Welding Technology

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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 Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Welding 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.

Program Prerequisites

  • ENG 19 and/or ENG 21, OR ESL 13 & 14, OR Placement in ENG 22/60 or ESL 23
  • MATH 9, OR Placement in MATH 24/50/53
  • 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 tools, books, and supplies is approximately $450.00. Purchases of additional tools and textbooks may be required each semester.

Gainful Employment Information

Degree: Certificate of Achievement    
Occupations: Welders, Cutters, and Welder Fitters
Solderers and Brazers
Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Operators
SOC Code: 51-4121
Normal Time to Completion: 2 semesters    
On-Time Graduation Rate: 6%    
Avg. Tuition & Fees: 30 credits x $88 = $2,640    
Avg. Cost for Books/Supplies: $450    
Job Placement Rate *: 20%    
Median Loan Debt      
- Title IV Loans: $0    
- Private Loans: $0    
- Institutional Debt: $0    

* - Job Placement info currently available only for 2010-2011 completers

Faculty & Staff

  • Jeffery Lane, Assistant Professor, CC, Email, 845-9486
  • William Lau, Asst. Professor, Email, 845-9486