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Welding and Cutting Technology

The Welding and Cutting Technology program prepares students for entry-level employment in the field of welding and cutting. Students will develop skills in the use of arc welders, oxyacetylene torches, and plasma cutting machines. Gas tungsten arc welding techniques are taught on both ferrous and nonferrous materials. Classroom instruction is provided in blueprint, welding, welding theory, and welding machines.


Program Curriculum


First Semester
  • Shielded Metal Arc Welding I (SMAW) WLT 1115
  • Introduction to Welding and Safety WLT 1173
  • Shielded Metal Arc Welding II WLT 1225
  • Cutting Processes WLT 1313
  • Work-Based Learning I WBL 1911
Total 17 Hours
Second Semester
  • Blueprint Reading, Welding Symbols, and Metallurgy WLT 1232
  • Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) WLT 1124
  • Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) WLT 1135
  • Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW) WLT 1143
  • Smart Start Pathway SSP 1002
Total 16 Hours
First Semester
  • Pipe Welding WLT 1154
  • Advanced Pipe Welding WLT 1252
  • *Approved Elective (9)
Total 6 Hours
Second Semester
  • English Composition I ENG 1113
  • Social/Behavioral Science Elective (3)
  • Humanities/Fine Arts Elective (3)
  • English Composition II ENG 1123 OR Public Speaking I SPT/COM 1113 OR Social/Behavioral Science (3)
  • College Algebra MAT 1313 OR Natural Science w/Lab (4)
Total 15 Hours

(Option One) A Technical Certificate may be earned after successfully completing the first 33 hours of career technical coursework.

(Option Two) An Advanced Technical Certificate may be earned after successfully completing the first 48 hours of career technical coursework.

(Option Three) An AAS Degree may be earned after successfully completing required career technical and academic coursework.

*Approved Electives: WLT 1162, WLT 1912, WLT 192(1-6), WLT 2812, WLT 2913, or any other technical or academic course approved by advisor.

Enrollment in a minimum of 15 hours each semester is recommended for eligibility for state aid, institutional scholarships, and the tuition break.