Welding
Area of Study

Welding Technology

Welding Technology

TOTAL CREDITS
61
CIP:
480508
BANNER:
WELZ
Associate of Applied Science

Welding is a common process used in the manufacturing and construction industries as well as in repair work. Many welders are certified in one or more welding techniques such as stick welding, MIG welding, and TIG welding. Welders are frequently employed in the shipbuilding, automobile, and aerospace industries. 

Welders also join beams and girders and the like in commercial and residential construction. They may work on pipelines or help construct and maintain power plants and refineries.

Some welders prefer to start their own business or go on the road with a welding truck and work on pipelines and other large construction projects. Some welders operate welding machines instead of welding by hand. Welding machine operators are in great demand as they have knowledge of various welding techniques and how to operate industrial welding equipment.

Most Welding courses are 5 weeks long. Students can start at any of the 5 week start dates in the fall or spring semester while pursuing a welding certificate or degree. There is a pathway for full-time and part time students to satisfy their career goals.

Concurrent enrollment of high school juniors and seniors is encouraged. Students can earn welding certificates while still in high school. Interested students should work with their counselor to plan ahead and include the courses in their ICAP. 

Fall Freshman Year

Total Credits 15
Course Number Course Title Credits Details
WEL100WEL1000
Safety for Welders 1

Covers the hazards of welding on health and safety, locating essential safety information from a code or other standard, and identifying and applying shop safety procedures. (Contact Hours-22.5) (1-0)

WEL106WEL1006
Blueprint Read-Welders/Fitters 4

Covers interpretation and creation of weld symbols and blueprints used in metal fabrication. Corequisite: WEL1000 OR AME1051 (WEL100 or AME151) (Contact hours-90) (4-0)

WEL113WEL1013
Oxyfuel and Plasma Cutting 2

Outlines the skills needed to set up equipment and perform cutting and gouging operations utilizing the oxyacetylene and plasma arc cutting processes. Corequisite: WEL1000 OR AME1051 (WEL100 or AME151) (Contact hours-45) (1-2)

WEL 126WEL 1026
GMAW (MIG) Steel I 2

Covers the theory and techniques in basic Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) to produce sound fillet welds and groove welds in both the flat and vertical positions using short-circuit and spray modes of metal transfer. (Contact hours-45) (1-2)

WEL226WEL2026
GMAW (MIG) Steel II 2

Covers the theory and techniques in Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) to produce sound fillet welds and groove welds in both the horizontal and overhead positions using short-circuit (GMAW-S) and pulsed-spray (GMAW-P) modes of metal transfer. This course is a continuation of GMAW – Steel I. (Contact hours-45) (1-2)

MIL101MIL1001
Lifting Devices 1

Introduces the student to the types of rigging/lifting devices used in industry. Skills include the correct use of slings and common rigging hardware, including safe loading practices and the use of ANSI hand signals. Prerequisite: EIC1101 (EIC101) (“C” or better). (Contact hours-22.5) (0.5-1)

MAT107MAT1140
Career Math: Program Emphasis 3

Agriculture Emphasis - Covers material designed for career and technical students who need to study particular mathematical topics. Topics include measurement, algebra, geometry, statistics, and graphs. These are presented at an introductory level and the emphasis is on applications. Prerequisite: Successful completion of MAT0250 (MAT050) (“C” or better) OR appropriate placement score. (Contact hours-45) (3-0)

Spring Freshman Year

Total Credits 16
Course Number Course Title Credits Details
WEL 116WEL 1016
SMAW Flat & Horizontal 2

Covers fundamental knowledge and skills required for the safe use of Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) equipment including proper set up, shut down, electrode selection, striking the arc, running a bead, making fillet and groove open root welds in the flat and horizontal positions, proper use of E6010, E7018, and other electrodes, and weldment inspection. (Contact hours-45) (1-2)

WEL117WEL1017
SMAW Vertical 2

Covers Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) techniques in the vertical position including the use of E6010 and E7018 electrodes, proper set up and shut down of the welding equipment, electrode selection, vertical up and down stringer beads using E6010 electrodes, and vertical up fillet and groove welds using E6010 and E7018 electrodes. (Contact hours-45) (1-2)

WEL118WEL1018
SMAW Overhead 2

Covers Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) techniques in the overhead position including the use of E6010 and E7018 electrodes, proper set up and shut down of the welding equipment, electrode selection, overhead stringer and weave beads using E6010 and E7018 electrodes, and overhead fillet and groove welds using E6010 and E7018 electrodes. (Contact hours-45) (1-2)

WEL216WEL2016
SMAW Pipe I 2

Covers the use of Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) for basic pipe welding techniques involving pipe-to-plate, single, and multiple pass fillet welds in the horizontal (2F), multi-position (5F) uphill and downhill, and overhead positions (4F) using E6010 and E7018 electrodes including proper positioning around pipe and tube in preparation for welding pipe-to-pipe connections. (Contact hours-45) (1-2)

WEL217WEL2017
SMAW Pipe II 2

Provides instruction of advanced pipe welding techniques using the Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) process to weld open root and pipe-to-pipe connections in the horizontal (2G), multi-position vertical uphill progression (5G), and multi-position 45-degree incline (6G) positions using E6010 and E7018 electrodes. Each pipe position is tested using visual inspection and root/face bend test. (Contact hours-45) (1-2)

WEL252WEL2052
FCAW Flat & Vertical 2

Covers gas shielded (FCAW-G) and self-shielded (FCAW-S) Flux-cored Arc welding (FCAW) in the flat and vertical positions using semi-automatic equipment. (Contact hours-45) (1-2)

HWE103HWE1001
Community First Aid and CPR 1

Prepares the student for certification in CPR and Basic First Aid. Skills will include basic life support, airway obstruction, control of bleeding, shock, and patient care for the unconscious. (Contact hours-15) (1-0)

ENG131ENG1031
Technical Writing I: GT-CO1 3

Develops skills one can apply to a variety of technical documents. Focuses on principles for organizing, writing, and revising clear, readable documents for industry, business, and government. This is a Statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-CO1 category. Prerequisites: Successful completion of ENG1021 (ENG030 or 045 AND REA 030 or 045 or CCR092) (“C” or better) OR appropriate placement score. (Contact hours-45) (3-0)

Fall Sophomore Year

Total Credits 14
Course Number Course Title Credits Details
WEL114WEL1014
Oxyacetylene Welding 2

Teaches the skills necessary to perform safety inspections, make minor repairs, adjust operating parameters, operate oxyacetylene welding equipment, and perform oxyacetylene welding, brazing, and soldering operations. (Contact hours-45) (1-2)

WEL260WEL2060
GTAW Stainless & Aluminum I 2

Examines theory and techniques used in basic Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) of stainless steel and aluminum in the flat and vertical positions including equipment adjustment, tungsten electrodes types, and the use of different gases. (Contact hours-45) (1-2)

WEL164WEL1064
GTAW Steel I 2

Examines theory and techniques used in basic Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) of steel fillet and groove welds in the flat and vertical positions including equipment adjustment, tungsten electrode types, and the use of different gases. (Contact hours-45) (1-2)

WEL165WEL1065
GTAW (TIG) Steel II 2

Examines the theory and techniques used in Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) of steel fillet and groove welds in the horizontal and overhead positions including equipment adjustment and pulse arc welding (GTAW-P). (Contact hours-45) (1-2)

CIS118CIS1018
Introduction to PC Applications 3

This course introduces basic computer terminology, file management, and PC system components. Provides an overview of office application software including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and presentation graphics. Includes the use of a web browser to access the Internet. (Contact hours-45) (3-0)

COM115COM1150
Public Speaking 3

Combines the basic theory of speech communication with public speech performance skills. Emphasizes on speech delivery, preparation, organization, support, and audience analysis. (Contact hours-45) (3-0)

Spring Sophomore Year

Total Credits 12
Course Number Course Title Credits Details
WEL150WEL1050
American Welding Society Qualification Testing 1

Provides students with the opportunity to complete a welding qualification test in accordance with an American Welding Society code or specification. (Contact hours-22.5) (0.5-1)

WEL251WEL2051
Design, Layout and Fabrication 4

Develops advanced welding and associated skills in the use of drawings and blueprints in planning. This course includes designing and layout projects. Corequisite: WEL1000 OR AME1051 (WEL100 or AME151). (Contact hours-90) (1-5)

WEL263WEL2063
Applied Metal Properties 4

Introduces the study of metal properties, hardness testing, heat treatment, cold working microscopic examination, and application of common commercial alloys in industry. Corequisite: WEL1000 OR AME1051 (WEL100 or AME151) (Contact hours-90) (4-0)

MAN128MAN1028
Human Relation-Organizations 3

(Core Course for A.G.S. or A.A.S.) Explores the importance of effective communication in our personal lives as well as in the world of business. Practical business applications such as employee motivation, handling customer complaints, and effectively resolving conflict in the workplace will be a major part of the curriculum. (Contact hours-45) (3-0)