Health/Safety Considerations For All Welding Programs
Welding students must not place in jeopardy fellow students, faculty, and equipment. In the welding laboratory, students must demonstrate sufficient emotional stability to withstand the stresses and changing circumstances that are inherent in a laboratory of this size, or they will be removed from the program. Applicants should be aware of the basic health and fitness requirements to pursue various careers in the welding industry. Prospective students with special needs or limitations that may affect their eligibility for employment should discuss their career goals with the Program Coordinator prior to admission.
Furthermore, students are expected to exercise sound judgment, accept direction and guidance from faculty members, and work for reasonable periods of time with potentially dangerous equipment and processes without direct supervision. These expectations include an ability to identify and avoid potential safety risks to themselves and to avoid creating potential safety risks to others.
Degrees and Certificates
Advanced Welding Technology,Certificate
WELD106W: Blueprint Reading I
Blueprint Reading I introduces the different lines, dimensions, and symbols used in blueprints. The course covers orthographic, isometric, and oblique views, and reviews standard shapes for structural steel and pipes. It also covers standard machining information that can be shown on drawings and includes detail assembly drawings and subassembly drawings. In addition, the course covers welding symbols and basic joints for weldments. Upon successful completion of the course, students can generate a bill of materials.
WELD110W: Math for Welders
Math for Welders covers basic mathematical concepts as they apply to welding and basic layout. The course is designed to improve the students' analytical thinking skills, showing them how to solve problems and encouraging them to verbalize their problem-solving strategies. Topics include whole numbers, fractions, decimals, percentages, and the SI metric system.
WELD115W: Fundamental Welding Skills and Principles
Fundamental Welding Skills and Principles combines practical application and welding theory to cover the fundamental welding skills and principles for the Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW), Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW), Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW), Oxy-Fuel Cutting, and Carbon Arc Cutting (CAC-A) processes. It also covers AWS basic joint designs with weld joints completed in multiple positions. Students gain the necessary FCAW skills and can test these skills in the vertical position according to the AWS D1.1 and D1.5 codes. Hazard identification and safe work practices are essential elements of this course.
WELD125W: Introduction to Metallurgy
Metallurgy is the science that explains the properties, behavior, and internal structures of metals. In Introduction to Metallurgy, students become familiar with the metallurgical changes that occur during the heating, cutting, and welding processes. They learn how these changes affect the properties of the final weldment, as well as the base metal surrounding it. This course serves as a basic introduction to metallurgy.
WELD203W: Tools and Tool Safety
In Tools and Tool Safety, students become familiar with different tools used in welding. In addition to teaching the proper use and application of tools, the course places a premium on safety and safe practice. To achieve competency on safe tool and equipment use, students learn through instructor demonstrations and individual supervised use.
WELD206W: Blueprint Reading II
Blueprint Reading II completes coverage of basic welding joints started in WELD106W. The course covers welding symbols for all types of welding. Upon successful completion of the course, students can read a welding symbol, generate a welding symbol, and apply this information to the drawing of a weldment. The course concludes with an introduction to pipe fittings, pipe welding symbols, and pipe welding joints.
WELD213W: Introduction to Wire-Fed Welding and Cutting Processes
Introduction to Wire-Fed Welding and Cutting Processes covers the introductory skills and theory of the Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) and Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) processes. Students learn applications in all position welding of thinner metals. Additionally, students are introduced to cutting and heating processes using oxy-fuel. Safety in welding and cutting is an essential element of the course.
WELD214W: Introduction to Arc Welding and Cutting Processes
Introduction to Arc Welding and Cutting Processes covers the introductory skills and theory of the Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) process. Students learn applications in all position welding using various joint configurations. Additionally, students are introduced to cutting and gouging processes using oxy-fuel. Safety in welding and cutting is an essential element of this course
WELD216W: Plasma Cutting Technology
Plasma Cutting Technology introduces students to what plasma is, how it works, and how industry uses it today. The course covers the safe operation of the plasma machine, along with critical safety precautions one must take in the presence of gases, pressures, and consumables used in the cutting process. After drafting blueprints, students complete their own plasma projects.
WELD221W: Advanced Welding Skills and Principles
Advanced Welding Skills and Principles combines practical application and advanced welding theory to build on the fundamental welding skills and principles students learned in previous courses. In addition to other advanced welding processes, the course covers Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW), Advanced Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW), Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW), and Submerged Arc Welding (SAW). Students acquire additional FCAW skills to test in the overhead position according to the AWS D1.1 and D1.5 codes. Students also become proficient in SMAW structural welding and have the opportunity to certify in the AWS D1.1 and D1.5 codes in all positions. Hazard identification and safe work practices are essential elements of this course.
WELD226W: Welding Hazard Identification and Assessment
Welding Hazard Identification and Assessment teaches students how to identify and assess hazards in the welding workplace. Training in identification of hazards aims to prevent accidents and injuries and to protect workers from exposure. Practicing safe work habits is critical to employment in industry. Students must take this course concurrently with welding courses.
WELD228W: Survey in Nondestructive Examination
In Survey in Nondestructive Examination, students explore the methods of examining welds utilizing nondestructive techniques. Welders apply these methods to find discontinuities within welded material and to determine if a weld is structurally sound. The testing and examination methods that students explore include visual testing (VT), ultrasonic testing (UT), radiographic testing (RT), electromagnetic testing (ET), liquid penetrant testing (PT), and magnetic particle testing (MT). Students become familiar with the application and suitability of each of these methods in the various sectors of the welding industry.
WELD232W: Pipe Welding Skills and Principles in Industrial Safety
Building on the Advanced Welding Technology Certificate, Pipe Welding Skills and Principles in Industrial Safety combines practical application with industrial safety. Besides becoming proficient in pipe welding in all positions on a wide range of pipe sizes in a variety of environments, students learn multiple methods to cut, bevel, and prepare pipe for welding. Students gain the necessary skills and have the opportunity to certify in three separate ASME Pipe Welding 6G Certifications ranging from 2-inch to 6-inch pipe in the GTAW and SMAW processes. Additionally, students receive information and training on how to identify, abate, avoid, and prevent work-related hazards on a job site, as well as information about their rights as employees and employer responsibilities. Based on OSHA CFR 1910 guidelines, the training covers a variety of general industry safety and health hazards that a worker may encounter. The course emphasizes hazard identification, avoidance, control, and prevention.