General Technology - Welding (A.A.S.)


Students in the A.A.S. program learn to weld in the four main positions: flat, vertical, horizontal and overhead on both structured steel and pipe.

Students are required to meet quality standards through practical weld tests as specified by the American Welding Society and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Codes and Requirements. These tests ensure that graduates can perform quality work before they go on the job. These skills facilitate the student’s entry into the job market, and completing an associate degree can lead to job advancement.

Required Courses

Day or Evening Program

ENG 101 English Composition I 3.0
  or ENG 165 Professional Communications  
  Mathematical Requirement 3.0
  (MAT 155, MAT 170, MAT 171 or approved Math Courses)  
  Social/Behavioral Science Elective 3.0
  Lab Science or Mathematics 3.0
  Humanities/Fine Arts 3.0
Subtotal   15.0
WLD 102 Introduction to Welding 2.0
WLD 103 Print Reading I 1.0
WLD 105 Print Reading II 1.0
WLD 108 Gas Metal Welding I 4.0
WLD 113 Arc Welding II 4.0
WLD 115 Arc Welding III 4.0
WLD 136 Advanced Inert Gas Welding 2.0
WLD 142 Maintenance Welding 3.0
Subtotal   21.0
MTT 120 Machine Tool Print Reading 3.0
MTT 121 Machine Tool Theory I 3.0
MTT 122 Machine Tool Practice I 4.0
MTT 143 Precision Measurement 2.0
Subtotal   12.0
WLD 117 Specialized Arc Welding 4.0
WLD 132 Inert Gas Weld Ferrous 4.0
WLD 154 Pipefitting and Welding 4.0
WLD 208 Advanced Pipe Welding 3.0
WLD 229 Inert Gas Welding Pipe II 2.0
Subtotal   17.0
Total Credit Hours 65.0
ELECTIVES (Minimum of 12 credit hours)  
Students may use credits in this section to develop a third technical specialty or to enhance the primary and secondary specialties.  

*Students should use the remaining welding courses for their 12 hours of electives.

Updated 3/5/2020

Advisement Information

Program notes

Students may begin this program in any semester and may attend part-time or full-time.  

Developmental English and math courses should not conflict with welding courses and do not have to be completed before welding classes are attempted. These classes should be scheduled when other students are taking General Education courses.

Notes about individual classes

ENG 165 can fulfill the English requirement for this program.  Students will follow this progression, with their starting point being determined by their placement test scores:  ENG 032/012 and/or RDG 032/012 (or RWR 032/012) > ENG 100 and/or RDG 100 (or RWR 100) > ENG 165.  ENG 101 can be substituted for ENG 165, and ENG 101 is more likely to transfer to a four-year institution.

MAT 170 can fulfill the mathematical requirement for this program.  Students will follow this progression, with their starting point being determined by their placement test scores:  MAT 032/012 > MAT 170.

WLD courses are offered during days and evenings.

Students who work alternating shifts are encouraged to enroll in the certificate program and to rotate between day and evening classes to fit his/her work schedule.

Students should be prepared to purchase first semester welding supplies costing approximately $226.60. Supplies for each additional semester of welding will cost approximately $150.

Graduation Plans

Semester-by-Semester Graduation Plan

  • To obtain a semester-by-semester graduation plan for this major, please contact the Program Director, Jim Ladd.

Enrollment advisor: Please attempt to make contact with welding faculty during the advisement process.  However, registration may be completed in the New Student Advising, Veterans’ Center or at any county campus.

You can find the name of your assigned academic advisor by reviewing Degree Works or your Class Schedule.  To learn more about advising visit the Advising webpage.

You may contact Jim Ladd or Tony Amos (at the Center for Advanced Manufacturing in Laurens) for information about this program.

Please email if this Advising Guide needs to be corrected or updated.

Advisement Information updated/reviewed 4/2020