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.
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.
- 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.
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.
Once you are accepted, MATC will contact you to attend a new student orientation 2-3 months before classes begin.
- MATC Merit Scholarship
- Vocational Educational Scholarship Program
- Scholarships Information
- 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)
- Gas-Tungsten Welder
- Gas Metal Arc Welder
- Production Line Welder
- Pipe Welder
- Maintenance Welder
- Welding Fabricator
- Welding Supervisor
- Arc Welder
- Welder Fitter
- Welding Inspector
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.
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.