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2018-2019 Academic Catalog 
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Welding and Fabrication Technology, AAS

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The Welding and Fabrication Technology curriculum is designed to provide students training and experience in welding and fabrication as it pertains to assembly, manufacturing, energy, robotics, and structural construction.  The program provides education and training in common cutting and welding processes, CNC plasma cutting, OXYFUEL, SMAW, GMAW, GTAW, and FCAW processes, structural and pipe and plate welding, blueprint reading, communications, and quantitative problem solving.  Upon completion of this program, students will:

  • Describe and demonstrate safe use of each type of welding equipment;
  • Select and demonstrate various joining processes;
  • Estimate type, quantity, cost, and weight of a welded fabrication from blueprint information;
  • Demonstrate proper setup, adjustment, and use of typical cutting and welding equipment;
  • Demonstrate proficiency in OXYFUEL, SMAW, GMAW, AND FCAW processes;
  • Visually inspect and document proper applications of welding processes;
  • Demonstrate techniques and devices for minimizing part distortion during welding;
  • Apply advanced fabrication techniques including: design, layout, fixturing and production welding that is commonly found throughout Fabrication Shops; and
  • Develop and schedule the sequence to complete a fabrication project from start to finish including blueprints, estimating, quality control, and any coating requirements.

Required Courses

First Semester Total: 18

Second Semester Total: 15

CAS Total Credits: 33

*Indicatetes prerequisite and/or corequisite needed.  Check course description.

AAS Total Credits: 67

*Indicates prerequisite and/or corequisite needed.  Check course description.


While the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree is the preferred path to a successful career in Welding and Fabrication, students may earn a 20-credit Certificate of Technical Studies (CTS) in Welding Technology that will give students the minimum welding skills needed to be employable, including at least two AWS certifications: Welding Technology, CTS .

Program Information

  • After completing the program, students should be qualified for the following certifications:
  1. AWS D 1.1 in 3/8” Plate Certification
  2. AWS D 1.1 in Unlimited Thickness Certification
  3. AWS D 1.1 Pipe Certification
  • Fees for this program are higher than average. Please see the program director for more details.

Opportunities after Graduation

  • Career opportunities offer a wide range of possibilities as a welding technician in the fabrication and manufacturing industries, steel construction, nondestructive testing and weld inspection, mining, energy, petroleum, bridge construction and other production areas.

Advising Information:

For more information about this program, contact the FVCC Student Support Center or a Program Advisor. 

Student Support Center Advisor Program Advisor                   Program Advisor                   
Will Richards Sam Brown Mort Hill
OT 204 OT 120A OT 107
(406)756-4862 (406) 756-4412 (406) 756-3996


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