Dec 09, 2023  
2019-2020 SLCC General Catalog 

Welding Fabrication & Inspection: AAS (CTE)

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Associate of Applied Science | 66 credits minimum

Apprenticeship and Construction Related Technology Division
Taylorsville Redwood Campus
General Information
Program Information 801-957-4096
Program Website
Academic and Career Advising

Program Faculty
Associate Professor - Steve Ford
Assistant Professors - Frank Buckler

Program Description
Degree seeking students will receive a foundation of industry practices, welding theory, and knowledge of metal alloys and metallurgy processes. Graduates from the program will be competent in layout, fabrication, inspection, fitting, cutting and forming metals, and determining electrodes/wire and filler metals required by industry. Students will have the opportunity to learn techniques for certification testing, competent blueprint interpretation, and written procedures required by industry. Welders desiring to improve their position by upgrading their skills in specific welding processes or applications; or welders desiring instruction certification, fabrication, or inspection are encouraged to enroll in the program.

The welding program at SLCC also provides training in a variety of welding processes and joint designs. This includes:

OAW - all position oxyacetylene welding, cutting
PAC - Plasma Arc Cutting
SMAW - stick welding, all positions, plate and pipe
CAC - Carbon Arc Cutting
GMAW - all position short circuiting transfer and spray transfer techniques
GTAW - all position welding ferrous and non-ferrous metals
FCAW - flux cored arc welding
SAW - submerged arc welding
Blueprint reading, fabrication and layout
Operation of shears, rolls, drills and brakes

Career Opportunities
Right now, there is a need for 2,200 welders in Utah, and a need for 200,000 across the nation. There are 5 open jobs to every candidate in welding. SLCC’s welding students are many times offered a welding position before they finish the program.

SLCC welding graduates will be prepared to find careers such as:

  • Fabricator/Welder: $16.00 - $24.00/hr
  • Pipe Welders: $20.00-$30.00/hr

Employers will test graduates’ skills to determine their employability skills. Due to the shortage of skilled welders, opportunities for overtime are common.

Transfer/Articulation Information
Students who earn an AAS degree in Welding have the option to transfer into the Technology Management Bachelor Degree at Utah Valley University. UVU will accept up to 45 technical credits towards this degree.

Estimated Cost for Students
Tuition and student fees:
Supplies & personal protective equipment: Ranges from $500 to $800
In addition to tuition and fees, students will pay a lab fee for welding labs. This fee is based on materials, consumables, and supplies required for the particular lab.

Estimated Time to Completion
If students follow suggested sample schedule, completion time is four semesters.

Program Entry Requirements
Good eyesight, good eye-hand coordination, physical condition and basic reading and math skills are required for success in this program. Students may start this program during the Fall or Spring semester. For information on getting started, please visit

Program Student Learning Outcomes Related College-Wide Student Learning Outcomes
  1 - Acquire Substantive Knowledge
2 - Communicate Effectively
3 - Develop Quantitative Literacy
4 - Think Critically and Creatively
5 - Civic Engagement
6 - Work Professionally and Constructively
7 - Develop Computer and Information Literacy

Demonstrate knowledge to pass a practical examination such as AWS code book, AWS publications, API code, ASME code.

1, 2, 3, 4, 6

Demonstrate the ability to comprehend basic welding techniques, fabrication through interpretation of blue prints, spec. orders, material orders, best practices related to principals, policies and procedures in the welding industry.

1, 2, 3, 4, 6

Demonstrate effective oral communication skills in a presentation in the theory welding area.

1, 2, 3, 4, 6

Demonstrate effective oral communication with proper welding terminology, acronyms, and personal communications.

1, 2, 3, 4, 6

Apply reasoning and interpret information represented on data, graphs, and/or tables.

1, 2, 3, 4, 6

Apply welding knowledge to effectively utilize  problem solving skills as it relates to the operation of equipment in the industry

1, 2, 3, 4, 6

Demonstrate the ability to identify, analyze, and synthesize relevant data from multiple information sources in order to develop acceptable conclusions.

1, 2, 3, 4, 6

Engage and interact as a team in a learning environment to develop skills which relate welding industry standards.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

General Education Requirements

Core Skills

Composition (EN) 1 course

Communication (CM) 1 course

Human Relations (HR) 1 course

Distribution Areas

Choose 1 course from 1 of the following Distribution Areas


PHYS 1010 - Elementary Physics (PS)  fulfills both General Education Distribution and Major Course Requirements. FA 1080 - Basic Metal Sculpting (FA)  fulfills General Education Distribution Area Requirement.

Advising Notes

Students will need basic reading and math skills. Students who need to take preparatory classes to meet the requirements of the first semester courses should plan on extra time to complete the program.

It is the students’ responsibility to understand the requirements for their chosen program of study and to examine each course description for details about the prerequisite classes. It is highly recommended that each student meet with the Program Advisor prior to starting this program. The Program Advisor may be reached in Academic and Career Advising.

All students enrolled in the program are encouraged to participate in SkillsUSA. This program is designed to promote leadership, communication, social, and employability skills. For more information see:

Cooperative Education
It is possible to earn some laboratory credit through cooperative education. With prior approval of a faculty member and/or CO-OP coordinator, students may register for the CO-OP course.

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