Associate of Science in Welding Technology (AS)

Division: Industry & Technology

This degree prepares students for entry-level employment in the field of Welding through the study of fabrication, metal transfer and the use of different shielding gases. Students will acquire skills in metallurgy, blueprint design and creation, multi-position metal transfer, well-joint design and application, and basic material science.

Program Outcomes

  • Adjust, operate and troubleshoot shielded metal arc welding, gas welding, gas tungsten arc welding, oxyfuel welding and cutting apparatuses to industry standards.
  • Choose the correct joint prep process for the weld metal joints and complete that joint prep to industry standards.
  • Perform groove, lap, fillet and seam welds using SMAW, GTAW and OFW apparatuses to industry standards.
  • Produce simple effective orthographic drawings used for cutting, fit-up and welding of metal weldments. These drawings shall include the use of the American Welding Society welding symbols. All drawings shall be done to industry standards.

Career Opportunities

Upon successful completion of this degree, students will be prepared for careers or employment in the following fields: industrial arts, agriculture technology, agriculture systems and fabrication.


This degree is not designed for transfer; however, the courses included in this degree may be transferable and apply to other degrees designed for transfer.

College of the Sequoias' Associate Degree General Education (COS-GE)
AGTC 210Ag Project Construction3
or WELD 276 Metal Fabrication
WELD 161Oxyacetylene Welding4
WELD 162Shielded Metal Arc Welding4
WELD 171Specialty Metals Welding4
WELD 172Gas Tungsten Arc Welding4
WELD 181Blueprint Reading/Metallurgy3
WEXP 193 FAgriculture Wrk Exp-1st Sem1
Select four units from the following courses:
AGTC 212Welding Power Sources/Applicat1
WELD 104Metal Sculpture3
WELD 105Metalcraft Welding/Forging3
WELD 107Forging and Wrought Iron2
WELD 175Metal Working for Engineers2
WELD 273Stainless Steel Weld/Repair4
WELD 274Aluminum Welding4
WELD 275Welding Codes/Certification4
Select additional degree applicable courses numbered 1-299 to achieve 60 units.

The Associate Degree requirements include completion of the:

  1. Required major courses and restricted elective courses with a "C" or better grade in each course (required and restricted elective courses may be substituted with the approval of the Division Chair),
  2. General Education requirements,
  3. Subject requirements including PE, Health & Wellness, and American Institutions, and
  4. A minimum of 60 units of degree applicable courses numbered 1-299, at least 12 of which must be taken in residence at College of the Sequoias, with a "C" (2.0) average (see Associate Degree Requirements for additional details).