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Welding Technology

Industry Description
Welding is a joining process that produces coalescence of metals by heating them to the welding temperature forming a permanent connection. Due to the strength of this connection, welding is used in shipbuilding, automobile manufacturing and repair, aerospace applications, and thousands of other manufacturing activities. Welding is also used in the construction of buildings, bridges, pipelines, power plants, and refineries. Due to the wide variety of applications, welders utilize many types of welding processes: i.e. SMAW (Arc), GTAW (Tig), GMAW (Mig) and OAW/C (Gas), as well as soldering and brazing. The demand for qualified welders is increasing steadily as the industry strengthens certification requirements and improves construction standards.  

Department Overview
Welding Technology offers a certified, state-of-the-art welding facility complemented by certified welding instructors. Students train and learn to meet the current certification requirements of manufacturing and construction industries and exploring many career alternatives related to the welding industry. The program's technical training complies with American Welding Society (AWS) S.E.N.S.E. standards, increases the students' understanding of welding and the related science, meets employers' expectations, and increases the students' ability to compete in the employment marketplace. Training includes oxyacetylene cutting and welding, brazing, soldering, SMAW, GMAW, FCAW, GTAW, blueprint/layout standards and methods, welding procedure specifications, testing methods, quality control, metallurgy, and safe work practices. Welder certifications are conducted according to AWS/ASME and WABO (Washington Association of Building Officials) standards. Process certifications are available and include plate and pipe welding using shielded metal arc, gas metal arc, flux cored, and gas tungsten arc welding. The Welding Technology curriculum is reviewed by an advisory board composed of local and regional industry members. 

Degrees
Students may earn an Associate in Applied Arts and Science in Welding Technology upon completion of the second year of instruction. To demonstrate welding proficiencies, students must pass certification tests prior to completion. Welding certifications include plate and pipe welding using shielded metal arc, gas metal arc, and gas tungsten arc welding processes. To meet the degree requirements, welding students must become certified in at least two processes, with at least one according to WABO Standards. A Welding Technology certificate is available upon completion of three specific welding courses and related instruction during the first year of instruction in the program.

Career Opportunities
  • Trade Unions
  • Gas Companies
  • Fabrication Companies
  • Manufacturing Companies
  • Facility or Equipment Maintenance


Scholarships
The Key Technology Scholarship in Welding
Key Technology, Inc. established the Welding Technology scholarship to reward overall performance in the classroom, to assist students who have demonstrated a high probability of success in welding technology, and to attract high caliber students to the welding profession. Full-time students enrolled in the WWCC Welding Technology program who have maintained a 3.0 GPA are eligible to apply. Two students will be selected each fall to receive the $500 scholarship. Recipients who maintain a 3.0 GPA may receive additional funding for subsequent quarters.


Entrance Requirements
It is recommended that the student contact the lead instructor regarding appropriate program placement and to determine specific quarter start in the program. Students may enter the program fall, winter or spring quarter. A placement test offered by the Student Development Center must be completed prior to attendance in degree or certificate level courses.

Other Information
For additional information including regional employment data, completion rates, student characteristics, and employment see http://www.wtb.wa.gov/etp.