Welding Technology

Welding Technology offers a certified, state-of-the-art welding facility complemented by certified welding instructors. Students train and learn to meet the current certification requirements of manufacturing and construction industries and exploring many career alternatives related to the welding industry. The program's technical training complies with American Welding Society (AWS) S.E.N.S.E. standards, increases the students' understanding of welding and the related science, meets employers' expectations, and increases the students' ability to compete in the employment marketplace. Training includes oxyacetylene cutting and welding, brazing, soldering, SMAW, GMAW, FCAW, GTAW, blueprint/layout standards and methods, welding procedure specifications, testing methods, quality control, metallurgy, and safe work practices. Welder certifications are conducted according to AWS/ASME and WABO (Washington Association of Building Officials) standards. Process certifications are available and include plate and pipe welding using shielded metal arc, gas metal arc, flux cored, and gas tungsten arc welding. The Welding Technology curriculum is reviewed by an advisory board composed of local and regional industry members.

Degrees

Courses

  • WELD 101 Oxy/Fuel Welding, Cutting, and SMAW 1
    Welding theory designed to explain welding safety, industry practices, and Shield Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) processes. Students will learn the safe handling and operation of Oxy/fuel welding, brazing and cutting equipment; contrast SMAW 6010, and 7018 electrodes; and material preparation methods. Introduction to basic print reading and layout. Discuss the importance of professional and ethical shop behavior and welding safety.
  • WELD 111 Oxy/Fuel Welding, Cutting, and SMAW 1 Lab
    Introduce students to welding safety, industry practices, and Shield Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) processes in a laboratory setting. Students will learn, practice, and apply skills needed for the safe operation of Oxy/fuel welding, brazing and cutting equipment as well as SMAW equipment including 6010 and 7018 electrodes. Students will prepare projects to weld using basic print reading skills. Lab practice will be completed while employing professional, ethical, and safe welding shop behavior.
  • WELD 141 Welding Basics
    Opportunity to select customized welding process instruction for application training, industry practices, hobby uses, or skill development to meet employer/employment requirements.
  • WELD 151 Shielded Metal Arc Welding I
    Entry-level student training in safe practices of fuel gas cutting/welding and shielded metal arc welding. Topics include equipment operation, industry practices, arc welding fundamentals, material preparation methods, basic electricity, metals and electrodes, shop work ethics, and print reading/layout procedures. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
  • WELD 152 Shielded Metal Arc Welding II
    Training in safe and proper SMAW arc welding procedures and techniques will be covered, including arc welding equipment setup, E-6010 and E-7018 electrode practice, shop work practice, demonstrations, and classroom presentations. Prerequisite: WELD 151 and instructor permission.
  • WELD 153 Shielded Metal Arc Welding III
    Additional experience and training in safe SMAW welding procedures and the opportunity to complete AWS/WABO certification tests. Prerequisite: WELD 152 and instructor permission.
  • WELD 191 Cooperative Work Experience
    This course offers students the opportunity to work in jobs directly related to the welding industry. The formal training period is agreed upon by the student, employer, and instructor. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
  • WELD 192 Cooperative Seminar
    Students explore issues related to their cooperative work experience focusing on effective workplace relationships and how self-knowledge, perception, attitudes, and behavior affect these relationships and job satisfaction. Students will also learn effective learning skills for workplace and educational success. Co-requisite: WELD 191.
  • WELD 196 Welding Skill Development I
    This course provides variable lab times and credits to meet individual requirements. A contract is developed with instructor to meet the students' needs. Grades and credits are assigned according to contract specifications and student accomplishments. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
  • WELD 199 Special Topics
    This course provides students the opportunity to study and train to meet established local needs in the welding industry, supplemental to courses currently offered. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
  • WELD 250 Welding Steel/Stainless Steel GMAW/TIG
    This course provides Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) and Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) welding experience on steel and stainless steel. topics include welding equipment setup and safety procedures, welding practices and procedures for various applications, and equipment maintenance procedures. Prerequisite: WELD 151 or instructor permission. Course available on Clarkston campus only, effective Winter 2018.
  • WELD 251 Welding Aluminum
    This course provides Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) and Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) welding experience on aluminum. Topics include welding equipment setup and safety procedures, welding practices and procedures for various applications, and equipment maintenance procedures. Prerequisite: WELD 250 or instructor permission. Course available on Clarkston campus only, effective Spring 2018.
  • WELD 255 Gas Tungsten Arc Welding
    This course explores Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) processes on ferrous and nonferrous materials. Topics include safe and proper GTAW equipment setup requirements, process variables, material requirements, and welding procedures. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
  • WELD 256 Gas Metal Arc Welding
    This course provides Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) and Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW) experience on ferrous and nonferrous alloys. Topics include welding equipment setup and safety procedures, welding practices and procedures for various applications, and equipment maintenance procedures. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
  • WELD 270 Shielded Metal Arc - Pipe
    The focus of this course is on industry practices involving pipe welding and welder certification. Topics include welding procedures, specifications, preparation of test samples, testing, and acceptance standards. Prerequisite: Instructor permission. Formerly WELD 254.
  • WELD 296 Welding Skill Development II
    This course is a continuance of WELD 196, designed to provide students variable lab time and credits to meet individual requirements. A contract is developed with instructor to meet the student's needs. Grades and credits are assigned according to contract specifications and student accomplishments. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
  • WELD 297 Special Projects
    Project-oriented experiences in the area or applications not covered in the standard welding curriculum. Prerequisite: Instructor permission, based on evaluation of student's education and work experience.
  • WELD 299 Industry Certifications
    Encourage students to develop awareness of their leadership potential and abilities through small group discussions and assumption of leadership roles and responsibilities. Students will acquire information, experience diverse points of view, construct knowledge, and practice a variety of interpersonal and social skills, such as communicating, goal-setting, decision-making, team-building, and managing stress. Students must complete at least two of the welding skill tests per AWS/WABO standards. Prerequisite: Must be enrolled in the last quarter of the AAS Welding degree.

Degrees

Degrees

Courses

Courses

  • WELD 101 Oxy/Fuel Welding, Cutting, and SMAW 1
    Welding theory designed to explain welding safety, industry practices, and Shield Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) processes. Students will learn the safe handling and operation of Oxy/fuel welding, brazing and cutting equipment; contrast SMAW 6010, and 7018 electrodes; and material preparation methods. Introduction to basic print reading and layout. Discuss the importance of professional and ethical shop behavior and welding safety.
  • WELD 111 Oxy/Fuel Welding, Cutting, and SMAW 1 Lab
    Introduce students to welding safety, industry practices, and Shield Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) processes in a laboratory setting. Students will learn, practice, and apply skills needed for the safe operation of Oxy/fuel welding, brazing and cutting equipment as well as SMAW equipment including 6010 and 7018 electrodes. Students will prepare projects to weld using basic print reading skills. Lab practice will be completed while employing professional, ethical, and safe welding shop behavior.
  • WELD 141 Welding Basics
    Opportunity to select customized welding process instruction for application training, industry practices, hobby uses, or skill development to meet employer/employment requirements.
  • WELD 151 Shielded Metal Arc Welding I
    Entry-level student training in safe practices of fuel gas cutting/welding and shielded metal arc welding. Topics include equipment operation, industry practices, arc welding fundamentals, material preparation methods, basic electricity, metals and electrodes, shop work ethics, and print reading/layout procedures. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
  • WELD 152 Shielded Metal Arc Welding II
    Training in safe and proper SMAW arc welding procedures and techniques will be covered, including arc welding equipment setup, E-6010 and E-7018 electrode practice, shop work practice, demonstrations, and classroom presentations. Prerequisite: WELD 151 and instructor permission.
  • WELD 153 Shielded Metal Arc Welding III
    Additional experience and training in safe SMAW welding procedures and the opportunity to complete AWS/WABO certification tests. Prerequisite: WELD 152 and instructor permission.
  • WELD 191 Cooperative Work Experience
    This course offers students the opportunity to work in jobs directly related to the welding industry. The formal training period is agreed upon by the student, employer, and instructor. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
  • WELD 192 Cooperative Seminar
    Students explore issues related to their cooperative work experience focusing on effective workplace relationships and how self-knowledge, perception, attitudes, and behavior affect these relationships and job satisfaction. Students will also learn effective learning skills for workplace and educational success. Co-requisite: WELD 191.
  • WELD 196 Welding Skill Development I
    This course provides variable lab times and credits to meet individual requirements. A contract is developed with instructor to meet the students' needs. Grades and credits are assigned according to contract specifications and student accomplishments. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
  • WELD 199 Special Topics
    This course provides students the opportunity to study and train to meet established local needs in the welding industry, supplemental to courses currently offered. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
  • WELD 250 Welding Steel/Stainless Steel GMAW/TIG
    This course provides Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) and Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) welding experience on steel and stainless steel. topics include welding equipment setup and safety procedures, welding practices and procedures for various applications, and equipment maintenance procedures. Prerequisite: WELD 151 or instructor permission. Course available on Clarkston campus only, effective Winter 2018.
  • WELD 251 Welding Aluminum
    This course provides Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) and Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) welding experience on aluminum. Topics include welding equipment setup and safety procedures, welding practices and procedures for various applications, and equipment maintenance procedures. Prerequisite: WELD 250 or instructor permission. Course available on Clarkston campus only, effective Spring 2018.
  • WELD 255 Gas Tungsten Arc Welding
    This course explores Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) processes on ferrous and nonferrous materials. Topics include safe and proper GTAW equipment setup requirements, process variables, material requirements, and welding procedures. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
  • WELD 256 Gas Metal Arc Welding
    This course provides Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) and Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW) experience on ferrous and nonferrous alloys. Topics include welding equipment setup and safety procedures, welding practices and procedures for various applications, and equipment maintenance procedures. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
  • WELD 270 Shielded Metal Arc - Pipe
    The focus of this course is on industry practices involving pipe welding and welder certification. Topics include welding procedures, specifications, preparation of test samples, testing, and acceptance standards. Prerequisite: Instructor permission. Formerly WELD 254.
  • WELD 296 Welding Skill Development II
    This course is a continuance of WELD 196, designed to provide students variable lab time and credits to meet individual requirements. A contract is developed with instructor to meet the student's needs. Grades and credits are assigned according to contract specifications and student accomplishments. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
  • WELD 297 Special Projects
    Project-oriented experiences in the area or applications not covered in the standard welding curriculum. Prerequisite: Instructor permission, based on evaluation of student's education and work experience.
  • WELD 299 Industry Certifications
    Encourage students to develop awareness of their leadership potential and abilities through small group discussions and assumption of leadership roles and responsibilities. Students will acquire information, experience diverse points of view, construct knowledge, and practice a variety of interpersonal and social skills, such as communicating, goal-setting, decision-making, team-building, and managing stress. Students must complete at least two of the welding skill tests per AWS/WABO standards. Prerequisite: Must be enrolled in the last quarter of the AAS Welding degree.