Jun 13, 2024  
2023-2024 Academic Catalog 
2023-2024 Academic Catalog Archived Catalog

Welding and Fabrication Technology, AAS

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The Welding and Fabrication Technology curriculum provides students training and experience in welding and fabrication as it pertains to assembly, manufacturing, energy, 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. 

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to

  • 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 are commonly found in fabrication shops; and
  • Develop and schedule the sequence to complete a fabrication project from start to finish including blueprints, estimating, quality control, and coating requirements.

Required Courses

First Year

CAS Total Credits: 32

R Indicates Related Instruction requirement.

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

Second Year

First Semester Total: 14

1WRIT 101 is the preferred course.

Second Semester Total: 14

AAS Total Credits: 60

R Indicates Related Instruction requirement.

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

Recommended Courses:

Students receiving financial aid or veteran’s benefits should check with the Financial Aid Office before registering for recommended courses.


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 Welding Technology, CTS  that provides the minimum welding skills needed to be employable, including at least two AWS certifications.

Admission Guidelines

  • Proof of a score of 55 (Level 1) or higher in Intro/Beginning Algebra on the FVCC math Placement OR an official transcript proving “C-” or better in M065, its equivalent, or higher math course. For more information visit www.fvcc.edu/student/placement-.

Program Information

  • After completing the program, students should be qualified for the following certifications:
  1. AWS D 1.1 in Limited Thickness 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 advisor.

Academic Advisor
Laurie Berg
OT 131
(406) 756-4862


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