Associate in Applied Science in Welding

Field of Interest

Field of Interest: Applied Technology


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The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Welding prepares students to work in industry using Oxy-Fuel welding and cutting (OFW) (OFC) and Shielded Metal Arc welding (SMAW) processes. This degree emphasizes the knowledge and skills required to work with modern industrial welding equipment using advanced welding techniques including Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW), Flux Core Arc Welding (FCAW) and Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW). This degree also provides students with the opportunity to complete at least three of the following certificates: Welding: Gas Metal / Flux Cored Arc Welding (GMAW)/(FCAW), Welding: Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) Ferrous, Welding: Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) Non-Ferrous, Welding: Shielded Metal Arc welding (SMAW) Plate, and Welding: Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) Pipe.


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Field of Interest
Applied Technology
Associate Degree
Academic Plan
Welding (DEG)
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Program Notes

Students must earn a grade of C or better for all courses required within the program.

What You’ll Learn

This degree will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Adhere to industry safety regulations applicable to welding environments.
  2. Demonstrate proficient use of machines, tools and equipment in the welding environment.
  3. Prepare various types of weld joints per industry standards, using appropriate welding and cutting processes and procedures.
  4. Perform various types of welds on industry standard joint types in all positions, using appropriate welding and cutting processes and procedures.
  5. Evaluate quality control standards and practices applied in welding inspection in the welding industry.
  6. Analyze technical documentation to make informed decisions in welding processes.
  7. Apply mathematical and logical reasoning to the welding and fabrication processes.
  8. Analyze the physical, mechanical and chemical properties of materials to perform welding and fabrication procedures.
  9. Demonstrate quality workmanship in a timely manner.
  10. Demonstrate professionalism with conduct, ethics, and workplace practices.
  11. Effectively communicate verbally, non-verbally and in writing with diverse audiences in various workplace environments.
  12. Evaluate challenges and employment opportunities within the field of welding.
  13. Identify opportunities to expand knowledge, skills, and abilities within the field of welding.

Program Prerequisites

Program prerequisites
Course #Course TitleCredits

Required Courses

Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
WLD101Introduction to Welding (3) OR
Permission of Program Director0-3
WLD106AAIntroduction to SMAW5
WLD106ABSMAW 6010 Plate (5) OR
WLD106ACSMAW 7018 Plate (5) OR
WLD206AAIntroduction to GMAW/FCAW and GTAW (5)5
WLD103Basic Blacksmithing and Metal Shaping3
WLD150Welding Blueprint Reading3
WLD225Welding Inspection and Quality Control3

Restricted Electives

Restricted Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Select 15 to 16 credits in consultation with a Program and/or Academic Advisor to further develop skills in the specialization areas shown below. WLD106AB, WLD106AC, WLD206AA may be selected as a Restricted Electives if it is not used to satisfy Required Courses.
Gas Metal / Flux Cored Arc Welding (GMAW)/(FCAW) and Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW):
WLD206AAIntroduction to GMAW/FCAW and GTAW5
WLD206ABAdvanced GMAW and FCAW5
WLD206ACAdvanced GTAW Non-Ferrous5
WLD206ADAdvanced GTAW Ferrous5
WLD208ABGMAW Code Welding5
WLD208ACFCAW Code Welding5
Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) Plate:
WLD106ACSMAW 7018 Plate5
WLD208AASMAW Code Welding5
Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) Pipe:
WLD106ABSMAW 6010 Plate5
WLD106ADSMAW Introduction to Pipe5
WLD208AASMAW Code Welding5
WLD208ADSMAW Code Welding Pipe5
Computer Aided Design
MPT150Introduction to SolidWorks3
DFT105AAComputer Aided Drafting I: AutoCAD3

Free Electives

Free Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Select courses 100-level or higher to complete a minimum of 60 semester credits but no more than a total of 64 semester credits. Consult with an Academic Advisor.

General Education Requirements

General education requirements
General Education RequirementCredits: 22-28
General Education CoreCredits: 12-18
First-Year CompositionCredits: 6
ENG101First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG107First-Year Composition for ESL (3) AND
ENG102First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG108First-Year Composition for ESL (3) OR
ENG111Technical and Professional Writing (3)6
Oral CommunicationCredits: 3
COM100Introduction to Human Communication (3) OR
COM110Interpersonal Communication (3) OR
COM230Small Group Communication (3) OR
COM225Public Speaking (3)3
Critical ReadingCredits: 0-3
CRE101College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (3) OR
Equivalent as indicated by assessment.
MathematicsCredits: 3-6
GTC107Technical Mathematics I (3) OR
Satisfactory score on math placement test
GTC108Technical Mathematics II (3) OR
MAT146College Mathematics with Review (6) OR
MAT145College Mathematics with Review (5) OR
MAT140College Mathematics (5) OR
MAT141College Mathematics (4) OR
MAT142College Mathematics (3) OR
Any higher level mathematics course3-6
General Education DistributionCredits: 10
Humanities and Fine ArtsCredits: 3
Any approved general education course from the Humanities, Arts and Design area.
Social and Behavioral SciencesCredits: 3
Any approved general education course from the Social-Behavioral Sciences area.
Natural SciencesCredits: 4
Any approved general education course from the Natural Sciences area.
CHM130Fundamental Chemistry (3) AND
CHM130LLFundamental Chemistry Laboratory (1)4
CHM130AAFundamental Chemistry With Lab4

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