Associate of Applied Science in Welding and Nondestructive Testing Technology

The Associate of Applied Science degree in Welding and Nondestructive Testing Technology is designed to prepare students for a career as a welding and/or nondestructive testing technician. Courses include hands-on applications of various welding and nondestructive testing processes. Students develop the skills and knowledge for employment within the oil and gas, mining, construction, maritime, fabrication, and manufacturing industries. The academic requirements of the program provide students with the written and oral communication skills needed for success. Additionally, if a student desires to continue their education, they may apply the A.A.S. coursework toward a B.S. in Applied Technologies Leadership. The courses within this program are based on a combination of industry standards that include: American Welding Society, American Petroleum Institute, American Society for Mechanical Engineers, and the American Society for Nondestructive Testing.

The welding courses within the AAS degree focus on all positions in SMAW, GTAW, GMAW, and FCAW. Students develop skills associated with pipe welding and also the related computational skills needed to be successful. Other processes associated with pipe, plate and various structural shapes are included in the courses.  

The NDT courses embedded within the AAS degree provide students with extensive practice in testing and inspection methods. The program is recognized by the American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT) and serves as the leading program in Alaska. Students gain hands-on experience in ultrasonic and radiographic testing methods as well as magnetic particle, eddy-current, and liquid penetrant.

Admission Requirements

Satisfy the Application and Admission Requirements for Associate Degree Programs.


Students should consult the WELD faculty for assistance with course planning toward the AAS degree.

Graduation Requirements

Program Requirements

MATH A105Intermediate Algebra (or any MATH course for which MATH A105 is a prerequisite)3
WRTG A111Writing Across Contexts3
WRTG A212Writing and the Professions3
Additional AAS General Course Requirements6
Select one of the following:3-4
Physics of Sports
Physical Science
and Physical Science Lab
College Physics I
WELD A112Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW)3
WELD A157Technical Drawings for Welders3
WELD A161Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW)3
WELD A162Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW)3
WELD A174Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW)3
WELD A261Ultrasonic Testing4
WELD A262General Nondestructive Testing3
WELD A263Radiographic Testing Safety2
WELD A264Radiographic Testing4
WELD A281Welding Inspection and Code Review3
WELD A287Welding Metallurgy Applications5
Select one of the following:3-4
Pipe Fabrication
Selected Topics in Welding Technology
Welding & Nondestructive Testing Internship
Total Credits57-59

Pass three separate all-position welder qualification tests.

Pass two separate NDT method qualification tests.

A minimum of 62 credits is required for the degree.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this AAS degree, students will demonstrate:

  • Demonstrate hazard assessment and best safety practices.
  • Demonstrate advanced technical skills that meet published industry standards in the welding and nondestructive examination fields.
  • Demonstrate advanced technical knowledge of the interrelationship between metallurgy, welding and inspection processes.
  • Demonstrate advanced forms of effective technical, oral, and written communication.
  • Demonstrate application of advanced mathematical formulas and computations as applied in the welding, inspection and nondestructive examination fields.