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Welding Technology

Inforgraph on Welding: 2015 starting pay $24,775 per year; 2015 median pay $38,032 per year; 2015 employment in KY 937.

What is Welding Technology?Welder welding.

Certified welders are among the highest paid in all the skilled trades. 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.

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 are my degree, diploma, or certificate options?

Female welding studentAssociate in Applied Science

  • Welding Technology (60-68 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, seeGainful Employment Disclosure Information.

Admission Requirements

This program has no special admission requirements.

Length of Program

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

For more information 

  • Steve Hatcher, Professor - (270) 901-1048
  • Jared West, 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.