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Welding and Fabrication Associate Degree Program

Welding and Fabrication Associate Degree Program

Welding Engineering Technology Associate Degree Program

Program Overview

Get the intensive, hands-on training you need to begin a career in welding through New England Institute of Technology’s Welding Engineering Technology associate degree program. You will not only hone your welding and pipefitting skills, but you'll also learn about CAD, building design, how to read blueprints and other theory and best practices preparing you for a variety of jobs.


Career Possibilities

  • Aluminum Welder
  • Fabrication Welder
  • Fitter/Welder
  • Maintenance Welder
  • Sub Arc Operator
  • Ship Fitter
  • Structural Steel Fitter

Associate in Science Degree

New England Institute of Technology’s Associate in Science in Welding Engineering Technology program emphasizes the development of real-world, hands-on welding skills. Through a comprehensive academic and laboratory environment, students will understand the theory and best practices applied in today’s welding industry. The program provides intensive training in oxy-acetylene, air carbon arc cutting, brazing, SMAW, GMAW, FCAW, and GTAW. In addition to welding and pipefitting, students will also take courses in industrial OSHA safety procedures and policy, metallurgy, structural design, blueprint reading, computer-aided design & drafting (CADD), nondestructive testing, and precision measurement. Students also prepare for future certifications through simulated welder qualification tests.  Upon graduation, students will receive an Associate in Science Degree in Welding Engineering Technology.

Graduates of the Welding Engineering Technology program are prepared for several types of industry positions including welding engineering technician, production welder, industrial engineering technician, quality control engineering technician, CADD designer, CADD technician, welding industry salesperson, and materials testing technician.

Associate in Science Degree

Program Mission, Objectives, and Outcomes

Program Mission

The New England Institute of Technology’s Associate in Science in Welding Engineering Technology program is designed to prepare an educated entry-level welding technician with the ability to apply theory and best practices in design, welding, and fabrication. 

Program Educational Objectives

Graduates from the Associate in Science Degree in Welding Engineering Technology:

  1. Will have gained the knowledge, problem-solving abilities, and hands-on skills to succeed in a career in the manufacturing, design, specification, installation, testing, operation, maintenance, sales, or documentation of welded structures and products.
  2. Will be able to employ communication and teamwork skills to effectively bridge the gap between professional engineers and skilled production workers.
  3. Will be able to apply knowledge and a propensity for learning to continuously develop new skills and to learn about new areas needed for long-term career development, including science, engineering, and technology knowledge and communication and teamwork skills.
  4. Will achieve professional employment within the broad field of welding technology or related disciplines.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of their degree, graduates of the Welding Engineering Technology degree program will be able to:

  1. Apply welding theory and best practices to the analysis, design, fabrication and testing of welded metal structures and products.
  2. Apply current knowledge and adapt to emerging applications of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology.
  3. Apply creativity to the design of welded metal structures and products.
  4. Identify, analyze and solve technical problems.
  5. Commit to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement.
  6. Be competent in the use of the computer as a design, problem-solving and communications tool.

Associate in Science Degree

  • WEL 111 Interpreting Engineering Blueprints
  • WEL 114 OFC/OAW, Electric Welding and Cutting
  • WEL 124 CAD with Weldments
  • WEL 131 Materials and Manufacturing Processes
  • WEL 151 Industrial Welding I (SMAW)
  • WEL 152 Industrial Welding II (Advanced SMAW)
  • WEL 153 Industrial Welding III (GMAW)
  • WEL 242 Destructive & Non-Destructive Materials Testing OR ERD 122 Introduction to Robotic Control Systems
  • WEL 254 Industrial Welding IV (FCAW)
  • WEL 255 Industrial Welding V (GTAW)
  • WEL 259 Capstone Design Project OR ENG 281 Engineering Internship 
  • WEL 260 Introduction to Robotic Welding
  • WEL 271 Pipe Welding I (SMAW)
  • WEL 272 Pipe Welding II (GMAW/GTAW)
  • ABT 223 Structures I
  • ABT 232 Structures II
  • ENG 118 Introduction to Engineering Technology and Lab
  • MCT 115 Computer Aided Design I
  • MCT 239 Quality
  • MT 260 OSHA Marine Industry Safety or ELY 135 OSHA Construction Safety & Health 
  • EN 100 Introduction to College Writing
  • EN 200 Workplace Communications
  • MA 105 Basic College Math with Lab
  • MA 125 Technical Math I
  • MA 210 Technical Math II
  • PHY 200 Physics I and Lab
  • PHY 300 Physics II and Lab