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Community/ Employee Partners for Welding

  • Beckley Steel, Inc.
  • Byers, Inc.
  • Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation
  • Cenergy, LLC
  • Cianbro Corporation
  • Coalfield Services, Inc.
  • Custom Manufacture Services, Inc.
  • EQT Corporation
  • Industry Plating and Machine
  • Jenfab, Inc.
  • Joy Mining Machinery
  • Mabscott Supply Co.
  • Pemco Corporation
  • Rock and Coal Construction, Inc.
  • The Bell Company
  • Waco, Inc.

Welding Technology

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What does a welder do?

Graduates of the welding program can find a career in several fields of their choice. Careers include building trade apprenticeships, repair welding, pipefitter/welder, power industy welding, production welding, aircraft welding, pressure vessel construction, structural steel welding, soldering and brazing, automotive welding and fabricator. Basic skills of welding are the same across several industries, so welders can easily shift from one industry to another, depending on where they are needed.

Learning by doing

New River CTC's Welding programs are offered at the Advanced Technology Center in Ghent, WV and the welding lab located near the Greenbrier Valley Campus, in Lewisburg, WV. The programs are structured to incorporate a large amount of hands-on learning opportunities. Students participate in a variety of lab projects and individual assignments to learn and refine welding skills as well as community outreach activities. Students have the opportunity to sit for American Welding Society (AWS) national certifications at our AWS testing site at the Lewisburg location.

The facilities consist of seventeen individual booths that are equipped to provide training in the four main welding processes, OFW (oxy-fuel), SMAW (Stick), GMAW (MIG), and GTAW(Tig). The Welding labs have a comprehensive array of metal working equipment including a metal sheer, CNC plasma torch, an ironworker, a plate roller, and individual fabrication tables.


Job and salary outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers is expected to grow 15 percent from 2010 to 2020. This growth reflects the need for welders in the manufacturing process. The median annual salary of welders, cutters, solderers and brazers in was $40,700 in 2013. For New River CTC's service region click here.

For more information on New River CTC's service area in-demand jobs visit WorkForce West Virginia Labor Market Information.

Community/Employee Partners

The success of the welding program is in part by the input and direction of the Welding Advisory Board members and employer partners/supporters. Click here to see the current list of Community/Employee Partners.

Welding Curriculum

New River CTC offers Advanced Skill Sets (ASSC), Certificates of Applied Science (CAS) and Associate's of Applied Science (AAS) degrees within the structural and pipe welding career pathways. These offerings have been developed in a way that leads to stackable credentials as a student moves through various stages of their program. The consolidated program has been aligned with industry needs and equips students to enter multiple career pathways in the welding field.

General Welding ASSC (18 credit hours)

Physical Plant Welding ASSC (15 credit hours)

Welding Technology CAS (30 credit hours)

Welding Technology Pipe Welding CAS (36 credit hours)

Welding Technology Structural Welding AAS (60 credit hours)

Welding Technology Pipe Welding AAS (60 credit hours)



Program Mission Statement for Medical Laboratory Technician

Program Mission Statement

The Associate of Applied Science degree in Medical Laboratory Technology provides the academic and practical experience necessary to attain entry-level competency in the practice field. This educational model has a strong academic structure and offers intensive technical development. This model also emphasizes the critical importance of leadership in the field of clinical laboratory science through the application of principles related to problem solving and evaluation, education, communication, research and management. The faculty of the MLT Program has a responsibility for the impact the student enrolled in the MLT Program may have on patient testing. In order to fulfill this responsibility, the program has established minimum technical standards that must be met, with or without reasonable documented accommodation, in order to participate in the program and graduate.

Program Philosophy

The philosophy of the Medical Laboratory Technician program at New River Community and Technical College is to ensure that students are exposed to unique and dynamic experiences in order to develop entry level MLT practitioners that have acquired a body of knowledge and skills.

The Program is based on the altruistic and compassionate values shared by the Medical Laboratory profession and New River Community and Technical College which acknowledge the significance of human differences and promote respect for the dignity of the individual.

Program Outcomes

The overall goal of the program is to prepare graduates who are knowledgeable and respected clinical laboratory technicians, and who are lifelong learners with the potential for progression to clinical laboratory scientists and leadership as supervisors, manager, and educators. The primary goals of the program are:

  • To train competent and reliable medical laboratory technicians for successful employment
  • To provide well-trained medical laboratory technicians to meet hospital and community needs
  • To provide educational programs and experiences in all sections of the clinical laboratory
  • To provide sufficient didactic and technical information for the student to understand analytical processes, interpret analytical results and appreciate the clinical significance of analyses performed in a modern clinical laboratory
  • To develop in the student the technical laboratory skills to perform manual and automated procedures with confidence and reliability
  • To provide instruction in laboratory instrumentation, quality control and quality assurance, laboratory management, research and educational methodology
  • To provide a stimulating atmosphere to encourage continuing education of clinical laboratory technicians
  • To have the student achieve passing scores on external certification and licensure examinations
  • To develop flexibility to adapt to changing need, new procedures and new topics in clinical laboratory science practice
  • To maintain the standards of the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences
  • To instill in the student an awareness of themselves as professionals and an awareness of their responsibility to the growth of their profession

Program Supporting Goals

  • To obtain the appropriate resources for the MLT Program to support retention of qualified faculty and staff; operating and capital expenses (including but not limited to equipment, supplies, and technology for instructional purposes); program space; library and learning resources; student services; and technical support
  • To maintain appropriate admissions processes, criteria, and program prerequisites to facilitate successful program completion
  • To align program enrollment with available resources
  • To maintain qualified adjunct and supporting faculty
  • To ensure qualified clinical education affiliate faculty are supervising students and provide development activities for clinical education affiliate faculty as resources allow


Program Application and Admission (MLT)

Student Advising

The initial intake point for prospective program students occurs through student recruiters and the general advising office of each campus. Students are given a copy of the program information packet and instructed to contact the program advisors for questions, additional information, and course scheduling. The program faculty serve as the advisors for prospective program students. Advising is essential to assuring accuracy of information, clarification of questions, and for scheduling required prerequisite courses. Please call 304-929-3324 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to schedule an advising appointment.

Selected Enrollment

The medical laboratory technician program is selected enrollment meaning that students must apply to the program and be accepted before enrolling in any course with a MLTN prefix. A maximum of 15 students will be admitted into the program each August.  The admission is determined using a rubric which is provided in the information packet as well as outlined below.. Acceptance to New River and meeting of program application requirements does not guarantee admission to the MLT Program.Only completed files will be reviewed for MLT program admission, unless unusual circumstances determined by the MLT faculty should arise. 

      A numeric score sheet is used to determine admission based on:

1.  Overall GPA

2.   MDST 120 / 121L, Phlebotomy (grade and attempts)

3.   MATH 109, grade and attempts

4.   BIOL 231/233L Anatomy & Physiology 1, grade and attempts

5.   CHEM 101/103L Chemistry 1, grade and attempts

6.   Previously earned degrees

7.   Previous or current work experience in a laboratory setting.

8.   Previous or current Military (active duty or reserves)

Students accepted into the program are required to follow program policies and procedures, some of which differ from the institution policies and procedures. You may also view our complete policies and procedures manual via our program website.

Program Application Requirements

Pre-requisite Courses

Students must have completed or be enrolled in the program’s first semester prerequisite courses when applying to the program.  The additional general education requirements may be taken during the technical courses.  Equivalent pre-requisite courses may be completed at any college or university; New River students are not given preference during the selection process.  All pre-requisite courses of the curriculum must be completed with a grade of “C” or higher. Students have until the end of the traditional spring semester to complete pre-requisite courses. Students must have an overall GPA of at least 2.50 for all college-level work.

Program Application

The program application must be completed and submitted by the application deadline a indicated below. Click here to download the Application.

Application Deadline

Application materials including the program application, transcripts and proof of work or military experience must be submitted to the MLT Program by the student in a single envelope.  Application materials my be hand delivered or mailed to the MLT Program and must be received on or before 4pm on April 30th. However, ifthe 30th falls on a Saturday or Sunday, the materials must be submitted the Friday prior to the 30th. Materials submitted separately as well as faxed or e-mailed material will not be accepted. Students are not permitted to submit application materials to any other college office.

Non-Discrimination Policy

New River Community and Technical College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity institution, committed to the principle that minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encourage to apply. The College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, marital status, veteran or military status, disability or genetic information.

Information on the implementation of the policy and/or the Title IX Amendment should be addressed to Affirmative Action Officer, New River Community and Technical College, 280 University Drive, Beaver, WV 25813-8987.


Curriculum for Medical Laboratory Technician


Program Sequence and Plan of Study              Total Credits:  71


First Semester (First Year)





1ENGL 101



2BIOL 231

Human Anatomy & Physiology I



Human Anatomy & Physiology I Lab


3CHEM 101

Chemistry 1



Chemistry 1 Lab


4MATH 109or higher



5MDST 120




Phlebotomy with Lab






Second Semester (First Year)              Note:  Students must be accepted into program before starting

2nd semester MLTN courses.





COSC 101  or

BUSN 130

Microsoft Office Applications  or

Microsoft Word & Internet


6BIOL 232

Human Anatomy & Physiology II



Human Anatomy & Physiology II Lab


7CHEM 102

Chemistry 2



Chemistry 2 Lab


8MLTN 220

Hematology & Hemostasis



Hematology & Hemostasis Lab


8MLTN 226

Urinalysis & Body Fluids



Urinalysis & Body Fluids Lab






Summer Semester (First Year)





10ENGL 102  or

11ENGL 103

Research  or

Technical Writing



First Semester (Second Year)





SPCH 208  or

BUSN 232

Fundamentals of Speech  or

Business & Professional Communication


8MLTN 230

Immunology & Immunohematology



Immunology & Immunohematology Lab


8,9MLTN 233

Clinical Chemistry & Lab Math



Clinical Chemistry & Lab Math Lab


8MLTN 236

Clinical Microbiology



Clinical Microbiology Lab






Immediately Following First Semester (Second Year)





MLTN 240

MLT Practicum


MLTN 245

MLT Capstone / Seminar









Pre-requisite Classes:            18 credit hrs 

General Ed Classes:              17 credit hrs  Note:  BIOL 232/234L & CHEM 102/104L can be taken during the 1st  semester; or 2nd semester of the first year (after acceptance into MLT program).

Technical Classes                  36 credit hrs


1 ENGL 101 Composition (3-0-3).  Pre-requisite: ACT Reading Main score of 17 or “S” in ENGL 098 or COMPASS Reading score of 75 orabove and ACT English Main score of 18 or “S” in ENGL 099 or COMPASS Writing score of 70 or aboveand Competent writing sample or diagnostic theme.

2 BIOL 231 Human Anatomy and Physiology I (3-0-3). An in-depth study including biochemistry, cells, tissues, and organs of the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, and endocrine systems. The structure and functions of these systems and their role in the maintenance of homeostasis are addressed. PR: Eligibility for enrollment in English 101, high school Biology, Biology 101 or consent of instructor. CR: BIOL 233.

3 CHEM 101 Chemistry 1 (3-0-3). Co-requisite / Pre-requisite: MATH 109 or GNET 115; CR: CHEM 103L.

4 MATH 109 Algebra (3-0-3). Pre-requisite: ACT Mathematics main score of 21 or grade of C in MATH 102 or 093 or COMPASS Algebra math score of 73 or higher.

5 MDST 120 Phlebotomy (3-0-3). This is a Pre-requisite to all other MLTN courses.  Includes phlebotomy theory and practice. Co-requisite: MDST 121L 6BIOL 232 Human Anatomy and Physiology II (3-0-3). A continuation of Biology 231. Studies include cells, tissues, and organs of the cardiovascular, lymphatic, immune, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems and human development. PR: BIOL 231, BIOL 233. CR: BIOL 234.

7 CHEM 102 Chemistry 2 (3-0-3). Pre-requisite: CHEM 101.  Co-requisite: CHEM 104L

8 MLTN Core Technical Courses: Pre-requisite:  HLTH 130/HLTH 131L is a prerequisite to all other MLTN courses.

9 MLTN 233 Clinical Chemistry & Lab Math (4-0-4). Pre-requisite: CHEM 102 and MATH 109 (or higher).

10ENGL 102 Research (3-0-3). Continued practice in reading and composition with emphasis on the introduction to literary

materials applicable toward the construction and presentation of the research paper. PR: C or higher in ENGL 101 or CLEP score of 500 or higher or advanced placement waiving ENGL 101 and C or higher in ENGL 100 or ACT English mechanics/usage subtest score of 9 or higher or COMPASS Writing Diagnostics test score of 76% or higher.

11 ENGL 103 Technical Writing (3-0-3). Pre-requisite: C or higher in ENGL 101 or CLEP score of 500 or higher or advanced placement waiving ENGL 101 and C or higher in ENGL 100 or ACT English mechanics/usage subtest score of 9 or higher or COMPASS Writing Diagnostics test score of 76% or higher.

12 Technical Phase Courses:  Students applying to the MLT program must complete 1st semester pre-requisite courses with a grade of “C” or better and an overall GPA of at least 2.50 for all college-level work.  Acceptance to New River and meeting of program admission requirements does not guarantee admission.  Students must complete all courses in year 1(semester 1 and 2); and semester 1 in year 2 before starting clinical practicum.  All corresponding laboratory sections of the MLTN courses are co-requisites.



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