Welding is the most common way of permanently joining metal. Because of its strength, welding is used to build and repair a myriad of products, from pipelines and power plants to ships and spacecraft. Job opportunities are on the rise as the demand for highly trained welders increases with industries throughout the world. Welders plan the sequence of operations and select the equipment to be used according to the kinds of metals involved and the type of weld to be made. The Welding program is designed to provide skill development in currently used welding processes including brazing, soldering, shielded metal arc welding, gas tungsten arc welding, resistance spot welding, gas metal arc welding and flux core arc welding. Additionally, skill development also includes oxy-fuel cutting, air carbon arc cutting, and plasma cutting. This program prepares students to take the certification exams reflected in industry. Students seeking this degree will need to choose between construction/pipe welding trades or an industrial maintenance equipment specialty. Welders enjoy working with their hands and enjoy the sense of accomplishment from building objects.

In addition to textbooks, welding students are required to supply the following items: safety glasses (ANSIZ87), welding gloves, welding jacket and welding hood. These items generally cost around $65 and can be purchased at either Airweld, 2095 E Olive St, Decatur, IL 62526, 217-428-4653.

Students must provide their own safety glasses, gloves, jacket, and cap. Safety glasses must be manufactured in accordance with the ANSI Z87 standard. Students who use prescription eyewear should consult the instructor. Safety glasses must be worn at all times in the laboratory and must be worn underneath welding helmets and face shields. Welding helmets, hearing protection, respiratory protection, and face shields are provided in the lab. Those students who provide their own welding helmets must have at least a number #10 or #11 lens installed. All cutting, grinding, and welding operations require the use of the welding jacket, safety glasses, appropriate face protection (either welding helmet or face shield), and gloves.

Please be advised that the Welding Technology program utilizes the Canvas Learning Management System. Having this online component allows the Welding Technology program to provide self-paced studies on or off campus for students enrolled in any Welding Technology course.

Career and Technical Options

  • Welding Technology
    • Pipefitting and Pipe Welding Certificate
    • Welding Technician Certificate
    • Welding Certificate
  • Construction and Pipe Specialty
    • Associate of Applied Science in Welding Technology with Construction & Pipe Specialty
  • Industrial & Equipment  Specialty
    • Associate of Applied Science in Welding Technology with Industrial & Equipment Specialty

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