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Program Overview

Northwest Tech delivers much more than a your typical classroom and book-learning experience — you will learn hands-on, acquiring essential skills and professional connections along the way.

Northwest Tech’s welding department presents unique opportunities for you, the student, by devoting the majority of its program to actual work-based experience, including in-shop training and on-the-job site training. Additionally, our curriculum is continually being updated to provide you with the latest training for the industry as technology and equipment advance.

Welding is designed to teach specific skills in all aspects of the welding trade, which include arc welding, oxyacetylene welding, TIG, MIG, brazing, and semi-automatic cutting. Other related areas of study include blueprint reading, job layout, shop math, hard surfacing (ARC as well as powder torch), and pipe welding. You will learn welding processes that allow you to work with mild steel, cast iron, brass, aluminum, stainless steel, and some alloy metals.

Northwest Tech offers you several welding program options: a two-semester work-based track where you can receive your associates degree or a Technical Certificate C; and an 18-week track specializing in pipe and plate welding where you can earn a Technical Certificate A.

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Program Length

One Year


Associate of Applied Science
(or Technical Certificate)

Projected Salary
$15,000 – 45,000 per year


Advisory Committee
  • Steve Evert
    Goodland, Kansas
  • Gary Farris
    Farris MFG.
  • L.D. Smith
  • Frank Otter
    Otter Inc.
  • Mitch Janisch
    Goodland, Kansas
  • Pat Arasmith
    Goodland, Kansas
  • Dennis Malsom
    Malsom Enterprises
  • Bill Jones
    New Age Industrial