Explore Academic Programs - Welding Technology

This program is designed to prepare students for a welding career. It provides entry-level, industry-validated, “hands-on” instruction using current technologies and equipment. An associate's degree and multiple certificate programs are available.

The welding industry is one of the largest industries worldwide. The size and diversity of the industry offer many opportunities for interesting, challenging and rewarding careers. Continuing technological changes in the industry demand the welder continue to learn and update knowledge and skills.

The instructional staff offers students more than 50 years of field and teaching experience. All instructional staff are AWS-certified through 6G and are dedicated to the success of every student. CTC welding students also have a rare opportunity to certify via AWS D1.1 structural standards in multiple processes with one of our AWS certified welders.

Careers, Potential Earnings & Market Growth Rates

Construction welder

Potential Earnings: $18-19 hourly

Market Growth Rate: 2 - 8%

Maintenance welders/mechanic

Potential Earnings: $17-21 hourly

Market Growth Rate: 5 - 8%

Pipe welder/fitter

Potential Earnings: $25-30 hourly

Market Growth Rate: 9 - 13%

Degrees and Certificates

The CTC Welding program provides entry-level, industry-established coursework. Utilizing current technologies and modern equipment designed for students who are determined to excel throughout their welding career through convenient self-paced classes. Classes can begin at any time during the year, and are currently open 8 a.m. - 10p.m., Monday – Thursday.

Coursework includes welding safety, tools and equipment, blueprint reading, layout and fabrication, oxy-fuel welding and cutting, shielded metal arc welding, gas metal arc (GMAW) welding, flux-cored arc welding (FCAW), gas tungsten arc (GTAW) welding, pipe welding, machine set-up and operation, plasma cutting, carbon arc gouging, electrode identification and use and weld testing.

Welding positions 1G through 4G are covered in plate welding and positions 1G through 6G are covered in pipe welding.

Two levels of certifications allow you to enter the workforce quickly. An Associate of Applied Science degree in welding technology is also offered which mixes welding curriculum with additional academic courses.

Delivery Mode

Associate of Applied Science


60 credit hours, two years full time

Certificate of Completion

Welding Technology - Self-Paced Certificate Level II

49 credit hours, two years full time.

Certificate of Completion

Farm and Ranch - Self-Paced Certificate Level I

22 credit hours, one year full time

Self-Paced Certificate Level I - structural welding

Structional - Self-Paced Certificate Level I 

25 semester hours, one year full time

Self-Paced Certificate Level I - industrial welding, 28 credit hours

Industrial - Self-Paced Certificate Level I 

28 credit hours, one-year full time