Major Code: 3715
The associate of applied science degree in Welding Technology is a two year program that prepares graduates to enter the field of welding. A graduate with this degree should have a strong foundation in welding and be able to advance to the upper pay level grades at a much higher pace than those untrained. The program prepares the graduate in the selection of the right equipment; selection of filler metals; pre, intermediate and post heat treatment of welded metals; and proper weld techniques. The program stresses industry-wide safety procedures and trains the student to read weld symbols and detail drawings. The student is presented with a general knowledge of many fields in welding thus allowing them to choose an area(s) to specialize in if they desire to do so. Lastly, the Welding Technology program provides the student with a solid foundation which will enable them to enter into areas of the construction, engineering, manufacturing, heavy equipment repair, and plant maintenance and/or weld engineering if they should decide to continue their education.
Program outcomes are assessed by a variety of means, including quizzes, unit tests, oral presentations, written reports, and final examinations. Outcomes based on technical expertise are assessed by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers EET Outcomes Assessment exit exam, which assesses student knowledge in a variety of areas of the electrical engineering technology field. General education outcomes are assessed through the General Education Portfolio.
Advanced Placement Credit for High School/Vocational-Technical Center/College Programs
High school level welding coursework is not necessary for entrance into the Welding Technology program. Introductory subjects are incorporated as part of the program. Students, who have completed vocational or EDGE courses, may receive credit for advanced placement. Articulation/EDGE agreements are in place with various vocation-technical centers. Advanced placement is also available for students with prior college experience or credentials. Please contact the department chair.
Career in Advanced Wielding Technology
Welders may work in a variety of industries, including construction and manufacturing. Because the bond is so strong, welding is used in many industrial applications from airframes to bridges.
In May 2012, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that welders received an average annual salary of $38,410. Those employed in the electric power generation, distribution and transmission industry earned the highest salaries, receiving $62,850 annually on average. The top 10% of welders took home at least $56,000 per year in 2012. Additional opportunities exist in the weld inspection industry for properly qualified individuals.