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Welding Technology Degree Online & Bangor, Maine


8-Month* Welding Technology Program to accelerate your career

Skilled trades workers are always in demand and welding is no exception. Welding takes precision, a good attention to detail and spatial awareness, a basic understanding of physics and math, and good hand-​eye coordination. If you’ve got these skills and are interested in applying them to a career as a Welding Professional, Beal University will help you get there. You can expect the training you receive from the Welding Technology Associate Degree or Diploma program to give you the skills and confidence needed to pass entrance weld testing for many jobs and prepare you to join the workforce.

What is Welding Technology?

At the outset of the Welding Technology Associate Degree or Diploma program, you will train in basic welding fundamentals using the shielded metal arc welding (SMAW) process commonly called stick welding, and learn about metallurgy and blueprint reading. Once you have learned the basics of welding and its effects on metals, you will learn wire fed welding skills such as, gas metal arc welding (GMAW), commonly called mig, and flux-cored arc welding (FCAW), that are very common in fabrication and structural applications throughout the industry. You will then learn gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW), commonly called tig, fundamentals and open root stick pipe welding. Near the end of your classes, you will learn advanced open root tig pipe, tig and mig welding of aluminum, as well as pipefitting and fabrication basics. As a student, you will become proficient with multiple cutting techniques: oxyfuel torches, plasma cutting, as well as carbon arc gouging for full penetration welding.

Is Welding Technology right for you?

The Welding Technology Associate Degree or Diploma program can open doors to many rewarding career options, so you can be confident you’re making the right choice for your education. After graduating and completing your classes, you’ll feel fully prepared and confident to start your new career. You’ll be qualified to pursue employment in a variety of manufacturing and construction industries. These include bridge and building construction, metal fabrication, shipbuilding, power generation, the petrochemical industry, the paper industry, and more. You will become a sought after and desirable employee with your new skill sets ready to take on new and exciting opportunities.

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The best way to see if Beal University is the right fit for you is to contact an admissions representative. Get more information on the Welding Technology Associate Degree or Diploma program, class schedules, and financial aid options so that you can make an informed decision about your future. Get more info or Book a Tour.

Career Opportunities and Welding Technology Average Salary

Welding is a skill used by many tradespeople, including sheet metal workers, ironworkers, diesel mechanics, boilermakers, carpenters, marine construction workers, steamfitters, glaziers, and repair and maintenance personnel. A Welder may engage in applications ranging from hobbyist home sculpture to heavy fabrication of bridges, ships, and other projects. As a welder, you may work for shipyards, manufacturers, or contractors; federal, state, county, and city governments; firms requiring maintenance mechanics; repair shops; and more.

High-Demand Careers for Welding Technology Graduates

With a Welding Technology Associate Degree or Diploma, you could apply for positions such as:

  • Welder
  • Steel Fabricator
  • Pipe Fitter
  • Quality Assurance/Control
  • Machine Repairer
  • Equipment Service Associate
  • Millwright

Welding is vital to our economy! Nearly everything we use in our daily lives is welded or made by equipment that was welded. Examples include office chairs, coffee pots, bridges, buses, aircraft, skyscrapers, ships, sculptures, space vehicles, cars, battery chargers, cranes, bulldozers, household appliances, pollution control devices, and more. With that in mind, imagine all of the different sectors that you’ll have to choose from when you pursue your career.

Welding Technology Degree: Curriculum Overview

With flexible online and on-campus schedules, smaller class sizes, and accelerated programs, you will feel prepared and supported to pursue your career goals upon graduation.

Core Courses in Welding Technology

For both the Welding Technology Associate Degree and the Welding Technology Diploma Program, you’ll take the following courses:

  • Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) Fundamentals
  • Metallurgy and Blueprint Reading
  • Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) Intermediate
  • Flux-cored Arc Welding (FCAW) and Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) Fundamentals
  • Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) Fundamentals
  • Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) Pipe
  • Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) Pipe and Aluminum Welding
  • Fabrication and Pipefitting Fundamentals

Advanced Techniques in Welding

After completing the Welding Technology Diploma program (the classes listed above), you can continue with the Associate degree classes that all offered online and can be done while working.

Welding Standards and Safety Protocols

As a Welder, you would have a variety of duties, including:

  • Joining or bonding metal components together to make them act as a single piece
  • Building structures or equipment through the use of welders, cutters, shapers and measuring tools
  • Producing metal products that meet employer or customer requirements, and following blueprints
  • Repairing and maintaining structures and equipment made from metal
  • Determining the materials needed and timeframe for a given project

Diploma and Degree Options

As a student, you’ll start by taking the 8 month* Welding Technology Diploma program. From there, you can choose to take an additional 8-months* of general education courses online to complete the Welding Technology Associate Degree. With that option, you would graduate with both a diploma and a degree.

Welding Technology – Diploma | 8 Months* 

If you are looking to quickly start a career in Welding, consider our 8-month* Welding Technology Diploma program. This program is designed for those who wish to take an accelerated welding focused program, that also covers all the pertinent information and skills required to start your welding career. The four day a week schedule will help you learn the hands-on portion of welding faster with more repetition and guidance from our instructors.

Welding Technology – Associate Degree | 8 Months* (Prerequisite: 8 Month Diploma Program – 16 Months Total)
100% Online (this is a degree completion program – student must possesses a Diploma in Welding Technology)

Our 8-month***Welding Technology Associate Degree completion program is designed to give you broader training and with this option, you would graduate with both a diploma and a degree.

Fast-track Your Welding Career at Beal University

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Financial Aid for Welding Technology Students

If you’re interested in enrolling at Beal University, a Financial Aid Adviser can discuss funding options with you and guide you through the process of applying for Financial Aid if necessary. To get started you can schedule a visit to come in and speak with a Financial Aid Adviser or request more information.

Veterans Benefits for Welding Technology Programs

We’ve noticed former military personnel are attracted to the Welding degree programs. Veterans, we appreciate the sacrifices you have made for our country, which is why we want to help you with vocational training – so you can successfully reintegrate into civilian life. That’s why Beal University offers training for military personnel, veterans, and their dependents under the GI Bill®, which is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

We also know it can be hard having your military experience recognized in a job or school setting; universities do not always appreciate the significant life experience that veterans have. Beal University may accept armed services courses or give credit for life experience if you can prove that your prior learning is equivalent to specific university courses. To find out more visit our Veteran Benefits page or talk to an Admissions Advisor.

If you’re interested in learning more about a career in Welding Technology, fill out the form on this page to receive more information.

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*Diploma program length when completed in normal time.
**Except Welding Technology Diploma Program

***Associate Degree program length when completed in normal time.