Degree: Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.)
Accreditation: Accredited by the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE), 701 Exposition Place Suite 206, Raleigh, NC 27615, (919) 635-8335, www.atmae.org.
Program description. Welding Technology is designed to train individuals to weld using Gas Metal Arc (MIG), Gas Tungsten Arc (TIG), Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW), Flux Core Welding (FCAW) on plate and pipe. The Welding Technology program is aligned with the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) and American Welding Society (AWS) guidelines. Graduates from this program will be prepared to test for national industry certifications in codes and standards such as AWS, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), and American Petroleum Institute (API). Welding technicians also acquire a general education background, including mathematics and science, while studying welding processes.
Typical job opportunities: welding fabricators, pipe fitters, welding inspectors, welding educators in the areas of metal manufacturing and sheet metal work manufacturing.
Program outcomes. Upon completion of the Welding Technology program, the graduate will have developed the skills, knowledge and abilities to accomplish the following:
- Demonstrate correct procedure in setting up equipment and skills used in welding.
- Use Shielded Metal Arc Welding, Gas Metal Arc Welding, and Gas Tungsten Arc Welding machines in both pipe and plate welding.
- Explain the physical characteristics of different metals.
- Develop the cognitive and physical skills necessary to pass certification tests.
- Apply welding knowledge to effectively utilize problem-solving skills as it relates to the industry.
Contact(s): Engineering and Media Technologies Department, 865-539-7084, or the program coordinator, 865-225-2339.