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Welding Technology

Associate in Applied Science

Modes of Instruction

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Thinking about a career in welding? Kaskaskia College's Welding Technology Program can provide you with a multitude of hands-on training opportunities. Our comprehensive program is designed to develop your skills in labs outfitted with modern industrial welding equipment, taught by an American Welding Society Certified Welding Inspector.

KC's Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Welding Technology program prepares students for a career in metal fabrication as a skilled welding operator. Through this program you will learn the skills required to weld with multiple processes (ex: S.M.A.W., G.M.A.W., G.T.A.W., F.C.A.W.) to existing American Welding Society, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and American Petroleum Institute standards, codes, or specifications on structural steel designs and fabrications and pressure piping systems that have been engineer approved. Students will also learn to read blueprint designs for fabrication of structural steel, pressure piping systems, as well as designs inside of a shop or as outside construction.


What You Can Do

Upon successful completion of this degree students will be prepared for employment in the following fields:

  • Welder
  • Journeyman
  • Foreman
  • Inspector
  • Manager

Program Details


Program Student Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate the ability to weld all types of welds in all positions with most major arc welding processes. 
  • Demonstrate the ability to use thermal cutting operations fluently and at industry standards. 
  • Execute fluency in all aspects of welding fabrication to include: print reading, fabrication, and welding using the latest industry standards and technology. 
  • Apply their knowledge to pass AWS D 1.1 visual inspection of a multipass weld with the SMAW process.

Students completing this degree must also complete curriculum requirements aligned with General Education Student Learning Outcomes.

Welding Faculty

Cory Wellen

Cory Wellen

Associate Professor Welding

Contact Us

Cory Wellen

Associate Professor Welding

Phone  |  618-545-3406

Location  |  Centralia

Office  |  Crisp Technology Center, CRP 115


Phone  |  618-545-3040

Fax  |  618-545-3393

Location  |  Main Campus

Office  |  Health and Business, HB 100

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