Welding Technology


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Program Overview

Western Nebraska Community College offers training at our Scottsbluff Campus in the following welding processes:

  • Shielded Metal Arc Welding - Provides training in all positions , on mild steel with single and multi-pass welds. WNCC has classes in pipe welding teaching both the uphill and downhill methods
  • Gas Metal Arc Welding - Provides training in all positions on mild steel, with single and multi-pass welds using short circuiting transfer, and spray transfer
  • Flux Cored Arc Welding - Provides training in all positions, on carbon steels, with and without shielding gas, using small diameter dual shield electrodes
  • Gas Tungsten Arc Welding - Training is provided on mild steel, stainless steel and aluminum. GTAW on pipe and tubing for welding on mild steel in 2G, 5G, and 6G positions
  • Oxyacetylene Welding, Cutting and Brazing - The oxyacetylene welding curriculum teaches the student to flame cut plate, weld and braze weld mild steel in all positions

Qualified students can receive credit toward a degree, gain valuable work experience, and maintain a part-time job while in school by participating in the "Welding Intern" program. Several employers in the region are participating in this program. You can also get certified through the American Welding Society.

Degrees & Certificates

Certificate in Welding Technology
Diploma in Welding Technology

Career Opportunities

The U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that in 2014, the median pay for Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers was $37,420 per year. Growth in jobs for Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers for the decade 2014- 2024 was projected to be 4%. (bls.gov/ooh/production/welders-cutters-solderers-and-brazers.htm)

Gainful Employment (GE) Program Disclosures

Regulations published in the Federal Register on October 29, 2010 require institutions to report certain information to students who enroll in Title IV-eligible education programs that lead to gainful employment in a recognized occupation. Those regulations also provide that institutions must disclose to prospective students certain information about the institution's GE programs. For more GE information regarding this program, follow the links below.

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