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Welding Technology

The demand for skilled, qualified welders is at an all-time high, and Snead State’s Welding Technology program can put you on the right path toward a rewarding career. Welding is a skill that applies technical knowledge and skills to join or cut metal surfaces. This includes instruction in arc welding, resistance welding, brazing and soldering, cutting, high-energy beam welding and cutting, solid state welding, ferrous and non-ferrous materials, oxidation-reduction reactions, welding metallurgy, welding processes and heat treating, structural design, safety, and applicable codes and standards.

Job Outlook for Welding Technology

The average salary range for someone working in a Welding Technology field is $48,000-$73,000 per year. Welding Technician positions are expected to increase 2.9 percent through 2030. Within a 60-mile radius of Snead State, from January 2023 to April 2024, 459 unique job postings in Welding Technology were available.

Industries for Welding Technology

Industries that employ quality workers in Welding Technology include:

  • Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing
  • Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing
  • Boiler, Tank, and Shipping Container Manufacturing
  • Other Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
  • Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
  • Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing

Welding Technology Pathway Options

Students can earn an Associate in Applied Science degree in Welding Technology or one of the short-term certificates available. Classes are available for Dual Enrollment students looking to earn high school and college credit as they train to be welders. Students can also earn while they learn through apprenticeships available through one of our industry partners.

Students are also able to earn certifications as they work toward completing their AAS degree. The certificate options include a short-term certificate in Welding that can be completed in one semester (12 credit hours) and a short-term certificate as a Welding Technician that can be completed in two semesters (21 credit hours).

Requirements for the Welding Technology credentials are below:

Welding Technology AAS Degree
Welding Technologist Certificate
Welding Short-Term Certificate
Welding Technician Short-Term Certificate

Earn As Your Learn

A valuable resource for students within the Welding Technology pathway is the option to earn as they learn through Snead State’s apprenticeship program. Students who qualify to work as apprentices are paired with participating industries to work within their field of study for a competitive wage, gaining practical experience that will aid them in securing employment after completing their AAS degree.

For more information

For more information, contact Karter Krueger at (256) 840-4117 or karter.krueger@snead.edu.