Welding Technology-AAS

The program includes hands-on application of shielded metal arc welding (SMAW), gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW), and gas metal arc welding (GMAW) processes, in all positions, using pipe, plate and structural shapes. The welding training you will receive through this program can prepare you to work in a wide range of areas, such as shipbuilding, aerospace technology, automobile manufacturing, or working on the pipeline. Welding is also used to connect beams and structures in buildings, for bridges, and much more. This means the potential opportunities for where you can find employment are even greater than you might have thought.

There are over 100 kinds of welding methods and your training can introduce you to the most commonly used, such as arc welding, TIG, MIG, and soldering and brazing by a certified welding inspector. You will be shown how to perform various techniques, such as flat, horizontal, overhead, and vertical welding. You could also learn the difference between manual, semi-automated, and automated welding. Students can be certified in these areas of welding by the American Welding Society (AWS) and The National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER). The requirements for this program enable the individual to earn several welding certifications.

The Associate of Applied Science degree in Welding Technology is designed to prepare the individual for a career as a welding technician in the fabrication, construction and manufacturing industries.

Area of Study

Welding Technology



Total Program

60 Credit Hours

The fourth digit of the course number indicates the number of credit hours. 

University Requirement - 1 or 3 hours

University Requirement - 1 or 3 hours Department

The 3-hour credit course is required for students who must take at least one remedial course.  Students who are not required to take a remedial course may take the 3-hour credit course. In both situations, the courses (1-hour or 3-hour) count toward electives.   

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UNIV 1003 Principles of Academic Success III University

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English - 3 hours

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ENG 1003 Freshman English I English

English/Communications - 3 hours

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ENG 1013 Freshman English II English
ENG 2033 Technical Writing and Communication English

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SPCH 1203 Oral Communications Speech
MATH 1013 Technical Mathematics A, B, C, D, E, J, M and V Mathematics
CIS 1503 Microcomputer Applications I Computer Information Systems

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SOC 2213 Principles of Sociology Sociology

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HIST 2763 The United States to 1876 History
HIST 2273 A Survey of African History History
POSC 2103 Introduction to United States Government Political Science

Welding Technology Core - 24 hours

Welding Technology Core Department
WELD 1004 Shielded Metal Arc Welding Welding Technology
WELD 1104 Gas Metal Arc Welding Welding Technology
WELD 1204 Gas Tungsten Arc Welding Welding Technology
WELD 1304 Metal Fabrication Welding Technology
WELD 2004 Advanced Shielded Metal Arc Welding Welding Technology
WELD 2204 Advanced Gas Tungsten Arc Welding Welding Technology

Welding or Technical Related Electives - 15 hours

Welding or Technical Related Electives Department


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