Welding Technology

This program has Fast Track Career options that let you skill up with an in-demand career certificate that employers are looking for. See awards below for Fast Track options.

Whether you want to create sculptures or repair pipelines, Austin Community College’s Welding Technology Program can help. You’ll master a variety of techniques including shielded metal arc welding, gas tungsten arc welding, gas metal arc welding, and flux-cored arc welding. This program provides hands-on training in blueprint interpreting, fabrication, ultrasonic testing, welding inspection, and more.

Pride Points

Fast-track options

In-demand field

Faculty with real-world experience

Career & Salary Information

Demand for metal workers is growing quickly. After studying at ACC, you could find work in fields like construction, engineering, oil and gas, manufacturing, and industrial inspection. Below are some careers to consider.

Click each title to learn more about important career information such as employment rates, and average salary in our region.

  • Pipe Fitters and Steamfitters

    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.


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  • Sheet Metal Workers

    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.


    Hourly Wage: $


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  • Solderers and Brazers

    Braze or solder together components to assemble fabricated metal parts, using soldering iron, torch, or welding machine and flux.


    Hourly Wage: $


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  • Structural Iron and Steel Workers

    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.


    Hourly Wage: $


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  • Welders, Cutters, and Welder Fitters

    Use hand-welding or flame-cutting equipment to weld or join metal components or to fill holes, indentations, or seams of fabricated metal products.


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  • Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

    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.


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Awards & Program Maps

 

Choose the Award Path That’s Right for You

ACC offers stackable credentials. Certificates prepare you for a career change or career advancement and often include credits that count toward associate degrees. Associate degrees further increase your employability and help you build a strong foundation for university transfer. Learn more.

Explore awards in this program and follow program maps to stay on track:

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Architectural and Ornamental Metals: Blacksmithing Specialization
Architectural and Ornamental Metals: Metal Sculpture Specialization
Code Welding
Welding Inspection Specialization

Certificate Level 1

Architectural and Ornamental Metals: Blacksmithing Level 1
Architectural and Ornamental Metals: Metal Sculpture Level 1
Pipe Welding Level 1
Structural Welding Level 1
Ultrahigh Purity Piping Level 1
Welding Inspection Level 1

Occupational Skills Award

Inert Gas Welding