Welding & Metal Fabrication

The Welding & Metal Fabrication program provides students with the unique opportunity to combine two highly skilled trades into one AAS degree by taking the one-year Welding Technology certificate and adding an additional year of training in Dunwoody’s state-of-the-art machine shop. Students gain the entry-level skills and theoretical knowledge to machine parts, layout assemblies for fabrication, weld assemblies and finish weldments utilizing various machine tools

Graduates from this program are prepared to enter the industry as machine operators, production machinists, welders, fabricators, assemblers and tool builders. The course of study includes: manual milling and turning; measurement and materials; job planning and layout; metallurgy; oxygen-fuel welding and cutting; shielded metal arc welding (SMAW-stick); gas metal arc welding (GMAW-MIG); gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW-TIG); and the various fabrication processes.

The program’s curriculum is closely aligned with standards set forth by National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS) and the American Welding Society (AWS). Arts & Sciences curriculum supports the technical coursework by enhancing the students’ communication, mathematics and critical thinking skills.

Degree Information:

Graduates earn an associate of Applied Science degree; the program takes two years (four semesters) to complete.

Common Job Titles: 

Welder; Fabricator; Millwright; Pipefitter

Program Placement Rate: 100%

Data reflects placement for AY2013-14 graduates indicating employment in their field of study within 6 months following graduation. Full data calculations are available for review during College open hours Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. CT at Career Services or contact rthomson@dunwoody.edu.

Recent Employers:

Despatch Industries; BAUER Manufacturing, Inc.; Caterpillar, Inc.; GE Power & Water; Protofab Engineering

National Median Salary: $35,450

SOURCE: Based on the 2012-2013 Edition of the Occupational Outlook Handbook published by the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, www.bls.gov.

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