What is Welding Technology?
Welding occupations are primarily concerned with joining, surfacing, or repairing structures or parts made of metal or other weldable materials. The skills and knowledge needed to determine the appropriate welding technique required for a specific project and to successfully perform that technique are gained through course work and practical experience.
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BCTC offers a variety of credentials in Welding Technology to fit your needs.
BCTC’s Welding Technology Program prepares students for the workforce by teaching them the various welding techniques focusing on joining weldments, surfacing, and repairing structures while using state-of-the-art equipment.
Welding is a highly skilled trade that offers a wide variety of high demand job opportunities from construction and manufacturing to car racing.
Students in Welding Technology can earn credentials ranging from an Associate in Applied Science degree or Combination Welding Diploma as well as 11 different certificate options in specific aspects of welding.
Students have the opportunity to become members of the American Welding Society. Welding students participate in projects around campus and in the community by building signs, benches, trailers, grills, walking bridges, and sculptures.
Get started with Welding Technology
BCTC’s Welding Technology Program offers a combination of lab and lecture classes with real world applications, perfect for students who enjoy hands-on work and a non-traditional classroom environment.
Courses are offered at the Leestown Campus in Lexington and the Danville Campus. The program offers flexible class schedules to accommodate working students. Financial aid is available, as well as scholarships specifically for Welding Technology.
Demand for welders is growing steadily. Average wages start in the range of $17 to $25 hourly with more earning potential for specialized certifications or complex roles. Graduates of the program are hired by local factories, construction companies, and small businesses including Donaldson’s, Intelligrated, Link-Belt, RJ Corman, and more.
What are my career choices?
A majority of welders work in manufacturing industries. Others are employed by construction firms and businesses performing various repair services. A skilled welder may qualify as a technician, supervisor, inspector, or as an owner of a welding business.
What are my degree, diploma, or certificate options?
A program plan describes the degree requirements (courses) and the sequence for completing the courses. Students are required to schedule an appointment with their assigned academic advisor to ensure achievement of their academic goals.
Arc Welder (PDF) (Word)
AWS National Skills Standard Level I (PDF) (Word)
Gas Metal Arc Welding (PDF) (Word)
Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (PDF) (Word)
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Production Line Welder (PDF) (Word)
Shielded Metal Arc Welding (PDF) (Word)
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Gainful Employment Information
- Arc Welder CERTIFICATE
- AWS National Skills Standard Level I CERTIFICATE
- Combination Welder DIPLOMA
- Communications DIPLOMA
- Gas Tungsten Arc Welder CERTIFICATE
- Pipeline Welder CERTIFICATE
- Production Line Welder CERTIFICATE
- Shielded Metal Arc Welder CERTIFICATE
- List of Gainful Employment Disclosures
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.