Welding Technology

Student using welding equipment

Program Mission

The Welding Technology program's mission is to serve the community as a learning-centered, open door program that provides technical training to meet the demands of the welding industry and the needs of the individual. An open-exit option allows the students to identify their career objectives and participate in program exploration.

Program Description

The Welding curriculum is designed to meet the minimum skill standards established by the American Welding Society (AWS) for entry-level welders. Training is given in both theory and practical skills in the various phases of welding and cutting. This includes arc welding, plasma and air carbon arc cutting, oxyacetylene welding, TIG welding, MIG welding, gas metal and flux core arc welding, welding inspecting testing principles and fabrication techniques. Entry-level welders are employed in a wide range of industries that use welding and welding-related tasks. This range of industries includes small, medium, and large union and non-union facilities. Students have the option of pursuing a Certificate of Achievement or Associate of Applied Science degree.

Program Prerequisites

  • Placement into ENG 100
  • MATH 50 OR Placement into MATH 150 or higher
  • Recommended Prep: IS 20

Degrees That Can Be Earned

  • Associate in Applied Science (AAS)
  • Certificate of Achievement (CA)

Cost of Textbooks/Supplies

The cost for textbooks, tools, PPE, and supplies for the 4- semester program is approximately $1500.00. Purchases of additional tools and textbooks may be required each semester.

Upon successful completion of the WELD program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrates integrity, motivation, dependability and reliability and willingness to learn.
  • Demonstrates skills related to applied science, basic computers, applied mathematics/measurements, reading for information, business writing, listening and following directions, locating/using information and speaking/presentation.
  • Demonstrates understanding of business fundamentals, teamwork, adaptability/flexibility, marketing and customer focus, planning and organizing, problem solving and decision-making and applied technology.
  • Demonstrates competencies in manufacturing process development and design, production, maintenance installation and repair, supply chain logistics, quality assurance/continuous improvement and health and safety.
  • Demonstrates welding fundamentals, processes and equipment, materials and metallurgy and welding safety.
  • Demonstrates knowledge in safety and health, drawing and symbols, Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW), Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW), Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW), Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW), Thermal Cutting, Oxygen Fuel Cutting (OFC), Plasma Arc Cutting (PAC), Carbon Arc Cutting (CAC) and Inspection.
  • Demonstrates competencies in SMAW, GMAW, FCAW, GTAW, thermal cutting, OFC, PAC, CAC and inspection.

Our program technical standards have been developed to help students understand the minimum essential mental, physical, and behavioral skills necessary for participation in and completion of all core aspects of our curriculum.

Thinking Skills


Apply standard welding principles and practices to perform practical work assignments.


  • Read textbooks, handouts, diagrams, charts and tables.
  • Read welding codes and qualifications.
  • Recognize welding terminology and symbols.
  • Interpret blue prints and sketches.
  • Visualize three-dimensional objects.
  • Distinguish shapes, forms, and patterns.
  • Take accurate measurements and do conversions.
  • Calculate slopes, circumferences, and decimal equivalents.
  • Estimate materials and costs.
  • Identify names and uses of tools and machines.
  • Describe operations of various welding machines.
  • Explain characteristics and uses of different types of metals Describe standard welding methods and practices.
  • Follow safety procedures.
  • Explain the proper care of equipment.
  • Formulate fabrication plans.
  • Perform procedures according to proper specifications.
  • Conduct tests of welding work.
  • Distinguish indicators of poor vs. quality construction.

Sensory/Observation Skills


Use sensory cues to maintain standards of quality welding.


  • Take precise measurements to 1/16 of an inch.
  • Recognize and compare shapes and forms of objects.
  • Detect fabrication problems.
  • Survey and select appropriate materials, tools and equipment for welding work.

Motor Skills


Possess sufficient physical strength, flexibility, and dexterity to safely perform welding techniques.


  • Operate necessary tools, equipment, and machinery.
  • Remove and replace metal pieces.
  • Position and maneuver in confined spaces.
  • Work at varying heights.
  • Lift and transport equipment and materials as necessary.

Communication Skills


Communicate effectively to gather and convey information.


  • Obtain necessary information from oral and written sources.
  • Express information coherently.

Behavioral Skills


Behave appropriately and safely in a cooperative learning environment.


  • Fulfill personal and shared responsibilities.
  • Work cooperatively with partners and groups.
  • Exercise good judgement.
  • Follow safety procedures.

Environmental Tolerance


Function safely in a welding shop environment.


  • Work for prolonged periods exposed to: Extreme noise, Extreme heat, Sharp tools and materials, Electrical equipment, Chemicals and toxins, Dust and fumes, Machinery with moving parts, Slippery or uneven surfaces, Variations in lighting