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Program Mission

The mission of the Welding Technology program is to assist and prepare students for gainful employment in and to advance the science and technology of the welding industry. Learning is enhanced with industry-based training.

Program Description

The Welding Program provides specialized training in welding safety, welding theory, mathematics, cost analysis, and blueprint reading. Students learn a variety of welding techniques including SMAW, GMAW, FCAW and GTAW as well as oxy-fuel cutting and carbon arc and plasma cutting/gouging. Students become proficient in all national code and standard positions on mild steel, aluminum and stainless steel plate. Upon successful completion of the one-year program, students receive a Welding Certificate and are eligible to sit for certification examinations in a wide variety of welding disciplines.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate the skill and knowledge to pass an all-position weld tests on plate to a nationally recognized code or standard.  Use current guidelines and safety precautions in all welding laboratory activities 
  • Demonstrate the ability to follow safety procedures and demonstrate ethical work habits consistent with industry standards. Apply appropriate safe work habits when operating oxy-fuel and arc-based welding equipment. Apply welding shop safety procedures in an industrial setting 
  • Contribute to achieving team goals. Apply communication skills in an industrial setting. Use terminology associated with welding to communicate effectively with co-workers, supervisors, customers, inspectors, engineers and vendors.
  • Demonstrate production-welding skills consistent with industry standards. Read blueprints, layout, and fabricate a weld to industry standards. Demonstrate the ability to reason and be creative. Demonstrate the ability to problem solve and think critically.


Admission Process

Schedule a visit

Campus visits are available by appointment at 9:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.  Monday-Friday.  Please call (785) 587-2800 to schedule your visit.

Submit an application

The earlier the better! Enrollment is limited, and applicants are admitted on a first-applied, first accepted basis for all programs except Nursing and Dental Hygiene.

Apply for financial aid

Attend Orientation

Once you are accepted, MATC will contact you to attend a new student orientation 2-3 months before classes begin.

Begin Classes!


  • MATC Merit Scholarship
  • Vocational Educational Scholarship Program
  • Scholarships Information

Certification Opportunities

  • Students will have the opportunity to receive the following external industry certifying examinations:
    • D1.1 American Welding Society (AWS) qualification test on mild steel plate in the 3G position (vertical up) and the 4G position (overhead) using the shielded metal arc and the gas metal arc welding processes.
    • Students with the required aptitude and proficiency will have the opportunity to seek other qualifications such as 6G pipe for example with instructor approval. (not included in student fees)

Career Opportunities

  • Gas-Tungsten Welder
  • Gas Metal Arc Welder
  • Production Line Welder
  • Pipe Welder
  • Maintenance Welder
  • Welding Fabricator
  • Welding Supervisor
  • Arc Welder
  • Welder Fitter
  • Welding Inspector

Job Placement

The salary range for the Welding Technology graduates was $11.00-$19.00 per hour. Wages and benefits vary depending on location of employment. The Welding Technology program had a 95% placement rate for all graduates.

Employment Outlook

Outlook for employment in field in Kansas

The “Welders, Cutters, Solderers, & Brazers” Employment of welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers is projected to grow 6 percent from 2012 to 2022



Outlook for employment in field nationwide

Job prospects for welders will vary with the welder’s skill level. Prospects should be good for welders trained in the latest technologies. Welding schools report that graduates have little difficulty finding work, and many welding employers report difficulty finding properly skilled welders. However, welders without up-to-date training may face competition for job openings. For all welders, prospects will be better for workers who are willing to relocate to different parts of the country.

Industry Links

American Welding Society
Caterpillar Work Tools

Program Information

Estimated Monthly Cost

A.A.S. - $723
Certificate - $993

Estimated Total Cost

Including tuition, fees,

books and supplies

A.A.S. Degree - $12,514
Tools & Supplies - $500

Certificate - $8,445
Tools & Supplies - $500

In accordance with 34 CFR 668.6(b), that requires institutions to disclose certain information about the programs to prospective students, please see: Gainful Employment.

Average Wage

$25,540 - $37,020


Completion Time

9 Months (August - May)
A.A.S. Degree - 63 Credit Hours - 4 Semesters
Certificate - 39 Credit Hours - 2 Semesters


Admission Requirements

  • Assessment scores that place student in Technical Math and Technical Writing
  • Official High School Transcript or GED
  • Seat Deposit - $250


The Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604
(800) 621-7440 or (312) 263-0456 

The Kansas Board of Regents (KBOR)
1000 SW Jackson, Ste. 520
Topeka, KS 66612-1321

Program Instructors

Blaise Wilson

Welding Instructor


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