Students welding in the welding lab.

Welding AAS

The Welding AAS is designed to provide the graduate with skills needed to enter employment in local industry as an entry-level welding supervisor or floor foreman for construction firms, agricultural enterprises, and heavy machine or food manufacturing fabrication. This program is designed to provide students with a hands-on welding degree that emphasizes training and the mastery of welding techniques through lab projects and experiential activities in industry. The program includes essential components required for success in the industry today such as mathematics, communication, attendance, and productivity, and basic business skills.

Admission Requirements

Welding AAS is an open enrollment program, meaning there are no criteria students must meet to be admitted. Students who are interested in enrolling in this program should complete our steps to enroll, which includes completing the free application for admission.

We encourage all prospective students to visit campus. We have several Explore Sandburg Open Houses throughout the year, or you can schedule a campus visit at your convenience.

Career and technical programs/courses are offered without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, or status in any group protected by applicable federal, state, or local law. Title IX Coordinator Rick Eddy, 309.341.5234; Jacob Runge, 309.341.5262.

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The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates a 3% growth in employment for welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers from now to 2028. Due to the nation’s aging infrastructures experienced welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers will be needed to help rebuild highways, bridges, and buildings. The basic skills of welding are similar across industries making it easier for individuals trained in the field to shift from one industry to another. New jobs for welders are anticipated in manufacturing industries that produce fabricated metal products and transportation equipment. (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2020).
2019 Median Pay: $42,490 per year; $20.43 per hour 


Welders, Cutters, and Welder Fitters 

Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

Vocational Education Teachers, Postsecondary 

Career/Technical Education Teachers, Secondary School

Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products



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Sample course schedule for the Welding AAS program

See Academic Advisor, Michael Bailey, for an updated schedule.


Welding AAS cost sheet



To apply for financial aid, visit our financial aid page for more information.

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) is designed to help job seekers access employment, education, training, and support services to succeed in the labor market and to match employers with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy. Contact the local office to inquire if you qualify for financial support. 

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  • McDonough County 440 N. Lafayette, Macomb, IL 309.837.1280



Thanks to our generous donors, Carl Sandburg College Foundation is able to award over $100,000 each year in scholarship dollars to Sandburg students. High school, adult learners, and returning students - everyone is eligible to apply. Apply between October 1 and March 15 for the upcoming year. We encourage all students to apply. 

Meet the Instructors

Ian Milligan
Welding & Industrial Process Professions Instructor

Department of Career and Technical Education
2400 Tom L. Wilson Blvd.
Galesburg, IL 61401