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Welding Technology | Print |

Curriculum combines not only advanced welding skills but related technical courses designed to prepare students for employment as welders, welder-fitters, specialist welders, or ultimately, welding supervisors, analysts, inspectors, and welding technicians.  The American Welding Society standards are stressed.   Welding Technology

Students will progress from basic gas and arc welding through advanced arc, gas metal arc, gas tungsten and advanced welding techniques.
Certified welders, especially those certified in more than one process, will have much better employment opportunities than non-certified welders.  Manual welders will increasingly be needed for sophisticated fabrication tasks and repair work that do not lend themselves to automation. 

There are a number of tools/supplies required for the program, ie. Welding hood, cutting goggles, etc.  Students will receive the list of supplies from the ATS following acceptance of enrollment. 

Requirements for High School Enrollment:

  • Student must be currently enrolled as a junior or senior.
  • Must have a basic understanding of the concepts of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
  • Should understand and be functional in these concepts as they pertain to whole numbers, fractions and decimals.
  • Coursework that demonstrates abstract reasoning ability or mechanical aptitude, or assessments such as the ASVAB, would be beneficial.
  • The student will have a higher probability of success if the following courses have been taken in high school: General Shop, Applied Mathematics, and Physical Science.  


Courses Taken as High School Senior
*Gas and Beginning Arc Welding
*Industrial Blue Print Reading
*Advanced Arc Welding
*Introduction to Metallurgy







Courses Taken as High School Senior
*Gas Metal Arc Welding (MIG)
*Industrial Math
*Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (TIG)
*Dimensional Metrology







** High school students that complete the required courses with a “C” or better for the Welding Technology program during their junior and senior years of high school may participate in the Jefferson College graduation commencement.

Courses to Take Upon College Enrollment
2 year Degree Program
Associate of Applied Science Degree

Advanced Welding Techniques I
Advanced Welding Techniques II
English Composition I
Social Science
Principles of Management
Computer Literacy

*Courses required for a Vocational Certificate

Starting salary data of 1999 graduates of Jefferson College:

Average:        $12.50/hr.
Range:           $8.00 - $17.50/hr.

According to the 2000-01 Occupational Outlook Handbook, the median annual earnings of welders (nationally) were $25,810 in 1998.  The middle 50% earned between $21,440 and $32,020.  The lowest 10% earned less than $17,550 and the highest 10% earned more than $39,650 a year.

Jefferson College graduates have been or are currently employed with:

  • Butler Handling Systems
  • Missouri Mechanical Contractors
  • Daimler-Chrysler
  • Pingel Exchange Systems
  • Launer Voss
  • Precision Enclosures
  • Loness Machine Shop
  • Prime Design Services
  • Marlo   
  • Wiegmann 

For more information…

  • Phone:  636-481-3498 or 636-797-3000, ext. 3498.
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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 08 January 2013 )
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