Welding Technology Degree

Overview

Program Description

The Welding Technology Program is designed to prepare students for entry-level employment in welding and related occupations. The competency-based curriculum combines classroom instruction with extensive hands-on training and practical exercises to develop knowledge and skill in the most common welding and metal cutting processes used in industry.   

Career Opportunities

Graduates may work in manufacturing, the construction trades, or in maintenance and repair positions. Some welders may work as “fitters” or “fabricators” who interpret drawings, plan projects, and use a variety of tools and machines to complete work. With experience and a strong technical background, welders may advance into leadership positions or within quality control. See Automotive, Welding, and Manufacturing » Welding Technology for more career and employment information.

Program Outcomes

At the completion for the Welding Technology Program, the successful student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to identify, analyze, and synthesize relevant data from multiple sources to solve problems and develop acceptable conclusions related to the welding industry
  • Demonstrate effective oral and written communication, with proper welding terminology, with a variety of audiences including peers and laypersons
  • Apply reasoning and interpret information represented in data sets, graphs, and tables to create and inspect welds
  • Commit to the quality of results in project design and execution and demonstrate an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility related to their professional discipline
  • Engage and interact with diverse teams within the learning environment demonstrate the ability to operate collaboratively and effectively in an organizational setting

In addition, students who complete the program will demonstrate the following skills standards specific to Welding Technology:

  • Evaluate potential hazards and apply procedures to maintain workplace safety
  • Select and operate tools and equipment used in welding and metal fabrication
  • Perform thermal cutting and gouging processes to industry standards
  • Perform Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) to industry standards
  • Perform Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) to industry standards
  • Perform Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW) to industry standards
  • Perform Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) to industry standards
  • Identify materials and apply metallurgy knowledge to solve practical welding problems
  • Interpret drawings including welding symbols and make accurate calculations

Associate Degree Requirements 

An Associate in Applied Science degree will be awarded upon successful completion of a minimum of 90 credits in the specified courses numbered 100 or above.  All core and general education requirements must be met, with any additional credits to be selected as electives.

Certificate Requirements 

Certificates of Proficiency in Welding Technology will be awarded upon successful completion of the courses listed below. 

Program Information

Admission: Students are accepted into the Welding Technology Program every quarter.

Length of Program: Full-time students can complete the degree program in seven quarters, if basic skills are complete. The Basic Welding Skills Certificate can be completed in one quarter.  The Shielded Metal Arc Welding Certificate can be completed in two quarters. The Gas Metal Arc Welding, Flux Cored Arc Welding, and Gas Tungsten Arc Welding Certificates can be completed in three quarters, provided that all program prerequisites are met.

Additional Costs: Include textbooks plus approximately  $900.00 upon entry into the program for personal protective equipment, tools, and supplies.

Additional Program Information

 

Educational Plan

Welding Technology

Associate in Applied Science Degree
93 credits

Core Requirements

Shared between our Certificate and Degree

WELD 102 Welding Theory I 5 Credits Search Schedule
Introduces students to the tools and equipment used in welding. Topics include safety considerations, electrical principles, weld quality, and technical orientation for select welding and cutting processes. Prerequisite: None. Co-requisites: WELD 103, WELD 104, WELD 106.
WELD 103 Thermal Cutting and Gouging 1 Credit Search Schedule
Introduces students to the knowledge and skill sets needed for manual and machine-guided oxyfuel cutting, manual plasma arc cutting, and carbon arc gouging. Safety precautions and the use and care of equipment are stressed in this course. Students must provide their own personal protective equipment (PPE). Prerequisite: MATH 090, ENGL 090. Co-requisites: WELD 102, WELD 104, WELD 106.
WELD 104 Oxyacetylene Welding 3 Credits Search Schedule
Introduces students to the knowledge and skill sets needed for welding various joint designs using Oxyacetylene Welding (OAW) equipment. Emphasis placed on personal protective equipment (PPE), hazards associated with welding, identification of safe welding practices. Students must provide their own personal protective equipment (PPE). Prerequisite: None. Co-requisites: WELD 102, WELD 103, WELD 106.
WELD 106 Shielded Metal Arc Welding I 5 Credits Search Schedule
An introduction to the Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) process including: equipment, safety, and skill development with deep penetrating electrodes. The course includes metal preparation processes, equipment set-up, and welding techniques. Students must provide their own personal protective equipment (PPE). Prerequisite: None. Co-requisites: WELD 102, WELD 103, WELD 104.
WELD 125 Welding Theory II 5 Credits Search Schedule
This course will introduce students to methods of weld inspection and testing, basic metallurgy, and continues the technical orientation to select welding processes. Prerequisite: WELD 102.
WELD 127 Shielded Metal Arc Welding II 9 Credits Search Schedule
This course continues skill development with Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) and introduces students to the applications and techniques for using low hydrogen SMAW electrodes. Students must provide their own personal protective equipment (PPE). Prerequisite: WELD 102.
WELD 134 Print Reading for Welders 5 Credits Search Schedule
Develops the ability to interpret prints used in welding and fabrication. Students will study interpretation of basic drawings and prints, dimensions, terminology, notes, applied mathematics and sketching and drawing techniques as related to blue print interpretation. Prerequisite: WELD 102.
WELD 135 Gas Metal Arc Welding 9 Credits Search Schedule
An introduction to Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) principles and techniques. The course includes metal preparation processes, equipment set-up, and welding techniques. Students must provide their own personal protective equipment (PPE). Prerequisite: WELD 102, WELD 127.
WELD 210 Flux Cored Arc Welding 12 Credits Search Schedule
Introduces the Flux Core Arc Welding (FCAW) process, including the gas-shielded and self-shielding processes. The course includes metal preparation processes, equipment set-up, and welding techniques. Students must provide their own personal protective equipment (PPE). Prerequisite: WELD 125, WELD 127, and WELD 134 or instructor's permission.
WELD 220 Gas Tungsten Arc Welding 12 Credits Search Schedule
Introduces Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) process. The course includes metal preparation processes, equipment set-up, and welding techniques. Students must provide their own personal protective equipment (PPE). Prerequisite: WELD 125, WELD 127, and WELD 134, or instructor's permission.
WELD 230 Welding Fabrication and Certification 12 Credits Search Schedule
Provides a capstone experience for students to practice fabrication techniques using hand tools, shop equipment, various welding process, and basic print reading skills. This course will allow students the opportunity to become Washington Association of Building Officials (WABO) certified. Prerequisite: WELD 125, WELD 127, and WELD 134 or instructor's permission.

General Education Requirements - Associate Degree

Communication: 

ENGL&101 English Composition I 5 Credits Search Schedule
Develops writing skills by focusing on strategies and techniques writers use to convey ideas, evaluate information, make a point, and participate in multiple discourse communities. Emphasizes both the process and the product of writing. This course was formerly known as WRIT 101, College Writing I. Prerequisite: Appropriate placement test scores OR appropriate completion of ENGL 095, ENGL 095X, or ENGL 098 OR concurrent enrollment in ENGL 110 with instructor's permission.
Distribution: AA, AAS, AS, DTA, COMMUNICATION, GER-CIS, AA-AAS-T-COMMUNICATION, AAS-COMMUNICATION: Reading/Writing, AAS-READING-WRITING

Computation
5 Credits in COMPUTATION
OR
Any math class listed under the Quantitative Category on the General Education Requirements for the Associate in Arts & Science Direct Transfer Agreement.

Human Relations

5 Credits in HUMAN RELATIONS
(must satisfy diversity requirements)
 


Effective Catalog Year 2017-2018, Revised March 21, 2017