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Welding Technology

Inforgraph on Welding: 2015 median pay $38,032 per year; 2015 employment in KY 937.

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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.

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.

There are 3 Basic options for welding that pay between $12 and $15 per hour: Gas Welder; Welder Helper; and Tack Welder. All three are certificates.  You must complete WLD 100, WLD 101 to get the Gas Welder certificate which is a total of 4 credit hours. To get the Welder Helper certificate, you must complete 5 credit hours: WLD 120 and WLD 121 are required classes and IMT 100, IMT 101, WLD 130, WLD 131, WLD 140 and WLD 141 are alternative courses. The Tack Welder certificate requires 10 credit hours. The required classes are WLD 120, WLD 121, WLD 170, and WLD 171. Alternative courses are WLD 130, WLD 131, WLD 140 and WLD 141. There are 6 certificates that fall into the Intermediate level with an estimated pay between $17 and $22 per hour. The Gas Metal Arc Welder certificate requires 15 to 17 credit hours. The required classes are WLD 100, WLD 101, WLD 140, WLD 141, WLD 143, WLD 170 and WLD 171. WLD 147 is an alternative course. The Shielded Metal Arc Welder certificate requires 17 credit hours. Required classes are WLD 100, WLD 101, WLD 120, WLD 121, WLD 123, WLD 170 and WLD 171. The Gas Tungsten Arc Welder certificate requires 17 credit hours. Required classes are WLD 100, WLD 101, WLD 130, WLD 131, WLD 133, WLD 170 and WLD 171. The Production Line Welder certificate requires 19 credit hours. The required classes are WLD 100, WLD 101, WLD 120, WLD 121, WLD 130, WLD 131, WLD 140 and WLD 141. The ARC Welder certificate requires 24 credit hours. The required classes are WLD 100, WLD 101, WLD 120, WLD 121, WLD 130, WLD 131, WLD 140, WLD 141, WLD 170 and WLD 171. Alternative courses are WLD 123, WLD 133, and WLD 143. The AWS National Skills Standards Level I certificate requires 33 credit hours. The required courses are WLD 100, WLD 101, WLD 120, WLD 121, WLD 130, WLD 131, WLD 140, WLD 141, WLD 170, WLD 171, WLD 123, WLD 133, and WLD 143. There are 2 options for the Proficient category that pays between $23 to $27 per hour. The Combination Welder Diploma requires 50 to 54 credit hours. Required courses are WLD 100, WLD 101, WLD 120, WLD 121, WLD 130, WLD 131, WLD 140, WLD 141, WLD 170, WLD 171, WLD 123, WLD 133, WLD 143, WLD 220, WLD 221, WLD 298 and a Computer/Digital Literacy course. Elective courses are WLD 147 and WLD 161. Alternative courses are WLD 299. Alternative electives are ISX 100. The Welding Technology Associate Degree requires 60 to 60 credit hours. Required courses are WLD 100, WLD 101, WLD 120, WLD 121, WLD 130, WLD 131, WLD 140, WLD 141, WLD 170, WLD 171, WLD 123, WLD 133, WLD 143, WLD 220, WLD 221, WLD 298 and a Computer/Digital Literacy course. Alternative elective courses are WLD 147 and WLD 161. Alternative courses are WLD 299. Electives are ISX 100. Both the Welding Diploma and Associate in Applied Science Degree - Welding Technology require general education courses in addition to the listed courses.

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Additional Information

For course description, see the Program Brochure.
For course sequence, see the course sequence example.
For program cost, see the estimate worksheet.
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.

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