The Associate in Applied Science in Advanced Manufacturing with a concentration in Welding is designed to prepare individuals for employment in the field of welding. The program is a competency based program that includes both theory and hands-on practical application based instruction. Instruction is provided in various processes and techniques of welding and cutting different types of materials. This includes, but may not be limited to, oxy-fuel cutting, carbon arc cutting, shield metal arc welding, gas tungsten arc welding, flux cored arc welding, gas metal arc welding, pipe welding, and plasma arc cutting. Students will also be trained in blueprint reading and interpreting weld symbols and joints. After completion of the program, the student will have covered skills designated by the AWS (American Welding Society) and will be prepared to take the AWS Entry Level Welder test. Students completing the Welding Technology program will also be required to participate in AWS Sense third party credentialing as part of the curriculum. This concentration area has a series of stackable short term certificates focused on specific skill sets an individual can earn as they progress toward an Associate degree or take in order to develop their skills in a particular area of demand.