What is Welding Technology?
HCC's welding program allows you to work with the most current tools and machines to let you take your education further. You weld various kinds of metals, such as mild steel, aluminum, cast iron, and stainless steel. You ll also learn:
- Electric arc welding.
- Oxyacetylene gas welding and cutting.
- Metal inert gas welding (MIG).
- Tungsten inert gas welding (TIG).
- Blueprint reading.
- Metal welding using mild steel, aluminum, cast iron, and stainless steel.
- Operation of saws, drill presses, grinders, power shears, metal brakes and rolls, and numerous other hand tools.
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. Certified welders are among the highest paid of all the skilled trades.
|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?
- Arc Welder
- AWS National Skills Standard Level I
- Gas Metal Arc Welder
- Gas Tungsten Arc Welder
- Production Line Welder
- Shielded Metal Arc Welder
- Tack Welder
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.