Welding Technology

 

Train to become a certified welder. Discover materials and techniques for work in many industries as a specialist in one of the most highly paid skilled trades.

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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.
average base pay
Based on research conducted by the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics (KCEWS) in 2016 for the state of Kentucky.
$37,088
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low: $26k med: $37k high: $57k

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
SalaryBased on research conducted by the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics (KCEWS) in 2016 for the state of Kentucky.
Gas Welder $37,088
Welder Helper $37,088
Tack Welder $37,088
Gas Metal Arc Welder $37,088
Shielded Metal Arc Welder $37,088
Gas Tungsten Arc Welder $37,088
Production Line Welder $37,088
Arc Welder $37,088
AWS National Skills Standards Level I $37,088
Combination Welder $37,088
Welding Technology $37,088

What are my degree, diploma, or certificate options?

Additional Information

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.

  • Application for Certificate, Diploma, or Degree
  • AWS National Skills Standards Level I, Tack Welder, and Production Line Welder--Current Curriculum (XLS)
  • ARC Welder, Shielded Metal Arc Welding and Gas Metal Arc Welding--Current Curriculum (XLS)
  • Gas Tungsten Arc Welding--Current Curriculum (XLS)

Program Contact

Mark Smith
Welding Technology
Program Coordinator
270.831.9831
markl.smith@kctcs.edu