Welding Technology

Associate in Applied Science

Credits: 93  |   Length of Program: 7 quarters

Subject: Welding Technology

Welding Technology - Associate in Applied Science

The Welding Technology Program is designed to prepare students for entry-level employment in welding and related occupations. The competency-based curriculum combines classroom instruction with extensive hands-on training and practical exercises to develop knowledge and skill in the most common welding and metal cutting processes used in industry.   

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Career Opportunities

Graduates may work in manufacturing, the construction trades, or in maintenance and repair positions. Some welders may work as “fitters” or “fabricators” who interpret drawings, plan projects, and use a variety of tools and machines to complete work. With experience and a strong technical background, welders may advance into leadership positions or within quality control.  See Automotive, Welding, and Manufacturing » Welding Technology for more career and employment information.

Program Outcomes

At the completion for the Welding Technology Program, the successful student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to identify, analyze, and synthesize relevant data from multiple sources to solve problems and develop acceptable conclusions related to the welding industry
  • Demonstrate effective oral and written communication, with proper welding terminology, with a variety of audiences including peers and laypersons
  • Apply reasoning and interpret information represented in data sets, graphs, and tables to create and inspect welds
  • Commit to the quality of results in project design and execution and demonstrate an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility related to their professional discipline
  • Engage and interact with diverse teams within the learning environment demonstrate the ability to operate collaboratively and effectively in an organizational setting
  • Evaluate potential hazards and apply procedures to maintain workplace safety
  • Select and operate tools and equipment used in welding and metal fabrication
  • Perform thermal cutting and gouging processes to industry standards
  • Perform Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) to industry standards
  • Perform Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) to industry standards
  • Perform Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW) to industry standards
  • Perform Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) to industry standards
  • Identify materials and apply metallurgy knowledge to solve practical welding problems
  • Interpret drawings including welding symbols and make accurate calculations
Ed Plan / Class List
General Education Requirements


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DIVERSITY REQUIREMENT: South Puget Sound Community College requires all new students seeking an Associate Degree to complete a “diversity” course which meets the college criteria for listing as a diversity course and has been approved for such listing by the college Instructional Council prior to the student enrolling in the class.  

Effective Catalog Year 2018-2019

Length of Program

Full-time students can complete the degree program in seven quarters, if basic skills are complete.

Cost of Program / Financial Aid

Additional:  Include textbooks plus approximately $900.00 upon entry into the program for personal protective equipment, tools, and supplies.

Application Process / How to Apply

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Additional Information

Students are accepted into the Welding Technology Program every quarter.

An Associate in Applied Science degree will be awarded upon successful completion of a minimum of 90 credits in the specified courses numbered 100 or above.  All core and general education requirements must be met, with any additional credits to be selected as electives. 

Revision Date: 
March 20, 2018