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.
Students should consult the WELD faculty for assistance with course planning toward the AAS degree.
- Satisfy the General University Requirements for Associate of Applied Science Degrees.
- Complete the General Course Requirements for Associate of Applied Science Degrees.
- Complete the Program Requirements below.
|MATH A105||Intermediate Algebra (or any MATH course for which MATH A105 is a prerequisite)||3|
|WRTG A111||Writing Across Contexts||3|
|WRTG A212||Writing and the Professions||3|
|Additional AAS General Course Requirements||6|
|Select one of the following:||3-4|
|Physics of Sports|
and Physical Science Lab
|College Physics I|
|WELD A112||Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW)||3|
|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|
|Select one of the following:||3-4|
|Selected Topics in Welding Technology|
|Welding & Nondestructive Testing Internship|
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.