Any industry that creates goods and structures from metal will rely on skilled welders to create strong products, whether in aerospace, automotive, or construction fields. Turning ideas and materials into valuable products takes highly skilled employees who are trained in such specialized areas as welding technology. BTC’s degrees and certificates in the Welding Technology Program are ideal for students with mechanical aptitude or a strong foundation in math, science, and technology.
Prepare for your welding career through BTC’s Welding Technology program. You will get premier job training for skills in high demand by the metal and construction trades for work as a welder, cutter, or welding machine operator. Students choose to specialize in one of two areas: structural steel fabrication or pipe welding.
In our state-of-the-art welding and fabrication facility, you’ll learn valuable skills that high-wage employers are looking for. From safety practices and blueprint reading to technical skills like metallurgy, MIG, and TIG welding, BTC’s hands-on job training will prepare you for a career in boat manufacturing, steel manufacturing, refining, and transportation, or with federal, state, or local governments.
When you successfully complete BTC’s Welding Technology program, you will be fully prepared to:
- Exhibit & maintain essential employability behaviors.
- Observe and practice industry safety guidelines.
- Analyze and interpret prints, drawings, and symbols for welding and fabrication of parts and structures.
- Achieve competency in a variety of major manual and semi-automatic welding processes in all positions.
- Demonstrate proper set-up and use of welding and fabricating equipment.
- Troubleshoot and solve basic welding, fabricating and equipment problems.
- Pass at least one WABO certification or industry-accepted certification welding test (ASME, AWS, ABS, etc.).
- Exhibit knowledge of occupational environments, metallurgy, materials, tools, fabrication, layout, and mechanical and thermal cutting processes and techniques.
- Demonstrate appropriate oral and written communication with customers, co-workers, and supervisors.
- Analyze and interpret prints and drawings for welding and fabricating.
- Employ efficient organizational skills.
- Stay current with new and emerging technologies.
Find important information about the educational debt, earnings, and completion rates of students who attended this program: www.btc.edu/GE
Admissions application and assessment testing in Reading, Math, and Sentence Skills are required. Your score on the test and/or your previous transcripts will determine where you begin your course sequence. Contact Admissions at 360.752.8345 or at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance with academic planning.
Degree and Certificate Requirements
Certificate Requirements for Basic Welding Skills
Welding Technology - Basic Welding Skills Certificate completion requires a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or greater, and a minimum grade of C-/1.7 for all required corecourses.
Degree Requirements for Welding& Fabricating Technology: Pipe Specialization
Welding Technology - Pipe Welding & Fabricating AAS Degree completion requires a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or greater, and a minimum grade of C-/1.7 for all required core courses. AAS-T Degree requires a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or greater and minimum grade of C-/1.7 for all required core courses and minimum grade of C/2.0 for all General Education courses.
Degree Requirements for Welding& Fabricating Technology: General
Welding Technology - Welding & Fabricating AAS Degree completion requires a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or greater, and a minimum grade of C-/1.7 for all required core courses. AAS-T Degree requires a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or greater and minimum grade of C-/1.7 for all required core courses and minimum grade of C/2.0 for all General Education courses.
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Associate of Applied Science - Transfer