Welding Technology


Welding Technology
Associate Degree
| atu ozark

This program is designed to develop the skills necessary for entry into industrial and commercial welding employment. Instruction is provided in SMAW, GMAW, and GTAW welding, thermal cutting, blueprint reading and layout techniques to give the student a basis to obtain employment and continue education in the vast field of metalworking.

To learn to weld, a person needs commitment, drive, intelligence, good motor coordination and excellent sight. There are many aspects to welding such as joint preparation, basic metallurgy, personal and equipment safety, and acquiring the ability to interpret blueprints.

Prior to completion of the course, students are required to take a two-part examination composed by the American Welding Society to apply for AWS Entry Level Welding Certification. In addition, students will have the opportunity to certify in shielded metal arc welding, gas metal arc welding, gas tungsten arc welding, flux core arc welding, as well as structural pipe and gas pipe welding. Students will also have hands on experience using pulse welding technology and a CNC controlled plasma table. The cost of a certification test is $25 each.


Hands-on Learning Opportunities

  • Students work on projects in the lab.

Skills You Will Learn

  • Control operations of equipment and accompanying materials to exacting conditions.
  • Determine the kinds of tools, equipment and fillers needed for the job.
  • Identify the most common metals to perform repairs and new fabrications.
  • Identify, troubleshoot and rectify common equipment malfunctions.
  • Inspect and evaluate the quality of welds and finished weldments.
  • Use basic math and geometry to solve problems.
  • Use of basic hand tools and power tools in a variety of conditions.
  • Utilize a variety of measuring equipment to complete tasks.

Students living in states bordering Arkansas receive in-state tuition.

Financial Aid is available for those who qualify. The Arkansas Tech University school code to use on the FAFSA is 001089.

The AR Futures grant could cover your expenses for this credential. Check credential eligibility

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You could work as a(n):

  • Fabricator
  • Iron Worker
  • Welder
  • Welding Technician

Alumni of our program work at:

  • AFCO
  • American Piping and Boiler
  • Fabrication Specialties
  • Mid-South Steam Boiler

View the links below to better understand the courses, the course timeline, and who your faculty will be when you enroll as an ATU student.

Credentials that stack with this degree:

  • Bachelor of Applied Science
  • Bachelor of Professional Studies


Point of Pride

Our students were Skills USA Metal Fabrication winners in 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018.


Find out how we will empower you to meet every challenge head-on.


program faculty

 Lane Mathews

Lane Mathews
Program Chair

Shop Complex
Technology and Academic Support Building
1700 Helberg Lane
Ozark, AR 72949

(479) 508-8500 ext. 6665