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Welding Technology

Why Choose the Welding Technology Program?

Welding opens up a world of creativity, giving someone the power to lay out, fit up and fabricate just about anything they can imagine out of metal. There is an instant gratification that comes from building useful objects out of metal, and that's something welders get to experience every day. Our Welding Technology program provides students with technical skills and knowledge that put them ahead of others in the industry of welding, metal fabrication, and related occupations. Employers look for capable certified welders ready and eager to go to work, people who are reliable and can learn and be trained and are excited about the product they make. If you have a creative streak and enjoy fabricating new things, a career in welding might be the perfect fit for you.

Students in our Welding Technology program learn a variety of skills required for employment in manufacturing, industrial maintenance and construction.
How Long It Takes:

Welding Technology Degree (AAT or AAS-T): 5 Quarters

Basic Welding Skills Certificate: 1 Quarter

Gas Metal Arc Welding Certificate: 2 Quarters

Gas Tungsten Arc Welding Certificate: 2 Quarters

Shielded Metal Arc Welding Certificate: 2 Quarters

Wire Feed Welding Certificate: 2 Quarters

All program lengths are estimates and are not guarantees.


Potential Careers

Median annual pay in Washington:

$44,100 per year

Full Career Details

Career Pathway



This is not a guarantee of employment or a certain wage. Full career data available at

Welding Technology Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Welding Technology program, students will:

  • Demonstrate the safe and proper setup, startup, usage, shutdown, and maintenance of welding-related shop equipment.
  • Demonstrate critical workplace skills, including: teamwork, communication, critical thinking, and problem solving.
  • Use inspection techniques and critical thinking to evaluate the quality of: joint design, fit up, and welding to AWS and WABO standards.
  • Effectively use shop tools and equipment for layout, fabrication, cutting, and welding projects.
  • Safely perform OFW, OFC, PAC, AC-AC, SMAW, GMAW, FCAW, and GTAW to AWS and WABO standards.
  • Interpret shop drawings in terms of the identification of lines, views, dimensioning, tolerances, and AWS welding symbols that are commonly found on working drawings.
  • Select appropriate base metals, welding processes, and filler metals to meet fabrication project requirements.
  • Discuss metallurgical principals as they apply to welding.
  • Evaluate potential workplace hazards and apply necessary procedures to maintain a safe work environment.
  • Practice professional and ethical work behavior.
  • Develop cognitive and physical skills necessary to pass employment and certification testing.
  • Prepare for employment by building an effective resume, cover letter, and job search plan.

Meet Your Instructors

David Meyers


Bldg 25, Rm 403

Justin Agostino

Bldg 25, Rm 403

Dmitriy Tonyuk

Bldg 25, Rm 403

Welding Technology Program Information Sessions are hosted in Building 25, Room 400/403, at 3 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month. For more information and a complete schedule of session dates, click here.




Group of students in welding program classroom