Welding

Workforce Ready

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.

  • Demonstrate welding safety and proper use of shop tools.
  • Demonstrate oxy-acetylene and cutting skills.
  • Demonstrate shielded metal arc welding skills.
  • Demonstrate gas metal arc welding skills.
  • Perform braze welding.
  • Demonstrate gas tungsten welding.
  • Demonstrate mathematical and reasoning skills.
  • Demonstrate effective reading, writing, speaking, listening and time management skills.
  • Construct a resume.

Shea Vrbka
Welding Instructor
Phone: (785) 890-1576
Email: shea.vrbka@nwktc.edu

Clifford Smith
Welding Instructor
Phone: (785) 890-1576
Email: clifford.smith@nwktc.edu

Listed cost information includes tuition, additional fees, books,  supplies, iPads, clothing and tools if necessary. For a comprehensive breakdown of each program’s cost information download Northwest Tech’s Estimated Program Costs worksheet.

Program Length

Two Years
August-May

Associate of Applied Science
(or Technical Certificate)

Projected Salary

$15,000 – 45,000 per year

Course Outline and Tool List

Download a PDF version of the course outline here and the tool list here.

 

  • Steve Evert
  • Gary Farris
  • L.D. Smith
  • Frank Otter
  • Mitch Janisch
  • Pat Arasmith
  • Dennis Malsom
  • Bill Jones

Admissions Checklist

Below is a list of items Northwest Tech’s Admissions Team will need prior to your acceptance into the Welding program.

  • A Northwest Tech Application Completed and Submitted

  • $25 Application Fee Paid

  • High School or GED Transcript Submitted

  • (If Applicable) College Transcript Submitted

  • ACT or AccuPlacer Scores Submitted (AccuPlacer Testing can be scheduled on-site at the Northwest Tech campus)

Required items can be submitted in person at the Northwest Tech campus, via postal mail addressed to: Northwest Tech Admissions, 1209 Harrison, Goodland, KS, or through email communications with admission@nwktc.edu.