Welding Technology - A.A.S. Degree/Certificate

Get a Degree or Certificate in our New Welding Program

Welder

The Welding Technician profession is woven into a multitude of businesses which require these skilled professionals to work in a variety of industries including energy, construction, and manufacturing. 

This program provides over 1500 contact hours of welding theory and hands on training and is tailored to meet industry standards. It will provide students with a well-rounded set of welding skills that will help most enter the workforce in entry level positions. Students have the opportunity to earn National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) credentials, an AWS ASME IX 6G certification (Industry standard test required for employment and certification), while earning a Level 1 Certificate, Level 2 Certificate and AAS degree. Students learn to weld in both an indoor and outdoor laboratory environment.

Career Opportunities

The nation’s aging infrastructure will require the expertise of welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers to help rebuild bridges, highways, and buildings. The Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS) reported Employment of Welders is projected to grow 3 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations. The median annual wage for Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers was $42,490 in 2019.

According to Texas Wages and Employment Projections for the Gulf Coast, including Brazoria County, the projected employment is 64155 with 7183 average openings. This includes hourly wages of $24.09 and annual wages of $50,100. Labor Market & Career Information (LMCI) reports the salary for the Houston region is $50,100 annually. 

For more information on career opportunities, please visit Career Coach where you can explore the local job market, take a career assessment, and build a resumé.

What Will I Study?

Courses in the Welding Technology Program will teach you how to:

  • Demonstrate proper safety practices while working hand tools, power tools, welding, and cutting equipment. 
  • Produce Fillet welds in the 1F, 2F, 3F, and 4F positions using multiple processes. 
  • Produce Groove welds in the 1G, 2G, 3G, 4G, 5G, and 6G positions on plate and pipe using multiple processes.
  • Interpret welding symbols and Isometric drawings.
  • Demonstrate the work ethic, cross cultural competencies, and professional attitude that is required to work as a welder in the industry.
  • Construct a comprehensive Welding Project. 

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WELDING TECHNOLOGY
ASSOCIATE OF APPLIED SCIENCE (A.A.S.) 
60 credit hours 
FIRST YEAR - FIRST SEMESTER CREDITS

WLDG 1323 - Welding Safety, Tools, and Equipment 

3

WLDG 1200 - Introduction to Welding 

2

WLDG 1428 - Introduction to Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW)

4

WLDG 1313 - Introduction to Blueprint Reading for Welders 

3

+MATH 1332 - Contemporary Mathematics (Quantitative Reasoning)

3
SECOND SEMESTER

WLDG 1457 - Intermediate Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) 

4

WLDG 1307 - Introduction to Welding Using Multiple Processes 

3

WLDG 1434 - Introduction to Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) 

4

+ENGL 1301 - Composition I

3
THIRD SEMESTER

WLDG 1430 - Introduction to Gas Metal Arc (GMAW) Welding 

4

+SPCH 13XX - Public Speaking or Interpersonal Communication or Argumentation & Debate

3
SECOND YEAR - FIRST SEMESTER  

WLDG 1435 - Introduction to Pipe Welding 

4

WLDG 2406 - Intermediate Pipe Welding 

4

WLDG 2413 - Intermediate Welding Using Multiple Processes 

4

+Select from Social & Behavioral Sciences Core Curriculum

3
 SECOND SEMESTER 

WLDG 1353 - Intermediate Layout and Fabrication (Interm.)

3

*WLDG 2380 - Cooperative Education - Welding Technology/Welder  or 
*WLDG 2371 - Advanced Welding Technology Final Project

3

+Select from Creative Arts Core Curriculum or
+Language, Philosophy & Culture Core Curriculum

3
WELDING TECHNOLOGY
(A.A.S.) DEGREE – CREDIT HOURS
 60

+Denotes core requirement
*Capstone course


WELDING TECHNOLOGY
CERTIFICATE I 
23 credit hours 
FIRST YEAR - FIRST SEMESTER CREDITS

WLDG 1323 - Welding Safety, Tools, and Equipment 

3

WLDG 1200 - Introduction to Welding 

2

WLDG 1428 - Introduction to Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) 

4

WLDG 1313 - Introduction to Blueprint Reading for Welders 

3
SECOND SEMESTER

WLDG 1457 - Intermediate Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) 

4

WLDG 1307 - Introduction to Welding Using Multiple Processes 

3

WLDG 1434 - Introduction to Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) 

4
WELDING TECHNOLOGY
CERTIFICATE I – CREDIT HOURS
 23
WELDING TECHNOLOGY
CERTIFICATE II
45 credit hours 
FIRST YEAR - FIRST SEMESTER CREDITS

WLDG 1323 - Welding Safety, Tools, and Equipment 

3

WLDG 1200 - Introduction to Welding

2

WLDG 1428 - Introduction to Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) 

4

WLDG 1313 - Introduction to Blueprint Reading for Welders 

3
SECOND SEMESTER

WLDG 1457 - Intermediate Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) 

4

WLDG 1307 - Introduction to Welding Using Multiple Processes  

3

WLDG 1434 - Introduction to Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) 

4
THIRD SEMESTER

WLDG 1430 - Introduction to Gas Metal Arc (GMAW) Welding 

4
SECOND YEAR - FIRST SEMESTER  

WLDG 1435 - Introduction to Pipe Welding 

4

WLDG 2406 - Intermediate Pipe Welding

4

WLDG 2413 - Intermediate Welding Using Multiple Processes 

4
 SECOND SEMESTER 

WLDG 1353 - Intermediate Layout and Fabrication (Interm.)

3

*WLDG 2380 - Cooperative Education - Welding Technology/Welder  or 
*WLDG 2371 - Advanced Welding Technology Final Project

3
WELDING TECHNOLOGY
CERTIFICATE II – CREDIT HOURS
 45

* Capstone course                                                                                            

Please view the Student Tool List for a list of requirements as designated in the Alvin Community College Catalog.  

*How Much Will the Program Cost?

Approximate yearly costs for the Level I Certificate program are $3451 for in-district students and $3832 for those out-of-district. This includes tuition and fees.

Additional fees for books and supplies may vary according the the degree/certificate plan.  

For more information on education costs, payment options, payment plans, deadlines and more, visit our Tuition and Fees section.

Financial assistance is available for those who qualify.  For more information, visit our Financial Aid section.

*Alvin Community College may change tuition rates and other fees without notice or when so directed by the Board of Regents.

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