Welding & Fabrication Engineering Technology
Bachelor of Science Degree (B.S.)

Welding and Fabrication Engineering Technology is structured to support welding and joining operations where engineers pass plans and projects to mid-management personnel who must carry out the planning, organization, and delivery of manufacturing projects. Emphasis is on developing skills needed to lead projects and interface with engineering and development teams. Students have the opportunity to prepare for careers in mid-management and supervisory positions, as well as technical positions, sales, service, or research.

Graduates of the Welding Technology associate degree (WA) can transfer into the Welding and Fabrication Engineering bachelor degree (BWE) without losing any credits.

Graduates have a diverse set of skills and abilities that could prepare them for employment in the natural gas industry. Read more...

Program Specs

Open House

Open House

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ARC welding booths
Student and teacher interaction during welding lab instruction
Robotic Welding

About the curriculum

Classes

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Accreditation & Industry Connections

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After graduation

Career Opportunities

List of jobs via the College Catalog.

Earnings

Natural Gas Distribution welders annual mean wage was $62,130 as of May 2013. (source)

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for materials engineers was $87,330 in May 2013. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $54,540.The top 10 percent earned more than $134,510.

Industries with the highest published employment for this occupation are:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing4,160$49.17$102,280
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services2,620$39.41$81,960
Scientific Research and Development Services2,270$44.27$92,080
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing1,500$42.49$88,380
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)1,310$53.39$111,050

Statistics reported in May 2013

Transfer Procedures

View general transfer procedures via the College Catalog.

The four-year BWE major provides a unique opportunity for students enrolled in the two-year WA major to continue their education and expand job skills in the welding industry. The first two years of both majors share a majority of the same courses, allowing for easy transfer into the four-year degree without loss of credits.

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Tools, Personal Protection Equipment & Supplies

Tools

Students should review the Welding Tools & Supplies  to determine what tools and supplies they will need to purchase. The Welding department realizes that some students may not need to purchase the entire list of supplies. These students may contact the School Office for guidance in purchasing their supplies. The College Store can provide the complete kit.

Personal Protection Equipment

  • Leather work shoes (safety toes optional)
  • Safety glasses
  • Welding helmet with #10 lens
  • Cutting goggles with #5 lens
  • Welding jacket
  • Welding gloves (SMAW & GTAW)

Personal Protection Equipment and tools are available for purchase through The College Store.

Clubs & Activities

American Welding Society (AWS)

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SkillsUSA Champions at Work

The purpose of SkillsUSA, a National vocational student organization, is to compete in more than 80 competitions in a variety of fields. Students can compete in the Welding competition. Regular SkillsUSA activities include chapter meetings, state and national conferences, fund raising, and community and college service.

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Welding Advisory Committee

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Advisory committees, which act as recommending bodies to the faculty and administration, consist of in-field professionals who act as partners in the development of curriculum. Their curricular and equipment advice as well as their industry connections and internship opportunities are invaluable to our students and to the growth of our institution.

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