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College Catalog Fall 2012 - Spring 2013

Welding - Certificate

The Instructional Program

The one-year certificate in Welding consists of the first year of a two-year associate degree in Welding Technology that begins in the fall each year. The certificate is primarily for those individuals who plan to spend one year in college and then begin working. If a student completes the certificate program and then decides to continue on for the associate degree in Welding Technology, the courses taken for the certificate will transfer with no loss of credit.

To obtain this certificate, students must apply to and be enrolled in one of the Welding Technology associate degree programs.

Career Options

Job opportunities available for students who earn the certificate in Welding are:

There are career opportunities with manufacturing firms, highway departments, welding subcontractors, and with many specialty firms. Students who continue on for the associate degree increase their options for employment in the field of welding technology.

Further information regarding careers in this field can be found in the Welding Technology program description.

Admissions Requirements

To be eligible for consideration, applicants must meet admissions requirements for and be enrolled in one of the Welding Technology associate degree programs.



Technical Standards: In addition to academic requirements, all applicants must also be able to meet the minimum Technical Standards for the program, with or without reasonable accommodation.

Academic Requirements:

Minimum Total Credit Hours = 32

Major Courses Required - 29 credit hours

Course No. Course Cr. Hrs.
CITA 110 Introduction to Software Applications 
PEDH 220 First Aid: Responding to Emergencies 
WELD 115 Shielded Metal Arc Welding I
WELD 125 Gas Metal/Gas Tungsten/Flux-Cored Arc Welding I 
WELD 130 Welding Metallurgy and Testing 
WELD 140 Blueprint Reading I 3
WELD 145 Blueprint Reading II  2
WELD 155 Shielded Metal/Flux-Cored Arc Welding 
WELD 165 Gas Metal/Gas Tungsten/Flux-Cored Arc Welding II 
WELD 170 Welder's Qualifications and Inspection 
WELD 191 Sheet Metal Design and Fabrication 

 General Education/Liberal Arts Courses Required - 3 credit hours

Course No. Course Cr. Hrs.
MATH ___ Mathematics* 3

*Note:  Mathematics is by placement according to competency.  MATH 102 Mathematics for Applied Technology is the minimum exit-level requirement.

Student Learning Outcomes

A student who earns the Welding Certificate should be able to:

    1. Understand and apply the fundamentals of gas and arc welding.
    2. Demonstrate familiarity with the shielded metal arc and oxyfuel gas welding and cutting processes, including:  safety, controls, accessories, types of equipment, and the selection and use of welding consumables.
    3. Show practical knowledge of making welds with all types of mild steel electrodes, arc air gouging, and the welding of mild steel in all positions in a safe manner.
    4. Exhibit the basic understanding of metallurgy necessary to a successful welder. 
    5. Read and correctly interpret both basic and advanced welding fabrication blueprints, including: welding symbols, weld testing symbols, structural steel shapes, and welding specifications.
    6. Demonstrate advanced knowledge and techniques for the safe and successful operation of gas tungsten welding, shielded metal arc welding, gas metal arc welding, submerged arc welding, and plasma arc cutting.

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Last Updated: 3/18/13