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?

Welding careers are red hot. If you are willing to work hard to develop your skills in this field, you will find a variety of lucrative job opportunities. Our students learn the latest techniques in joining, fabricating and repairing metal. We have top-notch instructors and state-of-the-art facilities that prepare graduates to enter this exciting field. The OCTC Welding Program is accredited by American Welding Society and offers associate degree, diploma and certificate programs. Ignite your potential today.

average base pay
Based on research conducted by Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics (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. Certified welders are among the highest paid of all the skilled trades.

Welding Technology Career Median Annual
SalaryBased on research conducted by Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics (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?

Associate in Applied Science Degree and Transfer

  • AAS Welding Technology:  60-68 credit hours

Diploma

Certificates

For course sequence, see the program card.
For graduation requirements, see the academic plan.

Admission Requirements

This program has no special admission requirements.

Additional Information

OCTC's Welding program is accredited by the American Welding Society (AWS) which offers National welding certification credentials. You can choose to earn an AAS degree or select from a variety of certificate options. Classroom knowledge and lab skills are combined with the appropriate welding techniques and the practical application of those techniques. Welding career opportunities are available in our region through a variety of employers including: Titan and Modern Welding and many regional fabrication companies. Check the catalog or see your advisor for a complete list of courses and descriptions. Use the contact info on this page to learn more!

Length of Program

You can earn an associate in applied science degree in two years if you maintain full-time status.

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

Barry Bowlds, AAS
Program Coordinator
270.686.4406
barry.bowlds@kctcs.edu

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