Welding Technology

For More Information Contact:

Bob Leingang
Welding Instructor, AWS Welding Inspector
Email: bleingang@uttc.edu


Sheridan McNeil
Career & Technical Education Director
Email: smcneil@uttc.edu

The Welding Technology program is committed to training students to become the best welders they can be. The field of welding continues to evolve with significant advances in technology. In our state-of-the-art welding shop, students begin by using our Virtual Reality VRTEX 360 Simulators.

With the use of the VRTEX 360’s we will be able to train skilled welders faster as well as recruit the next generation of welders. With the use of the VRTEX 360 simulators, students will learn proper body positions, gun and rod angles, travel speeds, gun and rod positions, and overall welding techniques. The VRTEX 3690 Virtual Reality systems make it possible to learn how to weld in an eco-friendly manner.

When students are ready, they will go into our state-of-the-art welding shop and weld on their own using a live welder. Students will learn to utilize safe working techniques and practices. Students will also be trained to recognize and understand welding symbols and read blueprints. Welding has become a dominant force in virtually every aspect of life, and with the continued advances the industry is experiencing, welding will provide endless opportunities for those on the cutting edge. Upon successful completion of the Welding Program students may be eligible to become AWS Certified.

A welding student at UTTC gets hands on training

Industry Expectations 
Due to the stringent safety requirements and rigorous physical demands of operating specific tools, equipment, and machinery, students participating in the UTTC Heavy Equipment Operations, Welding, and Automotive Technology programs must meet certain physical requirements. The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by any employee in specific industries to successfully perform the essential functions of the training and industry jobs. Reasonable accommodations may be requested by individuals with disabilities. The Disabilities Services Coordinator will determine, on a case-by-case basis, if the accommodation requested is reasonable. 

1. The employee is regularly required to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble large and very small objects or controls. 
2. The employee is frequently required to stand; walk; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, and crouch, or crawl. 
3. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 50 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 100+ pounds with assistance. 

Program Outcomes

The graduates of the Welding Technology program will be able to:

  1. Practice industry standard safety procedures
  2. Perform welds to industry standards
  3. Communicate with effective welding terminology

Job Projections

For possible career opportunities for this program, click here.


Welding Technology Certificate Plan

Core Courses (25 Credits)

  • WLD 135 2cr. Basic Metallurgy
  • WLD 151 3cr. Welding Theory I
  • WLD 152 3cr. Welding Theory II
  • WLD 153 5cr. Welding Lab I
  • WLD 154 5cr. Welding Lab II
  • WLD 155 3cr. Blueprint Symbols for Welders
  • WLD 165 3cr. Blueprint Reading for Welders
  • WLD 199 1cr. Welding Test Lab


Course Offerings

Course Code Course Description Credits
Fall Offerings
WLD 135 Basic Metallurgy 2
WLD 151 Welding Theory I 3
WLD 153 Welding Lab I 5
GPE 101 First Aid/CPR 1
GPE 104 OSHA 10 Safety 1
Spring Offerings
WLD 152 Welding Theory II 3
WLD 154 Welding Lab II 5
WLD 155 Blueprint Symbols for Welders 3
WLD 165 Blueprint Reading for Welders 3
GPE 104 OL OSHA 10 1

UTTC AWS Accredited Test Facility

Welding is a dominant force in virtually every aspect of life, and the welding industry provides opportunities for a sustained, well-paying career all over the country! Learn from the best & be the best at UTTC. The state of the art American Welding Society Accredited Test Facility is the only one in our region. The AWS welding tests are open to anyone with a talent for welding. Become an AWS certified welder to have portable credentials that validate your skills in a high demand industry. 

*Please note these fees & registration are for the UTTC AWS Testing, not for the UTTC Welding Program.