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Welders are essential for buildings, bridges, equipment, and so much more! Prepare for a future in the welding or metal fabrication trade with an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Metal Fabrication and Welding from JCCC. Work with your hands, be creative, and live almost anywhere in the world when you choose this reliable career.

What Will I Learn about Metal Fabrication/Welding?

At Johnson County Community College, our Metal Fabrication and Welding courses teach you the skills, techniques and resources to have a successful career in this trade.

As a welder, every day is different. You might do any of the following on any given day:

  • Measure dimensions of completed products or workpieces to verify specification conformance
  • Align parts or workpieces to ensure proper assembly
  • Lift materials or workpieces using cranes or other equipment
  • Operate welding equipment (SMAW, GMAW, GTAW, FCAW or SAW)
  • Review blueprints or other instructions to determine operational methods or sequences
  • Read work orders or other instructions to determine product specifications or materials requirements
  • Operate cutting equipment (oxyacetylene, plasma, CAC-A, saws and metal shears)

Students in our Welding program can choose between two different paths to studying this trade.

Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Metal Fabrication and Welding Technology: In just two years at JCCC, learn about metals and their properties and how to work with them to earn an associate degree in Metal Fabrication and Welding Technology. Choose from two career paths for your AAS:

  • The structural option, which teaches you to operate welding equipment for welding structural metal components.
  • The manufacturing option, which trains you to operate welding equipment for welding metal components in a manufacturing environment.

Metal Fabrication and Welding Certificate: You also can complete our 29-hour Welding certificate in three semesters. In your Welding courses, you will learn about safety, metal and workplace skills, while gaining experience working with materials and equipment.

Why JCCC's Metal Fabrication/Welding Program?

JCCC’s Metal Fabrication/Welding training allows you to learn in small, hands-on classes from seasoned instructors who have years of experience in the field.

Most of our faculty are certified welding inspectors (CWI). They can certify you as a welder, which helps you be more competitive in the job market. Along with your degree, you can earn the following certifications:

  • American Welding Society (AWS) SENSE Level1
  • American Welding Society (AWS) SENSE Level2
  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 30-Hour Construction Safety Certification

You also will learn about the AWS SENSE (American Welding Society Schools Excelling through National Skills Education), a comprehensive set of minimum standards and guidelines for welding education programs.

After completing your degree, your record stays on the American Welding Society (AWS) registry for three years at no cost to you.

If you’re considering transferring to a four-year school to further your education, look into our transfer agreements with Ottawa University, Pittsburg State University, and Kansas State University.

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Certified welders have many job opportunities. In fact, almost every trade needs a welder. Welders are needed to:

  • Build bridges and buildings
  • Manufacture foodservice and medical equipment
  • Do maintenance and repair welding
  • Work on pipelines
  • Operate welding robots
  • Maintain aerospace equipment

The possibilities are limitless with a welding career. More than 80 percent of manufactured goods use welding. Skilled welders, cutters, steel fitters and brazers are in high demand as metropolitan areas grow and aging infrastructure needs repairing and replacing across the country.

To increase your employment opportunities, you also will learn some “soft” skills, such as business management and verbal and written communications.

The U.S. Department of Labor compiles statistics on the careers involving welding. You'll find information specifically related to careers in Kansas, including salary information and the job prospects.

Download the Welding Program Outlook (PDF) for employment projections and salary information.


Need help with career decisions? Visit the Career Development Center.

At JCCC, we know pursuing an education is also a financial decision. For this reason, we do everything we can to make tuition affordable for each student.

Speak to our representatives about financial aid to secure scholarships, loans, and grants to help pay for your education.

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Supplies and textbook costs vary depending on your classes.