Information on the alignment requirements for the Welding Technology Program

CIP Code: 48.0508
CIP Name: Welding Technology/Welder
Definition: A program that prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills to join or cut metal surfaces. Includes instruction in arc welding, resistance welding, brazing and soldering, cutting, high-energy beam welding and cutting, solid state welding, ferrous and non-ferrous materials, oxidation-reduction reactions, welding metallurgy, welding processes and heat treating, structural design, safety, and applicable codes and standards.

Approval Status

The Welding Technology realignment was approved by the Kansas Board of Regents on March 17, 2021.  Colleges are granted one year from the approval date to implement the alignment. Implementation must be completed by Fall 2022.

Alignment Map

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Common Courses  (10-12 credit hours)
Common Courses serve as potential articulation and transfer of coursework between secondary and postsecondary partners.  These courses shall have the same title, credit hour allocation, and competencies.  Institutions may add additional competencies based on local demand.  The sequencing of common courses is determined by the institution.

SMAW (Shielded Metal Arc Welding) 3 credit hours (pdf)
GMAW (Gas Metal Arc Welding) 3 credit hours (pdf)
GTAW (Gas Tungsten Arc Welding) 3 credit hours (pdf)
Welding Safety and/or OSHA 10 or OSHA 30      1-3 credit hours (pdf)

Support Course (1-3 credit hours)
Institutions may utilize existing like courses which adhere to the agreed upon course lengths and competencies.

Blueprint Reading                        3 credit hours


To learn where this program is available in Kansas, visit the Kansas Career Technical Education Program Search.