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Welding Technology Specialization AAS Degree

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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 arc 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.

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LSC-Conroe Center

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Please contact Michael Young at Michael.L.Young@LoneStar.edu or call 832.920.5062 for more information.

LSC-North Harris

Please contact Michael Burns at Michael.B.Burns@LoneStar.edu or call 281.765.7711 for more information.

Stackable Credentials

Credits earned in the following certificates may be applied to this degree:

First Year

First Semester Courses 16 Credits
WLDG 1421 Welding Fundamentals 4
WLDG 1417 Introduction to Layout and Fabrication 4
WLDG 1428 Introduction to Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) 4
WLDG 1457 Intermediate Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) 4
Second Semester Courses 16 Credits
WLDG 1430 Intro to Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) 4
WLDG 2447 Advanced Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) 4
WLDG 1434 Intro to Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (TIG) 4
WLDG 2451 Advanced Gas Tungsten Arc Welding 4

Second Year

First Semester Courses 14 Credits
WLDG 1435 Introduction to Pipe Welding 4
WLDG 2453 Advanced Pipe Welding 4
ENGL 1301 Composition & Rhetoric I 3
MATH 1332 College Math for Liberal Arts 3
Second Semester Courses 14 Credits
COSC 1301 Introduction to Computers 3
Elective Social/Behavioral Sciences1 3
Elective Speech Elective2 3
Elective Creative Arts/Language, Philosophy & Culture1 3
WLDG 1291 Special Topics in Welder/Welding Technologist3 2
Welding Technology Specialization AAS Degree Program Total 60 Credits

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Career Options

Median wage: $42,2861

Representative career titles and job positions for this program plan include:

  • Maintenance Welder2
  • Welder/Fabricator or Welder2

Gainful Employment

The U.S. Department of Education requires colleges to disclose a variety of information for any financial aid eligible program that “prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation."


  1. Texas Wages and Employment Projections is brought to you by the Labor Market & Career Information (LMCI) Department of the Texas Workforce Commission. TexasWages.com
  2. Position titles vary by employer and location.


Figuring out how to pay for college is one of the toughest parts of earning a degree but attending LSC is an affordable option for most students. Tuition rates are based on residency and you can get an estimate of your costs by using our LSC Tuition & Fees chart.

Average full-time tuition is $862 per semester.

Financial Aid

Financial aid helps students and their families pay for college. There are several types of financial aid available to LSC students and financial aid packages may include more than one type of award.

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