Welding Technology, AAS

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Program Intro

The Welding Technology, AAS–A50420 curriculum provides students with a sound understanding of the science, technology, and applications essential for successful employment in the welding and metal industry.

Instruction includes consumable and non-consumable electrode welding and cutting processes. Courses in math, blueprint reading, metallurgy, welding inspection, and destructive and non-destructive testing provide the student with industry-standard skills developed through classroom training and practical application.

Graduates of the Welding Technology curriculum may be employed as entry-level technicians in the welding and metalworking industries. Career opportunities also exist in construction, manufacturing, fabrication, sales, quality control, supervision, and welding-related self-employment.

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  • ACA 111 – College Student Success
    This course introduces the college’s physical, academic, and social environment and promotes the personal development essential for success.
  • WLD 110 – Cutting Processes
    This course introduces oxy-fuel and plasma-arc cutting systems. Topics include safety, proper equipment setup, and operation of oxy-fuel and plasma-arc cutting equipment with emphasis on a straight line, curve, and bevel cutting.


  • COM 110 – Introduction to Communication
    This course provides an overview of the basic concepts of communication and the skills necessary to communicate in various contexts. Emphasis is placed on communication theories and techniques used in interpersonal group, public, intercultural, and mass communication situations.
  • WLD 131 – GTAW (TIG) Plate
    This course introduces the gas tungsten arc (TIG) welding process. Topics include a correct selection of tungsten, polarity, gas, and proper filler rod with emphasis placed on safety, equipment setup, and welding techniques.


  • BPR 111 – Print Reading
    This course introduces the basic principles of print reading. Topics include line types, orthographic projections, dimensioning methods, and notes.
  • WLD 141 – Symbols & Specifications
    This course introduces the basic symbols and specifications used in welding. Emphasis is placed on the interpretation of lines, notes, welding symbols, and specifications.


  • WLD 215 – SMAW (Stick) Pipe
    This course covers the knowledge and skills that apply to welding pipes. Topics include pipe positions, joint geometry, and preparation with emphasis placed on bead application, profile, and discontinuities.
  • WLD 262 – Inspection & Testing
    This course introduces destructive and non-destructive testing methods. Emphasis is placed on safety, types, and methods of testing, and the use of testing equipment and materials.

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Who to Contact

For more information:
James Leonard
Welding Technology Program Chair/Instructor

Bullock (Bldg 001), Room 108
Phone: (252) 527-6223, ext. 106
Fax: (252) 233-6879
Email: jtleonard93@lenoircc.edu

For more information:
Justin Harvell
Welding Technology Instructor

Greene County Center (Bldg 017A)
Phone: (252) 747-3434, ext. 762
Fax: (252) 747-3839
Email: jrharvell62@lenoircc.edu

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