Offered at North Campus
This 18-month (six-term) program is a continuation of the college’s four-term Welding Technology diploma program. Completing the A.A.S. degree will enhance the graduate’s opportunities for career upward mobility. Welding is essential to the expansion and productivity of a vast array of industries. Welding is considered to be the principal means of fabricating and repairing all metal products. It is difficult to imagine an industry today, large or small, which does not involve some type of welding. Skilled welders often work independently and can utilize their skills anywhere in the world.
During the first year of the program, students work on projects in the lab learning to perform all types of welding processes such as GMAW, GTAW, SMAW, FCAW and Oxy-Acetylene. The lab projects include welds required for AWS certifications and since the program is an American Welding Society (AWS) Accredited Test Facility, students have the opportunity to earn AWS certifications in GMAW, SMAW, GTAW and FCAW. In the final three terms, students learn machining skills, quality assurance procedures, Lean concepts and basic robotic welding programming. Many of the courses in this program can be completed during day and evening hours using facilitated, competency-based instruction. Program completion may vary to accommodate individual needs.
To enroll, complete an application and attend any required academic orientation and information session. Students may enter this program at the beginning of either Fall or Spring terms. The A.A.S. degree option is pending state approval.
Program Learning Outcomes
- Work safely in an industrial environment.
- Understand Lean Manufacturing.
- Use fixtures properly.
- Determine proper weld size.
- Understand common weld defects.
- Read and understand blueprints.
- Operate Gas Metal Arc Welding in all positions.
- Operate Shielded Metal Arc Welding in all positions.
- Operate Gas Tungsten Arc Welding in all positions.
- Operate Flux Core Arc Welding in all positions.
- Operate Oxy-Acetylene equipment properly.
- Perform basic maintenance and set-up of welding machine.
- Understand the responsibilities of inspection and quality control.
- Practice safety rules associated with welding and weld inspection.
- Understand codes and specifications.
- Use common weld terminology and designs.
- Demonstrate basic metallurgy knowledge.
- Identify common/non-destructive testing methods.
- Perform non-destructive testing.
- Identify common destructive testing methods.
- Perform destructive testing.
- Identify weld procedures and welder qualifications.
- Understand safety precautions while operating and programming the robot.
- Operate controls and indicators on the teach pendant.
- Position and utilize various motion types of the robot using teach pendant.
- Interpret pendant menus and displays for welding routines, program commands and weld data.
- Position the part using a positioner.
Program Total: 69 Credits