Welding & Nondestructive Testing Technology

The Welding & Nondestructive Testing Technology program prepares students for employment as entry-level technicians in construction, manufacturing and transportation industries. A variety of career opportunities throughout the world are available to welding technicians and nondestructive examination technicians.

The Welding & Nondestructive Testing program currently offers an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Welding & Nondestructive Testing Technology that enables students to develop skills in four main welding processes and three thermal cutting processes, as well as three Occupational Endorsement Certificates (OECs) that are embedded in the AAS degree.

Please Note: Admissions to the Undergraduate Certificates in Welding & Nondestructive Testing Technology have been suspended. Students who are already enrolled in the Undergraduate Certificates will be able to continue with their program as planned. Existing students must make sure they are meeting regularly with a program academic advisor to stay apprised of program and/or curriculum changes that impact them. For questions related to this program, please contact the Welding & Nondestructive Testing Technology department at 907.786.6475.

Associate of Applied Science in Welding & Nondestructive Testing Technology

The AAS degree in Welding & Nondestructive Testing Technology is designed to enable students to develop manual skills in four main welding processes and three thermal cutting processes.  Students also gain a wide range of technical knowledge in welding applications, procedures, reading plans and specifications, and applied metallurgy. Welder qualification tests are administered as prescribed in AWS D1.1, API Standards 1104 or ASME IX welding codes. Students examine metallic components, or weldments, to locate and evaluate discontinuities by learning to apply liquid penetrant, magnetic particle, eddy current, radiographic, and ultrasonic test methods.  Students may be qualified in each method based on general, specific, and practical examinations prescribed by the American Society for Nondestructive Testing. A total of 61-63 credits is required for the AAS degree.

 

Occupational Endorsement Certificates

Occupational endorsements are certificates requiring 29 or fewer credits to complete. These certificates provide the specialized knowledge and skills needed in specific employment sectors. The Welding & Nondestructive Testing Technology program offers OECs in Welding, Advanced Welding, and Nondestructive Testing Technology. These programs are designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary to meet the needs of employers in the industry. All programs are based on applicable industry standards and lead to industry-based certificates. Students must receive a satisfactory grade (C or higher) in all required Welding Technology courses to be awarded an OEC. Students must receive a satisfactory grade (C or higher) in all required Welding Technology courses to be awarded an OEC. Students must receive a satisfactory grade (C or higher) in all required Welding Technology courses to be awarded an OEC.

Welding OEC

The Occupational Endorsement Certificate in Welding is designed to provide students with the foundational skill set necessary for entry-level positions as welding technicians or welder's assistants. A total of 19 credits and one welding certification is required for the Welding OEC.

Advanced Welding OEC

The Occupational Endorsement Certificate in Advanced Welding builds on the Welding OEC program to provide students with additional knowledge and skills required for welding technician positions requiring additional techniques and higher level knowledge and skill. A total of 16 credits and two welding certifications is required for the Advanced Welding OEC.

Nondestructive Testing Technology OEC

The Occupational Endorsement Certificate in Nondestructive Testing Technology is designed to provide students with the foundational skill set needed for entry-level positions as nondestructive testing technicians. A total of 20 credits and two NDT letters is required for the Nondestructive Testing Technology OEC.