Welding Technology

What is Welding Technology?

Welding is the most common way to permanently joining metal parts. Welders work in a wide variety of industries, from car racing to manufacturing. The work that welders do and the equipment they use vary with the industry. Because of its strength, welding is used in shipbuilding, automobile manufacturing and repair, aerospace applications, and thousands of other manufacturing activities.

Our Welding faculty hold the Certified Welding Educator credential from the American Welding Society, and all Welding instructors have extensive hands-on experience in the field, which they bring into the classroom to enhance students' knowledge and better prepare them for careers in this high-demand occupation.

In 2015 the median pay was $38,032 per year and there were 937 job openings in Kentucky.

What are my career choices?

Most welders work in manufacturing industries. Others are employed by construction firms and repair services. A skilled welder may qualify as a technician, supervisor, inspector or owner of a welding business.

Progressive Career Builder

PromotionIntroductory $12-15 Per Hour

PromotionIntermediate $17-22 Per Hour

PromotionAdvanced $23-27 Per Hour

Additional Information 

For course description, see the Program Brochure.
For course sequence, see the course sequence example
For program cost, see the estimate worksheet.
For General Gainful Employment Information, see Gainful Employment Disclosure Information.
Admission Requirements: This program has no special admission requirements.

Length of Program

Welder weldingYou can earn an Associate in Applied Science degree in two years if you maintain full-time status.

For more information

  • Steve Hatcher, Professor - (270) 901-1048
  • Jared West, Instructor - (270) 901-1194

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.