Welding Technology

Welding student working a welding project during class near Wichita at Butler Community College

Get a bead on a career that's white hot with opportunity.

Train here. Go anywhere. When you study welding at Butler, you train under an AWS certified welding instructor and use state-of-the-art welding equipment. This high-wage, in-demand technical career sets you up for a ton of hot jobs in the area, but our grads have also been hired for the oil fields in Texas and North Dakota, and a ship-building plant in South Carolina.

Employers are knocking on our doors asking for graduates. Earn a nine-month certificate or get a two-year degree and head off to work. If you get your two-year degree, you may obtain just the edge you need to move even farther up the work-force ladder.


Are you a current high school student?

You may be able to get a head start on your welding degree by taking afternoon welding classes at Butler of El Dorado while you are still attending high school. For more details, check out our Jump Start Welding Program.

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UTLX - The Tank Car People


UTLX, a proud Butler partner

All Butler welding AAS graduates and one-year welding certificate recipients are guaranteed a job interview with Union Tank Car Company (UTLX). UTLX has a location in El Dorado, Kan. that focuses on tank car manufacturing and repair. Since 1891, Union Tank Car Company, along with its Canadian affiliate Procor, has provided high-quality equipment and comprehensive tank car services to customers throughout North America. Union Tank Car Company is known for tank car leasing, manufacturing and repair operations.


Estimated tuition for Welding Technology = $10,020**

**This includes two years of tuition based on being a Kansas Resident and taking 60 credit hours, estimated fees, and estimated books. Housing and meal plans not included. Fees may vary depending on specific degree path.

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The graph below illustrates local salaries based on a career path related to this degree. Each career path varies as does the necessary training required.* For further information, connect with your program’s lead instructor.

Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Operators

$19.52 hourly wage
36 annual job openings

338 Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Operators are currently employed in Kansas.

*Salaries will vary based on degree level obtained and years of experience. The accuracy of EMSI data is deemed reliable but not guaranteed by Butler Community College and is subject to change.