2020-2021 Course Catalog and Student Handbook 
    Mar 02, 2021  
2020-2021 Course Catalog and Student Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Welding and Joining Technology Diploma Program Fact Sheet

What is a Welder? A welder joins metal parts through coalescence (melting base metal); fills seams and holes of metal components; follows sketches, blueprints and specifications; follows and maintains knowledge of safety protocol; lays out, fits and fabricates metal components to assemble structural forms using knowledge of welding techniques, metallurgy, and engineering requirements. Some welders analyze engineering drawings and specifications to plan welding operations where procedural information is unavailable.
Diploma and Certificates
  • Welding and Joining Technology, Diploma
  • Advanced Shielded Metal Arc Welder, Certificate
  • Flux Cored Arc Welder, Certificate
  • Gas Metal Arc Welder, Certificate
  • Gas Tungsten Arc Welder, Certificate
Prerequisite Courses
  1. Students can be provisionally accepted to the Welding diploma program, but must complete all learning support courses before taking the diploma level General Education courses required to graduate from this diploma program. For specific prerequisites please refer to the course descriptions in the online catalog.
  2. FYES 1000  
  3. WELD 1000  
Semester Program Begins Fall and spring semesters
Application Process Applicants to the Welding and Joining Technology diploma program must meet all admission requirements; complete an application and pay the application fee. Individuals apply to Gwinnett Technical College at GwinnettTech.edu, submit all transcripts from high school and previous college work, and take the ACCUPLACER test, if required.
Program Deadlines You may enter in the fall or spring terms.
For more information, contact: Steve Jessup, program director, SJessup@GwinnettTech.edu, 678.226.6763.
For admission and enrollment, contact: Enrollment Support Center in Building 100 at the Lawrenceville campus, or Building A at the Alpharetta-North Fulton campus, or email ACTTeam@GwinnettTech.edu.

Quick Facts

(This data was compiled from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.)

2018 Median pay             $69,430 per year/$33.38 per hour
Entry level education             Associate degree, diploma, certificate
Number of jobs, 2018            160,500
Job growth, 2018 - 2028            13%

Nature of the Work

Web developers design and create websites.

Work Environment

Some web developers work in the computer systems design and related services industry. Others are self-employed. Still others work in industries including publishing, management consulting, and advertising.


Employment of web developers is projected to grow 13 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations. Demand will be driven by the growing popularity of mobile devices and ecommerce.


The median annual wage for web developers was $69,430 in May 2018.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Web Developers, on the Internet at
https://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/web-developers.htm (visited March 06, 2020).

The Gwinnett Technical College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.
Lisa Richardson, Section 504/ADA, Title IX and Equity Coordinator, Building 100, Room 708, 678.226.6691, LRichardson@GwinnettTech.edu