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.
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.
What are my degree, diploma, or certificate options?
Associate in Applied Science Degree and Transfer
- Welding Technology - AAS (60-68 credit hours)
- Combination Welder - Diploma (48-55 credit hours)
- AWS National Skills Standards Level I - Certificate (33-34 credit hours)
- Arc Cutter - Certificate (5 credit hours)
- Arc Welder - Certificate (24-25 credit hours)
- Gas Welder - Certificate (4 credit hours)
- Gas Metal Arc Welding - Certificate (15-18 credit hours)
- Gas Tungsten Arc Welding - Certificate (17-18 credit hours)
- Pipeline Welder - Certificate (29-40 credit hours)
- Production Line Welder - Certificate (19-20 credit hours)
- Shielded Metal Arc Welding - Certificate (17-18 credit hours)
- Tack Welder - Certificate (7-10 credit hours)
- Welder Helper - Certificate (2-5 credit hours)
For course sequence, see the program card.
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This program has no special admission requirements.
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.