Get more details below including other Virginia colleges that offer welding program.

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Tidewater Community College (TNCC)

99 Thomas Nelson Drive, Hampton, VA

Tidewater Community College (TCC) in the Hampton Roads region of Norfolk, Virginia is a fast growing two-year college that offers Associate's Degrees, as well as an affordable way for students wishing to transfer to a four-year university to earn their general education credits toward a bachelor's degree.  Additionally, TCC offers professional training programs, some of which have been developed in partnership with local area businesses and government agencies.  TCC is the largest provider of workforce training services in the area.

TCC is ranked in the top 5 community colleges in the nation for its delivery of technology, and has been recognized for effectively incorporating technology advances into its teaching and learning process. TCC offers online and tele-classes in addition to its campus-based classes.


Tidewater Community College was founded in 1968.  It is part of the Virginia Community College System.


Tidewater Community College follows the semester system, with fall, spring and summer semesters.

The programs, study plans and degrees offered at TCC include:

  • Career and Technical Plans
  • College Transfer Plans
  • Associate of Arts
  • Associate of Science
  • Associate of Applied Arts
  • Associate of Applied Science
  • Career Studies Programs
  • Certificate Programs
  • International Programs
  • Fire Science
  • Registered Nursing
  • Health Professions
  • Health Information Technology
  • Information Systems Technology
  • Teacher Preparation
  • Tech Prep
  • UVA Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Veterinary Technology
  • Distance Learning

Student Life

TCC's Student Activities Office has information about student events, activities and resources.  There are many student clubs and organizations available at TCC, and students can also become involved in student government.  The Honor Society, Phi Theta Kappa, is quite active at TCC. The student newspaper, The TCC Times, offers information about campus events and sports.


The TCC athletics teams, the "Storms" or "Lady Storms," compete in some intercollegiate sports and include men's basketball and soccer, and women's basketball.

Satellite Campuses

Tidewater Community College has four campuses, which are in Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth/Suffolk, and Virginia Beach, Virginia.  Additionally, the college has regional centers as follows:

  • Center for Visual Arts, Portsmouth
  • Center for Performing Arts, Norfolk
  • Center for Advanced Technology, Virginia Beach
  • Center for Automotive, Chesapeake

Community Life

TCC offers many events that are open to the public from the surrounding communities, including productions from the TCC Visual Arts Center.  There is a Literary Festival in the spring, and the TCC campus supports events celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month (September/October) and Black History Month (February).

TCC partners with organizations in the community to provide services such as the Advanced Technology Center, the Child Development Lab, and more.

Students Enrolled in the Welding Program

Get more details below regarding enrollment, academics, and school demographics. Tidewater Community College has offered the following degree levels for students:

  • Less Than One Year Certificate
  • Less Than Two-Year Award

Students by Academic Level (2019)

Less Than One Year Certificate20
Less Than Two-Year Award12

Students by Gender (2019)


Students by Race (2019)

American Indian2

Source: IPEDS Survey 2012-2020: Data obtained from the US Dept. of Education's Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). Data may vary depending on school and academic year.

Career Options for Graduates

Upon completion of the Welding program at TNCC, most students have pursued careers in the following fields:

Welders, Cutters, and Welder Fitters


Use hand-welding or flame-cutting equipment to weld or join metal components or to fill holes, indentations, or seams of fabricated metal products.

Career Outlook & Projections ()

According to the BLS, welders, cutters, and welder fitters employment is expected to grow at a rate of 3.6% from 2014 to 2024

Salary & Wages

  • Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
    • Total Employment: 2
    • Average Hourly Rate: $22.66
    • Average Annual Salary: $47130

Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders


Set up, operate, or tend welding, soldering, or brazing machines or robots that weld, braze, solder, or heat treat metal products, components, or assemblies. Includes workers who operate laser cutters or laser-beam machines.

Career Outlook & Projections ()

According to the BLS, welding, soldering, and brazing machine setters, operators, and tenders employment is expected to shrink at a rate of -18.0% from 2014 to 2024

Source: Job descriptions, estimated salary and wages, and projected job growth are taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

Admission Requirements & Details

The information regarding admissions below may give an overview of the applicants Tidewater Community College accepts. The details may include application requirements and recommendations, as well as any AP college credits that may be transferred.

College Credits Accepted

  • Dual Credits
  • Life Experience Credits
  • AP Course Credits
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Student Services

To help students and alumni, Tidewater Community College may provide services to students including:

  • Online course work available
  • Classes offered on nights and weekends
  • Remedial courses
  • Academic counseling for students
  • Work study style employment
  • Assistance to find work
  • Day care
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