What is Welding Technology?
Welding is the most common way to join metal parts. If you like working with your hands and enjoy building or repairing metal parts, consider a career as a welder. Job prospects for skilled welders are good, because it is difficult to find qualified workers. Advanced technology is finding more uses for welding in the workplace.
What are my career options?
Welding jobs are found in manufacturing. Jobs are concentrated in fabricated metal product manufacturing, transportation equipment manufacturing, machinery manufacturing, architectural and structural metals manufacturing, and construction.
What are my degree, diploma, or certificate options?
|Welding Technology Associate Degree: 60-65 Total Credit Hours||Academic Plan|
|Combination Welder Diploma: 50-54 Total Credit Hours||Academic Plan|
|Gas Welder - Certificate: 4 Total credit hours||Academic Plan|
|Welder Helper - Certificate: 5 TOTAL CREDIT HOURS||Academic Plan|
|Tack Welder - Certificate: 10 TOTAL CREDIT HOURS||Academic Plan|
|Gas Metal Arc Welder - Certificate: 15-17 TOTAL CREDIT HOURS||Academic Plan|
|Shielded Metal Arc Welder - Certificate: 17 Total Credit Hours||Academic Plan|
|Gas Tungsten Arc Welder - Certificate: 17 Total Credit Hours||Academic Plan|
|Production LIne Welder - Certificate: 19 Total Credit Hours||Academic Plan|
|Arc Welder - Certificate: 24 Total Credit Hours||Academic Plan|
|AWS National Skills Standards Level I - Certificate: 33 Total Credit Hours||Academic Plan|
|Arc Cutter - Certificate: 5 Total Credit Hours||Academic Plan|
|Pipeline Shielded Metal Arc Welder - Certificate: 26-30 Total Credit Hours||Coming Fall 2023|
|Pipeline Gas Metal Arc Welder - Certificate: 26-30 Total Credit Hours||Coming Fall 2023|
|Pipeline Gas Tungsten Arc Welder - Certificate: 26-30 Total Credit Hours||Coming Fall 2023|
Length of Program
You can earn an associate in applied science degree in two years if you maintain full-time status.
This information should not be considered a substitute for the KCTCS Catalog. You should always choose classes in cooperation with your faculty advisor to ensure that you meet all degree requirements.