Offered at Ottumwa Campus
This 12-month (four-term) program is available for students interested in welding as an occupation. 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.
The Welding Technology program is a 37-credit diploma program. Term five (pipe welding) is an optional term. Students work on projects in the lab learning to perform all types of welding processes such as GMAW, GTAW, SMAW 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. 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.
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.
Program Total: 37 Credits