Welding student at work in welding classroom

Welders are listed as a "targeted occupation" by local workforce boards. Demand is high for welders who can work with aluminum, stainless steel, and mild metals in manufacturing, oil fields, design, and in farming and ranching.

Hands-on experience and training in welding is offered on the Gainesville, Bowie, and Graham campuses.

Certificate & Degree Requirements

Career Outlook

Beginning welders often find 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. In North Texas, welders see salaries that range between $12 and $20 per hour, based on experience and welding skill.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does this degree take to obtain? add

The Welding Occupational Skills Award can be earned in one semester while the certificate is designed to be completed in one year. The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree is set to conclude in two years. Students, however, may set their own pace.

Does this program include hands-on training? add

Yes. Welding labs and workspaces are located in the Industrial Technology center on the Gainesville campus as well as on the Bowie and Graham campuses.

Will this program transfer to a four-year university? add

Yes! The Associate of Applied Science degree (AAS) will transfer to several North Texas universities through AAS to BAAS transfer programs. For more information and a list of participating institutions, please review the AAS to BAAS Guided Pathways.

AAS to BAAS Guided Pathways

Is financial aid available for this degree? add

NCTC believes that all students should be allowed the opportunity to pursue higher education. The Financial Aid Office will help you when applying for aid. For more information, call (940) 668-4242, visit Financial Aid, or drop by the Financial Aid Office on any of NCTC's five campuses.

Financial Aid

Who may I contact for more information? add

Darrell Smith
Division Chair, Industrial & Energy Technology