The Welding Technology Program prepares students for a career in welding through hands-on, real-world welding training.  Welding instruction is provided with carbon steel, stainless steel plate and pipe in all positions using GTAW, SMAW, GMAW and FCAW processes along with PAC (plasma arc cutting) and Oxy-fuel operations. 

Students will attain a wide variety of marketable skills while being taught introductory and advanced welding methods.  College of the Mainland offers a career pathway in Welding Technologies that allows students to complete a number of welding programs that qualify students to take a national certification exam.

Graduation Requirements

To be eligible for an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Welding Technology, students must have (1) completed the prescribed courses listed in this Catalog with an overall grade point average of 2.0 or better, (2) passed each class listed in the prescribed course of study with a grade of “C” or better, and (3) met any individually prescribed behavior or remediation related Requirements.

Stackable Credentials

Full-Time Schedules 

Certificate1 - Entry Level Welding

Recommended Full-Time Student Schedule

After completing the Entry Level Welding certificate, students will take a certification test on QC10. Upon passing the exam, students will receive a Certified Entry Level Welding certification from the American Welding Society (AWS). The AWS certificate is verification of workplace competencies in the area of Entry Level Welding.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester #1Semester Credit Hours
WLDG 1425 Introduction to Oxy-Fuel Welding and Cutting 4
WLDG 1421 Introduction to Welding Fundamentals 4
WLDG 1430 Introduction to Gas Metal Arc (GMAW) Welding 4
 Semester Credit Hours12
Semester #2
WLDG 1434 Introduction to Gas Tungsten Arc (GTAW) Welding 4
WLDG 1457 Intermediate Shielded Metal Arc (SMAW) Welding 4
WLDG 1435 Introduction to Pipe Welding 4
 Semester Credit Hours12
 Total Semester Credit Hours24
1

Denotes a certificate that is recognized by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board as a Level One Certificate. 

Certificate1 - Advance Level Welding

Recommended Full-Time Student Schedule

After completing the Advanced Level Welding certificate, students will take a certification test on QC11. Upon passing the exam, students will receive an Advanced Certification from the American Welding Society (AWS). The AWS certificate is verification of workplace competencies in the area of Advanced Level Welding.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester #1Semester Credit Hours
WLDG 1425 Introduction to Oxy-Fuel Welding and Cutting 4
WLDG 1421 Introduction to Welding Fundamentals 4
WLDG 1434 Introduction to Gas Tungsten Arc (GTAW) Welding 4
WLDG 1430 Introduction to Gas Metal Arc (GMAW) Welding 4
 Semester Credit Hours16
Semester #2
WLDG 1412 Introduction to Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW) 4
WLDG 1457 Intermediate Shielded Metal Arc (SMAW) Welding 4
WLDG 1435 Introduction to Pipe Welding 4
WLDG 2451 Advanced Gas Tungsten Arc (GTAW) Welding 4
 Semester Credit Hours16
Semester #3
WLDG 2406 Intermediate Pipe Welding 4
WLDG 2413 Welding Using Multiple Processes 4
 Semester Credit Hours8
 Total Semester Credit Hours40
1

Denotes a certificate that is recognized by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board as a Level One Certificate. 

Associate of Applied Science - Welding

Recommended Full-Time Student Schedule

Plan of Study Grid
Semester #1Semester Credit Hours
WLDG 1425 Introduction to Oxy-Fuel Welding and Cutting 4
Select one of the following: 3
College Algebra  
Contemporary Mathematics (Quantitative Reasoning)  
Plane Trigonometry  
ENGL 1301 Composition I 3
WLDG 1421 Introduction to Welding Fundamentals 4
 Semester Credit Hours14
Semester #2
Life and Physical Sciences Select from Core Curriculum4
WLDG 1457 Intermediate Shielded Metal Arc (SMAW) Welding 4
WLDG 1434 Introduction to Gas Tungsten Arc (GTAW) Welding 4
WLDG 1430 Introduction to Gas Metal Arc (GMAW) Welding 4
 Semester Credit Hours16
Semester #3
American History/Government-Political Science/Social-Behavioral Sciences Select from Core Curriculum3
WLDG 1412 Introduction to Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW) 4
WLDG 1435 Introduction to Pipe Welding 4
WLDG 2451 Advanced Gas Tungsten Arc (GTAW) Welding 4
 Semester Credit Hours15
Semester #4
Language, Philosophy and Culture Select from Core Curriculum3
WLDG 2453 Advanced Pipe Welding 4
WLDG 2413 Welding Using Multiple Processes 4
WLDG 2406 Intermediate Pipe Welding 4
 Semester Credit Hours15
 Total Semester Credit Hours60

Part-Time Schedules

Certificate1 - Entry Level Welding

Recommended Part-Time Student Schedule

Plan of Study Grid
Semester #1Semester Credit Hours
WLDG 1425 Introduction to Oxy-Fuel Welding and Cutting 4
WLDG 1430 Introduction to Gas Metal Arc (GMAW) Welding 4
 Semester Credit Hours8
Semester #2
WLDG 1421 Introduction to Welding Fundamentals 4
WLDG 1457 Intermediate Shielded Metal Arc (SMAW) Welding 4
 Semester Credit Hours8
Semester #3
WLDG 1435 Introduction to Pipe Welding 4
WLDG 1434 Introduction to Gas Tungsten Arc (GTAW) Welding 4
 Semester Credit Hours8
 Total Semester Credit Hours24
1

Denotes a certificate that is recognized by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board as a Level One Certificate.

Certificate1 - Advance Level Welding

Recommended Part-Time Student Schedule

Plan of Study Grid
Semester #1Semester Credit Hours
WLDG 1425 Introduction to Oxy-Fuel Welding and Cutting 4
WLDG 1430 Introduction to Gas Metal Arc (GMAW) Welding 4
 Semester Credit Hours8
Semester #2
WLDG 1421 Introduction to Welding Fundamentals 4
WLDG 1412 Introduction to Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW) 4
 Semester Credit Hours8
Semester #3 (Summer)
WLDG 1457 Intermediate Shielded Metal Arc (SMAW) Welding 4
WLDG 1434 Introduction to Gas Tungsten Arc (GTAW) Welding 4
 Semester Credit Hours8
Semester #4
WLDG 1435 Introduction to Pipe Welding 4
WLDG 2451 Advanced Gas Tungsten Arc (GTAW) Welding 4
 Semester Credit Hours8
Semester #5
WLDG 2406 Intermediate Pipe Welding 4
WLDG 2413 Welding Using Multiple Processes 4
 Semester Credit Hours8
 Total Semester Credit Hours40
1

Denotes a certificate that is recognized by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board as a Level One Certificate.

Associate of Applied Science - Welding

Recommended Part-Time Student Schedule

Plan of Study Grid
Semester #1Semester Credit Hours
ENGL 1301 Composition I 3
WLDG 1425 Introduction to Oxy-Fuel Welding and Cutting 4
 Semester Credit Hours7
Semester #2
Select one of the following: 3
College Algebra  
Contemporary Mathematics (Quantitative Reasoning)  
Plane Trigonometry  
WLDG 1430 Introduction to Gas Metal Arc (GMAW) Welding 4
 Semester Credit Hours7
Semester #3 (Summer)
WLDG 1421 Introduction to Welding Fundamentals 4
WLDG 1412 Introduction to Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW) 4
 Semester Credit Hours8
Semester #4
WLDG 1457 Intermediate Shielded Metal Arc (SMAW) Welding 4
Life and Physical Sciences Select from Core Curriculum4
 Semester Credit Hours8
Semester #5
WLDG 1434 Introduction to Gas Tungsten Arc (GTAW) Welding 4
WLDG 1435 Introduction to Pipe Welding 4
 Semester Credit Hours8
Semester #6 (Summer)
WLDG 2451 Advanced Gas Tungsten Arc (GTAW) Welding 4
 Semester Credit Hours4
Semester #7
Language, Philosophy and Culture/Creative Arts Select from Core Curriculum3
WLDG 2406 Intermediate Pipe Welding 4
 Semester Credit Hours7
Semester #8
WLDG 2413 Welding Using Multiple Processes 4
Social/Behavioral Sciences Select from Core Curriculum3
 Semester Credit Hours7
Semester #9 (Summer)
WLDG 2453 Advanced Pipe Welding 4
 Semester Credit Hours4
 Total Semester Credit Hours60