Welding and Fabrication Technology (9414)

The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree in Welding and Fabrication Technology is designed to prepare students for immediate employment in the manufacturing, construction and energy industries as well as in the public sector.  The range and depth of program courses prepare students to be job ready for employment in positions including: fabrication, welding, soldering, and brazing, as well as in sales, inspection, repair, supervision and management.  The basic technical welding courses may be taken at Lakeland or by successfully completing the 15-week Comprehensive Welding Program at Lincoln Electric (http://lincolnelectric.com) through Lakeland’s partnership with Lincoln Electric.  

The American Welding Society Certification of Qualification exam is embedded in the advanced welding courses.  Successful completion of these exams results in the issuance of a portable industry recognized credential.  The Manufacturing Institute, an affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers, has designated Lakeland Community College as an M Status school as the Welding and Fabrication Technology Program aligns with industry-recognized standards.  Students successfully completing the AAS Degree in Welding and Fabrication Technology will be well positioned to advance their studies in a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Welding program.

Equipment required on the first day of technical welding classes:  long pants; welding helmet (shade #10 or above); safety glasses; work gloves; welding jacket; leather work boots, preferably steel toe; 8” crescent wrench; soapstone and holder; tape measure; combination square, chipping hammer,  wire brush, tool bag, center punch, and 12 oz. ball peen hammer, and 4 1/2” grinder is optional.

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredit Hours
FYEX 1000 First Year Experience 1
CIVT 2025 Safety in Construction 2
OSHA 30-Hour General Industry Outreach Training
OSHA 30-Hour Construction Industry Outreach Training
WELD 1030 Arc Welding Fundamentals 3
WELD 1040 Introduction to Metal Fabrication and Mechanized Welding 3
WELD 1300 Thermal Cutting, Gouging, Brazing, and Soldering 2
WELD 1320 Basic SMAW (Stick) Welding 2
WELD 1340 Basic FCAW (Flux Cored) and GMAW (MIG/MAG) Welding 1 3
 Credit Hours16
Second Semester
BUSM 1300 Introduction to Business 3
WELD 1330 Basic GTAW (TIG) 3
WELD 1370 Basic Pipe Welding 3
Select course(s) from the Welding Electives list 6
 Credit Hours15
COMM 1000
Effective Public Speaking
or Effective Interpersonal Communications
ENGL 1110
English Composition I (A) 2
or English Composition I (B)
 Credit Hours6
Third Semester
MATH 1080 Introduction to Technical Mathematics 4
Select course(s) from the Welding Electives list 9
 Credit Hours13
Fourth Semester
BUSM 1330 Business Ethics 3
BUSM 2000 Principles of Management 3
PHYS 1550 Everyday Physics 3
PSYC 1500 Introduction to Psychology 3
Select course(s) from the Arts and Humanities Electives list 3
 Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours65

In addition to the supplies listed in the course description, this course also requires welpers or MIG pliers as part of the required supplies.


English course selection is based on placement test results (ENGL 1111 English Composition I (B) is 4 credits, only 3 credits apply to the degree).

Technical course
This course is designated as a technical course in the program. Students must earn a "C" grade or higher in the course to fulfill the college's graduation requirements policy.


Course Title Credit Hours
Technical Electives
CIMN 1050Blueprint Reading and Shop Math 3
WELD 2320Advanced SMAW (Stick) Welding 3
WELD 2330Advanced GTAW (TIG) 3
WELD 2340Advanced FCAW (Flux Cored) Welding 13
WELD 2350Advanced GMAW (MIG/MAG) Welding 13
WELD 2370Advanced Pipe Welding 3
WELD 2380GTAW (TIG) Pipe Welding Application 3
WELD 2400Welding Inspection 3
WELD 2410Welding Economics 3
Arts and Humanities Electives
ARTS 1120Art Appreciation3
ARTS 2220Survey of Art I3
ARTS 2230Survey of Art II3
ENGL 2250Survey of American Literature I3
ENGL 2260Survey of American Literature II3
ENGL 2280Survey of British Literature I3
ENGL 2290Survey of British Literature II3
HUMX 1100Introduction to Humanities3
MUSC 1200Music Appreciation3
MUSC 1215World Music3
MUSC 1800Popular Music: Rock, Jazz, Country, and Hip-Hop3
MUSC 2200Music History and Literature I3
MUSC 2250Music History and Literature II3
PHIL 1500Introduction to Philosophy3
PHIL 2000Comparative Religion3
PHOT 1000History of Photography3