The Welding and Fabrication Technology program offers several options for study: a) a nine-month curriculum that leads to a Vocational Certificate; b) two-year curriculums that lead to Associate of Applied Science degrees.
The program prepares graduates to enter the job market in many different areas. Welding is utilized in manufacturing, structural construction, custom job shops, and as an integral part of many businesses.
Students will have the opportunity to acquire the American Welding Society (AWS) Schools Excelling through National Skill Standards Education (SENSE) Level I and Level II certification, National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) Core, Level I Welding, Level II Welding, Level I Pipefitting and Level II Pipefitting.
Instruction includes the correct methods of Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW), Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW), Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW), and Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW). Other components of metal fabrication include safety in the work place, relations with others in the work place, and the importance of regular and timely attendance.
This program requires an ACT Score of 16 in the Composite and Math areas as well as a Silver Certificate on the Workkeys exam. Please see the program advisor or a counselor for additional information regarding testing times, locations.
Associate's Degree, Welding Technology
Students can earn an Associate's Degree in Welding Technology at the Golden Triangle campus. This program requires an ACT Score of 16 in the Composite and Math areas as well as a Silver Certificate on the Workkeys exam.
Associate's Degree, Welding & Manufacturing Technician
Students can earn an Associate's Degree as a Welding & Manufacturing Technician at the Golden Triangle campus. This program requires an ACT Score of 18 in the Composite and Math areas as well as a Silver Certificate on the Workkeys exam. It is similar to Welding Technology, but includes advanced pipe welding, pipefitting and additional academic classes.
Employment outlook is very good. The need for welders is stable, with an increase in the past year. The upswing in manufacturing has resulted in renewed employment of trained welders. The increase is expected to remain stable. The salary range varies greatly depending on students' abilities and geographical locations.
Here's a look at the companies that have recently hired Welding & Fabrication Technology graduates:
Columbus Rubber & Gasket
Glenn Machine Works
Scott and Sons Contracting
Shielded Metal Arc Welding I: Designed to teach students welding techniques using E-6010 electrodes.
Cutting Processes: Designed to give the student experiences in oxyfuel cutting principles and practices, air carbon cutting and gouging, and plasma arc cutting.
Drawing and Welding Symbol Interpretation: Designed to give the student advanced experience in reading welding symbols.