Associate Degree in Welding Technology

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  • Course description
    OverviewWelding Technology is an associate degree program that combines practical, theoretical and technical training in welding fabrication. Manual, semiautomatic and automatic processes using oxy fuel and arc processes are covered. Advanced courses deal with application of welding codes to develop the expertise needed to become a Certified Associate Welding Inspector or Certified Welding Inspector. Automation courses allow hands-on experience in setting up, programming, operating and troubleshooting computer-controlled cutting equipment and sensory-equipped welding robots. This program is also offered in the evening to accommodate full-time day employment.

    Career Outlook — Program graduates typically find employment as welding technicians, robotic welding technicians, quality assurance inspectors, technical sales reps and weld test conductors. As such, they are responsible for one or more of the following: welding metal alloys; fabricating metals to specifications; inspecting weldments to assure conformance to specifications; testing and qualifying welders and procedures; troubleshooting faulty weldments; writing procedures; interpreting conventional and computer-aided prints; setting up, programming, operating and troubleshooting arc welding robots and automated cutting machines; and selling and servicing equipment.

    Program Learning Outcomes — Employers expect you as a program graduate to be able to:
    • Weld industrial alloys with arc processes
    • Interpret and apply codes and specifications
    • Interpret conventional and CAD-generated prints
    • Inspect and test welders and welding procedures
    • Set up, program, operate and troubleshoot automated equipment
    Preparation for Admission — The following are required for admission to the program:
    • A high school diploma or GED
    • One year of high school-level algebra
    • Demonstration of proficiency in basic skills through a course placement assessmen
    The ability to follow instructions, visualize finished products based on prints, and work independently are key. Good eyesight and mechanical skills are important.

    Future Opportunities — Graduates of the program usually pass the AWS Certified Welding Inspector exam on their first attempt.

    This program will transfer to one or more four-year institutions.

    Possible Careers:
    Quality Assurance Inspector
    Robotic Welding Technician
    Welding Technician
    Weld Test Conductor

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