Welding Technician | Western Technical College

Welding Technician

Technical Diploma

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Are you ready to spark up a career in welding? In our one-term Welding Technician program, you'll master the core techniques and applications that make welding such an exciting field. Get hands-on experience with SMAW, Wirefeed, Tig, and Oxy-fuel welding. Plus, you'll become a pro at reading blueprints and fabrication-skills that are in high demand in today's industries.

This technical diploma is just the beginning! It's fully embedded within our comprehensive 2-term Welding and Fabrication technical diploma program. So, if you find that you love the heat, sparks, and satisfaction of welding, you can easily take your skills to the next level.

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Estimated Program Costs

Estimated Program Cost

Welding Technician

This program will cost about $2,462* based on tuition and basic program fees. There may be additional fees for books, materials, and testing. For more information on tuition costs, view the Tuition page or Cost of Attendance document.

* Tuition and fees are subject to change.

Graduation Employment Stats

Graduation Employment Stats

Western conducts a follow-up survey of all grads six months after graduation to find out if they are employed in a job related to their program, how much they are making, and where they are employed.

Survey information is not currently available for this program. Please contact an Admissions Coach or call 606-785-9200 for more information.

Career Opportunities

Production Welder
Fabrication Welder
MIG/TIG Welder
Metal Fabricator
Pipe Welder

Program Outcomes

  • Living responsibly
  • Refining professionalism
  • Cultivating passion
  • Demonstrate industry recognized safety practices
  • Form materials to detailed drawings
  • Cut materials to detailed drawings
  • Join materials to detailed drawings
  • Layout components/assemblies
  • Inspect product

Admission Requirements

College Requirements

$30 Application Fee

Software and Technology

Most of Western’s classes require the use of a personal computer or laptop, standard software, internet access, and other technology-related items.

If you do not have a personal computer or laptop, or if the one you have does not meet the following criteria, resources may be available. Submit a Student Resource Request using our online form.

Computer/Laptop Hardware

  • Smartphones are not recommended for completing assignments.
  • Chromebooks are not recommended due to issues with installing software that is needed for classes, such as Office 365.
  • Web camera with microphone (usually built into newer laptops or can be purchased separately) is necessary for online participation.

Software Needs

For detailed specifications, please review Technology and Software Recommendations for Most Classes on Western’s IT Knowledgebase.

Campus Resources

Need Assistance?

  • Contact the Learning Commons! The staff are happy to answer questions, provide individualized assistance, and direct you to other supports as needed.

Career Pathways

This program is part of a career pathway, a laddered approach to career education. It allows you to earn employer-recognized credentials that lead to job and career advancement.

Welding Technician

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