Welding Technology

The increased demand for certified welders has generated a need to offer in-depth training and lab experiences necessary for the development of combination and advanced welding skills required for certification in multiple areas.  The Welding Technology program is designed to meet those objectives.  Students will be trained in Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW), Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW), Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW), and Pipe Welding.  

The Welding program is taught by an instructor who is a certified American Welding Society (AWS) Welder, Educator, and Inspector. Students who successfully accomplish welding skills in accordance with established proficiency standards will be eligible to earn various American Welding Society certifications. 

We offer three levels of completion in Welding as follows:

Student Learning Outcomes:

Successful completers of this program will be able to:

  • demonstrate proper oxy-fuel cutting process (OFC), and torch adjustments, with emphasis on safety.
  • demonstrate the ability to produce sound and discontinuity-free welds, with the Shielded Metal Arc process (SMAW) in the 1G, 2G, 3G, and 4G positions.
  • demonstrate the ability to produce quality welds in all positions using the Gas Metal Arc process (GMAW).
  • demonstrate the ability to produce quality welds in all positions using the Gas Tungsten Arc process (GTAW).
  • demonstrate the ability to produce sound and discontinuity-free welds on pipe using both the SMAW and STAW process in the 2G, 5G, and 6G positions.

Graduation Requirements (Suggested Schedule)

Dept Course
Number
Course Title Credit Hours
  Fall Semester  
WELD 1103 Blueprint Reading 3
WELD 1115 *Basic Welding *5
WELD 1215 *SMAW (Shielded Metal Arc Welding) *5
WELD 1401 *Welding Lab I *1
MAT 1203 Technical Mathematics OR higher-level mathematics course 3
    EXIT: Certificate of Proficiency - Welding *11 credit hours  
    (Note: If student plans to continue he/she should also complete WELD 1103 and MAT 1203 as outlined above.)  
    Spring Semester  
WELD 1315 GTAW (Gas Tungsten Arc Welding) 5
WELD 1415 GMAW (Gas Metal Arc Welding) 5
WELD 1501 Welding Lab II 1
COM 1203 Technical Communication OR Higher-level composition course 3
CFA 1103 Tech Computer Fundamentals OR Higher-level computer course 3
    Summer I Term  
WELD 1513 Pipe Welding 3
    EXIT:  Technical Certificate – Welding Technology  37

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