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Welding Technology (A.A.S.)

Study welding at JCC

This career program is for students desiring employment in the expanding field of welding and welding technology engineering. JCC’s welding technology program focuses on the applied aspects of science and engineering and involves understanding welding and welding applications, as well as the development of critical welding skills. Welding technology is an integral part of many construction type activities both in the manufacturing sector and civil construction field. The field depends upon a blend of knowledge, combining the chemistry of materials, an understanding of physics, and good hand and eye coordination.

Welding processes taught include shielded metal arc welding (SMAW) of steel and stainless steel plate and pipe; gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW) of steel, stainless steel, and aluminum plate and pipe; gas metal arc welding (GMAW) of steel and aluminum plate and pipe; flux cored arc welding (FCAW) of steel plate; and submerged arc welding (SAW) of steel plate. Associated processes taught include plasma arc cutting (PAC); oxy-acetylene cutting (OAC); and air carbon arc cutting and gouging (CAC-A). Students also learn about welding metallurgy, non-destructive and destructive testing examination methods, welding codes, welding symbols and blueprint reading, shielding and purge gases, and welding distortion. Safety is emphasized in all laboratory courses.

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Facilities and equipment

Students enrolling in JCC’s welding technology program have the following available:

  • The MTI’s fully equipped machine shop, including manual mills and lathes; CNC Haas SL-20 lathe featuring live tooling; CNC Haas Mini Mill Vertical Machining Center; CNC Haas Tool Room Mill; Acu-Rite Millpower automated knee mill; Accurpress 7606 50-ton six foot CNC press brake; a shear; an ironworker; Lincoln Pro-cut 80 plasma cutter; welders for shielded metal arc welding (stick), gas metal arc welding (MIG), and gas tungsten arc welding (TIG) instruction 
  • Materials testing lab
  • Fully equipped physics lab

Career opportunities 

Graduates will have the opportunity to pursue careers such as welding technician, welding supervisor, inspector, and sales engineer, qualifying for technician level positions involved in testing and improving welding processes, procedures, and equipment. Graduates also have the option of transferring to four-year institutions offering the bachelor’s degree in welding engineering technology.

The welding technology program prepares students for technician level positions involved in a wide range of welding applications, from production or maintenance, to testing and improving welding processes, procedures, and equipment. The U.S Department of Labor statistics indicate that the aging workforce in the area of welding technologies is a major threat to the U.S. economy and few programs can educate and train high tech welders. An inadequate number of skilled workers dramatically impacts the country's ability to compete in international markets.

Students graduating with a welding technology degree typically will be involved in the following career areas:

  • Manufacturing
  • Test and evaluation
  • Routine design
  • Production
  • Operation, service, and maintenance
  • Distribution and sales


Minimum program credit hours: 62

Some courses need to be completed on the Jamestown Campus.

Program Codes
Degree Option
Associate in Applied Science Degree
Hegis Code
Curriculum Code
General Requirements
27 credit hours
ENG 1510: English Composition I3
ENG 1530: English Composition II3
Social Sciences Electives - SUNY Gen Ed3
Social Sciences Electives3
CHE 1500: Introduction to Chemistry3
MAT 1220: Applied Mathematics for Technology II or MAT 1590: College Algebra/Trigonometry4
PHY 1250: Technical Physics I4
PHY 1260: Technical Physics II4
Core Requirements
35-36 credit hours
WLD 1200: Safety and Cutting Processes3
WLD 1350: Shielded Metal Arc Welding3
WLD 1360: Gas Metal Arc Welding3
WLD 1370: Gas Tungsten Arc Welding3
WLD 2250: Advanced Shielded Metal Arc Welding3
WLD 2260: Advanced Gas Metal Arc Welding3
WLD 2270: Advanced Gas Tungsten Arc Welding3
WLD 2350: Fabrication3
WLD 2360: Alternate Processes3
WLD 2370: Metallurgy3
WLD 2450: Capstone Project2
CSC 1310: Introduction to World Wide Web and CSC 1320: Introduction to Word Processing and CSC 1330: Introduction to Spreadsheets3
CSC 1510: Introduction to Computer Science3
CSC 1560: Computer App Software I4
Important Points
  • To complete the program in two years, students must begin in a fall semester.

  • With the appropriate background, student may elect to take MAT 1600 or MAT 1710; PHY 1610 and PHY 1620; or PHY 1710 and PHY 2710; or CHE 1550 as Mathematics and Sciences courses. Students should discuss course selection with their advisor.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  1. Perform AWS code quality welds on plate and pipe in all positions using Shielded Metal Arc Welding, Gas Metal Arc Welding, and Gas Tungsten Arc Welding.
  2. Visually inspect all fillet welds and groove welds to ensure that they meet code criteria.
  3. Weld low carbon steel, stainless steel, as well as aluminum using Shielded Metal Arc Welding, Gas Metal Arc Welding, and Gas Tungsten Arc Welding.
  4. Accurately read and comprehend welding blueprints and welding symbols.
  5. Fabricate off of a blueprint.
  6. Write and understand welding procedure specifications, procedure qualification test records, and welding qualification test records.

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