Welding - A.A.S. Degree

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The Welding Technology Program provides students with a comprehensive understanding of the science, technology, and applications essential for successful employment in the welding and metal industry. In addition to gaining an overall understanding of welding machines, weld processes and hands-on proficiency, students develop skills in the areas of print reading, welding symbols, metallurgy, weld inspection, destructive and non-destructive testing. Students gain important knowledge and skills necessary to prepare them for weld qualification to code specifications. Students perform quality welds and cuts, evaluate welds to industry standards, operate metal fabricating equipment and apply communication skills in the work environment.

Successful graduates of the Welding Technology curriculum may be employed as entry-level technicians in welding and metalworking industries. Career opportunities also exist in construction, manufacturing, fabrication, sales, quality control, supervision, and welding-related self-employment.

Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate basic concepts and practices of technical drawing and blueprint reading in accordance with industry standards
  • Articulate safety guidelines and proper use of tools
  • Articulate industrial quality control procedures
  • Perform quality welds and cuts to industry standards.
  • Apply principles of welding theory to welding practice
  • Demonstrate proper use of welding related terms
  • Demonstrate critical thinking and communication skills.

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Courses for this program

This is a recommended program course sequence for students who wish to complete their associate degree in two years. Part-time students and students starting in the spring or summer semesters can meet with an Advisor to customize their plan.

Code Course Name Credits
Fall - First Year
ENGL101 English Composition I 3
MATH105 Technical Mathematics 3
WELD101 Welding Safety 1
WELD110 Thermal Cutting and OxyFuel Welding 3
WELD115 Shielded Metal Arc Welding I 3
GHMN000
GSOC000
Humanities or
Social Science Gen Ed Requirement*
3
Total Semester Credits
16
Spring - First Year
ENGL125 Technical Writing and Communication I 3
COMS110 Computer Concepts and Applications 3
WELD120 Welding Metallurgy 2
TSC000
WELD000
Technical Studies Core
or Program Elective*
3
TSC000
WELD000
Technical Studies Core
or Program Elective*
3
Total Semester Credits
14
Fall - Second Year
TSC000
WELD000
Technical Studies Core
or Program Elective*
3
TSC000
WELD000
Technical Studies Core
or Program Elective*
3
TSC000
WELD000
Technical Studies Core
or Program Elective*
3
WELD135 Gas Metal Arc Welding 3
GNED000 General Education Requirement* 3
Total Semester Credits
15
Spring - Second Year
TSC000
WELD000
Technical Studies Core
or Program Elective*
3
TSC000
WELD000
Technical Studies Core
or Program Elective*
3
TSC000
WELD000
Technical Studies Core
or Program Elective*
3
TSC000
WELD000
Technical Studies Core
or Program Elective*
3
GNED000 General Education Requirement* 3
Total Semester Credits
15
TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS
60

*General Education & Elective courses: Choose from the list of approved courses in the College Catalog.

Students may choose to first take some developmental courses that are designed to prepare students for the college level coursework in their academic plan. This may add to the students’ completion time.

The number of credits students take each semester will determine when the student will complete his/her program of study.