Welding Technology: Structural - Associate of Applied Science

This hands-on program trains students in the skills needed to secure jobs in the local carbon steel industry. Welders join together metal parts and polish metal surfaces using specialized, heat-based tools. The parts they work on are used to build structures such as buildings, bridges and other vital infrastructure. The coursework covers major welding processes including Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW), Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW), Gas Metal Flux-Cored Arc Welding (FCAW) and more. Our instructors also teach students how to use welding safety gear, read blueprints and find a job in the field.

Advanced welding classes will focus on SMAW and GMAW welding skills along with fabrication techniques to prepare the graduate for testing and certification for local carbon steel shops. The Associate of Applied Science degree builds upon the skills learned in certificate welding courses through additional instruction in welding inspection, advanced project construction and general education classes.

The lab facility at the Springfield campus is certified by the American Welding Society (AWS).

Program At a Glance

For those who want to:

Create the framework for buildings and other structures
Work with their employers to customize studies
Learn to use specialized tools

Program Snapshot

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Out-of-district Tuition: Click Here
Credits: Not Available
Average Length: Not Available
Average Salary: Not Available

Possible Careers

Structural welder
Welding supervisor
Welding engineer
Welding inspector
Technical salesperson

*Costs are estimates and are subject to change. Please visit the tuition and fees details page for precise details or call 417-447-7500. Degree time/credits vary with students' enrollment and course completion. Graduation retention varies by case. For program enrollment, retention, exam/certification, and employment rates visit Student Outcomes/Student Right-to-Know. Salary information is provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Some careers on this list may require additional education and training. For program-specific accreditation visit OTC Accreditation.

Degree Requirements

credit hours
Program Required Courses
credit hours
General Education

For the full program requirements, see curriculum. For the full list of courses, see the catalog.

Program Details

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Program Contact

Danelle Maxwell
Industrial & Manufacturing Department Chair


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