Welding Technology program page.

Welding Technology

Great pay for the highly skilled!

As a certified welder you will be among the highest paid of all the skilled trades. As a welder you will join metals by applying intense heat from a gas or electric source to melt metal to form a permanent bond with or without the use of filler metals. You will use welding for joining, surfacing or repairing structures or parts made of metal or other weldable materials. You will plan the sequence of operations and select your equipment according to metals involved and the type of weld needed.

What are my career choices?

Most welders work in manufacturing industries. Others are employed by construction firms and repair services. A skilled welder may qualify as a technician, supervisor, inspector or owner of a welding business.

What classes do I have to take?

You will take classes that familiarize you with saws, drill presses, grinders, power shears, metal brakes and rolls and numerous other hand tools. You will learn to fabricate trailers, frames, racks and swings using steel plates, angle iron, pipes, channel iron and other structural steel. You will learn to weld various kinds of metals, such as mild steel, aluminum, cast iron and stainless steel. You will also learn blueprint reading and flame cutting of metals. Some other topics you will learn are:

  • Electric arc welding
  • Oxyacetylene gas welding and cutting
  • Metal inert gas welding (MIG)
  • Tungsten inert gas welding (TIG)

Can I specialize my degree, diploma or certificate options?

Yes! You can earn a Associate in Applied Science degree in Welding Technology or you could earn a Diploma in Combination Welder or one or more of the following certificates:

  • Welder Helper
  • Gas Welder
  • ARC Cutter
  • Tack Welder
  • Production Line Welder
  • ARC Welder
  • Pipeline Welder
  • AWS National Skills Standard Level I
  • Shielded Metal Arc Welder
  • Gas Metal Arc Welding
  • Gas Tungsten Arc Welding

To see a complete course listing for each credential use the KCTCS Online Course Catalog.

Where do I start?

A good place to start is with the Online Advising Manual . You also need to see admission requirement guidelines on how to apply for this program.

Resources

Contact Information

KCTCS/Elizabethtown Community and Technical College
Counseling Center
RPC 1st Floor Room 106
610 College Street Road
Elizabethtown, KY 42701
(270) 706-8803
 
Program Coordinator:
Jared Spalding jaredc.spalding@kctcs.edu
(270) 706-8651 or toll free: (877) 246-2322 Ext. 68651
 
 
 
 
 
 
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