Welding and Joining Technology (Diploma)

This program is no longer enrolling students. Please refer to NCCER Welding and Joining Technology (WA12) for the most up-to-date curriculum.

Program Description

The Welding and Joining Technology diploma is designed to prepare students for careers in the welding industry. Program learning opportunities develop academic, technical, professional knowledge, and skills required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement. The program emphasizes welding theory and practical application necessary for successful employment. Program graduates receive a Welding and Joining Technology diploma, have the qualifications of a welding and joining technician, and are prepared to take qualification tests.

Program Details

  • Major Code: WAJ2
  • Award Level: Diploma
  • Location: Offered at the Griffin and Flint River Campuses
  • Program Entrance Term: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Minimum Length of Program: 4 Terms
  • Minimum Credit Hours for Graduation: 50

Admission Requirements

  • Submit completed application and application fee
  • Be at least 16 years of age
  • Submit official high school transcript or GED transcript with test scores and ALL post-secondary transcriptsin an official sealed envelope
  • Meet assessment requirements


The following is a suggested path to complete this program in a timely manner. An individual’s path to completion may be different based on institutional and personal factors affecting his/her academic progress.

Note: While all courses are offered, they may vary by term and campus. See the program advisor for any questions.

Term Course Title Credits
First Term
WELD 1000 Introduction to Welding Technology 3
WELD 1010 Oxyfuel Cutting 3
WELD 1040 Flat Shielded Metal Arc Welding 4
WELD 1050 Horizontal Shielded Metal Arc Welding 4
Second Term
WELD 1030 Blueprint Reading for Welding Technology 3
WELD 1060 Vertical Shielded Metal Arc Welding 4
WELD 1070 Overhead Shielded Metal Arc Welding 4
MATH 1012 Foundations of Mathematics 3
Third Term
Elective  Choose One: (Required)
- COLL 1500 College Success and Career Exploration 3
OR - COMP 1000 Introduction to Computers
ENGL 1010 Fundamentals of English I 3
WELD 1090 Gas Metal Arc Welding 4
WELD 1110 Gas Tungsten Arc Welding 4
Fourth Term
EMPL 1000 Interpersonal Relations and Prof. Development 2
WELD 1120 Preparation for Industrial Qualification 3
 Occupational elective Specific Occupational elective (Contact advisor for list) 3
 OR Welding and Joining Technology specialization (Choose One):
- WELD 1150 Advanced Gas Tungsten Arc Welding OR (3)
OR - WELD 1153 Flux Core Arc Welding OR (3)
OR - WELD 1500 Welding and Joining Technology Practicum/Internship (3)
Welder with a mask on, using a welding tool.

Program Advisors


David Wiley
Griffin campus

Chris Patterson
Flint River campus