Welding Technology


Train to become a certified welder. Discover materials and techniques for work in many industries as a specialist in one of the most highly paid skilled trades.

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.

average base pay $37,088
low: $26k med: $37k high: $57k

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.

Welding Technology Career Median Annual Salary*
Gas Welder $37,088
Welder Helper $37,088
Tack Welder $37,088
Gas Metal Arc Welder $37,088
Shielded Metal Arc Welder $37,088
Gas Tungsten Arc Welder $37,088
Production Line Welder $37,088
Arc Welder $37,088
AWS National Skills Standards Level I $37,088
Combination Welder $37,088
Welding Technology $37,088

Credentials Available at SKYCTC

Gas Welder Certificate: 4 Total credit hours  
Welder Helper Certificate: 5 TOTAL CREDIT HOURS   
Tack WElder Certificate: 10 TOTAL CREDIT HOURS   
Gas Metal Arc Welder Certificate: 15-17 TOTAL CREDIT HOURS  
Shielded Metal Arc Welder Certificate: 17 Total Credit Hours   
Gas Tungsten Arc Welder Certificate: 17 Total Credit Hours   
Production LIne Welder Certificate: 19 Total Credit Hours  
Arc Welder Certificate: 24 Total Credit Hours  
AWS National Skills Standards Level I Certificate: 33 Total Credit Hours   
Combination Welder Diploma: 50-54 Total Credit Hours  
Welding Technology Associate Degree: 60-65 Total Credit Hours  

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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.
For Gainful Employment, see Gainful Employment Disclosure Information.

Admission Requirements

This program has no special admission requirements.

Length of Program

You can earn an associate in applied science degree in two years if you maintain full-time status.

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.

Program Contact

Steve Hatcher
Welding Technology

Jared West
Welding Technology