Welding

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We have three options in the Welding Department:

  1. Welding Certificate of Proficiency, listed below
  2. Welding Technology Technical Certificate, courses listed below
  3. Associate of Applied Science in General Technology

The Welding Certificate of Proficiency is part of the Welding Technology Technical Certificate Program. The Welding Technology program is designed to provide hands-on training in the lab. Students who successfully accomplish welding skills in accordance with established proficiency standards will be eligible to earn various American Welding Society certifications.

Course Requirements:

Welding Certificate of Proficiency     Credit Hours
WELD 1115 Basic Welding 5
WELD 1215 SMAW Shielded Metal Arc Welding 5
WELD 1401 Welding Lab I 1
    EXIT: Certificate of Proficiency 11 hours

The Student Learning Outcomes for a Welding Technology Technical Certificate are as follows:

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

Skilled welders and metal fabricators can obtain a number of good jobs that pay very well.

In Arkansas, welders have an earning potential of up to $20.00 per hour.

Large industrial firms need welders to perform maintenance on equipment or work in their manufacturing processes.  Welding and metal fabrication companies hire many welders, and construction and pipeline contractors always need good welders.  Opportunities also exist for the self-employed welder.

Upon completion of our Welding Technology program, you will be eligible to take the American Welding Society Certification exam to become a certified welder.  This certification can be a big help in getting a job with certain types of employers - usually at high wages.  Our graduates find jobs as oxy-fuel welders, fitters, arc welders, combination welders/fitters, pipe welders, and TIG welders.

Technical Certificate

Total  Hours for Technical Certificate:      37

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
    TOTAL 17
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 Computer Fundamentals or higher level computer course 3
    TOTAL 17
SUMMER SEMESTER      
WELD 1513 Pipe Welding 3
    TOTAL 3
       
    Total  Hours for Technical Certificate:     37

* The related courses may be scheduled during any semester or summer term and must be completed before a technical certificate will be awarded.

Click here to print a Technical Certificate Program of Study

Entire program of study must be successfully completed before American Welding Society certificates will be awarded to students by UAM College of Technology McGehee. 

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