The curriculum builds skills in Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW), Oxy-Acetylene Welding (OAW), Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW), and Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) for employment in many industries with different requirements for cutting and welding. These skills are required in the fabrication and construction of vessels and structures, and their maintenance and repair. Emphasis is on the opportunity to gain practical experience, with related courses in shop math, welding theory, drafting and layout, plate and pipe fabrication, and the properties of various metals.
Welding is an articulated high school credit program. Students who have successfully completed appropriate welding courses in high school may be able to receive college credit for those courses.
In addition to the Associate of Applied Science Degree, Level I and Level II certificates may be earned in welding. Graduation with any award requires completion of the curriculum and passage of the program's capstone. Capstone exams are given in WLDG 2451 for the AAS and Level II certificate, and WLDG 1430 under the basic welding skills curriculum.