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Welding Engineering

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 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Basic Certificate 107
Bachelor’s Degree 86
Associate’s Degree 65
Undergraduate Certificate 17

What Welding Engineering Majors Need to Know

People with careers related to welding engineering tech were asked what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. They weighted these areas on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the highest.

Knowledge Areas for Welding Engineering Tech Majors

This major prepares you for careers in which these 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

Welding Engineering Tech majors often go into careers where the following abilities are vital:

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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?

Below is a list of occupations associated with welding engineering tech:

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?

65 Associate's Degrees Annually
9% Percent Women
14% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This major attracts more men than women. About 91% 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:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Welding Engineering Tech Students with Associate's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 0
Black or African American 1
Hispanic or Latino 6
White 45
International Students 0
Other Races/Ethnicities 13

How Much Do Welding Engineering Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Average salaries range from $44,360 to $65,720 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to welding engineering tech. 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 careers associated with welding engineering tech require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. 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.

How much schooling do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to welding engineering tech have obtained the following education levels.

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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 2018-2019, 25 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) 8 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 7 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 10 0
Bachelor’s Degree 0 0
Post-Baccalaureate 8 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 5,219
Industrial Technology/Technician 5,086
Other Industrial Production Technologies/Technicians 2,795
Plastics & Polymer Engineering Technology/Technician 439
Metallurgical Technology/Technician 60
Chemical Engineering Technology/Technician 21
Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology 5

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.

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