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.
|Welding Technology Career||Median Annual
SalaryⓘBased on research conducted by Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics (KCEWS) in 2016 for the state of Kentucky.
|Gas Metal Arc Welder||$37,088|
|Shielded Metal Arc Welder||$37,088|
|Gas Tungsten Arc Welder||$37,088|
|Production Line Welder||$37,088|
|AWS National Skills Standards Level I||$37,088|
What are my degree, diploma, or certificate options?
Associate in Applied Science Degree and Transfer
- AAS Welding Technology: 60-68 credit hours
- Combination Welder: 47-55 credit hours | Gainful Employment Disclosure Information
- AWS National Skills Standards Level I: 33-34 credit hours | Gainful Employment Disclosure Information
- Arc Cutter: 5 credit hours
- Arc Welder: 24-25 credit hours | Gainful Employment Disclosure Information
- Gas Welder: 4 credit hours
- Gas Metal Arc Welding: 15-18 credit hours
- Gas Tungsten Arc Welding: 17-18 credit hours | Gainful Employment Disclosure Information
- Pipeline Welder: 29-40 credit hours | Gainful Employment Disclosure Information
- Production Line Welder: 19-20 credit hours | Gainful Employment Disclosure Information
- Shielded Metal Arc Welding: 17-18 credit hours | Gainful Employment Disclosure Information
- Tack Welder: 7-10 credit hours
- Welder Helper: 2-5 credit hours
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.