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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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.
|Welding Technology Career||Median Annual
SalaryⓘBased on research conducted by the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics (KCEWS) in 2016 for the state of Kentucky.
|Gas Metal Arc Welder||$37,088|
|Shielded Metal Arc Welder||$37,088|
|Gas Tungsten Arc Welder||$37,088|
|Production Line Welder||$37,088|
|AWS National Skills Standards Level I||$37,088|
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)
Gas Welder (PDF) (Word)
Production Line Welder (PDF) (Word)
Shielded Metal Arc Welding (PDF) (Word)
Tack Welder (PDF) (Word)
Welder Helper (PDF) (Word)
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.