The Welding program teaches blueprint reading, mathematics, metallurgy, and other welding technology. Earn an Associate of Applied Science or certificate and pursue work as a Welder, Rebar Worker, and more.

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Note: Some jobs require education or training beyond the CNM degree/certificate.

Program Information 

As a student in CNM's Welding program, you will study hands-on welding technology, which includes blueprint reading, mathematics, metallurgy, and more. Our experienced instructors blend independent and collaborative work in both the classroom and lab so that you are better prepared for employment. 

Upon completion of this program, you will be eligible for an entry-level position in a variety of industrial careers. Learn more about gainful employment and completion rates for CNM Welding program graduates.

CNM Welding and SkillsUSA

Each year, CNM hosts in-house competitions during the fall and state-level competitions in April. At the SkillsUSA competition, students work against the clock and each other, proving their expertise in occupations such as welding, electrical trades, and more. 

2023 Welding Gold Medalist Scott Schneider

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Scott Schneider’s welding sculpture captured hearts and earned him a gold medal. Learn more about his experience as a CNM Welding student and SkillsUSA competitor. 

Related Information

Get Credit for Prior Learning (CPL)

  • If you have American Welding Society (AWS), American Petroleum Institute (API), or American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) welding certifications completed within the last year, you can receive credit for these courses in the Welding AAS program by filling out the Credit for Prior Learning (Welding Certifications) form. 
  • If you have a valid OSHA certification, you can receive credit for courses in the Welding program by filling out the Credit for Prior Learning (OSHA) form. 

Construction Begins on New Trades Facility 

Image of CNM personnel breaking ground on the construction site for the new Trades Facility, opening in Fall 2025.

The 61,000-square-foot facility will open in Fall 2025 and will house classroom and lab space for CNM’s Carpentry, Electrical, HVAC, Plumbing, Welding, and Industrial Automation Technology programs. CNM President Tracy Hartzler says, “On behalf of CNM, we look forward to educating and training thousands of future skilled trades workers right here on this site. These skilled trades workers will help power New Mexico’s economy for decades to come.” Read the full story today.