Welding Technology AAS

The Welding Technology AAS degree (AAS_WELD) is offered at LSC-CyFair and 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

Subject Number Title Credits
ENGL 1301 Composition & Rhetoric I 3
WLDG 1421 Introduction to Welding Fundamentals 4
WLDG 1428 Introduction to Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) 4
MATH 1314 College Algebra 3

TOTAL First Semester Credits:


Second Semester Credits

Subject Number Title Credits
WLDG 1430 Intro to Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) 4
WLDG 1434 Intro to Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (TIG) 4
COSC 1301 Introduction to Computers 3
Elective1   Social/Behavioral Science Elective 3

TOTAL Second Semester Credits:


Third Semester Credits

Subject Number Title Credits
Elective2   Speech Elective 3
Elective3   Technical Elective AND 3
PHED   Any One Credit Hour Physical Activity Course OR 1
WLDG 1417 Introduction to Layout and Fabrication 4

TOTAL Third Semester Credits:


Second Year Credits

First Semester Credits

Subject Number Title Credits
WLDG 1457 Intermediate Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) 4
WLDG 2447 Advanced Gas Metal Arc Welding 4
WLDG 2451 Advanced Gas Tungsten Arc Welding 4

TOTAL First Semester Credits:


Second Semester Credits

Subject Number Title Credits
WLDG4 1435 Introduction to Pipe Welding 4
WLDG4 2453 Advanced Pipe Welding 4
Elective1   Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3
WLDG5 1291 Special Topics in Welder/Welding Technologist 2

TOTAL Second Semester Credits:



Total Credits

TOTAL Credits for Welding Technology Specialization AAS:


  1. Choose from the AAS Core
  2. Choose from the General Core Requirements
  3. Choose from BMGT 1309, BMGT 1331,BMGT 2303, BUSG 2309, or BUSG 2371. Students that choose this 3 hour technical elective must also take a one hour PHED course.
  4. Course taught only in the spring
  5. Capstone course