Welding Technology

Associate Degree


The Associate of Applied Science Degree in Welding Technology is a 6-semester program that combines the Academic Welding Fundamentals and Qualifications Certificates. As part of the 6-semester program, students will complete 15 credits of general education courses required by the state of South Carolina. Thanks to the addition of the general education requirements, welding students will achieve full-time status, which increases financial aid and scholarship opportunities. Welders who also hold an Associate degree are more qualified to advance into higher roles within the industry.

Students will study the following processes:

  • SMAW (Stick Welding)
  • GMAW (MIG Welding)
  • FCAW (Flux Core Welding)
  • GTAW (TIG Welding)
  • OFC (Oxy-Fuel Torch Cutting)
  • PAC (Plasma Cutting)
  • CAC-A (Arc Gouging)
  • OSHA 10 Safety Certification
  • Blueprint Reading
  • Welding Quality Control
  • Advanced SMAW (Open Root plate and pipe)
  • Advanced GMAW (Spray Transfer)
  • Advanced GTAW (Open Root plate and pipe)
  • Advanced Blueprint Reading (pipe assembly and fabrication design)
  • Welding Fabrication
  • Advanced Pipe Welding (Combo Pipe Welding and Stainless Steel)
  • Maintenance Welding Techniques and Applications
  • Weld Testing (NDE, Destructive Testing, and Certifications)
  • Professional Communication
  • Basic Computer Skills

How to Enroll

To pursue this degree, you must apply to MTC using our online application.

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On-Campus Traditional. Classes meet on campus.
Virtual 100% online. Meets with a live instructor and classmates on specific days, at specific times. Uses web conferencing software, like Zoom.
Hybrid Some classes on campus. Some classes online or virtual.
Online 100% online. Due dates for projects and assignments. Self-paced work on your time.
Semester Course ID Course Title Classroom Online Hybrid Virtual Credits
Semester 1
(12 Credit Hours)
WLD-111 Arc Welding I

Arc Welding I

ID: WLD-111

Credit Hours: 4

This course covers the safety, equipment, and skills used in the shielded mental arc welding process. Fillet welds are made to visual criteria in several positions.

WLD-202 Cutting Fundamentals

Cutting Fundamentals

ID: WLD-202

Credit Hours: 2

This course covers cutting processes to include: Oxy-Fuel, CAC-A, Plasma, and Mechanical.

WLD-102 Introduction to Welding

Introduction to Welding

ID: WLD-102

Credit Hours: 2

This course covers the principles of welding, cutting, and basic procedures for safety in using welding equipment.

CPT-101 Introduction to Computers

Introduction to Computers

ID: CPT-101

Credit Hours: 3

This course covers basic computer history, theory and applications, including word processing, spreadsheets, data bases, and the operating system.

COL-101 College Orientation

College Orientation

ID: COL-101

Credit Hours: 1

This course may include selected topics such as career planning, study skills, stress management, tutoring, group guidance, and other subjects to facilitate student success.

Semester 2
(12 Credit Hours)
WLD-109 Gas Metal Arc Welding 2

Gas Metal Arc Welding 2

ID: WLD-109

Credit Hours: 3

This course covers all position welding and advanced techniques for welding ferrous and non-ferrous metals.

WLD-115 Arc Welding 3

Arc Welding 3

ID: WLD-115

Credit Hours: 4

This course covers the techniques used in preparation for structural plate testing according to appropriate standards.

WLD-103 Print Reading I

Print Reading I

ID: WLD-103

Credit Hours: 1

This is a basic course which includes the fundamentals of print reading, the meaning of lines, views, dimensions, notes, specifications, and structural shapes. Welding symbols and assembly drawings as used in fabrication work are also covered.

WLD-110 Welding Safety and Health

Welding Safety and Health

ID: WLD-110

Credit Hours: 1

This course is an introduction to safety and health hazards associated with welding and related processes.

ENG-160 Technical Communications

Technical Communications

ID: ENG-160

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a study of various technical communications such as definitions, processes, instructions, descriptions, and technical reports.

Semester 3
(7 Credit Hours)
WLD-120 Flux Cored Arc Welding 1

Flux Cored Arc Welding 1

ID: WLD-120

Credit Hours: 4

This course covers the equipment set-up and fundamental techniques for flux cored arc welding.

WLD-134 Inert Gas Welding Non-Ferrous

Inert Gas Welding Non-Ferrous

ID: WLD-134

Credit Hours: 3

This course covers fundamentals techniques for welding non-ferrous mentals.

Semester 4
(12 Credit Hours)
HIS-202 American History: 1877 to Present

American History: 1877 to Present

ID: HIS-202

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a survey of u.s. history from 1877 to the present. This course includes political, social, economic, and intellectual developments during this period.

PSY-201 General Psychology

General Psychology

ID: PSY-201

Credit Hours: 3

This course includes the following topics and concepts in the science of behavior: scientific method, biological bases for behavior, perception, motivation, learning memory, development, personality, abnormal behavior, therapeutic techniques, and social psychology.

WLD-154 Pipe Fitting and Weldling

Pipe Fitting and Weldling

ID: WLD-154

Credit Hours: 4

This is a basic course in fitting and welding pipe joints, either ferrous or non-ferrous, using standard processes.

WLD-136 Advanced Inert Gas Welding

Advanced Inert Gas Welding

ID: WLD-136

Credit Hours: 2

This course covers the techniques for all positions of welding ferrous and non-ferrous mentals.

Semester 5
(12 Credit Hours)
WLD-228 Inert Gas Welding Pipe 1

Inert Gas Welding Pipe 1

ID: WLD-228

Credit Hours: 4

This course covers the techniques used in gas tungsten arc welding of groove welds on ferrous pipe.

WLD-142 Maintenance Welding

Maintenance Welding

ID: WLD-142

Credit Hours: 3

This course covers gas and arc welding processes used in maintenance shops.

WLD-105 Print Reading II

Print Reading II

ID: WLD-105

Credit Hours: 1

This course includes print reading, including welding symbols and their applications to pipe fabrication. Basic sketching of piping symbols, single line and double line pipe drawings, material estimating, template layout and how templates are used in pipe layouts are included.

WLD-140 Weld Testing

Weld Testing

ID: WLD-140

Credit Hours: 1

This is an introductory course in destructive and non-destructive testing of welded joints.

MAT-170 Algebra, Geometry and Trigonometry I

Algebra, Geometry and Trigonometry I

ID: MAT-170

Credit Hours: 3

This course includes the following topics: elementary algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and applications.

Semester 6
(7 Credit Hours)
WLD-170 Qualification Welding

Qualification Welding

ID: WLD-170

Credit Hours: 4

This course covers the procedures and practices used in taking welder qualification tests.

WLD-160 Fabrication Welding

Fabrication Welding

ID: WLD-160

Credit Hours: 3

This course covers the layout and fabrication procedures as they pertain to sheet metal and structural steel shapes. The course will also include shop safety and hand and power tools.

  Total Credit Hours 62
  Estimated Cost
Financial Aid
Not including fees and equipment



Welder for manufacturing, construction, automotive, and general maintenance.

Projected Job Growth


Average Annual Salary

According to EMSI data as of 2018

Where Can I Work?

  • Construction Companies
  • Manufacturing Plants
  • Fabrication Companies

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