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.
  • Preform basic welding inspection and quality control tasks used in the manufacturing, construction and food processing industries. 

Career Opportunities

Upon successful completion of this degree, students will be prepared for careers or employment in the following fields: Welding and metal fabrication careers in the manufacturing and construction industries. Welding related maintenance and repair positions in the food processing industries. Welding inspection and quality control in the manufacturing and construction industries. 


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)
WELD 161Oxyacetylene Welding4
WELD 162Shielded Metal Arc Welding4
WELD 171Specialty Metals Welding4
WELD 172Gas Tungsten Arc Welding4
WELD 181Blueprint Reading/Metallurgy3
WELD 276Metal Fabrication3
or AGTC 210 Agriculture Project Construction
Select 3-4 units from the following courses:
WELD 104Metal Sculpture3
WELD 105Metalcraft Welding & Forging3
WELD 107Forging and Wrought Iron2
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).