Welding Technology

Application Enrollment Dates:  February 1 to June 1.  This program requires all applicants with a completed file to go through an interview process.  Letters will be sent to students with further instruction. 

Semester Start Dates:  Fall Only

To prepare students to be competent entry-level welders in order to gain employment and advancement opportunities in the field of Welding Technology.


  1. To learn proper safety procedures in the operation, care, and maintenance of machinery and instruments.

  2. To develop good working habits necessary to obtain and sustain employment.

  3. To learn metal fabrication techniques.

  4. To develop awareness of the importance of preventative maintenance and high quality workmanship.

  5. To recognize the importance of involvement in student organizations. 

Program Information
The Welding Technology program offers training in the basic skills and knowledge needed in the operation of welding equipment through basic and advanced welding techniques.  Students will gain the knowledge and performance potential to work in the industrial, commercial, or private sector as entry-level employees.  Students will learn proper safety procedures in the operation, care and maintenance of machinery and instruments related to their vocation.  Topics include oxy-fuel and plasma cutting, welding, and brazing, shielded metal arc welding (SMAW), gas metal arc welding (GMAW), and gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW). 

A classroom instruction is integrated with lab assignments to provide each student with the knowledge and skills necessary to be successful in the welding field.   

The basic program covers 1128 clock hours and 42 credit hours in two sixteen-week terms and one five-week summer term.  The five-week summer term includes a 120-hour internship program where students apply knowledge in a real workforce setting. 

  • Length of program:  2 semesters and 1 summer term

  • Estimated cost of program including in-state tuition, fees, books, and supplies:  $5,146.

Academic Requirements
Students must maintain a 2.0 or greater cumulative grade point average.  Students with a cumulative grade point average of less than 2.0 may be placed on academic probation.  Students will receive grades on their Campus Portal accounts periodically to evaluate performance. 

Course Progression
Students must maintain a 76% (2.0) grade in each course of the welding curriculum.  If a student makes below a 76% (2.0) grade in any course, the student will be exited from the program and will be encouraged to reapply the following year. If the student retakes the courses within the curriculum, the grades earned in the retake semester will replace the previous semester, even if a higher grade was earned in the course the first time the student took the course.

If a student is eligible for financial aid, financial aid will only over the course in which the student did not maintain a 76% (2.0) grade.  Again, if a student retakes a class in which they earned a passing grade, they are not eligible for financial aid for that course.

Attendance Policy
WLD has an attendance policy that states:  any student who misses 10% of the training hours for a course has failed that course.  There are no excused absences.  A form to be used for a professional development absence is available.  This form can cover your attendance for job interviews, school activities, and other professional reasons if the form is completed and submitted before the absence.  Any special circumstances will be reviewed by WLD faculty.