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The Welding Program provides specialized training in welding safety, welding theory, mathematics, cost analysis, blueprint reading and pipe template development. Students learn a variety of welding techniques including SMAW, GMAW, FCAW and GTAW as well as oxy-fuel welding/cutting and carbon arc and plasma cutting/gouging. Students become proficient in all national code and standard positions on mild steel, aluminum and stainless steel plate and pipe. Upon successful completion of the one-year program, students receive a Welding Certificate and are eligible to sit for certification examinations in a wide variety of welding disciplines.

Program Outcomes

  • Apply safe working practices while welding and cutting.
  • Prepare quality welds using the SMAW process on pipe and plate in all positions.
  • Prepare quality welds using the OFW/Brazing process in all positions.
  • Produce quality cuts using various cutting equipment and techniques on carbon, stainless and aluminum in all positions.
  • Prepare quality welds using GMAW/FCAW process on pipe and plate in all positions.
  • Prepare quality welds using GTAW process on carbon, stainless and aluminum in all positions.
  • Prepare working drawings or blueprints to produce quality products.
  • Construct products from blueprints.

Skills USA Awards – Beloit

Skills USA 2019 National Awards

Silver medal in Welding Fabrication – Eli Fleming, Wes Lay, Gavin Siebold

Skills USA 2016 National  Awards

Bronze Medal in Welding Fabrication – Kyle Alflen, Bryan Dome, Danea Buschkoetter

Skills USA 2015 National  Awards

National Champion in Welding Fabrication – Vance Appleby, Caleb Jarchow, Nathan Kuhn

Skills USA 2014 National Awards

National Champion in Welding – Curtiss Anderson
Silver Medal in Welding Fabrication – Jacob Arnold, Joel Hayes, Joe Pfiefer

Kansas Skills USA Medals (2002-Present)

23Gold Medals
9 Silver Medals
6 Bronze Medals

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Required Courses

First Semester

Second Semester

General Education Course Requirements

Course Code Course Name Credits
CIS-100 Computer Applications T▸ 3
MA-102 Essential Math T▸ 3
SS-100 General Psychology T▸ 3
Total Required Hours

T▸ - Course eligible for transfer to a state university.

Post Graduate Jobs

Job Title Annual Salary
Structural/Tank Construction $28
Piping $45
Oilfield Maintenance and Repair $22
Fabrication $19

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Transfer Options

This program offers a seamless transition to Fort Hays State University for the following degrees:
Business & Industry Concentration (B.S.)
Career & Technical Education Concentration (B.S.)

This Program is available in Beloit
and Hays

Department Chair

Beloit: Kyle Kopsa

Hays: Dillon Bell

Program Instructors

Danea Buschkoetter