Welding Technology - Associate of Applied Science

61 credits

The Associate of Applied Science in Welding Technology teaches students how to set up and use various types of welding equipment. Students also will learn how to weld pipe and plate in various positions: flat, horizontal, vertical, and overhead.

Students must complete all University degree requirements, which include: General Education requirements and elective credits to total at least 61 credits. Developmental coursework will not count towards the degree requirements and/or elective credits, but may be needed in order to take the necessary English and Mathematics coursework.

(See also Welding Technology Certificate)

Prefix Title Credits
General Education
Select one course from four of the following six content areas for a total of 13 credits. 1, 213
This degree requires courses from Areas I, IV, V and VI; students do not need to take additional courses to complete the General Education requirements.
Area I: Communications
Composition I4
Area IV: Social/Behavioral Sciences
Introduction to Psychology3
Introduction to Sociology
Area V: Humanities
Select one from the following:
United States History I3
United States History II
Introduction to Philosophy3
Introduction to Ethics3
Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts
Select one from the following:
Orientation in Art3
Introduction to Theatre3
General Education Elective
ENGL 2210GProfessional and Technical Communication Honors3
Welding Core Requirements
WELD 100Structural Welding I6
WELD 110Blueprint Reading (Welding)3
WELD 120Basic Metallurgy3
WELD 125Introduction to Pipe Welding3
WELD 130Introduction to GMAW MIG)3
WELD 140Introduction to GTAW TIG)3
WELD 150Pipe Welding II3
WELD 170Welded Fabrication3
WELD 190Welded Art3
WELD 211Welder Qualification6
Other Course Requirements
DRFT 114Introduction to Solid Modeling3
or DRFT 109 Computer Drafting Fundamentals
MATH 1215Intermediate Algebra3
or OETS 118 Mathematics for Technicians
Total Credits61

A Suggested Plan of Study

This roadmap assumes student placement in ENGL 1110G Composition I and demonstrates how to complete an Associate degree in two years.  The contents and order of this roadmap may vary depending on initial student placement in mathematics and English. It is only a suggested plan of study for students and is not intended as a contract.  Course availability may vary from fall to spring semester and may be subject to modification or change.  Students are advised to earn a C or better in courses to avoid repeating courses and may consider completing General Education courses in the summer.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
WELD 100 Structural Welding I 6
WELD 130 Introduction to GMAW MIG) 3
WELD 140 Introduction to GTAW TIG) 3
OETS 118 3
WELD 110 Blueprint Reading (Welding) 3
ENGL 1110G Composition I 4
PSYC 1110G
Introduction to Psychology
or Introduction to Sociology
DRFT 109
Computer Drafting Fundamentals
or Introduction to Solid Modeling
Second Year
WELD 120 Basic Metallurgy 3
WELD 125 Introduction to Pipe Welding 3
WELD 150 Pipe Welding II 3
ENGL 2210G Professional and Technical Communication Honors 3
WELD 170 Welded Fabrication 3
WELD 211 Welder Qualification 6
WELD 190 Welded Art 3
AREA V: Humanities 1 3
AREA VI: Creative and Fine Arts 1 3
 Total Credits61

See the General Education section for a full list.

Program Manager: Richard Gutierrez 
Phone: (505) 287-6645 
Email: richardg@nmsu.edu
Office: Room 121A, Martinez Hall, 2nd Floor