WELDING TECHNOLOGY – CURRICULUM AND CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

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WELDING TECHNOLOGY – CURRICULUM AND CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

As long as there is metal, there will always be a need for qualified welders.  Welding is the most common way of permanently joining metal parts.  In this process, heat is applied to metal, melting and fusing it to form a permanent bond.  Because of its strength, welding is used in shipbuilding, automobile manufacturing and repair, aerospace applications, and thousands of other manufacturing activities.  Welding also is used to join beams when constructing buildings, bridges, railways, and other structures and to join pipes in pipelines, power plants, and refineries.

The program is located in a new facility built to American Welding Society (AWS) standards and equipped with state-of-the-art equipment such as a robotic welder, computer numerical control (CNC) plasma cutter, and multi-process data-tracking welders.

Today’s industries are using more advanced and modern technology that requires welders to have highly technical skills.  CNC plasma cutting and robotic welding courses are designed to answer that call.  Students receive project-based instruction that are aligned with today’s industry standards.

The Welding Technology degree program is accredited by the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE).  The program is also certified by the American Welding Society (AWS) and structured to be flexible and provide students with the ability to obtain industry certifications while earning an Associate of Applied Science degree or certificate(s).

The degree program provides expert education to prepare students for both AWS School Excelling through National Skill Standards Education (SENSE) Entry and Advanced Welder certifications as well as other career skills required by industry such as safety, communications, blueprint reading, hoisting and rigging, mathematics, automation, inspection, and testing.

The Less than One-Year Certificate in Entry-Level Welding takes two semesters to complete and prepares students for the AWS SENSE Level I Entry Welder certification examinations and for entry-level welding employment.

A One-Year Certificate in Advanced-Level Welding may be sought once all Entry-Level Welding Certificate “Core Curriculum” and “Program Requirements” courses are completed with a grade of “C” or better.  The Advanced-Level Welding Certificate takes three semesters to complete.  Students who complete this certificate are prepared for the AWS SENSE Level II Advanced Welder certification examinations.

It is a graduation requirement of the Welding Technology (WLT) program for students to earn a grade of “C” or better in all “Core Curriculum” and “Program Requirement” courses.

 

Program Mission

The mission of the Welding Technology program is to provide students with education on state-of-the art equipment and technology based on current industry standards to prepare them with the skills, knowledge, and attributes required for the completion of the AWS SENSE Level I Entry Welder and/or AWS SENSE Level II Advanced Welder certification(s) and employment in the welding technology field.

Program Goals

The goals of the program are to provide the opportunity for students to develop:

  • Technical skills and knowledge required for manual and automated fabrication of precision weldments from ideas, drawings, and blueprints.
  • Math skills necessary to compute the required measurements and formulas required for accurate fabrication or production of required parts.
  • Knowledge and skills necessary to complete American Welding Society (AWS) Schools Excelling through National Skill Standards Education (SENSE) certifications.
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Analytical and problem solving skills required in the welding industry.
  • Work ethic and attitudes that enhance the ability to secure and maintain increasingly meaningful employment.
    CORE CURRICULUM  
      Credit Hours
WLT 100 Safety and Health of Welders 1
WLT 104 Hoisting & Rigging 2
WLT 110 Drawing & Welding Symbol Interpretation 1
WLT 115 Welding Inspection and Testing 1
WLT 120 Thermal Cutting Processes I 1
WLT 125 Thermal Cutting Processes II 1
WLT 130 Shielded Metal Arc Welding I 2
WLT 135 Shielded Metal Arc Welding II 2
WLT 140 Gas Metal Arc Welding I 2
WLT 145 Gas Metal Arc Welding II 2
WLT 150 Flux Cored Arc Welding I 2
WLT 155 Flux Cored Arc Welding II 2
WLT 160 Gas Tungsten Arc Welding I 2
WLT 165 Gas Tungsten Arc Welding II 2
WLT 230 Shielded Metal Arc Welding III 4
WLT 242 Gas Metal Arc Welding III 3
WLT 252 Flux Cored Arc Welding III 3
WLT 260 Gas Tungsten Arc Welding III 4
WLT 265 Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Plasma Cutting I 2
WLT 270 Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Plasma Cutting II 3
WLT 280 Robotic Welding I 2
WLT 285 Robotic Welding II 3
    SUB-TOTAL 47
       

 

 

    GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS  
General Education Requirements 19
   
May Not Include:  
ASC 104 Human Anatomy and Physiology with Lab I 4
ASC 106 Human Anatomy and Physiology with Lab II 4
NST 101 Network Fundamentals 3
  SUB-TOTAL 19
       
    PROGRAM REQUIREMENT  
EMS 104 Mathematics for Metalworking 2
    SUB-TOTAL 2
       
    GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS  
COM 125 Job Search Strategies 1
    SUB-TOTAL 1
       
    It is a graduation requirement of the Welding Technology (WLT) associate of applied science degree program for students to earn a grade of “C” or better in all “Core Curriculum” and “Program Requirement” courses.  
       
    PROGRAM TOTAL 69

 

Welding Technology

Classification of Instructional Programs - 48.0508

Entry-Level Welding Less than One-Year Certificate

    CORE CURRICULUM  
      Credit Hours
WLT 100 Safety and Health of Welders 1
WLT 104 Hoisting & Rigging 2
WLT 110 Drawing and Welding Symbol Interpretation 1
WLT 115 Welding Inspection and Testing 1
WLT 120 Thermal Cutting Processes I 1
WLT 130 Shielded Metal Arc Welding I 2
WLT 140 Gas Metal Arc Welding I 2
WLT 150 Flux Cored Arc Welding I 2
WLT 160 Gas Tungsten Arc Welding I 2
    SUB-TOTAL 14
       
    GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS  
General Education Requirements 6
   
Must Include:  
COM 111 Oral Communications 3
CPP 101 Introduction to Microcomputer Usage 3
    SUB-TOTAL 6
       

 

 

    PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS  
EMS 104 Mathematics for Metalworking 2
MAT 051 Introductory Algebra 4
OR      
MAT 071 Intermediate Algebra 4
    SUB-TOTAL 6
       
    GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS  
COM 125 Job Search Strategies 1
    SUB-TOTAL 1
       
    It is a graduation requirement of the Welding Technology (WLT) less than one-year certificate in entry-level welding for students to earn a grade of “C” or better in all “Core Curriculum” and “Program Requirements” courses.  
       
    PROGRAM TOTAL 27

 

Welding Technology

Classification of Instructional Programs - 48.0508

Advanced-Level Welding One-Year Certificate

To qualify for this certificate, a student must have completed all Welding Technology – Entry-Level Certificate “Core Curriculum” and “Program Requirements” courses with a grade of “C” or better.

 

    CORE CURRICULUM  
      Credit Hours
WLT 125 Thermal Cutting Processes II 1
WLT 135 Shielded Metal Arc Welding II 2
WLT 145 Gas Metal Arc Welding II 2
WLT 155 Flux Cored Arc Welding II 2
WLT 165 Gas Tungsten Arc Welding II 2
WLT 230 Shielded Metal Arc Welding III 4
WLT 242 Gas Metal Arc Welding III 3
WLT 252 Flux Cored Arc Welding III 3
WLT 260 Gas Tungsten Arc Welding III 4
WLT 265 Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Plasma Cutting I 2
WLT 270 Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Plasma Cutting II 3
WLT 280 Robotic Welding I 2
WLT 285 Robotic Welding II 3
    SUB-TOTAL 33
       
    GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS  
General Education Requirements 6
   
Must Include:  
COM 101 English Composition 3
CPP 101 Introduction to Microcomputer Usage 3
    SUB-TOTAL 6
       

 

 

    GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS  
COM 125 Job Search Strategies 1
    SUB-TOTAL 1
       
    It is a graduation requirement of the Welding Technology (WLT) one-year certificate in advanced-level welding for students to earn a grade of “C” or better in all “Core Curriculum” courses.  
       
    PROGRAM TOTAL 40

WLT  100  Safety and Health of Welders.  This course teaches basic understanding of safe operations and practices in the work area, hot zone operation, precautions of working in confined spaces, and safe operation of equipment used for each welding and thermal cutting process.  The proper use of personal protective equipment, precautionary labeling, and Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) information and inspection are also taught.  The use and inspection of ventilation equipment are covered.  The course prepares students for the AWS SENSE Safety and Health of Welders certification.  1 credit hour.

 

WLT  104  Hoisting & Rigging.  This course teaches basic knowledge and skills required to set up and operate hoisting and rigging equipment. Hoisting hand signals and proper rigging applications are also covered.  2 credit hours.

 

WLT  110  Drawing and Welding Symbol Interpretation.  This course teaches the basic knowledge and skills required to interpret basic drawing elements and welding symbols.  Additionally, this course covers how to apply this information to the fabrication of components from a drawing.  1 credit hour.

 

WLT  115  Welding Inspection and Testing.  This course teaches the basic skills and knowledge used to perform visual inspections of edge preparations, finished welds, and weld joint assemblies.  Preparing and performing destructive tests on qualification samples are also covered.  Various methods of non-destructive testing (NDT) used in the welding industry are introduced.  1 credit hour.

 

WLT  120  Thermal Cutting Processes I.  This course teaches the basic skills and knowledge required to set-up and operate manual oxy-fuel cutting and welding equipment, plasma cutting equipment, and air carbon arc equipment as needed for the fabrication and preparation of materials.  The course prepares students for AWS SENSE Level I welder performance qualification tests.  1 credit hour.

 

WLT  125  Thermal Cutting Processes II.  This course provides students with continued development of the skills and knowledge used to set-up and operate manual and mechanized oxy-fuel cutting equipment, plasma cutting equipment, and air carbon arc equipment as needed for the fabrication and preparation of materials.  The course prepares students for AWS SENSE Level II welder performance qualification tests.  Prerequisite:  WLT 120 with a grade of “C” or better.  1 credit hour.

 

WLT  128  Basic Welding.  Basic principles and fundamentals of SMAW, Oxy-fuel (welding, cutting and brazing), GTAW and GMAW.  3 credit hours.

 

WLT  130  Shielded Metal Arc Welding I.  This course teaches the basic skills and knowledge required to set-up Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) equipment, select correct electrodes, identify materials, and perform SMAW operations on carbon steel.  The course prepares students for AWS SENSE Level I welder performance qualification tests in the flat and horizontal positions.  2 credit hours.

 

WLT  135  Shielded Metal Arc Welding II.  This course provides students with continued development of the skills and knowledge used to set-up Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) equipment, select correct electrodes, identify materials, and perform SMAW operations on structural carbon steel.  The course prepares students for AWS SENSE Level I welder performance qualification tests in the vertical and overhead positions.  Prerequisite:  WLT 130 with a grade of “C” or better.  2 credit hours.

 

WLT  140  Gas Metal Arc Welding I.  This course teaches the basic skills and knowledge required to set-up Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) equipment, select correct electrodes, identify materials, and perform GMAW operations on carbon steel.  The course prepares students for AWS SENSE Level I welder performance qualification tests in the flat and horizontal positions.  2 credit hours.

 

WLT  141     CAT Welding.  This course is designed to acquaint the student with more common welding techniques and equipment used currently in trades and industry.  Consideration is given to welding with arc and oxyacetylene in various positions, hard surfacing, brazing, cutting, electrode selection and metal identification.  The student is expected to develop basic skills in general welding.  2 credit hours.

 

WLT  145  Gas Metal Arc Welding II.  This course provides students with continued development of the skills and knowledge used to set-up Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) equipment, select correct electrodes, identify materials, and perform GMAW operations on structural carbon steel.  The course prepares students for AWS SENSE Level I welder performance qualification tests in the vertical and overhead positions.  Prerequisite:  WLT 140 with a grade of “C” or better.  2 credit hours.

 

WLT  150  Flux Cored Arc Welding I.  This course teaches the basic skills and knowledge required to set-up Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW) equipment, select correct electrodes, identify materials, and perform FCAW operations on carbon steel.  The course prepares students for AWS SENSE Level I welder performance qualification tests in the flat and horizontal positions.  2 credit hours.

 

WLT  151   ACT Welding.  This course teaches the metal work skills needed in the automotive collision repair industry.  Students learn to perform gas metal arc welding (GMAW) on auto body steel and use an oxy-fuel torch to cut and shrink metal while completing I-CAR certification projects.  3 credit hours.

 

WLT  155  Flux Cored Arc Welding II.  This course provides students with continued development of the skills and knowledge used to set-up Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW) equipment, select correct electrodes, identify materials, and perform FCAW operations on structural carbon steel.  The course prepares students for AWS SENSE Level I welder performance qualification tests in the vertical and overhead positions.  Prerequisite:  WLT 150 with a grade of “C” or better.  2 credit hours.

 

WLT  160  Gas Tungsten Arc Welding I.  This course teaches the basic skills and knowledge required to set-up Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) equipment, select correct electrodes, identify materials, and perform GTAW operations on carbon steel.  The course prepares students for AWS SENSE Level I welder performance qualification tests in the flat and horizontal positions.  2 credit hours.

 

WLT  165  Gas Tungsten Arc Welding II.  This course provides students with continued development of the skills and knowledge used to set-up Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) equipment, select correct electrodes, identify materials, and perform GTAW operations on structural aluminum, and carbon and stainless steel.  The course prepares students for AWS SENSE Level I welder performance qualification tests in the vertical and overhead positions.  Prerequisite:  WLT 160 with a grade of “C” or better.  2 credit hours.

 

WLT  225  Welding and Fabrication for High Performance Vehicles.  This course teaches welding and fabrication for high performance motorsports.  It includes bending, notching, and designing roll cages and frames using mild steel tubing, chrome-moly tubing, and aluminum.  The welding processes used are GTAW and GMAW.  Corequisite:  WLT 128 with a grade of “C” or better.  2 credit hours.

 

WLT  230  Shielded Metal Arc Welding III.  This course teaches advanced Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) operations on carbon and stainless steel.  Carbon steel pipe welding is also covered.  The course prepares students for AWS SENSE Level II welder performance qualification tests.  Prerequisites:  WLT 135 with a grade of “C” or better and AWS SENSE Level I Certification.  4 credit hours.

 

WLT  242  Gas Metal Arc Welding III.  This course teaches how to use Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) and Pulse Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW-P) equipment to perform advanced operations on aluminum, and carbon and stainless steel.  Carbon steel pipe welding is also covered.  The course prepares students for AWS SENSE Level II welder performance qualification tests.  Prerequisites:  WLT 145 with a grade of “C” or better and AWS SENSE Level I Certification.  3 credit hours.

 

WLT  252  Flux Cored Arc Welding III.  This course teaches advanced Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW) and Flux Cored Arc Welding-Self Shielding (FCAW-S) operations on carbon steel.  Carbon steel pipe welding is also covered.  The course prepares students for AWS SENSE Level II welder performance qualification tests.  Prerequisites:  WLT 155 with a grade of “C” or better and AWS SENSE Level I Certification.  3 credit hours.

 

WLT  260  Gas Tungsten Arc Welding III.  This course teaches advanced Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) and Gas Tungsten Arc Welding-Pulsed (GTAW-P) operations on aluminum, and carbon and stainless steel; pipe welding is also covered.  The course prepares students for AWS SENSE Level II welder performance qualification tests.  Prerequisites:  WLT 165 with a grade of “C” or better and AWS SENSE Level I Certification.  4 credit hours.

 

WLT  265  Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Plasma Cutting I.  This course teaches the history and safe operation of CNC plasma cutting systems.  Fundamental G-Code programming and the operation of a CNC plasma cutting machine with related software and coordinate systems are taught.  Prerequisite:  WLT 125 with a grade of “C” or better.  2 credit hours.

 

WLT  270  Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Plasma Cutting II.  This course teaches the use of visual machine designer software to program the tool path.  Students will use the computer aided drafting (CAD) software for the plasma cutting system to build a basic CAD project.  Prerequisite:  WLT 265 with a grade of “C” or better.  3 credit hours.

 

WLT  280  Robotic Welding I.  This course teaches the safe set-up and operation of the robotic welding system.  Students are taught to identify the variables that affect the robotic welding system, set-up the system parameters, and operate within those parameters.  Prerequisite:  WLT 242 with a grade of “C” or better.  2 credit hours.

 

WLT  285  Robotic Welding II.  This course teaches how to design, set-up, and run programs for the robotic welding system consistent with industry standards.  Students are also taught to evaluate, inspect, and test the overall finished project quality to American Welding Society (AWS) standards.  Prerequisite:  WLT 280 with a grade of “C” or better.  3 credit hours.

 

WLT  299  Special Topics in Welding Technology.   Special Topics in Welding Technology (WLT) may include instruction on topics not covered in other WLT courses.  Topics covered in other WLT courses may also be covered in more depth in this special topics course.  Projects may be undertaken in any area related to the major program with credit hours determined by the level and amount of involvement.  The minimum involvement required for one credit is 30 contact hours.  The specific topic(s), objectives, plan of instruction, and evaluation criteria must be documented in the syllabus; approved by the Department/Division Chair; and filed in the Academic Records Office.  Students may complete more than one Special Topics course, provided that the credits earned in this manner do not exceed a total of four (4) credits.  1-4 credit hours.