Inspection Technology AAS

The Inspection Technology AAS degree (AAS_INSP) is offered at LSC-North Harris. For more information, please contact the Welding Technology Department.

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Program Description

The associate of applied science degree in welding technology is designed to prepare the individual for a career as a welding technician in the fabrication, construction and manufacturing industries. The program includes hands-on application of SMAW, GTAW, GMAW, and FCAW processes, in all positions, using pipe, plate and structural shapes. The student is also exposed to basic metallurgy and inspection procedures. The academic requirements of the program provide the foundation for continued studies should the student desire to continue his or her education.

The welding technology certificate program prepares the student for entry-level employment as a structural welder. The program provides the essential skills and safety practices in SMAW welding procedures in both structural plate and pipe. Courses completed in this certificate program may be applied toward the welding technology associate of applied science degree.

Creation of a product or system requires inspection and testing to ensure conformance to specification and reliability of operation. The certificate programs in nondestructive inspection and nondestructive testing are designed to train students in entry level skills relevant to such industries as shipbuilding, aeronautic, piping and vessel fabrication, bridge building and residential construction. The introduction of ISO (International Organization for Standardization) has expanded and enhanced the demand for qualified inspectors and NDT technicians.

New developments in the fields of space exploration, oceanography and nanotechnology, as well as the demand for lighter and stronger engineering materials, improved coating for materials and advanced welding techniques mean that inspectors and technicians must receive a higher level of training.

The nondestructive testing certificate is intended to provide training to meet the challenges of the twenty-first century. Testing methods covered include codes (AWS, ASME), metallurgy, liquid penetrant, magnetic particle and ultrasonics. Courses meet the requirements of American Society of Nondestructive Testing (ASNT) recommended practice SNT-TC-1A.

The nondestructive inspection certificate includes film (radiography) interpretation and other means of inspecting a material, weldment or product while maintaining structural integrity. This certificate program provides an in-depth coverage of the American Welding Society (AWS) and American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME) codes for structural welding and pressure vessel fabrication. This program adequately prepares students for the AWS Certified Welding Inspector (CWI) examination.

The general education core will transfer to a variety of colleges and universities. Contact a counselor, or faculty member at any of the colleges for specific information and to obtain the recommended sequencing of courses.

First Year Credits

First Semester Credits

Course Number Title Credits
ITSC 1301 Introduction to Computers 3
NDTE 1410 Liquid Penetrant/Magnetic Particle 4
QCTC 1446 Testing and Inspection Systems 4
TECM 1303 Technical Calculations 3

TOTAL First Semester Credits:


Second Semester Credits

Course Number Title Credits
CHEM 1405 Introductory Chemistry 4
ENGL 1301 Composition & Rhetoric I 3
NDTE 1454 Intermediate Ultrasonics 4
QCTC 2331 Standards 3
NDTE 2311 Preparation for Certified Welding Inspector Exam 3

TOTAL Second Semester Credits:


Third Semester Credits

Course Number Title Credits
Elective1   Social/Behavioral Science 3
Elective2   Technical/Academic 3-4
PHED 1164 Introduction to Physical Fitness & Sport OR 1
    Any One Credit Hour Physical Activity Course  

TOTAL Third Semester Credits:


Second Year Credits

First Semester Credits

Course Number Title Credits
ENGL 2311 Technical Communications 3
HUMA 1301 Humanities I Prehistory to Gothic 3
METL 1405 Welding Metallurgy I 4
NDTE 2401 Advanced Ultrasonics 4
SPCH 1311 Intro to Communication 3

TOTAL First Semester Credits:


Second Semester Credits

Course Number Title Credits
Elective3   Technical/Academic 3-4
NDTE 1301 Film Interpretation of Weldments 3
NDTE 1440 Eddy Current Testing 4
WLDG4 2380 Cooperative Education - Welder/Welding 3

TOTAL Second Semester Credits:


Total Credits

TOTAL Credit Hours for
Inspection Technology Specialization:


  1. Choose from the AAS Core
  2. Elective from any 3-4 credit hour course.
  3. Approved elective to be selected from any WLDG course, any advanced computer course, or PHIL 2306.
  4. A required capstone experience is completed by taking either WLDG 2380 or one of the following certification exams awarded by industry:
    • Senior Welding Inspector (American Welding Society)
    • Certified Welding Inspector (AWS)
    • API 510 (American Petroleum Institute)
    • API 570 (API)
    • API 653 (API)
    • Level II or III (ASNT-RP SNT-TC-1A)
    • Radiographic Interpreter (AWS)
    • Penetrant Testing, Magnetic Particle Testing, Ultrasonic Testing (AWS)