Welding Technology

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The Program

The demand for highly skilled welders continues to grow each and every year, and with the number of open jobs quickly outpacing the number of professionals entering the industry, the opportunities to pursue a career in the field of welding are significant.

Salina Tech’s Welding Technology Program prepares students for a career as a welding professional in a wide range of fields, including the manufacturing, fabrication, maintenance and construction sectors. Through a balanced blend of class time and hands-on customer project work, the program helps bridge the gap between education and real-world field work so that students can feel confident in their ability to obtain a job soon (if not immediately) after graduation.

From shielded metal arc welding and gas tungsten arc welding, to core wire welding and gas metal arc welding, no job is too difficult for our students. Graduates of this program have the opportunity to pursue careers as general welders, layout technicians, cutters, fabricators and even entrepreneurs (independent contracting welders).

Institutional Outcomes

1. Demonstrate the ability to think critically.
2.  Demonstrate proficiency in technical program learning outcomes.
3.  Demonstrate effective written and verbal communication.
4.  Develop positive work habits and interpersonal skills needed for employment.




Program Outcomes

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the methods and problems of production and exchange.
2.  Identify quality welding design and workmanship.
3.  Demonstrate competency in the ability to select, care for, and use industrial products wisely.
4.  Demonstrate competency in basic welding fundamentals.
5. Identify materials and processes commonly used in welding.
6. Develop work habits and interpersonal skills necessary to be a productive employee.
7. Demonstrate ability to use welding tools and machines.





Physical Requirements/Environmental Conditions

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by a student to successfully perform the essential functions of working in this field. Reasonable accomodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

While performing the duties of this program, the student is regularly required to stand, walk, and talk or hear. The student frequently is required to sit and use hands to handle or feel. The student is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The student must work in various weather conditions such as excessive heat or cold. The student must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this field include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.

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Program Length

9 Month Option


Eric Vannoy - CWI/CWE - Department Head

Fernando Fajardo

Expected Starting Salary

$30,000 - $40,000

Career Opportunities

General Welders

Maintenance Welders

Production Welders

General Layout Technicians





Salina Area Technical College does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), sexual orientation, parental status, national origin, age, disability, family medical history or genetic information, military service, or any other non-merit based factor in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs and activities. Any person having inquiries concerning compliance with the regulations implementing Title VI, Title VII, ADA, Title IX, Section 504, Title II, GINA, is directed to contact the Human Resources Specialist, 2562 Centennial Rd, Salina, KS 67401, 785-309-3100.


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