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Welding Technology

Program Entry Information

How to Enter the Aims Welding Technology Program

Welding is an exciting profession with a broad range of applications across multiple industries. Due to high demand for enrollment in this popular program, you may be put on a waitlist. Here are some details to keep in mind:

  • There are no entry requirements to join the Aims Welding Technology program or the waitlist.
  • The welding program waitlist is only for welding courses. You can take required general education courses while you're waiting to begin welding classes.
  • The waitlist operates on a first come, first served basis as space becomes available.
  • Your spot on the waitlist is in order of the date and time you submit an interest survey.
  • The waitlist is for new students only. Current Aims welding students have priority course enrollment status so they can complete their degree in a timely manner.

If you're excited to learn more and get on the list for the Aims welding program, here's how to get started:

Waitlist Enrollment Steps

  1. Apply to Aims. It's free, takes just a few minutes, and no transcripts are required.
  2. Choose the campus where you'd like to take welding classes - Greeley or Fort Lupton.
  3. Have an idea of which schedule you'd prefer—weekdays, weeknights, or weekends. You can also choose first available when you sign up for the waitlist.
  4. Fill out the waitlist survey below for your chosen campus and schedule.
  • Greeley Campus Waitlist


    To get on the Greeley Campus welding program waitlist, please fill out this survey

    Important: Filling out the survey will secure your spot on the waitlist.

  • Fort Lupton Campus Waitlist


    To get on the Fort Lupton Campus welding program waitlist, please fill out this survey

    Important: Filling out the survey will secure your spot on the waitlist.


Waitlist Questions

  • For Greeley Campus advising and waitlist questions, email welding program advisor Rick Hoines-Brumback
  • For Fort Lupton Campus advising and waitlist questions, email welding program advisor Alejandra Gallardo

Welding Equipment List and Estimated Costs

As an Aims welding student, you'll need to purchase some equipment before classes begin.

Below is a rough cost breakdown. Download a more detailed equipment list here

Note: Equipment listed is not comprehensive and costs shown are estimates
Equipment Estimated Cost
Safety Glasses $3
100% cotton welder's cap or bandana $10
Flame-retardant, leather, or hybrid welding jacket $30-$100
Leather boots (safety toe required) $50-$200
Leather welding gloves $10
Welding hood with Shade 10 lens (auto-darkening with Shade 5, 9-12, and grind function recommended) $50-$400
Shade 5 oxyacetylene goggles or Shade 5 lens for face shield $15
Chipping hammer $10
Wire brushes (1 Medium Carbon Steel, 2 Small Stainless Steel) $15
Industrial rated clear face shield $25
Soapstone & holder $5
(3) Pliers: Slip-joint style pliers PLUS Welper/MIG pliers PLUS locking 11R style pliers $25
4 1/2" Angle Grinder with 1/4" and 1/8" grinding disc, 1/16" or 0.045" Cutting Disc, 60-80 Grit Flap Disc, Flat Stringer Bead Twisted Wire Wheel (Corded grinders recommended. If you prefer cordless, bring a charger and two charged batteries DAILY!) $50
Tool bag that will fit inside your welding locker $25
Total for basic equipment $300+

NOTE: Advanced classes, WEL 2030, 2031, 2050, and 2089 require additional equipment not included in this table. Please see the full equipment list for additional and optional equipment. 

Welding Equipment Questions

The Aims welding faculty are ready to help you by answering any questions you may have about purchasing equipment or any other aspects of the program.

To get in touch, send an email to faculty on the campus where you plan on taking classes:

For questions about getting on a waitlist or your waitlist status, see the waitlist enrollment instructions above.