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Welding, AAS

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The Welding School is designed to prepare the student for employment and advancement in an occupation, which requires textbook knowledge and hands on skill of welding.

Program Description

This program is designed to prepare the student to enter the job labor market upon successful completion. Welding theory, electrode classification and identification, blue-print reading and welding symbol interpretation, plasma and oxyacetylene cutting, and shop safety are stressed.

The student will begin with elementary welding procedures and will progress through advanced procedures. In the more advanced courses the students are taught the use of the Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Aluminum Welding and the Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) Welding on aluminum and stainless steel for special purposes.


The Welding Program is aligned with the American Welding Society (AWS) assessment and performance standards. Students completing courses in the Welding Program are assessed to the AWS D1.1 standard. Applicants seeking college credit for prior knowledge and experience may request Credit-By-Examination (CBE) for a maximum of 29 credit hours in the Welding Program.

To request CBE credit, an applicant must provide evidence from one of the following:

  1. High school graduate successfully completing a CTE secondary welding program;
  2. Experienced welder with:
    1. A minimum of 2 years direct welding experience in which the experience has been obtained within the last 18 months from the date of the request; and
    2. 2 letters of reference from the person’s employer stating level of welding proficiency achieved.
  3. A successful completer of a non-credit workforce training welding certification in which the participant demonstrates readiness to pass the AWS certification exam.
  4. A completer of the Jones College MIBEST Welding Program.

The following AWS D1.1 CBE exams and transcripted course equivalents are available:

  1. Shielded Metal Arc. Weld, Electrode #E6010/F3 series electrodes with credit awarded for WLT 1115
  2. Cutting Processes, Jones College written and performance test with credit awarded for WLT 1313
  3. Shielded Metal Arc Weld, Electrode #E7018/F4 series electrodes with credit awarded for WLT 1225
  4. Gas Metal Arc. Weld, flat and vertical tests credit awarded for WLT 1124
  5. Flux Cored Arc Weld, vertical and overhead tests with credit awarded for WLT 1143
  6. Gas Tungsten Arc Weld, flat and vertical tests on steel and flat test an aluminum with credit awarded for WLT 1135
  7. Completers of the Jones College MIBEST Welding Program are eligible to receive transcripted credit for the following courses: CTE 1143, WLT 1313, WLT 1115, WLT 1173, WLT 1225

Program Length

Two Semesters
Three Semesters
Four Semesters

Degree(s) Offered

Career Certificate
Technical Certificate
Associate in Applied Science

Admission Requirements

  • Must meet all general admission requirements of the college. For some technical certificate programs, an ACT WorkKeys Career Readiness Credential may be accepted for admission purposes in place of the ACT. 
  • Must have good manual dexterity, arm-hand steadiness, near vision, active listening, and information ordering skills.
  • Receive a negative test result on drug screen test conducted by a certified laboratory approved by the college and have the results submitted directly to the college.

Applicants that do not hold a regular high school diploma or high school equivalency may qualify for the program by the following:

  • Contact Dr. Brad Harrison at 601-477-4098 or brad.harrison@jcjc.edu 
  • Schedule a time to complete the Accuplacer assessment.
  • Receive a passing score on all Accuplacer tests.


Instructors: Billy Clark, 601-477-4177, billy.clark@jcjc.edu, Ethan Wimberly, 601- 477-2310, ethan.wimberly@jcjc.edu, Mason Cook, 601-477-5473, mason.cook@jcjc.edu (Jasper County); Tommy Freeman (Greene County) Phone 601-394-4423, tommy.freeman@jcjc.edu,  Matthew White ,(Clark County) 601-477-6029 or matthew.white@jcjc.edu.

Approved Technical Electives

Approved Technical Electives:

WLT 1162   Gas Metal Arc Aluminum Welding

WLT 2812   Welding Metallurgy

WLT 2913   Welding Code

WLT 2924   Heavy Equipment Welding and Fabrication

WLT 2936   Structural Fabrication

WLT 191(1-3)   Special Problems in Welding and Cutting 

WLT 1921   Supervised Work Experience in Welding and Cutting Technology

CTE 1143   NCCER Core

WBL 1911  , WBL 1921  , WBL 1931  , WBL 2911  , WBL 2921  , WBL 2931  , Work-Base Learning

*Students who lack entry level skills in Math and English will be provided related studies.

Baseline competencies are taken from the high school Metal Trades program. Students who can document mastery of these competencies will not receive duplicate instruction. Students who cannot demonstrate mastery will be required to do so. Students who possess AWS Certification will not receive duplicate instruction.

**Social/Behavioral Science Elective must be chosen from the following Social/Behavioral Science courses:

GEO 1113  , HIS 1113  , HIS 1123  , HIS 2213  , PSC 1113  , PSY 1513  , or SOC 2113  

Freshman Year

Fall Semester

Total Hours: 19

Spring Semester

Total Hours: 17

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester

Total Hours: 16

Spring Semester

Total Hours: 11

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