Mission & Goals

Welding technology

Mission Statement

The Welding Technology program provides our community of learners with high-quality welding skills and state-of-the-art training in techniques leading toward an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Welding Technology. Students receive training to acquire knowledge and outcome-based skills necessary to gain employment opportunities for meeting the changing technological requirements in today's welding and fabrication industry.


  1. Be prepared for employment in heavy construction, fabrication, and repair within the many facets of the welding industry.
    • Offer a full spectrum of state-of-the-art instruction addressing academic, technical, and professional skills toward employment in the welding and metal fabrication industry.
    • Explore various career opportunities including but not limited to entry-level positions such as engineering aide, structural steel detailer, trade specialty welder, quality inspection, planning and supervision, and more.
  2. Be able to pass certification tests as administered by Washington Association of Building Officials (WABO).
    • Practice welding skills and techniques to prepare for Welding Certifications.
    • Maintain a high standard of outcome-based welding skills.
  3. Be able to continue education as well as to grow and adapt to changes in the workplace and to technology.
    • Institute a process to provide each learner with regular comprehensive and personal advising.
    • Work with other divisions as necessary to ensure the related General Education courses are conveniently offered.
    • Maintain and promote relationships within the welding business industry as well as with secondary / tech schools.
  4. Be able to apply all basic principles, theories, and procedures of safety refelcting current welding industry standards.
    • Operate the program in compliance with the latest environmental and safety practices.
    • Work with the college administration and facilities department to ensure that the shop meets all appropriate ecological and safety standards.
  5. Be able to apply all principles and traits of professional work ethics in any work environment.
    • Meet semi-annually with Advisory Committee to review program components and keep current in response to technological advancements in the industry.
    •  Maintain a facility and inventory of tools, equipment, and technology that refelcts a professional welding and metal fabrication work environment.
    • Work with college administration to ensure necessary resources to maintain collaborative effort with other departments in the Trades Division and have faculty development opportunities.
    • Assist students in obtaining technical skills and workplace ethics through example set by faculty.
    • Incorporate the importance of attendance, punctuality, respect for peers and cultural diversity in the evaluation of students to practice skill sets necessary to qualify for employment and success in the Welding Industry.