Catalog 2014-2015, Final Edition 
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Welding Technology Center

Program Chair:

Paul Hasty, 970.339.6321,

Advisors and Faculty:

Paul Hasty, 970.339.6321,

Jeff Klein, 970.339.6203,

Sera Chalk, 970.339.6602,

Degree and Certificates Offered

Welding Technology (A.A.S. Degree - WT02)

Welding Technician (Certificate - WT01) 

Basic Welding and Cutting (Certificate) 

SMAW (Certificate) 

GMAW (Certificate) 


Advanced Welding Processes (Certificate) 

Welding for Ag Educators (Certificate) 


Potential Opportunities: Welding is a skill that impacts almost every industry in the world and provides a challenging, dynamic, and rewarding career. The Aims Welding Technology Program is designed to provide students with the skills and knowledge required to successfully enter the welding field.  The most common welding and cutting processes are covered in great detail as well as printreading, layout, metallurgy, and weld inspection. Attention to detail and the desire to work steadily and patiently to achieve a high level of skill in the art of welding are prerequisites for this program.

Some of the career possibilities in welding include:

Production Welder

Pipe Welder and Fitter

Repair and Maintenance Welder

Welding Supervisor

Automated Welding Machine Technician/Programmer

Welding Inspection and Quality Control Technician

Welding Equipment Sales and Repair

Business Owner/Entrepreneur

Students seeking either the Welding Technology A.A.S. degree or a welding certificate must take the Accuplacer assessment test prior to enrolling in welding classes. If assessment scores do not meet the requirements of the particular program of study, the student will be required to take the appropriate remedial coursework or demonstrate proficiency through reassessment in accordance with Aims assessment policy.


  • Remedial courses may be taken concurrently with welding courses as long as minimum assessment score requirements are met.
  • Degree seeking students are required to complete all remedial coursework within the first thirty semester hours of coursework.
  • The Welding for Ag Educators certificate is exempt from assessment testing requirements.


Personal Interest Courses

The following courses are designed to be customized to the individual student’s personal interests and are not applicable to the Welding Technology A.A.S. degree or certificates:

WEL 175 - Special Topics :
WEL 176 - Special Topics :
WEL 177 - Special Topics :
WEL 275 - Special Topics :
WEL 276 - Special Topics :
WEL 277 - Special Topics :



The Welding Department requires students to complete all welding courses with a minimum grade of “C” (70% or higher). Final scores below 70% receive a failing grade or “F”.

 Welding Technology Advisory Committee

 Dave Adler, General Air

 Orvin Adolf, Harsh International

 Glenn Ashley, Bollman Technical Education Center

 Gary Magnuson, Xcel Energy

Sydnie Rask, Aims Welding Student

Leland Shannon, Leed Fabrication Services

Virgil Simoens, Leed Fabrication Services


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