This curriculum offers practical skills and theory in welding, quality assurance, welding design, robotic welding, CNC plasma cutting, and non-destructive testing, as well as the mathematics and language skills necessary to move into a technical or management career in the welding and fabrication industries.
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About the curriculum
View the classes you will be attending in the College Catalog.
Accreditation & Industry Connections
Graduates of the WA major can continue their education and expand their job skills in the welding industry. The first two years of both the WA and BWE majors share a majority of the same courses, allowing for easy transfer into the four-year BWE degree without loss of credits.
List of jobs via the College Catalog.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, median annual wage for welding, soldering, and brazing machine setters, operators, and tenders was $34,720 in May 2012. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $22,880, and the top 10 percent earned more than $52,000.
Additionally, Natural Gas Distribution welders annual mean wage was $59,000 as of May 2012. (source)
Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:
|Industry||Employment||Hourly mean wage||Annual mean wage|
|Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing||8,450||$16.36||$34,030|
|Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing||5,290||$17.22||$35,810|
|Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing||5,000||$16.99||$35,340|
|Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing||2,550||$17.63||$36,670|
|Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing||2,430||$16.95||$35,260|
*Statistics reported in May 2012
View general transfer procedures via the College Catalog.
The four-year BWE major provides a unique opportunity for students enrolled in the WA associate's degree major to continue their education and expand job skills in the welding industry. The first two years of both the WA and BWE majors share a majority of the same courses, allowing for easy transfer into the four-year degree without loss of credits.
Tools, Personal Protection Equipment & Supplies
Students should review the Welding Tools & Supplies list 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)
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.
Welding Advisory Committee
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.