Associate of Applied Science Degree

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Don't Wait to Weld - videoProgram Mission

The Two Year AAS Welding Degree program enriches our community with access to modern and up to date welding education that meets or exceeds industry standards.

Program Description

The Two Year AAS Welding Degree program is designed to provide study in the areas of welding, fabrication, production, and piping to prepare students for employment in the welding industries that are required to meet specifications and standards. Related specifications and standards for this degree would include; AWS D1.1, D1.2, D1.6, API 1104, ASME Section IX.

Mairghread McGowan

“I don’t know why there aren’t more girls in this – there’s so much precision and detail. It’s like having Thors hammer and I love that. The instructors are supportive here. I feel comfortable and every student helps one another. I want to own my own business.”
- Mairghread McGowan

Program Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the Associate of Applied Science in Welding will be able to:

  1. Apply fundamentals of welding, including the basics of common joining processes, cutting and gouging, measurement, fabrication, repair, material identification, and visual acceptance criteria
  2. Interpret and apply basic elements of blueprints such as line type identification, symbols, notes, 2D and 3D interpretation, dimensioning and measurement
  3. Exhibit “soft skills” such as; timeframe awareness, follow through and completion of work, positive interactions with fellow classmates, good communication, positive attitude, and good work ethics
  4. Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of safe working conditions, as well as, safety in handling materials, equipment, and personal protective equipment
  5. Identify basic components of welding systems and welding processes, proper machine setup, and demonstrate trouble shooting when visual acceptance criteria of a weldment has not been met
  6. Apply an understanding of Weld Procedure Specifications or WPS’s as they relate to material identification, thermal and electrical properties, applications, as well as, understanding which materials will need special procedures for preheat and post heating, filler metal selection, process selection, and other essential variables involved in the fabrication of a weldment
  7. Apply an understanding of national standards and guidelines set forth by AWS, ASME, API, OSHA, and other governing organizations that will affect their work

Ready to get started?

It's easy and only requires TWO steps.

Step 1

Fill out our request info form. This will alert us that you are interested in the Welding program.

Step 2

If you are new to UCC (you've never taken a class), apply to UCC. Otherwise, you are done for now. You will be contacted about the next steps.

Career Considerations

Related occupations for this program would include: pipe welding and fitting, hydro-electrical and dam construction, waste & fresh water treatment plants, structural and bridge iron workers, aerospace & aviation, inspection & quality control.

Did you know?

  • The U.S. will need over 375,000 welding professionals by 2023.
  • Welding is used to build ships, automobiles, planes and space vehicles.
  • A welding career can lead to financial security, career advancement and important work in areas around the world.
  • Scholarships and grants are available from the American Welding Society.

Program Publications




Ian Fisher - Contact
Associate Professor, Coordinator, Welding
Phone: 541-440-7819


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