Associate in Applied Science or Diploma

Welding Technology


Contact Information 

Clint Gilbertson
program coordinator – NDSCS Wahpeton
Trade Tech II – 158

Mitchell Van Vleet
program lead – NDSCS-Fargo
NDSCS-Fargo 145

Delivery Methods 

Face-to-Face: Wahpeton
Face-to-Face: Fargo

The Welding Technology curriculum is designed to provide students advanced  experience in welding as it pertains to assembly, manufacturing, energy, and construction.

This program provides education and training in advanced welding and cutting processes, robotics, computer numerical control operations, inspection, print reading, fabrication, pipe and plate welding, math, communications, and other aspects of general education. 

Career opportunities as a Welding technician offer a wide range of employment possibilities in the manufacturing, steel construction, mining, energy, and welding inspection. A diploma or Associate in Applied Science degree will provide higher level employment opportunities in the welding industry.

The NDSCS Welding program is an American Welding Society SENSE certified facility. AWS Level I and Level II certification is available. 

The NDSCS Welding program is an educational partner with Weld-Ed, the National Center for Welding Education and Training.

NOTE: This program requires an HP EliteBook Laptop or equivalent. Please refer to the NDSCS website for specifications. For further information, contact Clint Gilbertson, NDSCS Wahpeton Welding program coordinator at 701-671-2832 or Mitchell Van Vleet, NDSCS-Fargo program lead at 701-231-6902. 

Admission Requirements*

The applicants must be high school graduates or equivalent. Students considered for acceptance must complete all admission requirements.

Please Note: Students are placed into English, math and reading courses based on ACT, ACCUPLACER or other nationally recognized tests. Please see for the NDSCS Course Placement Policy and testing information. Students may be on an extended plan of study pending their course placement.

**Additional Admission Requirements**

The Diploma and Associate in Applied Science Degree 2nd year option in Welding Technology is a limited enrollment program. Applicants will be selected on a point system. The following criteria are used to rank students for selection.

  1. Completion of the Welding certificate program or substantial progress toward completion of the certificate program.
  2. Cumulative NDSCS GPA from fall semester plus midterm assessment of the spring semester in the certificate program.
  3. Successful completion of all certificate program core welding and manufacturing courses with a “C” or higher.


*Program Admission Requirements are subject to revision. Please check the department or program website under Program Admission Requirements for current information


Upon successful completion of the required courses, students will be awarded a diploma or Associate in Applied Science degree in Welding Technology.

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