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2022-2023 Catalog SVC 
2022-2023 Catalog SVC [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Welding Technology, AAS


The Welding Technology (WT) program prepares students to work as entry-level welders, fitters, or metal fabricators in a variety of industries including boat-building, construction, industrial maintenance, and manufacturing. Students study a variety of layout, fabrication, and metal joining techniques using steel, stainless steel, and aluminum. Processes include oxyfuel cutting, shielded metal arc welding, gas metal arc welding, flux cored arc welding, and gas tungsten arc welding. Instructional facilities include individual welding practice booths and a large metal fabrication area.

The Welding Program stays current with industry needs through an active Advisory Committee made up of representatives from local businesses that regularly seek our graduates for employment. SVC is accredited through the American Welding Society entry-level welder training program. SVC is also a certified Washington Association of Building Officials (WABO) testing site. Students will move from theory to application to certification in all common manual and semi-automatic welding processes.

Students are required to supply various tools, protective clothing, and welding consumables. A complete list can be obtained by contacting Mary Kuebelbeck at or 360.416.6743.

Sample Career Options Include:

Degree Intent and Transfer Options

Upon completion, Workforce degrees and/or certificates are intended to give students the skills needed to move directly into employment. While these degrees are not intended to transfer to a university, students will be eligible to apply for admissions to Skagit Valley College’s Bachelor of Applied Science - Applied Management (BASAM) degree  or Bachelor of Applied Science - Environmental Conservation (BASEC) degree  and, in some cases, could transfer to other schools. If you are interested in continuing your education by entering a bachelor’s degree program, please work closely with your Academic Advisor and Department Chair.

Program Map

Program Maps are an integral part of our Planning Guide. Each Program Map includes a recommended quarterly sequence of courses for a full-time student to earn this degree within two years. The courses align with the appropriate number of credits to meet degree requirements and is designed to help you create an individualized, customized Educational Plan, required of all SVC students. Please consult with an SVC Advisor to schedule courses and develop your personal Educational Plan.

104 credits

First Year

Second Year

Total Credits: 17

Total Credits: 19

Total Credits: 13


† Students who do not receive an appropriate test score will require additional coursework to develop necessary skills for entry into class.

Note: Students are required to supply protective clothing and various welding consumables. A complete list can be obtained by emailing the Department Chair or by visiting the weld shop in Reeves Hall.