Associate in Applied Science in Welding Technologies

This program provides students with the knowledge required for entry into the welding occupations.  The foundation of knowledge and skills learned will enable students to quickly adapt to employer’s needs or obtain certification in whatever welding procedure needed. Knowledge base will include Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW), Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW), Tungsten Gas Arc Welding (TGAW), Oxy Acetylene Welding and Cutting (OAW, OAC) and allied processes. In this program, theory and practice are combined. Students will understand the importance of weld quality, welding codes, and welding safety.

NOTE: A.A.S. degrees are designed to prepare students for entry-level positions in specific occupations; they are not generally intended to transfer to four-year institutions.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Provide leadership in creating and maintaining a safe working environment.
  • Select tools, equipment and materials based on characteristics and properties for necessary welding procedures.
  • Display manipulative skills with the various welding processes (oxy-acetylene, shielded metal arc, gas metal arc, flux cored arc, gas tungsten, etc.) to assure adequate weld integrity and appearance.
  • Interpret blueprint welding symbols to fabricate components.
  • Apply basic math skills and geometry to correctly identify and solve welding problems.

Class Requirements


Communications (6 hrs.)

ENGL 111         Composition and Rhetoric (3)

ENGL 119         Professional Communication (3)


ENGL 216         Technical Writing (3)


Any SPCH course (3)

Mathematics (3 hrs.)

BLDG 115        Trades Math (3)


MATH course (3)

Laboratory Science (4 hrs.)

Social/Behavioral Sciences (3-6 hrs.)

Humanities and Fine Arts (3-6 hrs.)

The combined total of Social and Behavioral Sciences
and Humanities and Fine Arts areas should equal
9 credit hours.

Health and Wellness (1 hr.)



WELD 111        Shielded Metal Arc Welding I (4)

WELD 112        Shielded Metal Arc Welding II (4)

WELD 115        Oxyacet Welding, Cutting and Allied Processes (3)

WELD 121        Gas Tungsten Arc Welding I (4)

WELD 122        Gas Tungsten Arc Welding II (4)

WELD 131        Gas Metal and Flux Cored Arc

Welding I (4)

WELD 132        Gas Metal and Flux Cored Arc

Welding II (4)

WELD 141        Introduction to Metallurgy (2)

WELD 211        Shielded Metal Arc Welding III (4)

WELD 221        Gas Tungsten Arc and Gas Metal Arc Welding III (3)

WELD 261        Pipe Fabrication (3)



FACT 113         Basic Blueprint Reading (2)

Six credit hours of the A.A.A. and A.A.S. must come from an approved list of courses that satisfy the following requirements. These are not meant to be additional hours in the degree but are, instead, existing courses that satisfy the requirement and appear anywhere in the degree.

  • Cultural Perspectives (3 credit hours)
  • Sustainable Living (3 credit hours)