Course Descriptions



Welding Theory

Credit(s): 2

This course is a continuation of WELD-100A. This is part two of a two-part class totaling 4 credits.


Welding Theory

Credit(s): 2

This course consists of basic metallurgy, identification of metals and electrodes, theory of welding processes, identify proper usage of testing methods, welding gases, joint design and configuration, welding positions, welding currents and polarity. Welding qualifications and procedures will also be covered.


Safety and Leadership

Credit(s): 2

This course will introduce the student to lab organization and safety procedures. The student will demonstrate applied leadership skills and abilities, demonstrate and identify hand tools and their proper usage. The student will also demonstrate and identify power tools and equipment including their proper usage and maintenance.


Blueprint Reading for Welders

Credit(s): 2

This course will cover basic lines, views, dimensioning and structural shapes, abbreviation and weld symbols, working with structural and piping drawings, and bill of materials.


Advanced Blueprint Reading

Credit(s): 3

This course covers interpreting drawings and develop material lists, sketch or draw components for layout, and calculate material costs from blueprints. Specific applications for steel, pipe, or other welding projects will be directed to meet student and community needs. AWS adopted standards for welding symbols will be the primary reference for blueprint interpretation.


Auto Collision Repair Welding

Credit(s): 2

This course is part of the Auto Collision Repair Technology program. It prepares repair technicians to perform basic welding processes and techniques required by industry. Students will gain skills in several welding processes including oxy-acetylene cutting and welding, plasma arc cutting of steel and aluminum, gas tungsten arc welding, and gas metal welding. Students will learn proper safety in operating welding and cutting equipment. Students may obtain the I-CAR Welder Certificate.


Welding Lab II

Credit(s): 6

This course will focus on gaining competency in FCAW and GMAW application on ferrous steel plate in the flat, horizontal, vertical, up, and overhead welding position. Students will weld on steel plate and other common materials using the proper welding techniques on butt, lap, tee, and corner joints in all four welding positions. AWS standards will apply for welds on butt, tee, lap, and corner joints. AWS D1.1 structural bend test standards will also apply.
Prerequisites: WELD-197L
Corequisites: WELD-100B, WELD-131


SMAW Practical

Credit(s): 4

This course covers SMAW welding principles and will include fillet and groove welds in all positions to the AWS standards. Successfully completing this course may lead to certification.


Advanced SMAW Practical

Credit(s): 1

This course will cover advanced SMAW concepts and procedures. Students will become proficient in advanced welding techniques of open-root welding on plate with and without backer. AWS certification testing conditions will prevail on completion of this course.


Oxy/Fuel Cutting Lab

Credit(s): 1

This course includes instruction in the techniques of cutting using manual, machine processes and equipment with the oxy/fuel process. Students will practice using manual and machine methods on ferrous metal assignments.


Advanced Welding Theory

Credit(s): 3

This course is a continuation of WELD-100A. This course will also emphasize ASME and AWS welding test procedures in SMAW, GMAW, FCAW, and GTAW. Students will also be exposed to Plasma Cam operations.
Prerequisites: WELD-100B, WELD-131, WELD-182L, WELD-197L
Corequisites: WELD-226, WELD-281L


Layout/Mechanical Drawing

Credit(s): 2

This course will introduce students to the concepts and techniques of mechanical drawing. It will cover basic line drawings, use of mechanical drawing equipment, isometric and orthographic projections, and geometric drawings. Students will prepare geometrical drawings and draw layouts. This course will also enable students to perform layout of structural steel using fabricating practices. Students will be able to determine elevations of structures and how to construct using calculating equipment including transits, scientific calculators, and various squaring and leveling tools. The student will also be able to calculate the layout of pipe including figuring offsets, runs, and travel distances.
Prerequisites: WELD-100B, WELD-131, WELD-182L, WELD-197
Corequisites: WELD-225, WELD-281L


Advanced Welding Theory II

Credit(s): 3

This course is a continuation of WELD 225 and includes further discussion on the problems associated with heating and cooling metals and the properties of a variety of metals used in the welding process. Students will gain a working knowledge of fabrication techniques and manufacturing processes of the metals used in welding. Characteristics of the traditional welding and bonding agents used in welding will be provided to give students a background on metal identification, metallurgical behaviors, and the determination of weldability of ferrous and nonferrous metals. This course will also teach students basic GTAW methods and theory on this gauge meld steel, stainless steel, and aluminum in all positions using both direct and alternating current. Equipment setup and adjustment will be emphasized to match with welding applications.
Prerequisites: WELD-100B, WELD-131, WELD-182L, WELD-197L, WELD-225, WELD-226, WELD-281L
Corequisites: WELD-228, WELD-291L


Advanced Mechanical Drawing

Credit(s): 3

This course covers detail drawings related to the welding industry. Proper dimensioning and tolerances, use of sectioning techniques, isometrics and oblique drawings, including pip welding symbols and bill of materials will be covered as well.
Prerequisites: WELD-100B, WELD-131, WELD-182L, WELD-197L, WELD-225, WELD-226, WELD-281L
Corequisites: WELD-227, WELD-291L


Shielded Metal Arc Welding

Credit(s): 7

This course covers the advanced applications of SMAW and will include small diameter thin wall pipe and tubing in all positions. Additional instruction will cover high-pressure pipe welding using #6010 on root pass, #7018 fill, and over passes. Qualification in various pipe fitter levels may be offered.


Gas Tungsten Arc Welding Lab

Credit(s): 6

This course covers the advanced applications of GTAW and will include small diameter wall pipe and tubing in all positions. Additional instruction will cover high-pressure pipe welding using GTAW on root pass, E7018 fill, and cover passes. AWS certification in various pipe-fitting levels may be offered.