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65 Associates's Degrees Annually
86 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
#152 in Popularity (Associate's)
$44,360 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Welding Engineering Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many welding engineering technology/technician graduations there were in 2019-2020 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Basic Certificate 119
Bachelor’s Degree 66
Associate Degree 59
Undergraduate Certificate 30

What Welding Engineering Majors Need to Know

In an O*NET survey, welding engineering tech majors were asked to rate what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important in their occupations. These answers were weighted on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the most important.

Knowledge Areas for Welding Engineering Tech Majors

Welding Engineering Tech majors often go into careers in which the following knowledge areas are important:

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  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

Skills for Welding Engineering Tech Majors

The following list of skills has been highlighted as some of the most essential for careers related to welding engineering tech:

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  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Abilities for Welding Engineering Tech Majors

A major in welding engineering tech will prepare for your careers in which the following abilities are important:

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  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

What Can You Do With a Welding Engineering Major?

People with a welding engineering tech degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Industrial Engineering Technologists 5.2% $63,200
Manufacturing Engineering Technologists 5.2% $63,200
Solderers and Brazers 5.6% $41,380
Welders, Cutters, and Welder Fitters 5.6% $41,380

Who Is Getting an Associate’s Degree in Welding Engineering?

59 Associate's Degrees Annually
10% Percent Women
15% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This major attracts more men than women. About 90% of the graduates in this field are male.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of welding engineering tech majors is as follows:

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Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 1
Black or African American 0
Hispanic or Latino 5
White 37
International Students 0
Other Races/Ethnicities 16

How Much Do Welding Engineering Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Welding Engineering Tech majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $44,360 to $65,720 (25th to 75th percentile). This range includes all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

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Some degrees associated with welding engineering tech may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

Find out what the typical degree level is for welding engineering tech careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 9.4%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 28.4%
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 17.3%
Some College Courses 5.9%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 13.1%
Bachelor’s Degree 24.2%
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of Master. 0.0%
Master’s Degree 1.0%
Post-Doctoral Training 1.0%

Online Welding Engineering Programs

In 2019-2020, 28 schools offered a welding engineering tech program of some type. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 0 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 8 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 10 0
Bachelor’s Degree 0 0
Post-Baccalaureate 0 0
Master’s Degree 0 0
Post-Master’s 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Welding Engineering Worth It?

The median salary for a welding engineering tech grad is $44,360 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 11% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $89,200 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to welding engineering tech.

Major Number of Grads
Manufacturing Engineering Technology 5,052
Industrial Technology 4,673
Other Industrial Production Technologies 2,103
Plastics & Polymer Engineering Technology 396
Composite Materials Technology 88
Metallurgical Technology 74
Chemical Engineering Technology 26
Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology 1

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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