These programs are designed for students desiring to prepare themselves for a welding career. They provide entry-level, industry-validated, "hands-on" training using current technologies and equipment. Studies include welding safety, tools and equipment, machine set-up and operation, gas welding and cutting, plasma cutting, shielded metal arc welding, electrode identification and use, MIG welding, TIG welding, pipe welding, blueprint reading, weld testing and welding fabrication. Welding positions 1G through 4G are covered in plate welding and positions 1G through 6G are covered in pipe welding. E6010 and E7018 electrodes are used. AWS Certification is available through the program.

The AAS degree program includes additional academic courses. The technical content of both programs is basically the same. Welding specialization (SMAW, GTAW, GMAW, Pipe) or update training is available in either program. Interactive computer-aided training is used to enhance some courses. These programs will prepare the student to take the AWS certificate test.

You must see a Skills Center Counselor before enrollment.


Programs of Study

Degrees & Certificates Delivery Mode
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Welding (AAS)
60 credit hours, two years full time
 Central Campus Day
 Central Campus Evening & Weekend
 Other US Locations (Fort Riley)
Welding Technology (CC)
Self-Paced Level II
45 credit hours, two years full time
 Central Campus Day 
 Central Campus Evening & Weekend
Pipe Welding (CC)
Self-Paced Level II
41 credit hours, two years full time
 Central Campus Day 
 Central Campus Evening & Weekend
Pipe Welding (CC)
Self-Paced Level I
20 credit hours, one-two semesters full time
 Central Campus Day 
 Central Campus Evening & Weekend
Farm and Ranch (CC)
Self-Paced Level I
19 credit hours, one-two semesters full time
 Central Campus Day 
 Central Campus Evening & Weekend
 Other US Locations(Fort Riley)
Structural (CC)
Self-Paced Level I
18 semester hours, one semester full time
 Central Campus Day 
 Central Campus Evening & Weekend
 Other US Locations (Fort Riley)
Industrial Welding Transition (CC)
Self-Paced Level I
19 credit hours, one-two semesters full time
 Fort Hood Only
Course Descriptions
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The instructional staff has an average of 31 years field and teaching experience. All are AWS-certified through 6G. Their technical expertise is kept current by attending up-date seminars, AWS classes, trade shows and manufacturer training.

The Welding Technology self-paced certificate program is available at central campus only. The Welding AAS degree program is available at various continental and international sites. For more information, see Program Options.