Associate Applied Science
Welding and Fabricating Technology
Any industry that creates goods and structures from metal will rely on skilled welders to create strong products, whether in aerospace, automotive, or construction fields. Turning ideas and materials into valuable products takes highly skilled employees who are trained in such specialized areas as welding technology. Bellingham Technical College’s degrees and certificates in the Welding Technology Program are ideal for students with mechanical aptitude or a strong foundation in math, science, and technology.
Prepare for your welding career through BTC’s Welding Technology Program. You will get premier job training for skills in high demand by the metal and construction trades for work as a welder, cutter, or welding machine operator. Students choose to specialize in one of two areas: structural steel fabrication or pipe welding.
In our state-of-the-art welding and fabrication facility, you’ll learn valuable skills that high-wage employers are looking for. From safety practices and blueprint reading to technical skills like metallurgy, MIG, and TIG welding, BTC’s hands-on job training will prepare you for a career in boat manufacturing, steel manufacturing, refining, and transportation, or with federal, state, or local governments.
When you successfully complete BTC’s Welding Technology Program, you will be fully prepared to:
• Observe and practice welding industry safety guidelines.
• Analyze and interpret prints, drawings, and symbols for welding and fabrication of parts and structures.
• Achieve competency in a variety of major manual and semi-automatic welding processes in all positions.
• Demonstrate proper set-up and use of welding and fabricating equipment.
• Troubleshoot and solve basic welding, fabricating, and equipment problems.
• Pass at least one WABO certification or industry-accepted certification welding test (ASME, AWS, ABS, etc.).
• Exhibit knowledge of occupational environments, metallurgy, materials, tools, fabrication, layout, and mechanical and thermal cutting processes and techniques.
• Demonstrate appropriate oral and written communication with customers, co-workers, and supervisors.
• Use efficient organizational skills.
• Stay current with new and emerging technologies in welding.
Associate Degree Program & Transfer Opportunities
To follow your path to a career in welding technology, choose from the following associate degree programs and transfer opportunities to go on for a bachelor’s degree:
• Associate of Applied Science-Transfer (AAS-T) degree: This two-year technical degree prepares you to either go directly into the welding or fabricating field or choose to transfer to a specific program at a four-year college or university.
• AAS - Structural Steel degree or AAS - Pipe Track degree: This two-year degree allows you to go directly to work in the field of welding, fabricating, or other specialized areas.
BTC students also may choose to complete a certificate program in Basic Welding. Certificates are shorter programs that can improve your skills in occupational fields and may qualify you for a higher salary.
Welding Technology Jobs & Employment
Employment opportunities for welders are expected to increase. Employment opportunities for welders, cutters, and welding machine operators differ by occupational specialty. But up-to-date job training will lead to good employment opportunities, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
About 79% of BTC students in the Welding Technology Program are employed within nine months of graduation. The average annual wage in this field is $48,737, with an earning potential of about $58,105 per year.
While at BTC, you can be active in the Student Chapter of the American Welding Society (AWS) to begin networking and interacting with professionals in the welding and fabricating fields.
79% BTC graduate placement rate
$37,783 starting annual wage
$48,737 average annual wage
$58,105 potential annual wage
Employment and wage data sources
Student Chapter of the American Welding Society (AWS)