Welding Technology

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This program allows students the opportunity to learn entry-level welding skills. Upon completion of the second year they will have the opportunity to earn (through AWS Module Exams passed at a minimum of 75%) an American Welding Society (AWS) SENSE Level I – Entry-Level Welder Certification, as well as up to two AWS D1.1 Structural Code Certifications. 

Units of study include Blueprint reading, Thermal cutting which include Oxy-fuel, Plasma and Air Carbon Arc Gouging, SMAW - Shielded Metal Arc Welding (Stick/Arc), GMAW - Gas Metal Arc Welding (MIG), GTAW - Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (TIG), FCAW – Flux Cored Arc Welding, Basic CAD programming for CNC Plasma table, welding with engine driven welding machines, Confined Space training, Tube and Pipe bending, and Basic Pipe Fitting experience. 


  • Demonstrate proper use of welding hand tools and powered equipment tools
  • All position Overlapping beads using the SMAW, GMAW and FCAW processes
  • All position Fillet welds using the SMAW, GMAW, FCAW and GTAW processes
  • All position Groove welds using the SMAW, GMAW, FCAW and GTAW processes
  • Thermal cutting; including Oxy-fuel, Plasma Arc and Air Carbon Arc Gouging
  • Reading and drawing shop/blueprints
  • Bidding and estimating projects
  • Building specialty/custom customer repair and projects
  • Basic Pipe Fitting experience


  • Hand and Track Oxy-fuel torches
  • Hypertherm Plasma Cutting Machines
  • Precision TIG 225 -- Stick and Tig Welding Machine
  • Power MIG 256 – Mig/Flux Cored Welding Machine
  • “Red Face” SA-200 Pipeliner Welding Machine
  • Baileigh 50 ton Iron Worker Shear/Punch


The Welding Technology program is designed to be as close to the “real world” as possible. This means that after a student completes the program that they will have the opportunity to earn two AWS D1.1 Structural Code Certifications (using the SMAW and FCAW Processes), AWS SENSE Level I –Entry-Level Welder Certification, OSHA 10 Hour Safety Certification. The goal for having a student earn these certifications is so that they are “job ready” upon graduation. 


Once you graduate you may believe that the education process stops. This is not correct; throughout the rest of your life you should strive to continue learning something every day. A few options upon graduation that you will explore, through a school visit or a representative visiting NRTC, are: 


An NRTC Welding Technology 2nd year graduate should be able to obtain an entry-level welding job at any fabrication shop in the area. Here are a few options for employment that students have available to them upon graduation. 

  • Entry-level Welding Position -- $9 – $15 per hour - $18,000 - $30,000 per year
  • Self-employed Welding/Fabrication Business – $15 - $45 per hour – $30,000 – $90,000 per year
  • Iron Worker* - $50,000 per year+
  • Boilermaker* - $55,000 per year+
  • Pipefitter* - $60,000 per year+
  • Welding Inspector - $75,000 + per year

* - requires 3-5 year apprenticeship

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