The Welding Technology program is accredited by the American Welding Society and prepares students for a career in welding. The program integrates theory and application of technical and general courses. Coursework provides the student with information and skill development in a variety of welding processes. Through coursework, the student develops fundamental knowledge of metals, welding processes, safety and related equipment applications. The student learns several different arc and gas welding processes and joins various types of metal while perfecting hand skills. In addition, students learn safe practice and proper maintenance on all equipment.
Graduates from this diploma program will be qualified to work in a variety of settings that are found both in rural and metropolitan areas.
The employment outlook for graduates of the Welding Technology major is very good. Graduates can expect to find year-round employment in production work, manufacturing, repair and maintenance, as well as the construction industry. Welding skills also lend themselves to entrepreneurship and some welders go into business for themselves. There is currently a shortage of skilled welders in all industry areas.
According to CAREERwise, the median hourly pay as a Welder, Cutter, Solderer, and Brazer in the state of Minnesota is $19.71 per hour. The employment outlook through 2024 is expected to grow approximately 0.9%, a low growth career.
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View semester order by campus: East Grand Forks
|Course #||Course Name||Credit(s)|
|HPER 1410||First Aid/CPR||1|
|SSCI 1101||Human Relations||3|
|WELD 1102||Weld Fundamentals||3|
|WELD 1104||Basic SMAW||4|
|WELD 1106||Flux Cored Arc Welding||2|
|WELD 1110||Blueprint Reading/Symbols||2|
|WELD 1112||Advanced SMAW||4|
|WELD 1114||Basic Fabrication||4|
|WELD 1116||Gas Shielded Processes||5|
|WELD 1120||SMAW Pipe||3|
|WELD 1124||Cutting Processes||1|
Students achieving assessment scores below the established minimums must register and successfully complete (with a grade of C or better) the required developmental courses in order to meet graduation requirements.
The program minimum scores for the Accuplacer Assessment test are as follows:
Reading Comprehension: 64
Northland Community & Technical College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
The Welding Technology program is accredited by the American Welding Society (AWS).
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