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Welding and nondestructive testing technology A.A.S.

  • A student welding

    Welding and nondestructive testing technology A.A.S.

    Prepare for welding and nondestructive testing technology careers in this hands-on associate degree program at UAA.

Explore the welding and nondestructive testing technology associate degree program at the University of Alaska Anchorage

The associate degree in welding and nondestructive testing (NDT) technology prepares you to work as an entry-level technician in welding or nondestructive examination. The program includes hands-on industry experience through a supervised internship you can complete at any time during your enrollment. Welding and nondestructive testing internships differ depending on your career path. Welder qualification tests are administered as prescribed in AWS D1.1, API Standard 1104, or ASME IX welding codes.

UAA welding facilities
UAA’s welding facility is an authorized Accredited Testing Facility (ATF) under the American Welding Society (AWS). As a result, the program can facilitate testing and issue certifications for welders, many of which are required by businesses and industries for major infrastructure projects in the state. The welding program can also certify educators and students from anywhere in the country on a variety of welding examinations.

Welding and nondestructive testing technology scholarships and financial aid
Get help with tuition and education expenses. UAA offers a variety of scholarships specifically for welding and nondestructive testing majors. You can also apply for tuition waiver awards each semester through UAA’s Community and Technical College. Learn more about financial aid opportunities at UAA.

Welding and nondestructive testing technology A.A.S.

Degree Type:

  • Associate

Concentration: Radiographic and ultrasonic testing methods

Program Length: Two years

Availability:Anchorage campus

Other program options: O.E.C. in welding, O.E.C. in advanced welding, O.E.C. in nondestructive testing

Did you know..

A recent UAA alumnus was hired by Kakivik – a subsidiary of Bristol Bay Native Corp. – for an NDT RT technician position in Darwin, Australia. He continues to work with the company, traveling the world to perform inspections on a wide variety of major infrastructure projects

What can you do with a welding and nondestructive testing technology degree from UAA?

The associate degree in welding and nondestructive testing technology prepares you to work as an entry-level technician in welding and nondestructive examination. Both of these fields are used in construction, communications, manufacturing and transportation industries throughout the world.

Welding and nondestructive testing technology careers
Students who graduate from this program find employment in a variety of fields including mining, construction, oil and gas, communications, transportation and manufacturing. Alumni have gone on to work with companies such as:

  • Alaska Department of Transportation
  • Army Core of Engineers
  • Alaska Industrial X-Ray
  • AT&T
  • Kakivik
  • Global Diving and Salvage
  • Crowley
  • GCI

Welding and nondestructive testing technology associate degree program highlights

Gain a well-rounded education in welding processes and nondestructive testing methods. UAA’s welding and nondestructive testing technology associate degree program offers on-the-job learning experiences, state-of-the-art facilities and top instructors with extensive industry experience.

  • Work closely with expert instructors. Faculty in this program have many years of experience within the welding and nondestructive testing professions. All faculty are Certified Welding Inspectors (CWIs) and specialize in different welding processes and inspection procedures. Instructors also have numerous industry connections around the country, which helps ensure job placement for UAA graduates.
  • Participate in professional clubs and events. Students in the welding and nondestructive testing program can participate in the Alaska Chapter for the American Welding Society and American Society for Nondestructive Testing, as well as UAA’s collegiate chapter of SkillsUSA.
  • Work in state-of-the-art welding facilities. UAA’s 4,000-square-foot welding lab includes the latest welding and nondestructive testing equipment that incorporates 44 welding booths, oxy-acetylene and plasma cutting technology, industrial band saws and metal shears. Facilities also include a dark room for processing film for nondestructive testing, two radiographic testing systems, ultrasonic testing equipment and Magnaflux technology.
  • Create new career options. All credits from the welding and nondestructive testing technology associate degree can be transferred toward a Bachelor of Science in Applied Technologies Leadership at UAA, allowing you to move toward a management position or open your own business.

Welding and nondestructive testing technology associate degree program curriculum

UAA’s welding courses develop skills in four main welding processes and three thermal cutting processes, as well as technical knowledge in welding application, procedure/welder qualification, reading plans and specifications and applied metallurgy.

Nondestructive testing courses examine metallic components or weldments to locate and evaluate discontinuities. Students learn to apply liquid dye penetrant (PT), magnetic particle (MD), eddy current (ET), radiographic (RT) and ultrasonic testing (UT) methods.

Top classes for welding and nondestructive testing technology majors

  • Radiographic Testing
  • Welding Metallurgy Applications
  • Ultrasonic Testing