College Catalog Fall 2016 - Spring 2017

Technical Standards for Welding Technology Program

The technical standards listed below are intended to inform students of the skills, abilities, and behavioral expectations required in this program. These technical standards reflect performance abilities and characteristics that are necessary to successfully complete the requirements of this program at SUNY Delhi. These standards are not conditions of admission to the program, but persons interested in applying for admission to the program should review this list to develop a better understanding of the skills, abilities, and behavioral expectations necessary to successfully complete the program. The college complies with the requirements and spirit of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990; therefore, the college will endeavor to make reasonable accommodations for participants with disabilities who are otherwise qualified.

Thinking skills

General: Apply standard welding principles and practices to perform practical work assignments.


• Understand/interpret information from textbooks, handouts, diagrams, charts, and tables.
• Understand welding codes and qualifications.
• Recognize welding terminology and symbols.
• Interpret blueprints and sketches.
• Visualize three-dimensional objects.
• Distinguish shapes, forms, and patterns.
• Take accurate measurements and do conversions.
• Calculate slopes, circumferences, and decimal equivalents.
• Estimate materials and costs.
• Identify names and uses of tools and machines.
• Describe operations of various welding machines.
• Explain characteristics and uses of different types of metals
• Describe standard welding methods and practices.
• Follow safety procedures.
• Explain the proper care of equipment.
• Formulate fabrication plans.
• Perform procedures according to proper specifications.
• Conduct tests of welding work.
• Distinguish indicators of poor vs. quality construction.

Sensory/Observation skills

General: Use sensory cues to maintain standards of quality welding.


• Take precise measurements to 1/16 of an inch.
• Recognize and compare shapes and forms of objects.
• Detect fabrication problems.
• Survey and select appropriate materials, tools and equipment for welding work.

Motor skills

General: Possess physical strength, flexibility, and dexterity to safely perform welding techniques.


• Operate necessary tools, equipment, and machinery.
• Remove and replace metal pieces.
• Position and maneuver in confined spaces.
• Work at varying heights.
• Lift and transport equipment and materials as necessary.

Communication Skills

General: Communicate to gather and convey information.


• Speak, write, and understand English.
* Obtain necessary information from oral and written sources.
• Express information coherently.

Behavioral Skills

General: Behave appropriately and safely in a cooperative learning environment.


• Fulfill personal and shared responsibilities.
• Work cooperatively with partners and groups.
• Exercise good judgment.
• Follow safety procedures.

Environmental Tolerance

General: Function safely in a welding shop environment.


Work for prolonged periods exposed to:

• Extreme noise
• Extreme heat
• Sharp tools and materials
• Electrical equipment
• Chemicals and toxins
• Dust and fumes
• Machinery with moving parts
• Slippery or uneven surfaces
• Variations in lighting