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Welding Technology, A.A.S.

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Program Requirements

Typical Program

Degree/Certificate:   Associate in Applied Science
HEGIS Code:           5308
SUNY Code:            1643
Major Code:            WELD

The Career

Welding technology is a highly desired degree where the graduates are typically employed in manufacturing as certified welders in this high demand field. The associate degree assists the welder in being a well-rounded employee who desires advancement in their career whether it be in management, sales, purchasing, or procurement.

The NCCC Approach 

This is a broad-based program for men and women who are interested in the exciting career field of welding technology. The curriculum includes coursework in welding that is designed to prepare the student for various welding certifications.  In addition, the degree offers coursework in some of the soft skilled and tangible areas of liberal arts.  The laboratory approach provides the student with ample opportunity to develop welding skill sets that are marketable in the workforce.

The program is designed in conjunction with Orleans/Niagara BOCES programming.  The state-of-the-art welding facilities and equipment at the Niagara BOCES campus are used for all welding instruction.  The two campuses (NCCC and BOCES) are in close proximity being next door to each other.  Commuting between the two campuses is well under one mile.

Graduates of this program are readily accepted by industry.


Students admitted in fall, spring and summer.  It is possible to obtain advanced standing by taking appropriate welding courses in articulated high school programs Orleans/Niagara BOCES).

Because of the sequencing of courses, it may take more than four semesters of full-time study if a student begins this program in a spring or summer semester.

Articulation Agreement

Orleans Niagara BOCES

Program Goals and Objectives

  • Provide students with the basic knowledge required for entry level in manufacturing welding
  • Graduates will become certified welders

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion, students will:

  • Complete a welding certification (Certified Welder) for one or multiple welding types
  • Apply welding procedures to fabricate weldments
  • Apply machining procedures to modify weldments to final drawing specifications
  • Analyze blueprints and disseminate the information to build a weldment
  • Examine weldment design shapes and mathematically calculate the solutions to build a weldment
  • Associate the basic principles of chemistry as they apply to the welding field
  • Communicate project information through written methods
  • Recognize hazards in the workplace and operate in a safe manner

Program Requirements (WELD)

  1. A total of at least 61-credit hours with a minimum curriculum grade-point average of 2.0.  Academic Foundations courses do not count toward the degree.
  2. Mechanical, Technology and Welding:  A minimum of 40-credit hours to include:
    MET 125 - Processes  
    TEC 105 - Basic Skills for Technology  
    TEC 110 - Introduction to Technical Calculations  
    WLD 100 - Introduction to Welding and Blueprints  
    WLD 110 - Electrical Arc Welding Process  
    WLD 110L - Electrical Arc Welding Process Lab  
    WLD 120 - Thermal Cutting  
    WLD 120L - Thermal Cutting Lab  
    WLD 130 - Welding Safety - OSHA  
    WLD 130L - Welding Safety - OSHA Lab  
    WLD 140 - Gas Metal Arc Welding Processes  
    WLD 140L - Gas Metal Arc Welding Processes Lab  
    WLD 150 - Welding Metallurgy  
    WLD 210 - Tig Welding Processes  
    WLD 210L - Tig Welding Processes Lab  
    WLD 220 - Metal Fabrication  
    WLD 220L - Metal Fabrication Lab  
    WLD 230 - Welding Inspections and Quality Control  
    WLD 230L - Welding Inspections and Quality Control Lab  
    WLD 240 - Advanced Electric Arc Welding Processes  
    WLD 240L - Advanced Electric Arc Welding Processes  
    WLD 250 - Welding Certification  
    WLD 250L - Welding Certification Lab  
    WLD 260 - Capstone Project  
    WLD 260L - Capstone Project Lab  
  3. Basic Communication - General Education:  A minimum of 6-credit hours to include:
    ENG 101 - Writing I  
    ENG 102 - Writing II & Introduction to Literature  OR
    ENG 103 - Writing for STEM  
  4. Natural Science - General Education:  A minimum of 4-credit hours to include:
    CHE 100 - Fundamentals of Chemistry  
    CHE 101L - Fundamentals of Chemistry Lab  
  5. Mathematics - General Education:  A minimum of 4-credit hours to include:
    MAT 110 - Intermediate Algebra  
  6. Social Science - General Education:  A minimum of 3-credit hours to include:
    ECO 102 - Microeconomics  
  7. Arts/Western Civilization - General Education:  A minimum of 3-credit hours to include:
    ART 100 - Exploring the Arts  
  8. Health/Physical Education Elective:  A minimum of 1-credit hour

Typical Program

Total Credit Hours: 15

Total Credit Hours: 16

Total Credit Hours: 14

Total Credit Hours: 16

Scholarship Opportunities

There are several scholarships available to NCCC students. Scholarship deadline dates vary each semester.  For more information, please visit the scholarship webpage at www.niagaracc.suny.edu/scholarships. The NCCC Foundation/Scholarship Office is located within the Foundation Office, A-265 or by phone (716) 614-5910.

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