Accredited by the American Welding Society (AWS) test facility

Welding Technology (WA)

(Effective Fall 2011)

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.

Career Opportunities

Welding applications, welding technicians, welding supervisor, welding inspector, quality assurance and non-destructive testing, welding estimator, and engineering functions.

Recommended High School Subjects

Welding degree students would benefit from industrial or vocational welding or metalworking courses, blueprint reading or drafting, technical math or descriptive geometry.

Special Equipment Needs

Students will be required to have the tools listed on the welding website.

Remediation Strategies

All entering students will be tested for English, math, and reading deficiencies. Students are expected to remediate any deficiencies as explained in this online catalog (see ). Students should remediate any deficiencies prior to enrollment. It is recommended that students remediate deficiencies in the following order of priority: mathematics, English, reading.

Transfer Procedures

This major is subject to the transfer standards established by the College (see ). Exceptions must be approved by the school dean.

Program Goals

A graduate of this major should be able to:

  • demonstrate safe welding practices in the field and the shop. 
  • demonstrate the skills of an entry-level welder using oxy-fuel, electric, and inert gas shielded methods.
  • distinguish the types of welding power sources and their characteristics, uses, and limitations.
  • inspect welding jobs using visual, destructive, and non-destructive testing methods.
  • construct weldments from sketches, blueprints, or verbal instructions.
  • select the proper welding process based on characteristics of material as well as cost considerations.
  • test and identify the physical and mechanical properties of metals, as related to weldability.
  • follow welding qualification tests/procedures according to specifications of the AWS, API, and ASME codes.
  • demonstrate the ability to operate and program automated cutting and welding equipment.


First SemesterCredits
FYE101First Year Experience 1 
WEL113Oxy-Fuel Welding and Cutting I 2 
WEL114Shielded Metal Arc I 2 
WEL115Oxy-Fuel Welding and Cutting II 2 
WEL116Shielded Metal Arc II 2 
SAF110Occupational Health and Safety 2 
WEL102Welding Blueprint and Layout 3 
MTH124Technical Algebra and Trigonometry I 3 
MTH180College Algebra and Trigonometry I 3 
Second SemesterCredits
WEL120Gas Metal Arc I 2 
WEL123Gas Tungsten Arc I 2 
WEL124Gas Metal Arc II 2 
WEL129Gas Tungsten Arc II 2 
ENL111English Composition I 3 
CSC124Information, Technology, and Society 3 
FITFitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1 
Third SemesterCredits
WEL210Flux Cored and Sub-Arc I 2 
WEL230Shielded Metal Arc III 2 
WEL214Flux Cored and Sub-Arc II 2 
WEL234Shielded Metal Arc V 2 
WEL240Basic CNC Programming 3 
ENL201Technical and Professional Communication 3 
MSC106Introduction to Metallurgy 4 
Fourth SemesterCredits
WEL213Gas Tungsten Arc III 2 
WEL233Shielded Metal Arc IV/Pipe Welding 2 
WEL219Gas Tungsten Arc IV 2 
WEL239Shielded Metal Arc VI Pipe Welding 2 
QAL237Non-Destructive Testing I 3 
WEL248Robotic Welding 3 
SSESocial Science Elective 3 

Welding Core Courses: WEL 113 - WEL 239 are two-credit, eight-week classes.

Additional Information

American Welding Society (AWS) Accredited Test Facility (ATF) and Sustaining Company Member