The Welding Technology Curriculum provides students with a sound understanding of the science, technology, and applications essential for successful employment in the welding and metal industry. Instruction includes consumable and non-consumable electrode welding and cutting processes.
Courses in math, blueprint reading, metallurgy, welding inspection, communication and computer skills provide the student with industry-standard skills developed through
classroom training and practical application. Upon completion student should be well prepared to attempt an AWS Certification test administered by an independent testing agency.
- Successful graduates of the Welding Technology curriculum may be employed as entry level technicians in welding and metalworking industries. Career opportunities also exist in construction, manufacturing, fabrication, sales, quality control, supervision, and welding-related self-employment.
- 2 out of 3 welding jobs are in manufacturing industries.
- Practically all industries employ some type of welding (production and/or maintenance related.)
- Both manual and automated welders needed to fill need.
- Job prospects should be good for skilled welders because employers are having difficulty finding enough qualified people.
- Welders can advance to more skilled welding jobs with additional training and experience. For example they may become welding technicians, supervisions, inspectors or even open their own shop.
- With additional education a career in welding engineering is a possibility.
General Education Courses
ENG 101 Applied Communication I 3 0 3
MAT 101 Applied Mathematics I 2 2 3
BPR 111 Blueprint Reading 1 2 2
CIS 111 Basic PC Literacy 1 2 2
WLD 110 Cutting Processes 1 3 2
WLD 111 Oxy-Fuel Welding 1 3 2
WLD 115 SMAW (Stick) Plate 2 9 5
WLD 116 SMAW (Stick) Plate/Pipe 1 9 4
WLD 121 GMAW (MIG)FCAW/Plate 2 6 4
WLD 131 GTAW (TIG) Plate 2 6 4
WLD 141 Symbols & Specifications 2 2 3
Select 4 SHC from the following courses:
*COE *** Co-op Work Experience
Student may take up to 4 SHC
WLD 151 Fabrication I 2 6 4
Total Semester Hour Credits: 38
Contact the Co-op office for course and section numbers.
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Nature of the Work
Welding is the most common way of permanently joining metal parts. In this process, heat is applied to metal pieces, melting and fusing them to form a permanent bond. Because of its strength, welding is used in shipbuilding, automobile manufacturing and repair, aerospace applications, and thousands of other manufacturing activities. Welding also is used to join beams in the construction of buildings, bridges, and other structures and to join pipes in pipelines, power plants, and refineries.
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You may contact the following for any further questions:
Coordinator: Tom Whitaker
Contact: Jeff Switzer
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