Welding Technology

2016_welding_2Are you ready for one of the hottest jobs around? So hot it involves molten metal?

That’s exactly what you’ll get in Salina Tech’s Welding Technology program.

The demand for highly skilled welders continues to grow each and every year, and with the number of open jobs quickly outpacing the number of professionals entering the industry, the opportunities to pursue a career in the field of welding are significant.

Salina Tech’s Welding Technology Program prepares students for a career as a welding professional in a wide range of fields, including the manufacturing, fabrication, maintenance and construction sectors. 2016_welding_1

Through a balanced blend of class time and hands-on project work, the program helps bridge the gap between education and real-world field work so that students can feel confident in their ability to obtain a job after graduation.

From shielded metal arc welding and gas tungsten arc welding, to core wire welding and gas metal arc welding, no job is too difficult for our students. Your transition to a new career will be seamless.

Graduates of this program have the opportunity to pursue careers as general welders, layout technicians, cutters, fabricators and even entrepreneurs (independent contracting welders).

What You Will Learn

  • Understand the methods and problems of production and exchange
  • Identify quality welding design and workmanship
  • Ability to select, care for and use industrial products wisely
  • Competency in basic welding fundamentals
  • Identify materials and processes commonly used in welding
  • Work habits and skills necessary to be a productive employee
  • Ability to use welding tools and machines
  • Critical thinking ability
  • Effective written and verbal communication
  • Positive work habits
  • Interpersonal skills needed for employment

What You Can Do

  • Earn a Technical Certificate in 9 Months
  • Earn an AAS Degree in 18 Months
  • Starting Salary – $30,000 – $40,000
  • Careers
    • General Welders
    • Maintenance Welders
    • Production Welders
    • General Layout Technicians
    • Cutters
    • Fabricators
    • Burners
    • Entrepreneurs (Own your own business)

Important Information

Your Instructors


Eric Vannoy

Eric Vannoy has taught welding at Salina Tech since XX, and is the head of the Welding Technology Department. He is recognized by the American Welding Society as a Certified Welding Instructor and Certified Welding Educator.


Fernando Fajardo

Fernando Fajardo teaches our high school welding classes. He came to Salina Tech with…


JAK Keller

As a fourth-generation Kansan, JAK first started welding with his FFA club in high school.
After serving 12 years in the US Army and 9 years in the US Air Force, he retired from the military.

He went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in business management and ethics from Manhattan Christian College. He worked for years as a railroad engineer and conductor.
He has been teaching welding at Salina Tech since 2014, and just recently became a Certified Welding Inspector and Certified Welding Educator through the American Welding Society.
In the fall of 2016, JAK began working on his MBA at Kansas Wesleyan University.

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