Welding Technology

Napa Valley College’s (NVC) Welding Technology Program provides an extensive background in cutting and welding processes, such as Oxyacetylene Cutting and Welding, Plasma Cutting, Carbon Arc Cutting, Shielded Metal Arc Welding, Flux Core, MIG and TIG.  Other courses in the program include Technical Math, Machine Shop Practice, Digital Design, and non-math Descriptive Physics.
Napa Valley College is an American Welding Society (AWS) Educational Institution Member.  The Welding Technology Program offers preparation for qualification tests that can lead to becoming an AWS Certified Welder.

Career Opportunities

AWS predicts a shortage of 200,000 welders nationwide.  Entry-level salaries for California welders are up to $2,900 a month, depending on specialty.  Experienced welders, such as pipefitters, can earn over $6,000 monthly.  Welders who belong to unions typically earn higher pay than nonunion workers.  Job vacancies in Northern California are plentiful, and the demand for qualified welders is very high.  Over the past several years, all qualified program graduates have found placement.

Contact Information


Career Education and Workforce Development
Building 3300
Phone: (707) 256-7258


Dr. Douglas Marriott
Senior Dean, Career Education and Workforce Development
2277 Napa-Vallejo Highway, 94558, Napa, CA
Email: Douglas.Marriott@napavalley.edu

Program Coordinator

Eric Wade
Professor, Welding
2277 Napa Vallejo Highway, 94558, Napa, CA
Email: Ewade@napavalley.edu
Phone: (707) 256-7131


Mandy Epperson
Professor, Welding
2277 Napa Vallejo Highway, 94558, Napa, CA
Email: Mandy.Epperson@napavalley.edu
Phone: (707) 256-7131