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Welding Technology

Weld good pay with refined skills.

Certified welders are among the highest paid in all the skilled trades. Welders 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. Welding occupations are primarily concerned with joining, surfacing, fabricating or repairing structures or parts made of metal or other weldable materials. The skills and knowledge needed to determine the appropriate welding technique required for a specific project and to successfully perform that technique are gained through course work and practical experiences.

Our Welding faculty hold the Certified Welding Educator credential from the American Welding Society, and all Welding instructors have extensive hands-on experience in the field, which they bring into the classroom to enhance students' knowledge and better prepare them for careers in this high-demand occupation.

Available Credentials

Associate in Applied Science

  • General Occupational/Technical Studies (60-64 credit hours)


  • Combination Welder (50-54 credit hours)


  • Welder Helper (5 credit hours)
  • Gas Welder (4 credit hours)
  • Tack Welder (10 credit hours)
  • Production Line Welder (19 credit hours)
  • ARC Welder (24 credit hours)
  • AWS National Skills Standards Level I (33 credit hours)
  • Shielded Metal ARC Welder (17 credit hours)
  • Gas Metal ARC Welder (15-17 credit hours)
  • Gas Tungsten ARC Welder (17 credit hours)

For course description, see the Program Brochure.
For course sequence, see the course sequence example.
For specific course requirements, see the KCTCS Course Catalog.
For program cost, see the estimate worksheet.
For Gainful Employment, see Gainful Employment Disclosure Information.

Admission Requirements

This program has no special admission requirements.

Length of Program

You can earn an Associate in Applied Science degree in two years if you maintain full-time status.

For more information

  • Rick Dockery, Associate Professor - (270) 901-1047
  • Steve Hatcher, Professor - (270) 901-1048
  • Matt Keith, Instructor - (270) 901-1194

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.