Led by American Welding Society certified instructors, the Welding Technology program provides interactive, hands-on instruction on state-of-the-art welding techniques. Real-life experience and working conditions emphasize industrial welding knowledge and skills for entry-level welding processes and automated welding.
Welding Technology offers a technical certificate and associate of applied science degree option. High school seniors and juniors are also eligible to apply to this program.
The technical certificate is a one year program. The technical certificate emphasizes industrial welding knowledge and skills for entry-level welding processes in SMAW Shielded Metal Arc Welding, GMAW Gas Metal Arc Welding, GTAW Gas Tungsten Arc Welding, and FCAW Flux Cored Arc Welding, with an emphasis in structural steel welding. Graduates seeking to continue their education can transfer certificate courses to the Welding Technology AAS degree program.
The associate of applied science degree, with a major in Welding Technology, is a two-year program that contains technical and general education courses. The AAS degree option focuses on the advanced technical knowledge and skills for power plant and refinery construction/repair and on entry-level automated welding.
Opportunities in the welding field are endless and can be extremely rewarding – and because it is widely used in construction, manufacturing, and many other industries, employers have a constant need for skilled welders. Because of its strength, welding is used in shipbuilding, automobile manufacturing and repair, aerospace applications, and thousands of other manufacturing activities. Welding also is used to join beams when constructing buildings, bridges, and other structures, and to join pipes in pipelines, power plants, and refineries. Other applications include the manufacturing of small electronic devices, medical components, and nanotechnology – the latest development to revolutionize the world of materials.
Career opportunities include:
Harlan began at FHTC in 2012 as an adjunct welding instructor and became a full-time instructor in 2015. Prior to that, he worked for Sauder Custom Fabrication for 40 years and was also a member of the Army Reserve for 29 years. Harlan is a Certified Welding Educator and holds Associate Welding Inspector certificates from the American Welding Society.
Brice, a graduate of the Welding Technology program, began as a full-time instructor at FHTC in 2019 having previously served as an adjunct. His prior work history includes working as a welder/fabricator for Mitchell Markowitz Construction. Brice is also a member of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves.
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