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2023-2024 Academic Catalog 
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Welding and Inspection Technology, AAS

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The Welding and Inspection Technology curriculum provides students experience in welding and inspection technology as it pertains to assembly, manufacturing, energy, structural construction, and nondestructive testing. Nondestructive testing involves the inspection of material or a welding object in a manner that will not impair its future usefulness using one of the NDT test methods: visual inspection, liquid penetrant, magnetic particle, eddy current, ultrasonic, and radiographic testing. This program provides education and training in common cutting and welding processes; AWS welding standards; and OXYFUEL, SMAW, GMAW, GTAW, and FCAW processes. Structural, pipe and plate welding; nondestructive testing and inspection; blueprint reading and communications; and math competencies are also emphasized.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to

  • Describe and demonstrate safe and proper use of each type of welding equipment;
  • Select and demonstrate various joining processes;
  • Read and interpret welding blueprints using a systemic process;
  • Estimate type, quantity, cost, and weight of a welded fabrication from information on a blueprint;
  • Demonstrate proper transport, setup, adjustment, and use of all cutting and welding equipment;
  • Use current industry technology to test and repair welding related equipment;
  • Demonstrate proficiency in OXYFUEL, SMAW, GMAW, GTAW, and FCAW processes;
  • Recognize, inspect, and document proper applications of welding processes;
  • Demonstrate techniques and devices for controlling heat effects during welding;
  • Consistently use equipment safely in the performance of nondestructive testing;
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the use of nondestructive testing equipment and processes; and
  • Use current AWS, ASME, and ASNT codes, welding procedures, and recommended practices.

First Year

First Semester Total: 17

Second Semester Total: 16

Total Credits: 65

R Indicates Related Instruction requirement.

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

Recommended Course:

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

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
  4. ASNT Level II Education Requirements for Certification. ASNT also requires documented work experience.
  5. First Aid/CPR Certification
  • Fees for this program are higher than average.  See the program director for more details.


Opportunities after Graduation

  • Career opportunities offer a wide range of possibilities for welding technicians in fabrication and manufacturing, steel construction, nondestructive testing and 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 204    


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