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Area of Study: Design, Manufacturing, Construction, and Applied Technologies
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Design, Manufacturing, Construction, and Applied Technologies
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Welding Technology

Learn to shape the world around us

Whether it’s joining the beams in a high-rise building, repairing pipelines, or analyzing damaged structures, welders perform a critical task we rely on every day. Austin Community College’s Welding Technology Program prepares you to work in a variety of settings. Students receive hands-on training in a variety of welding techniques, including oxy/fuel, shielded metal arc, gas tungsten arc, gas metal arc, and flux-core arc. Tracks are offered in pipe welding, inspection, ultrahigh purity piping, metalsmithing, coppersmithing, and art metals.

Skills You Gain

Students build expertise in blueprint interpretation, layout and fabrication, plate and pipe welding, ultrasonic testing, and welding inspection (including preparation for the Certified Welding Inspector Exam).

Graduates are employed in a wide range of organizations in fields such as construction, engineering, infrastructure, semiconductor, metallurgy, oil and gas, and industrial inspection, not to mention local specialty manufacturing, welding, and machine shops. 

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Job Titles & Career Information

Reinforcing Iron and Rebar Workers
16.06 Hourly Wage 451 Currently Employed
Position and secure steel bars or mesh in concrete forms in order to reinforce concrete. Use a variety of fasteners, rod-bending machines, blowtorches, and hand tools. Includes rod busters.
451 Reinforcing Iron and Rebar Workers are employed. This number is expected to increase by 9.53 % over the next four years.
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Sheet Metal Workers
18.33 Hourly Wage 972 Currently Employed
Fabricate, assemble, install, and repair sheet metal products and equipment, such as ducts, control boxes, drainpipes, and furnace casings. Work may involve any of the following: setting up and operating fabricating machines to cut, bend, and straighten sheet metal; shaping metal over anvils, blocks, or forms using hammer; operating soldering and welding equipment to join sheet metal parts; or inspecting, assembling, and smoothing seams and joints of burred surfaces. Includes sheet metal duct installers who install prefabricated sheet metal ducts used for heating, air conditioning, or other purposes.
972 Sheet Metal Workers are employed. This number is expected to increase by 6.38 % over the next four years.
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Structural Iron and Steel Workers
16.85 Hourly Wage 417 Currently Employed
Raise, place, and unite iron or steel girders, columns, and other structural members to form completed structures or structural frameworks. May erect metal storage tanks and assemble prefabricated metal buildings.
417 Structural Iron and Steel Workers are employed. This number is expected to increase by 6 % over the next four years.
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Welders, Cutters, and Welder Fitters
16.65 Hourly Wage 1943 Currently Employed
Use hand-welding or flame-cutting equipment to weld or join metal components or to fill holes, indentations, or seams of fabricated metal products.
1943 Welders, Cutters, and Welder Fitters are employed. This number is expected to increase by 6.23 % over the next four years.
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Solderers and Brazers
16.65 Hourly Wage 1943 Currently Employed
Braze or solder together components to assemble fabricated metal parts, using soldering iron, torch, or welding machine and flux.
1943 Solderers and Brazers are employed. This number is expected to increase by 6.23 % over the next four years.
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Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders
16.53 Hourly Wage 110 Currently Employed
Set up, operate, or tend welding, soldering, or brazing machines or robots that weld, braze, solder, or heat treat metal products, components, or assemblies. Includes workers who operate laser cutters or laser-beam machines.
110 Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders are employed. This number is expected to remain steady with job change around 0 % over the next four years.
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Pipe Fitters and Steamfitters
21.26 Hourly Wage 3263 Currently Employed
Lay out, assemble, install, or maintain pipe systems, pipe supports, or related hydraulic or pneumatic equipment for steam, hot water, heating, cooling, lubricating, sprinkling, or industrial production or processing systems.
3263 Pipe Fitters and Steamfitters are employed. This number is expected to increase by 7.66 % over the next four years.
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Data analysis of traditional and real-time labor market information (LMI) provided in collaboration with Emsi (Economic Modeling Specialists International), a CareerBuilder company.

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Program Maps

View the program maps below to see the sequence of courses needed to complete your chosen degree or certificate in this program.

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Awards in this Program


Associate of Applied Science

Welding Tech- Code Welding
Welding Technology- Welding Inspection Specialization
Welding- Architectural & Ornamental Metals: Blacksmithing
Welding- Architectural & Ornamental Metals: Metal Sculpture


Certificate Level 1

Arch & Ornamental Metals: Blacksmithing Level I Welding Tech
Architectural and Ornamental Metals:metal Sculpture Welding
Inspection Welding Technology
Pipe Welding Welding Technology
Structural Welding Welding Technology
Ultrahigh Purity Piping Welding Technology


Occupational Skills Award

Inert Gas Welding Occupational Skills Award
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