Welding Technology, Associate of Applied Science
In Texas, industries and communities are growing, especially in the petrochemical areas. As construction rates rise, so does the demand for talented welders. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the need for welders is expected to grow by 26 percent by 2020.
Welding is a process for permanently joining metals together by use of an electric-arc to melt a filler-metal into the original metal to make the two pieces as one. Welding can include joining parts such as piping, structural steel, steel plates, pressure vessels, or even small parts; and it can be performed on carbon steel, stainless steel, aluminum, and many other metals. Welding takes the skill and talent of an artist, and that skill can be acquired through training and discipline.
A welder may also be required to cut, contour, and bevel metal plates and structural shapes into dimensions as specified by blueprints, work orders, and templates using torches, saws, shears, or other machine tools.
San Jacinto College offers one of the largest and best-equipped welding training facilities in the region, where students can explore many facets of welding technology and gain access to career paths from manufacturing and industry to inspection and management.
The San Jacinto College welding technology program:
- Has a curriculum designed to meet the needs of the welding industry;
- Provides instruction for all positions on carbon and stainless steel plate and pipe, using the following multiple processes: Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) “Stick,” Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) “MIG,” Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) “TIG,” and Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW) processes, plus Oxy-Fuels;
- Offers certificates and continuing education courses for students who want to go directly into the workforce; and
- Includes an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree with academic courses to make a well-rounded individual to meet the needs of industry and continued opportunities
Welder, Cutter, Solderer and Brazer
Overall: $47,876 per year ($23.02 hr)1
American Welding Society (AWS) Certification Wages
- Welder $20.38 hr2
- Pipe Welder $27.12 hr2
- Structural Welder $19.13 hr2
Source: texaswages.com, median salary Gulf Coast region, 2019
American Welding Society (AWS) Payscale Research, 2020
For more information, students may contact the following:
Central campus: 281-476-1814 or 281-478-2799
North campus: 281-998-6150, x7639
The growing demand for qualified welders has necessitated the availability of a curriculum designed to meet the needs of the welding industry. Students graduating from the program will be skillful and have a good understanding of the related and technical information associated with welding. Graduates should be qualified to pass the entry-level certification tests as required by industry. Students completing the program outlined below will earn credits leading to an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree.
The curriculum focuses on the introductory, advanced, and high-technology welding skills required in manufacturing, industry, and research.
No admission requirements.
Job entry requirements:
- Pass a drug test on a regular basis;
- Pass a criminal background check;1
- Some career paths require a TWIC Card; and
- Some career paths require a good driving record.
Requirements vary based on type of offense and years since the offense, or the requirements of the facility where the work is being performed.
Plan of Study
Central and North Campuses
|WLDG 1428||Introduction to Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW)||4|
|WLDG 1204||Fundamentals of Oxy-Fuel Welding and Cutting||2|
|WLDG 1413||Introduction to Blueprint Reading||4|
|MATH 1332 |
or MATH 1314
|Contemporary Mathematics (Quantitative Reasoning) (or higher) |
or College Algebra
|Language, Philosophy, and Culture (Humanities) or Creative Arts (Fine Arts)||3|
|WLDG 1434||Introduction to Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW)||4|
|WLDG 2443||Advanced Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW)||4|
|WLDG 2406||Intermediate Pipe Welding||4|
|ENGL 1301||Composition I||3|
|WLDG 1430||Introduction to Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW)||4|
|WLDG 2451||Advanced Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW)||4|
|WLDG 2453||Advanced Pipe Welding||4|
|WLDG 1305 |
or NDTE 1301
|Art Metals Welding and CNC Fabrication |
or Radiographic Film Interpretation of Weldments
|WLDG 1412||Introduction to Flux Cored Arc Welding||4|
|WLDG 2480 |
or WLDG 2413
|Cooperative Education Welding |
or Intermediate Welding Using Multiple Processes
|Social and Behavioral Sciences||3|