Does attainment of an AA/AS provide any advantage in entering the workforce over a certificate?
At this point, CRC offers only the welding certificate. In terms of the workplace, the industry is more concerned with demonstrated welding ability and professional certifications than degree status. Professor Roberts speaks of the possibility that he will introduce an AS degree in Welding Inspection in addition to the certificate but there is work to be done first in terms of facilities and equipment. Certainly, students would be well advised to study other subjects such as math, English, business and management (especially Construction Management), CAD drafting and other topics that will help them secure “lead” positions in the future.