Welding Technology (A.A.S.)

This career program is for students desiring employment in the expanding field of welding and welding technology engineering. 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.


Minimum program credit hours: 62-63

Program Codes
Degree Option
Associate in Applied Science Degree
Hegis Code
Curriculum Code
General Requirements
27 credit hours
ENG 1530: English Composition II3
CHE 1500: Introduction to Chemistry3
PHY 1250: Technical Physics I4
PHY 1260: Technical Physics II4
MAT 1220: Applied Mathematics for Technology or MAT 1590: College Algebra/Trigonometry4
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

Choose from the following:

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: Microcomputer Applications I4
Important Points
  • 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.
  • Students who plan to transfer to Ferris State University must take this course to ensure being accepted into the fifth semester of the welding engineering technology program at Ferris State University.
  • If a student enters the program requiring both ENG 0410 and ENG 0430, delay the CSC 1310, 1320 and 1330 modules until later in the program, possibly during summer school.
  • CSC 1310-1330 are each 5-week courses that together represent a time commitment of 15 weeks (equivalent to a full-credit hour course)
  • MAT 1220 and MAT 1590 have a prerequisite of MAT 0600 or two years of high school algebra/geometry or placement exam.
  • To complete the program in two years, students must begin in the fall semester at the appropriate levels of math and physics.
  • First time, full-time students are also required to take INT 1520: Student Success Seminar.
  • Some courses have prerequisites. Students should check course descriptions to be sure course prerequisites have been met.
  • Not all courses are offered on all campuses every semester. The master schedule for each semester lists current offerings. See the Course Descriptions section for frequency of offerings.
  • Physical education is optional but may be required by some transfer colleges.
  • CSC 1310, CSC 1320, and CSC 1330 are five-week courses that represent a time commitment of 15 weeks, equivalent to a full three-credit hour course. Students may opt to take CSC 1510 or CSC 1560 instead.
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.

Transfer Agreements

Our courses and programs are designed to give you a strong foundation in your area of study. But we know that for many of you, your time at JCC is just the first step in your educational journey. And when it's time for you to take your next step, that strong foundation, coupled with the wide variety of transfer agreements we maintain with several top colleges and universities, will help make your transfer process as smooth as possible. Learn More
It is important when planning your transfer to talk with your advisor about the specifics of each four-year college or university. 

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Brent HarknessAssistant Professor, Welding Technology MTI, Jamestown Campus716.338.1327Contact | Full Profile ▸