Welding Technology

 

Train to become a certified welder. Discover materials and techniques for work in many industries as a specialist in one of the most highly paid skilled trades.

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What is Welding Technology?

Certified welders are among the highest paid of all the skilled trades. Welders join metals by applying intense heat from a gas or electric source to melt metal to form a permanent bond with or without the use of filler metals. Welders plan the sequence of operations and select the equipment to be used according to the kinds of metals involved and the type of weld to be made. Course work and practical experience will give you the skills and knowledge to determine and perform appropriate welding techniques. You will also learn blueprint reading and flame cutting of metals.

average base pay
Based on research conducted by KCEWS in 2016 for the state of Kentucky
$37,088
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low: $26k med: $37k high: $57k

What are my career choices?

A majority of welders work in manufacturing industries. Others are employed by construction firms and businesses performing various repair services. A skilled welder may qualify as a technician, supervisor, inspector, or as an owner of a welding business.

Welding Technology Career Median Annual
SalaryBased on research conducted by KCEWS in 2016 for the state of Kentucky
Gas Welder $37,088
Welder Helper $37,088
Tack Welder $37,088
Gas Metal Arc Welder $37,088
Shielded Metal Arc Welder $37,088
Gas Tungsten Arc Welder $37,088
Production Line Welder $37,088
Arc Welder $37,088
AWS National Skills Standards Level I $37,088
Combination Welder $37,088
Welding Technology $37,088

What are my degree, diploma, or certificate options?

Degrees and Transfer

Credit earned through certificate and diploma program completion will be applicable toward the Associate in Applied Science in General Occupational / Technical Studies (GOTS) degree when consistent with the objectives of the student's individual plan of study. This heavily advisor-driven model can combine certificates and / or diplomas in different disciplines for meeting employer needs for unique skill combinations for which there is no established degree program. As many as twenty (20) hours of credit for experiential learning may be applied toward degree completion. KCTCS certificate and diploma credit and acceptable credit transferred from other colleges may also be applied to a student's program completion plan. At least twenty-five percent (25%) of the approved curriculum credits must be completed at the KCTCS institution granting the degree.

Diploma

Certificates

Admission Requirements

This program has no special admission requirements. Please consult the Admission & Registration guidelines.

Scholarship Information

Students majoring in AIT-Multi-Skilled, Air Conditioning Technology, Computerized Manufacturing & Machining (Machine Tool) or Welding are eligible for a $500 scholarship each semester.

Mining Technology majors are eligible for full-tuition scholarships each semester. Interested students should complete the KCA Scholarship Application. All students must maintain 2.0 GPA to remain eligible for KCA scholarships.

Length of Program

You can earn an associate in applied science degree in two years if you maintain full-time status and take 15 credit hours per term.

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.

Program Contact

Reid Davis
Program Coordinator
270.824.1902
reida.davis@kctcs.edu