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Welding Technology

Associate of Applied Science Degree/Certificate Program

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Overview of Welding

Welding is the most common way of permanently joining metal parts. Heat is applied to the pieces to be joined, melting and fusing them to form a permanent bond. Because of its strength, welding is used to construct and repair ships, automobiles, spacecraft, and thousands of other manufactured products, and to join beams when constructing bridges, buildings and other structures.


What do graduates of the program do?

Most welders work in manufacturing plants, on construction projects, with service companies or wholesalers, or in repair shops. Some do manual welding and use a great deal of creativity to fabricate unusual or unique pieces. Welding machine operators commonly work in factories and perform the same task every day. Some operate their own repair shops.

What is the job outlook for graduates?

The national rate of hire is expected to increase over the next several years due to projected retirements. Certified welders will have much better employment opportunities than non-certified welders. Manual welders will increasingly be needed for sophisticated fabrication tasks and repair work that do not lend themselves to automation. Welders can expect to find more jobs in the business services industry as companies increasingly contract out repair and maintenance functions.

hat kind of salary can graduates expect?

Welders are in high demand in our area and jobs are plentiful. Starting salaries in East Texas range from about $12 to $15 per hour.  Experienced welders are making $20 locally.  Many employers also pay health, medical and other benefits.  Independent welders who are willing to travel to national jobsites can earn significantly more.

How long does it take to complete
the program?

The traditional welding certificate offers a basic and advanced certificate. The basic consists of four courses and 16 hours of course work while the advanced is nine courses and 34 hours. An associate’s degree can be obtained in 64 semester hours. Note: The Associate degree is pending approval by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

Who do I contact?

» Contact Information

Cody Edwards
Welding Instructor
Phone: (903) 983-8162
Location: M. Kenneth Whitten Applied Technology Center (AT)

Josh Bernethy
Welding Instructor
(903) 988-7459
M. Kenneth Whitten Applied Technology Center (AT)

Amy Smith
Technology Administrative Assistant
Phone: (903) 983-8637
Fax: (903) 988-7539
Location: M. Kenneth Whitten Applied Technology Center (AT)



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