The mission of the Welding Technology Program is to provide the regional workforce with credentialed, skilled, and competent welders and to be responsive to emerging workforce needs. The Welding Technology Program prepares students to operate and troubleshoot a variety of welding power sources and related equipment. The program prepares students to solve problems using computational skills and other problem-solving techniques essential to welding and steel fabrication. It also encourages the development of the teamwork and interpersonal skills required on the job.
Welding students develop skills in six different welding processes: oxyacetylene (OAW), shielded metal arc (SMAW), gas metal arc (GMAW), flux core arc, (FCAW), submerged arc (SAW), and gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW). Students also develop additional skills, such as blueprint reading and layout, metallurgy, and gain an understanding of how heating and cooling cycles affect the properties of metals. Students also study the design of jigs and fixtures and how to incorporate these into an automated welding system.
Courses such as Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD), OSHA Rules and Compliance, and Related Metals Processes provide for a solid background in the metals industry. Fabrication basics and Metal Design and Construction utilize all of the gained knowledge in an instructor-approved/student-designed project.
Welding technology students have the opportunity to become certified to American Welding Society Standards and receive documentation stating qualifications.
Students are awarded the Certificate of Applied Science upon successful completion of the first year of the Welding Technology program. Students are awarded the Associate of Applied Science degree upon successfully completing the two-year program.
The program often has a waiting list.
Associate of Applied Science - Welding Technology
|Welding Program Required Courses
Degree Specific Credits: 60
Required Cumulative GPA: 2.0
Welding Program Required Courses
|Complete all of the following courses:
|Interpersonal Skills in the Workplace
|Introduction to CAD
|Related Metals Processes II
|OSHA 10 Hour Safety Training
|Blueprint Reading & Welding Symbols
|Shielded Metal Arc Welding
|Flux Core Arc Welding
|Pipe Welding - Integrated Lab
|GTAW (integrated lab)
|Metal Fabrication Design and Construction
|Gas Metal Arc Welding
|Welding Testing Certification
|Automation in Welding
|College Writing I
Minimum Required Grade: C-