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Course Description

The Welding Technology program offers students the opportunity to develop necessary skills using various types of welding equipment including the Miller Dynasty 300 Inverter Welder (a state-of-the-art machine capable of welding heavy steel structures or even aluminum soda cans together), the Lincoln Ideal Arc 250 (used for welding medium or heavy gauge steel or aluminum), Northern Plasma thermal arc plasma cutter and associated computer aided design software. Protective equipment and a 250-amp welder are assigned to each student in the welding lab.

Students will learn skills such as blueprint reading, welding symbols, and several welding processes, including shielded metal arc welding, gas tungsten arc welding, flux cored arc welding, gas metal arc welding, plasma cutting and oxyacetylene welding and cutting.

The course is geared toward students looking at a career as a welder, fabricator or welding engineer, also, related jobs requiring good welding skills, such as millwrights, auto mechanics, machinists, diesel mechanics, electricians, auto body technicians and pipe fitters.

Intended Learning Outcomes: 


     The student will be able to:


  • develop professional attributes: willingness to work – punctuality – cooperation
  • identify and utilize personal protective equipment to ensure safety
  • describe, practice, setup and operate oxyfuel cutting equipment
  • safely operate hand tools and power tools
  • understand setup and operation of plasma arc cutting equipment
  • perform shielded metal arc welding
  • interpret welding symbols
  • read blueprints
  • perform basic mathematical calculations
  • perform Oxy acetylene cutting
  • understand electrode selection
  • perform the AWS guided bend test with shielded metal arc welding
  • perform the Guided bend test with flux core arc welding process
  • develop a functional literacy around the AWS D1.1 structural welding code
  • understand and be able to weld using the following welding systems
    •     Gas tungsten arc welding
    •     Flux core arc welding
    •     Gas metal arc welding
    •     Shielded Metal Arc welding Pipe
    •     Metal fabrication
    •     Gas metal arc welding of aluminum
    •     Air Carbon Arc Cutting
Certificates/Licensing Opportunities

     1. AWS Structural Welding (FCAW)
2. AWS Structural Welding (SMAW)

3.   SMAW Pipe: ASME Section IX – E6010/7018

Dual Enrollment Opportunities:         

        1. EMCC

        2. NMCC



Welding Principles and Applications: Fifth Edition/Larry Jeffus

Shielded Metal Arc Welding Basic/Hobart Institute of Welding Technology

Gas Metal Arc Welding Basic/Hobart Institute of Welding Technology

Blueprint Reading for Welders and Fitters/Hobart Institute of Welding Technology

Student Expectations: Students are expected to be in class every time they are scheduled unless they have prior permission from the instructor.  Daily journals and homework are to be done completely and on time.  Students are expected to act in a manner which is consistent with the professionalism and maturity required to succeed in the welding field.



Excellent                    = A+(98)         A (96)     A (93) = skill level 4

Good                         = B+(91)         B (88)      B- (85)= skill level 3

Satisfactory               = C+(84)         C (80)      C- (75)= skill level 2

Needs Improvement     =D+(74)          D (72)      D (70)= skill level 1

Failing                       = F (0-69)                              = skill level 0

Quarterly Grade 

Classroom = 40% of Quarterly Grade

Shop = 60% of Quarterly Grade

Classroom Grade  

Daily Grade  60%

Portfolio/Journal 10%

Test/ Quiz scores  20%

Worksheets/Homework Projects 10%

Shop Grade 

·        60%      Essential Skills  

Essential skills points will be given on a daily basis. A score of 0 to 100 points will be given based on the instructor’s observation of student attendance and punctuality, appropriate behavior, interpersonal skills, work habits, quality of work and SAFETY. Violation of safety rules or actions that are distracting to others learning experience, in the shop or classroom, will result in major loss of points and disciplinary action.

Make-up work following an excused absence is the responsibility of the student. If a credit is to be received for the excused absence, the student has to contact the instructor for his/her assignments. The work should be done as soon as possible, with the following guidelines: for every day missed, the student will have 2 days to complete the make-up work.

Example: 2 days absent = 4 days to make up the work.


The welding programs policy defines plagiarism as “a direct violation of intellectual and academic honesty”.  Plagiarism is a very serious violation of academic rules. It can constitute grounds for a failing grade, probation, suspension, or even expulsion from the Welding Program.

Course Content

During the first year of this program the student will be introduced to the welding field along with hands-on experiences in shielded metal arc and Oxyacetylene cutting.  An introduction to Oxyacetylene brazing, gas tungsten arc welding of ferrous and non-ferrous metals will be covered. The student will be required to use the nationally known Hobart program. The Hobart welding program will be used to cover joint design, electrode and welding terms.  Fabrication will be introduced upon demand. 

In the second year, advanced welding and fabrication skills will help further develop skills learned in the first year.  Gas metal and gas tungsten arc welding will be studied more intensely.  Students will need to know and interpret weld symbols, blueprinting, and estimating of projects to be fabricated.  Learning and practicing safe work habits along with employable work ethics will be very intense as an integral part of the two year program.  The two year course will prepare students for entry level in the work force or college.