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Shielded Arc Welding

Although the state of Kentucky does not require individuals to have a professional license in welding, there are numerous benefits to pursuing a post-secondary education or industry-level certifications. With the help of Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC), transitioning Army Allied Trade Specialists 91E are able to obtain an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Welding Technology in a fraction of the time!

Step 1: Apply to College



If you plan on using Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA), first visit the GoArmyEd website

If you do not intend to use FTA, apply for admissions online

Military applicants may also need to provide:

  • High school transcripts

  • College transcripts (if applicable)

  • JST (Joint Services Transcript)

  • DD214 ACT

  • SAT test scores

Step 2: Application Review & Finalization

The school will review the veteran’s application packet, JST, and confirm their MOS

Additional credits towards electives may be awarded depending on the veteran’s JST

Once approved the veteran will be awarded up to 19 credits towards their Associate degree in the following courses:

  • Oxy Fuel Systems

  • Shielded Metal Arc Welding

  • Gas Tungsten Arc Welding

  • Gas Metal Arc Welding

  • Basic Welding

The school will advise on scheduling, textbook purchase, tuition, and any other associated costs

IMPORTANT: Transitioning service members must contact BCTC’s Military and Veteran Campus Resource Team, as well as the Welding Program Director in order to receive these credits.

*Typically the Associate in Applied Science in Welding Technology degree is between 60 - 66 total credits however, if the veteran qualifies to receive the 19 credits towards experience, he/she may be able to complete this program in under one (1) calendar year, which gives the veteran a 30% reduction in time towards completion.

For your convenience, you can access the steps below via a PDF

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