Associate of Applied Science in Welding and Nondestructive Testing Technology
The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) 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 AAS coursework toward a Bachelor of Science (BS) 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 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 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.
The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Welding and Nondestructive Testing Technology prepares students for employment in welding and/or nondestructive examination as entry-level technicians. A variety of career opportunities are available to welding technicians and nondestructive examination technicians. Both of these fields are utilized in construction, manufacturing and transportation industries throughout the world.
The AAS in Welding and Nondestructive Testing Technology constitutes the first two years of the Bachelor of Science (BS) in Applied Technologies Leadership.
Licensure and/or Certification
The AAS in Welding and Nondestructive Testing Technology prepares students to test for nationally recognized certifications in both Welding and Nondestructive Testing.
Students planning to seek a professional license or certificate in a state other than Alaska are required to contact the UAA offering department before enrolling to determine if the program meets the licensing/certification requirements of the state in which they wish to practice.
Complete the Admission Requirements for Associate Degrees.
- Complete the General University Requirements for Associate of Applied Science Degrees.
- Complete the General Education Requirements for Associate of Applied Science Degrees.
- Pass three separate welding process qualification tests.
- Pass two separate nondestructive testing method qualification exams
- Complete the following major requirements:
|WELD A101||Introduction to Welding||3|
|or WELD A190||Selected Topics in Welding Technology|
|or WELD A295||Welding & Nondestructive Testing Internship|
|WELD A112||Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW)||4|
|WELD A114||Welding of High Strength Steels||3|
|WELD A117||Pipe Fabrication||4|
|WELD A121||Pipe Welding Vertical-Down SMAW||4|
|or WELD A122||Pipe Welding Vertical-Up SMAW|
|WELD A157||Technical Drawings for Welders||3|
|WELD A161||Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW)||3|
|WELD A162||Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW)||3|
|WELD A174||Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW)||3|
|WELD A261||Ultrasonic Testing||4|
|WELD A262||General Nondestructive Testing||3|
|WELD A263||Radiographic Testing Safety||2|
|WELD A264||Radiographic Testing||4|
|WELD A281||Welding Inspection and Code Review||3|
|WELD A287||Welding Metallurgy Applications||5|
A minimum of 63 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.