The Welding Technology Program is designed to prepare students for entry-level employment in welding and related occupations. The competency-based curriculum combines classroom instruction with extensive hands-on training and practical exercises to develop knowledge and skill in the most common welding and metal cutting processes used in industry.
Graduates may work in manufacturing, the construction trades, or in maintenance and repair positions. Some welders may work as “fitters” or “fabricators” who interpret drawings, plan projects, and use a variety of tools and machines to complete work. With experience and a strong technical background, welders may advance into leadership positions or within quality control. See Automotive, Welding, and Manufacturing » Welding Technology for more career and employment information.
At the completion for the Welding Technology Program, the successful student will be able to:
- Demonstrate the ability to identify, analyze, and synthesize relevant data from multiple sources to solve problems and develop acceptable conclusions related to the welding industry
- Demonstrate effective oral and written communication, with proper welding terminology, with a variety of audiences including peers and laypersons
- Apply reasoning and interpret information represented in data sets, graphs, and tables to create and inspect welds
- Commit to the quality of results in project design and execution and demonstrate an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility related to their professional discipline
- Engage and interact with diverse teams within the learning environment demonstrate the ability to operate collaboratively and effectively in an organizational setting
In addition, students who complete the program will demonstrate the following skills standards specific to Welding Technology:
- Evaluate potential hazards and apply procedures to maintain workplace safety
- Select and operate tools and equipment used in welding and metal fabrication
- Perform thermal cutting and gouging processes to industry standards
- Perform Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) to industry standards
- Perform Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) to industry standards
- Perform Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW) to industry standards
- Perform Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) to industry standards
- Identify materials and apply metallurgy knowledge to solve practical welding problems
- Interpret drawings including welding symbols and make accurate calculations
Associate Degree Requirements
An Associate in Applied Science degree will be awarded upon successful completion of a minimum of 90 credits in the specified courses numbered 100 or above. All core and general education requirements must be met, with any additional credits to be selected as electives.
Certificates of Proficiency in Welding Technology will be awarded upon successful completion of the courses listed below.
Admission: Students are accepted into the Welding Technology Program every quarter.
Length of Program: Full-time students can complete the degree program in seven quarters, if basic skills are complete. The Basic Welding Skills Certificate can be completed in one quarter. The Shielded Metal Arc Welding Certificate can be completed in two quarters. The Gas Metal Arc Welding, Flux Cored Arc Welding, and Gas Tungsten Arc Welding Certificates can be completed in three quarters, provided that all program prerequisites are met.
Additional Costs: Include textbooks plus approximately $900.00 upon entry into the program for personal protective equipment, tools, and supplies.
Additional Program Information
Associate in Applied Science Degree
Shared between our Certificate and Degree
General Education Requirements - Associate Degree
Distribution: AA, AAS, AS, DTA, COMMUNICATION, GER-CIS, AA-AAS-T-COMMUNICATION, AAS-COMMUNICATION: Reading/Writing, AAS-READING-WRITING
Any math class listed under the Quantitative Category on the General Education Requirements for the Associate in Arts & Science Direct Transfer Agreement.
Effective Catalog Year 2017-2018, Revised March 21, 2017