Apr 20, 2024  
2022-2023 CNM Catalog, Volume 54 
2022-2023 CNM Catalog, Volume 54 [The CNM Academic Year includes Fall, Spring, Summer Terms]

Welding Technology, Associate of Applied Science

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School of Applied Technologies (AT)

Students will study hands-on Welding Technology, which includes blueprint reading, mathematics, metallurgy and other general course work. Classes include classroom and lab time. Upon completion of this program, graduates will be eligible for entry level employment in a variety of industrial careers.

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Educational Option Information

  • This program can be started: Any term.
    • First, Second and Third term classes are offered every term. 
    • The first three terms have 300 contact hours of lab classes plus various lecture classes in blueprint reading, welding math and metallurgy.
  • Primary course location: Welding classes are taught on Main and Rio Rancho Campuses.
  • Physical requirements: Ability to stand for long periods of time, lift up to 50 lbs., work in a variety of surroundings and conditions.

Cost and Financial Aid

  • This is a financial aid eligible program.
  • Scholarships available from American Society of Welding (AWS), CNM Foundation and Albuquerque Community Foundation.

What is the approximate cost of this educational option?

Tuition: See table of Tuition and Fees

Books: ~$400 - $500

Fees: $750

Tools: The cost of tools is included in Fees.

Educational Opportunities

The CNM Welding Technology, Associate of Applied Science coursework may be transferable to a 4-year degree program. CNM currently has transfer agreements with a number of universities in New Mexico and elsewhere.

Career Opportunities

Employment prospects for graduates with associate degrees in welding are generally good. Available jobs include construction, energy and manufacturing. This degree prepares graduates for career advancement and increased earning potential.

Ten Year Rule for CTE Courses

Career and technical education courses in this program will qualify for credit for a period of ten academic years. Due to changing technologies, trends, and professional demands, courses completed ten or more years in the past will satisfy program requirements only if they are approved by the instructional school in which they were offered. Cohorted programs may have additional restrictions.

Program Requirements


Minimum Credit Hours Required to Complete Degree: 62

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