Welding Technology STEM Emphasis

A.A.S. - Occupational Degree

This program provides courses in the welding and technical subject areas as well as the required general education courses to prepare students to transfer to a university.

Program Purpose

In industrial manufacturing, the practice of joining and severing metals is a science and an art which requires combined knowledge and skills in a variety of industrial/technical fields. This program will prepare the individual for entry level in a welding career. Student are instructed on the traditional welding processes and practices of oxyacetylene welding and cutting, shielded metal arc (stick), gas tungsten arc (Tig-Heliarc), gas metal arc (MIG), as well as the non-traditional processes of plasma arc, resistance welding, fluxed core arc, submerged arc, and electron beam. Participation in, and completion of, the different sequences of instruction within the welding department prepares the individual for a rewarding career in metal fabrication, maintenance, education, supervision, sales and service, as well as many other opportunities associated with welding technology.

Learning Outcomes

  • Perform entry-level weldments.
  • Effectively communicate orally and in writing.
  • Analyze welding applications and quantify the needed materials and equipment to perform the task.
  • Use computer technology and the Internet to communicate and obtain information related to their professional needs.
  • Complete modules leading to American Welding Society S.E.N.S.E. Level I.