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Welding Technology Program


Kenny Smith
Chair Industrial Technology Department
(940) 668-7731 ext 4426
ksmith@nctc.edu

The Welding Technology program is designed to prepare students for the high-demand field of welding. Welders work with aluminum, stainless steel and mild metals in manufacturing, oil fields, design, farming and ranching. Beginning welders may work on assembly lines, but can advance to precision welders, quality control, and sales. Many welders decide to work for themselves, and some specialize in underwater welding, decorative metal work, and automobile body welding. North Texas welders can expect to earn between $12 and $20 per hour, based on experience and welding skill.

Curriculum includes hands-on training in multiple welding processes including Oxy-Fuel and Cutting, Shielded Metal Arc, Gas Metal Arc, Gas Tungsten Arc, and Flux Cored Arc. It also includes blueprint reading for welders and welding technology for each of the five processes that are taught. Students are required to pass two welding tests for each process and can receive a qualification for each of the successful completion of a welding test in a process. The tests given are common welding tests that are used to qualify welders in industry today. Students completing the program may be qualified in a number of processes.

Students may pursue an Occupational Skills Award (OSA), Level 1 Workforce Certificate or an AAS in Welding.