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Welding Technology

What is Welding Technology? 

The Welding Technology curriculum provides students with a sound understanding of the science, technology, and applications essential for successful employment in the welding and metal industry.

WeldingInstruction includes consumable and non-consumable electrode welding and cutting processes. Courses in mathematics, blueprint reading, metallurgy, welding inspection, and destructive and non-destructive testing provides students with industry-standard skills developed through classroom training and practical application.

Successful graduates of the Welding Technology curriculum may be employed as entry-level technicians in welding and metalworking industries. Career opportunities also exist in construction, manufacturing, fabrication, sales, quality control, supervision, and welding-related self-employment.


  • Typical Courses
  • Student Learning Outcomes
  • Additional Information
  • Checksheets
  • Contact Information

Typical Courses

  •  Symbols and Specifications  
  •  Cutting Processes  
  •  SMAW (Stick) Plate  
  •  GMAW (MIG)  
  •  FCAW/Plate  
  •  GTAW (TIG) Plate  
  •  SMAW (Stick) Plate/Pipe  
  •  Welding Metallurgy  
  •  Oxygen-Fuel Welding  
  •  GTAW (TIG) Plate/Pipe  
  •  Certification Practices  
  •  GMAW (MIG) Plate/Pipe 

Student Learning Outcomes:

Graduates of the WCC Welding Technology Program will:

  •  Have the skills needed to be employed as entry-level technicians in welding and metalworking industry by demonstrating the technical, communication, computation, and personal responsibility. 
  •  Demonstrate computer competency, communicate, and work independently and as a team to design, layout, measure, and as a team to design, layout, measure, and construct components using the correct welding technique.  
  •  Examine and validate underlying assumptions dealing with welding shop and construction safety procedures, practices, chemical/solvent disposal, adhere to the EPA/OSHA regulatory requirements, and management of waste streams reducing their impact on the global environment.  
  •  Demonstrate the knowledge and abilities necessary to achieve “American Welding Society, (AWS)”certification.  
  •  Demonstrate positive communication, writing, and critical thinking skills dealing with customer/business needs and complaints, understandably, and in a professional manner.  
  •  Be able to seek best information, measure, analyze, design, layout, and correct equipment operation in the following processes:
    • Cutting (Oxy-Fuel, Plasma Arc)
    • Shielded Metal Arc (SMAW)
    • Gas Metal Arc (MIG)
    • Gas Tungsten Arc (TIG)
    • Metallurgy/Machining
    • Oxygen-Fuel

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2014 Diploma  
2013 Diploma   
 2012 Diploma   


Contact Information:


Jayden Gantt
Lead Instructor
(336) 838-6208