Program Overview

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

The welding associate degree program teaches the fundamentals of welding techniques, welding technology, welding tools, welding design, welding materials, various testing methods and robotic welding.

You also take technical math, communication, and other standard education programs to help you perform better in a workshop setting. Graduates should be able to weld utilizing various procedures, check and test welding jobs, and apply welding safety requirements.

You require high school graduation or GED for these programs, and previous training in technical math, geometry, drafting, and metalworking benefits applicants. These courses may interest high school students who want to become skilled welders.

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Full Description

The New England Institute of Technology is one of the few elite technical colleges in the United States to offer a Welding Engineering associate degree program. You will enjoy a blended curriculum of hands-on training and welding engineering principles.

This welding technology program provides intensive training in oxy-acetylene and air carbon arc cutting, metal arc welding, brazing, Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW), Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW), Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW), Pipe Welding, and Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW).

In addition to welding and pipefitting, you will also take courses in industrial Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) safety procedures and policy, metallurgy, structural design, blueprint reading, computer-aided design and drafting (CAD), nondestructive testing, precision measurement and robotic welding. Internships are available to qualified students.

The curriculum has been approved by the American Welding Society (AWS) to provide students with a SENSE certification (Level One). Students also have the opportunity to achieve Six Sigma (Yellow Belt) quality certification, National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS) certifications, and the Solid Works welding certificate.

The associate of science in welding engineering technology will equip you to:

  • Understand the industry standards on adjusting, operating, and troubleshooting gas welding, shielded metal arc welding, oxyfuel welding, gas tungsten arc welding, and cutting apparatus.
  • Select the proper joint prep procedure for the weld metal joints and finish it according to industry guidelines with our state-of-the-art equipment in our sophisticated lab.
  • Use SMAW, GTAW, and OFW to weld grooves, laps, fillets, and seams.
  • Read and draft blueprints to complete projects from start to end.

During the first term of your associate degree, you will receive roughly 60 hours of formal CAD training. We provide the tools and materials, but students must purchase protective clothing to be safe in the lab.

You should pursue the courses listed in the required curriculum to finish your degree requirements as quickly as feasible. A student can complete the prerequisites for a conventional six-term program in as little as 18 months. You should attend classes in one liberal arts course each term to meet all of your degree requirements in the shortest amount of time.

The New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) has granted the New England Institute of Technology accreditation, allowing us to participate in federal financial aid programs.

In addition to NECHE accreditation, certain academic departments have specific professional accreditations. Maintaining at least 12 credits per academic term qualifies students for the maximum financial aid grant.

These technical standards set forth by the Welding Engineering Department establish the essential qualities considered necessary for students admitted to this program to achieve the knowledge, skills and competencies to enter these fields. The student must possess:

Cognitive Ability

  • Ability to focus over long periods and recall information on technical intricacies of component theory, engineering design, and computer and equipment functioning.
  • Ability to apply concepts in real-life situations.
  • The ability to deconstruct information into its constituent elements.
  • Understanding of spatial relationships. 

Adaptive Ability

  • Ability to retain emotional stability and the maturity required to deal responsibly with other faculty members and students.

Communication Skills

  • Proficiency in communicating with instructors and students.
  • Ability to demonstrate and apply knowledge gained in the classroom and the lab.

Physical Ability

  • Must be able to work in a standing, sitting, crouching, kneeling, or lying position.
  • Both arms and legs must be able to lift, lower, push, and pull.
  • Ability to stand for 4-6 hours.
  • Ability to independently perform learnt skills with correctness and completeness within realistic time frames while adhering to procedures.

Manual Ability

  • Ability to work with screwdrivers, wrenches, and other tools.
  • Sufficient motor coordination and manual dexterity.

Sensory Ability

  • The visual ability to distinguish between tools and instruments, wires, and components.
  • Acute enough to read measurement and industrial equipment control settings.
  • Can hear and interpret words uttered by others in the presence of a lot of background noise.

Job Availability In Rhode Island

Despite its small size, Rhode Island is expected to have the largest requirement of welders over the next 10 years.

With around 250 new positions added each year, the need for welders will only increase. This figure is significantly higher than the national average. Rhode Island is a fantastic place to work for entry-level and experienced welders.

Graduates of the welding associates degree program are prepared for several types of industry positions including welding engineering technician, industrial engineering technician, production welder, CADD designer, CADD technician, quality control engineering technician, welding industry salesman, and materials testing technician.

The NEIT Campus That Offers Associate Degree in Welding Technology

The NEIT campus that offers the Associate Degree in Welding is the Access Road Campus located in 110 Access Rd #65, Warwick, RI 02886.


Welding License Requirements For Rhode Island

There are no laws in Rhode Island that call for a specific welding license. Welders are urged to obtain certifications, nevertheless, as most businesses will demand them based on the sort of work involved, just like the rest of the United States. Though there are no recognized testing centers for welders in Rhode Island, after certification, a lot of career opportunities will become available. 

Welders having the only nationally recognized certification – the Certified Welding Educator Program – will be given preference over those without it.

To enhance your chances of getting work as a welder in Rhode Island, it would help if you had a certification in the three major welding types: 

  • Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG)
  • Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW)
  • Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW

Salary Data for Welding Engineers In Rhode Island

Rhode Island is leading the way in terms of job growth in the welding industry. According to the US Department of Labor, welding job opportunities in Rhode Island will grow by 31.8 percent over the next five years.

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, welders in Rhode Island earn in the top half of all welders in the country. In 2021, the average annual salary for Rhode Island welders was $48,290, with an hourly rate of $27.65.


Potential Career Opportunities

With the right education and certificate qualifications from NEIT, professional welders have a wide-ranging selection of prospects to choose from in verticals, including inspection, manufacturing, and test processes. Here’s a look at some of the types of openings that are available:

Aluminum Welder

Fabrication Welder


Maintenance Welder

Sub Arc Operator

Structural Steel Fitter


Launch Building Technology Lab

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Program Mission, Goals, 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 Goals

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.

Courses Offered

For the latest listing of courses offered, please review our University Catalog here.

Q&A and Technical Standards

Questions & Answers

  1. When do my classes meet?Day Classes: Technical classes normally meet for at least three hours a day for up to five days a week. Classes normally begin in the early morning (7:45 a.m.), late morning (usually 11:25 a.m.), or mid-afternoon. The time slot for your program may vary from term to term.Evening Classes: Technical classes meet on the average of three nights a week, although there may be times when they will meet four nights a week. Classes normally begin at 5:45 p.m.In addition, to achieve your associate degree, you will take a total of approximately eight liberal arts courses, which will be scheduled around your technical schedule over the course of your entire program. Each liberal arts course meets approximately four hours per week. Liberal arts courses are offered days, evenings, and Saturdays.At the beginning of each term you will receive a detailed schedule giving the exact time and location of all your classes. The College requires that all students be prepared to take classes and receive services at any of NEIT’s locations where the appropriate classes and services are offered.When a regularly scheduled class falls on a day which is an NEIT observed holiday (Columbus Day, Veterans Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and Memorial Day), an alternate class will be scheduled as a make up for that class. The make-up class may fall on a Friday. It is the student’s responsibility to take note of when and where classes are offered.
  2. How large will my classes be?The average size for a class is about 20 to 25 students; however, larger and smaller classes occur from time to time.
  3. How much time will I spend in lab?Almost half of your technical courses consist of laboratory work. In order for you to get the most out of your laboratory experiences, you will first receive a thorough explanation of the theory behind your lab work.
  4. Where do my classes meet?Students should be prepared to attend classes at any of NEIT’s classroom facilities: either at the Post Road, Access Road, or East Greenwich campus.
  5. I have not earned my high school diploma or GED: can I enroll in an Associate Degree Program?A candidate for admission to an associate degree program must have a high school diploma, have earned a recognized equivalency diploma (GED), or meet the federal home school requirements.
  6. How long should it take me to complete my program?To complete your degree requirements in the shortest possible time, you should take the courses outlined in the prescribed curriculum. For a typical six-term curriculum, a student may complete the requirements in as little as 18 months.To complete all your degree requirements in the shortest time, you should take at least one liberal arts course each term. Students who need more time to complete their curriculum may postpone some of the liberal arts courses until after the completion of the technical requirements. Students are provided up to two additional terms of study to complete the liberal arts requirements without any additional tuition assessment fee. During these additional terms of study, students are required to pay all applicable fees.Students may also elect to complete some of their liberal arts requirements during Intersession, a five-week term scheduled between Spring and Summer Quarters. Students will not be assessed any additional tuition for liberal arts courses taken during the Intersession but may be assessed applicable fees.Students wishing to extend the number of terms needed to complete the required technical courses in their curriculum will be assessed additional tuition and fees.
  7. Is NEIT accredited?NEIT is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education. Accreditation by NECHE is recognized by the federal government and entitles NEIT to participate in federal financial aid programs. Some academic departments have specialized professional accreditations in addition to accreditation by NECHE. For more information on accreditation, see NEIT’s catalog.
  8. Can I transfer the credits that I earn at NEIT to another college?The transferability of a course is always up to the institution to which the student is transferring. Students interested in the transferability of their credits should contact the Office of Teaching and Learning for further information.
  9. Can I transfer credits earned at another college to NEIT?Transfer credit for appropriate courses taken at an accredited institution will be considered upon receipt of an official transcript for any program, biology, science, and mathematics courses in which the student has earned a “C” or above within the past three years and for English or humanities courses in which the student has earned a “C” or above within the last ten years. An official transcript from the other institution must be received before the end of the first week of the term for transfer credit to be granted for courses to be taken during that term. Students will receive a tuition reduction for the approved technical courses based on the program rate and will be applied against the final technical term of the curriculum’s tuition amount. No tuition credit is provided for courses which are not a part of the technical curriculum.
  10. What is the “Feinstein Enriching America” Program?New England Institute of Technology is the proud recipient of a grant from the Feinstein Foundation. To satisfy the terms of the grant, the College has developed a one-credit community enrichment course which includes hands-on community enrichment projects. The course can be taken for a few hours per term, spread over several terms. Students who are already engaged in community enrichment on their own may be able to count that service towards course credit.
  11. How many credits do I need to acquire my Financial Aid?In order to be eligible for the maximum financial aid award, you need to maintain at least 12 credits per academic term.
  12. What does my program cost?The cost of your program will be as outlined in your enrollment agreement, along with your cost for books and other course materials. Students who decide to take more terms than the enrollment agreement describes to complete the technical courses in their curriculum will be subject to additional fees and possible additional tuition costs. Students who elect to take the technical portion of the degree requirements at a rate faster than the rate prescribed in the curriculum and the enrollment agreement will be assessed additional tuition.Students who require prerequisite courses will incur additional tuition and fees above those outlined in their enrollment agreement.If a student elects to take a course(s) outside of the prescribed curriculum, additional tuition and fees will be assessed.Remember, students who withdraw and re-enter, one time only, pay the tuition rate that was in effect for them at the time of their last day of attendance for up to one year from their last day of attendance. Second re-entries and beyond pay the tuition rate in effect at the time they re-enter. The most economical way for you to complete your college degree is to begin your program now and continue your studies straight through for the six terms necessary to complete your degree requirements.
  13. What kind of employment assistance does NEIT offer?The Career Services Office assists NEIT students and graduates in all aspects of the job search, including resume writing, interviewing skills, and developing a job search strategy. Upon completion of their program, graduates may submit a resume to the Career Services Office to be circulated to employers for employment opportunities in their fields. Employers regularly contact us about our graduates. In addition, our Career Services Office contacts employers to develop job leads. A strong relationship with employers exists as a result of our training students to meet the needs of industry for over fifty years. No school can, and NEIT does not, guarantee to its graduates’ employment or a specific starting salary.
  14. Where will job opportunities exist?Graduates have obtained employment in the local area. However, one of the most exciting aspects of this program is the ability to look nationally for employment opportunities.
  15. Is there any state or federal licensing required in my field?No licensing is required for any of the careers which you will be preparing to enter.
  16. What kind of jobs will I be qualified to look for?You will be qualified to obtain entry-level positions such as:
    • Welding Engineering Technician
    • Industrial Engineering Technician
    • Quality Control Engineering Technician
    • CADD Designer
    • CADD Technician
    • Welding Industry Salesman
    • Materials Testing Technician
    • Production Welder



  17. How much time will I spend on Computer Assisted Drafting (CAD)?You will receive approximately 60 hours of formal training on CAD during the first term of your program.
  18. Are there any additional costs/activities associated with this program?New England Tech supplies tools and materials, but students are required to buy protective clothing to ensure their safety in the lab.

Technical Standards

These technical standards set forth by the Welding Engineering Technology Department, establishes the essential qualities considered necessary for students admitted to this program to achieve the knowledge, skills and competencies to enter these fields. The successful student must possess the following skills and abilities or be able to demonstrate that they can complete the requirements of the program with or without reasonable accommodation, using some other combination of skills and abilities.

Cognitive Ability

  • Ability to concentrate for long periods of time and retain information on intricate details of component theory and analysis of engineering design and operation of computers and machinery.
  • Ability to deal with materials and problems such as organizing or reorganizing information.
  • Ability to use abstractions in specific concrete situations.
  • Ability to break information into its component parts.
  • Ability to understand spatial relationships.
  • Possession of basic math skills through addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of whole numbers and fractions using both the U.S. and Metric systems of measurement.
  • Ability to perform tasks by observing demonstrations.
  • Ability to perform tasks by following written instructions.
  • Ability to perform tasks following verbal instructions.

Communications Skills

  • Ability to communicate effectively with faculty and students.
  • Ability to demonstrate and use the knowledge acquired during the classroom training process and in the lab setting.

Adaptive Ability

  • Ability to maintain emotional stability and the maturity necessary to interact with other members of the faculty and students in a responsible manner.

Physical Ability

  • An ability to work in a standing, sitting, squatting, kneeling, or lying position
  • An ability to lift, lower, push, and pull using both arms and legs.
  • Ability to lift objects weighing up to 35 pounds.
  • Ability to stand on a hard surface, usually concrete, for 4-6 hours at a time.
  • Sufficient upper body strength to carry 20 pounds.
  • Sufficient strength and agility to lift equipment and move large pieces of equipment independently.
  • Sufficient strength and agility to grasp and maintain tension for long periods of time.
  • Ability to wear and tolerate ear plugs, safety glasses and other protective equipment.
  • Ability to perform learned skills, independently, with accuracy and completeness within reasonable time frames in accordance with procedures.

Manual Ability

  • Ability to manipulate wrenches, screwdrivers, and other tools.
  • Sufficient motor function and sensory abilities to participate effectively in the classroom laboratory.
  • Sufficient manual dexterity and motor coordination to coordinate hands, eyes and fingers in the operation of tools and other equipment.

Sensory Ability

  • Visual
    • Visual ability, with or without correction, to enable the student to differentiate tools and instruments, wires, and components.
    • Acute enough to read dials, and position of control settings of measurement and industrial equipment.
    • Acute enough to read small print.
    • Acute enough to read small numbers on precision measuring instruments.
  • Auditory
    • Acute enough to hear and understand words spoken by others in an environment with a high level of noise in the background.