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Mission Statement

The Associate of Applied Science, Technology degree program is designed to provide entry-level skills, continuing education, and advanced technical skills in several specialized fields including Welding, Construction, and Occupational Safety.

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For more information and advising, contact Lorraine Stewart at 907-486-1209.

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What will I learn?


Upon completion of this program, you will be able to:

  • Understand, describe, and analyze the physical components found in technical systems.
  • Understand and apply safety practices.
  • Demonstrate and apply knowledge of science, math, and computers in technical fields.
  • Demonstrate technical knowledge and skills required in today's metal fabrication and structural welding environments.
  • Demonstrate applications of specifications and welding procedures to specific job tasks.
  • Demonstrate safe work habits by assessing hazards and using best practices to avoid exposure to risk of injury, and to avoid damaging equipment.
What classes will I take?

General Requirements:

Oral Communications GER (3CR) Select one of the following:

  • COMM A111     Methods of Oral Communication
  • COMM A235     Small Group Communication
  • COMM A237     Interpersonal Communication
  • COMM A241     Public Speaking

Written Communications GER (6CR)

  • ENGL A111       Methods of Written Communication
  • ENGL A212       Technical Writing

Mathematics GER (3CR)

  • MATH A105       Intermediate Algebra

Natural Sciences GER (4CR) Select one of the following:

  • CHEM A103/L   Survey of Chemistry with Lab
  • CHEM A105/L   General Chemistry with Lab
  • GEOL A111        Physical Geology
  • PHYS A123/L    Basic Physics I with Lab

Technology Core Requirements

  • AET A101          Fundamentals to CADD for Building Construction
  • CIS A105           Introduction to Personal Computers and Software Applications
  • ET A151            Basic Electricity for the Trades
  • HUMS A153     Human Relations or HUMS A155 Human Relations in the Workplace
  • OSH A101         Introduction to Occupational Safety and Health
  • OSH A250         Hazardous Material Operations
  • TECH A101       Introduction to Technological Principles

Welding Emphasis Requirements

  • WELD A112       Shielded Metal Arc Welding
  • WELD A114       Welding of High Strength Steel
  • WELD A157       Technical Drawing for Welders
  • WELD A161       Gas Metal Arc Welding
  • WELD A190       Selected Topics in Welding
  • TECH A295        Technical Internship
What can I do with this degree?

The purpose of this degree emphasis is to produce capable graduates who can perform safely and efficiently in a welding environment.



Use hand-welding, flame-cutting or brazing equipment ot weld metal components or fill holes or seams of fabricated metal products safely and efficiently.

Earning Potential

The average wage of a welder is about $30 per hour.

Job Outlook

Alaska's employment growth is moderate with high employment opportunities.