Welding Technology

The welding technology curriculum provides students with a sound understanding of the science, technology and applications essential for successful employment in the welding and metal industry. Instruction includes consumable and non-consumable electrode welding and cutting processes, robotics and CNC plasma cutting. Our program is further enhanced by virtual reality welding machines. Courses in math, blueprint reading, metallurgy, welding inspection and destructive and non-destructive testing provides the student the industry-standard skills developed through classroom training and practical application.

Successful graduates of the welding technology curriculum may be employed as entry-level technicians in welding and metal working industries. Career opportunities also exist in construction, manufacturing, fabrication, sales, quality control, supervision, welding-related self-employment and welding inspection.

At the conclusion of each semester, our students are given the opportunity to pass a certification test. The Welding program at Rowan-Cabarrus is an educational member of the American Welding Society (AWS) and also participates in the SENSE program.

Program Chair
Brandon Hoffner

Brandon Hoffner




North Campus

Welding is a career that offers more choices of industries to work in and advancement opportunities than just about any other career choice. Welders are needed in almost every industry and those who want to advance their career have the ability to do so with additional schooling.

Welders have always been in demand. It does not matter what the economy does as long as there is an industry that is thriving. As a welder you can change industries in a moment’s notice without changing careers.

Highly skilled welders that are willing to travel and/or work in hazardous conditions can earn well over $100,000 a year!

More than 50% of all man made products require welding. From the cars, planes and trains that we travel about in, to the buildings that we live and work in and even the device that you’re reading this on, they all need a spot of welding before they become fully functional.

Welding doesn’t have to be a nine-to-five job – it’s done everywhere from the depths of the ocean to outer space. Careers can include work underwater; on race cars, bridges and ships; on oil rigs and farm equipment and so much more. These careers also tend to be lucrative; an experienced traveling welder can easily earn upwards of six figures.
Brandon Hoffner

Instructor in Welding

Honestly, I love it. I’m surprised how much I’ve loved welding! If I could share one thing, I would tell everyone that they can do it. They have no idea how successful you can be – I sure didn’t. It still makes my head spin!
Brandi Hilliard