Associate of Applied Science • 60 Credit Hours
The Welding Technology program is an industry-driven, hands-on program that prepares individuals to meet the rigorous demands of the manufacturing sector.
Welding Technology A.A.S.
Associate of Applied Science
60 Credit Hours
Certificate of Applied Science
30 Credit Hours
Comprehensive full- and part-time programs are available, thus enabling current workforce members to improve their technical skills and develop professionally while helping their employers become more competitive. This program operates in partnership with the Robert C. Byrd Institute and its campuses in Huntington, WV.
The welding program delivers skills that an individual needs to be successful in industry. Welding is taught using an instructional hands-on approach with intensive student instructor interaction. The best way to learn to weld is by actually welding. Therefore, the focus is put on work done outside the traditional classroom by using a shop setting, providing the student a true feel for workplace welding expectations and standards. A major focus of the curriculum is safety and this program teaches individuals how to protect themselves and their environment while completing the job. Students learn a variety of welding methods including TIG, MIG, and SMAW, as well as metal cutting techniques to ensure they have the necessary skills expected by employers.
The welding technical training coursework is complimented by courses in interpersonal communications, technical report writing, computer skills and technical math skills. This program provides new welders a firm foundation to earn the American Welding Society (AWS) certification and thrive in the field.
Entry-level positions for which graduates will compete include:
General purpose machinery manufacturing
Welders, Cutters & Brazers
2019 Median Pay
$42,490 per year
Number of Jobs
424,700 in 2018
The college adheres to an open admission policy which means applications with a high school diploma or GED are eligible for admission. Applicants with neither a high school diploma nor GED may be admitted on a conditional basis.
The nation’s aging infrastructure will require the expertise of welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers to help rebuild bridges, highways, and buildings. Also, the construction of new power generation facilities and, specifically, pipelines transporting natural gas and oil may result in new jobs.
New jobs for welders are projected in manufacturing industries that produce fabricated metal products and transportation equipment. The basic skills of welding are similar across industries, so welders can easily shift from one industry to another, depending on where they are needed most. For example, welders who are laid off in the automotive manufacturing industry may be able to find work in the oil and gas industry.