Welding Technology

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.  




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. 

* - requires 3-5 year apprenticeship