Welding Technology

The Welding Technology curriculum provides students with a sound understanding of the science, technology and applications essential for successful employment in the welding and metal industry.

Instruction includes consumable and non-consumable electrode welding and cutting processes. Courses in math, blueprint reading, metallurgy, welding inspection and destructive and non-destructive testing provide the student with industry-standard skills developed through classroom training and practical applications.

Successful graduates of the Welding Technology curriculum may be employed as entry-level technicians in welding and metal working industries. Career opportunities also exist in construction, manufacturing, fabrication, sales, quality control, supervision and welding-related self-employment.

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Welding Technology (A50420)

Degree Awarded

The Associate in Applied Science - Welding Technology is awarded by the College upon completion of this program.

Admissions

  • Completion of a high school diploma or equivalent is required.
  • Many courses have prerequisites or co-requisites; check the Courses section for details.

Contact Information

The Welding Technology program is in the Applied Technologies Division. For more information, call 704.330.4429 or 704.330.4445.

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General Education Requirements
ENG 111Writing and Inquiry3.0
Take 3 credits of the following:
Writing and Research in the Disciplines
Literature-Based Research
Professional Research & Reporting
Select one of the following:3.0
Mathematical Measurement and Literacy
Quantitative Literacy
Select 3 credits of the following:3.0
General Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
Survey of Economics
Principles of Microeconomics
Principles of Macroeconomics
World Regional Geography
World Civilizations I
World Civilizations II
American History I
American History II
American Government
Comparative Government
International Relations
General Psychology
Developmental Psychology
Abnormal Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Sociology of the Family
Social Diversity
Comparative Cultures
Introduction to Political Science
Social Psychology
Social Problems
COM 110Introduction to Communication3.0
or COM 231 Public Speaking
Select 3 credits of the following:3.0
Art Appreciation
Art History Survey I
Art History Survey II
Survey of American Art
Non-Western Art History
Dance Appreciation
Theatre Appreciation
Literature of the Theatre
Oral Interpretation
American Literature I
American Literature II
British Literature I
British Literature II
Western World Literature I
Western World Literature II
Myth in Human Culture
Introduction to Film
Humanities I
Humanities II
Music Appreciation
Introduction to Jazz
History of Rock Music
Opera and Musical Theatre
Philosophical Issues
Western Philosophy I
Western Philosophy II
Introduction to Logic
World Religions
Eastern Religions
Western Religions
Introduction to Old Testament
Introduction to New Testament
Religion in America
Major Requirements
WLD 110Cutting Processes2.0
WLD 115SMAW (Stick) Plate5.0
WLD 121GMAW (MIG) FCAW/Plate4.0
WLD 131GTAW (TIG) Plate4.0
WLD 141Symbols and Specifications3.0
WLD 116SMAW (stick) Plate/Pipe4.0
WLD 122GMAW (MIG) Plate/Pipe3.0
WLD 132GTAW (TIG) Plate/Pipe3.0
WLD 231GTAW (TIG) Pipe3.0
WLD 215SMAW (stick) Pipe4.0
WLD 151Fabrication I4.0
WLD 251Fabrication II3.0
WLD 261Certification Practices2.0
WLD 262Inspection & Testing3.0
Technical Electives
Select 4 credits of the following:4.0
College Student Success
Small Business Management
Introduction to Electricity
Machining Technology I
Workplace Safety
Industrial Safety
Construction Safety
Work-Based Learning I
Oxy-Fuel Welding
Basic Welding Processes
Thermoplastic Welding
GMAW (MIG) Pipe
Automated Welding/Cutting
Orbital Welding TIG/Pipe
CIS 111Basic PC Literacy2.0
or CIS 110 Introduction to Computers
Take 1 course of the following:
MEC 172Introduction to Metallurgy3.0
WLD 143Welding Metallurgy2.0
Total Credits73

Welding Technology Diploma (D50420)

The Welding Technology curriculum provides students with a sound understanding of the science, technology and applications essential for successful employment in the welding and metal industry.

Instruction includes consumable and non-consumable electrode welding and cutting processes. Courses in math, blueprint reading, metallurgy, welding inspection and destructive and non-destructive testing provides the student with industry-standard skills developed through classroom training and practical applications.

Successful graduates of the Welding Technology curriculum may be employed as entry-level technicians in welding and metal working industries. Career opportunities also exist in construction, manufacturing, fabrication, sales, quality control, supervision and welding-related self-employment.

Diploma Awarded

A Diploma in Welding Technology is awarded by the College upon completion of this program.

Admissions

Completion of a high school diploma or equivalent is required as the foundation of a career in this area.

Contact Information

The Welding Technology program is in the Applied Technologies Division. For more information, call 704.330.4429 or 704.330.4445.

General Education Requirements
ENG 111Writing and Inquiry3.0
MAT 110Mathematical Measurement and Literacy3.0
Major Requirements
WLD 110Cutting Processes2.0
WLD 115SMAW (Stick) Plate5.0
WLD 121GMAW (MIG) FCAW/Plate4.0
WLD 131GTAW (TIG) Plate4.0
WLD 141Symbols and Specifications3.0
WLD 116SMAW (stick) Plate/Pipe4.0
WLD 122GMAW (MIG) Plate/Pipe3.0
WLD 132GTAW (TIG) Plate/Pipe3.0
WLD 221GMAW (MIG) Pipe3.0
WLD 231GTAW (TIG) Pipe3.0
WLD 151Fabrication I4.0
CIS 111Basic PC Literacy2.0
or CIS 110 Introduction to Computers
Total Credits46

Welding Technology Certificates (C50420)

The following certificates can be earned in the Welding Technology Program (A50420).

Admissions

Completion of a high school diploma or equivalent is encouraged as the foundation of a career in this area.

Contact Information

For more information, call 704.330.4429 or 704.330.4445.

Welding Technology Certificate with a Specialization in S.M.A.W. of Pipe Welding (C50420-C1)

Major Requirements
WLD 110Cutting Processes2.0
WLD 115SMAW (Stick) Plate5.0
WLD 141Symbols and Specifications3.0
WLD 116SMAW (stick) Plate/Pipe4.0
WLD 215SMAW (stick) Pipe4.0
Total Credits18

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Welding Technology Certificate with a Specialization in Entry-Level Welding (C50420-C2)

Major Requirements
WLD 110Cutting Processes2.0
WLD 115SMAW (Stick) Plate5.0
WLD 121GMAW (MIG) FCAW/Plate4.0
WLD 131GTAW (TIG) Plate4.0
WLD 141Symbols and Specifications3.0
Total Credits18

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Welding Technology Certificate with a Specialization in Inert Gas Welding (C50420-C4)

Major Requirements
WLD 110Cutting Processes2.0
WLD 121GMAW (MIG) FCAW/Plate4.0
WLD 131GTAW (TIG) Plate4.0
WLD 141Symbols and Specifications3.0
Total Credits13

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Welding Technology Certificate with a Specialization in Advanced Level Welding (C50420-C5)

Major Requirements
WLD 116SMAW (stick) Plate/Pipe4.0
WLD 122GMAW (MIG) Plate/Pipe3.0
WLD 132GTAW (TIG) Plate/Pipe3.0
WLD 261Certification Practices2.0
Total Credits12

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Welding Technology Certificate with a Specialization in Expert Level Welding (C50420-C6)

Major Requirements
WLD 231GTAW (TIG) Pipe3.0
WLD 215SMAW (stick) Pipe4.0
WLD 221GMAW (MIG) Pipe3.0
WLD 262Inspection & Testing3.0
Total Credits13

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Welding Technology Certificate with a Specialization in Robotic Welding and Cutting (C50420–C8)

Major Requirements
WLD 141Symbols and Specifications3.0
WLD 121GMAW (MIG) FCAW/Plate4.0
WLD 110Cutting Processes2.0
ELC 111Introduction to Electricity3.0
WLD 265Automated Welding/Cutting4.0
Total Credits16

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Welding Technology Certificate with a Specialization in Orbital GTAW Welding (C50420-C9)

Major Requirements
WLD 141Symbols and Specifications3.0
WLD 110Cutting Processes2.0
WLD 131GTAW (TIG) Plate4.0
ELC 111Introduction to Electricity3.0
WLD 270Orbital Welding TIG/Pipe4.0
Total Credits16

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Welding Technology Certificate Specialization in G.M.A.W. of Pipe Welding (C50420-10)

Major Requirements
WLD 110Cutting Processes2.0
WLD 121GMAW (MIG) FCAW/Plate4.0
WLD 141Symbols and Specifications3.0
WLD 122GMAW (MIG) Plate/Pipe3.0
WLD 221GMAW (MIG) Pipe3.0
Total Credits15

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Welding Technology Certificate Specialization in S.M.A.W. Structure Steel Welding (C50420-11)

Major Requirements
WLD 110Cutting Processes2.0
WLD 115SMAW (Stick) Plate5.0
WLD 121GMAW (MIG) FCAW/Plate4.0
WLD 141Symbols and Specifications3.0
Total Credits14

Welding Technology Certificate Specialization in Steel Fabrication (C50420-12)

Major Requirements
WLD 110Cutting Processes2.0
WLD 115SMAW (Stick) Plate5.0
WLD 121GMAW (MIG) FCAW/Plate4.0
WLD 122GMAW (MIG) Plate/Pipe3.0
WLD 141Symbols and Specifications3.0
Total Credits17

Welding Technology Certificate Specialization in Advanced Welding Automation for Manufacturing (C50420-13)

This program is also available to high school students through Career and College Promise.
 

Major Requirements
WLD 110Cutting Processes2.0
WLD 121GMAW (MIG) FCAW/Plate4.0
WLD 131GTAW (TIG) Plate4.0
WLD 141Symbols and Specifications3.0
WLD 265Automated Welding/Cutting4.0
Total Credits17

Courses

WLD 110. Cutting Processes. 2.0 Credits. Class-1.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-3.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces oxy-fuel and plasma-arc cutting systems. Topics include safety, proper equipment setup, and operation of oxy-fuel and plasma-arc cutting equipment with emphasis on straight line, curve and bevel cutting. Upon completion, students should be able to oxy-fuel and plasma-arc cut metals of varying thickness.

WLD 111. Oxy-Fuel Welding. 2.0 Credits. Class-1.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-3.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces the oxy-fuel welding process. Topics include safety, proper equipment setup, and operation of oxy-fuel welding equipment with emphasis on bead application, profile, and discontinuities. Upon completion, students should be able to oxy-fuel weld fillets and grooves on plate and pipe in various positions.

WLD 112. Basic Welding Processes. 2.0 Credits. Class-1.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-3.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces basic welding and cutting. Emphasis is placed on beads applied with gases, mild steel fillers, and electrodes and the capillary action of solder. Upon completion, students should be able to set up welding and oxy-fuel equipment and perform welding, brazing, and soldering processes.

WLD 115. SMAW (Stick) Plate. 5.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-9.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces the shielded metal arc (stick) welding process. Emphasis is placed on padding, fillet, and groove welds in various positions with SMAW electrodes. Upon completion, students should be able to perform SMAW fillet and groove welds on carbon plate with prescribed electrodes.

WLD 116. SMAW (stick) Plate/Pipe. 4.0 Credits. Class-1.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-9.0. Work-0.0

This course is designed to enhance skills with the shielded metal arc (stick) welding process. Emphasis is placed on advancing manipulative skills with SMAW electrodes on varying joint geometry. Upon completion, students should be able to perform groove welds on carbon steel with prescribed electrodes in the flat, horizontal, vertical, and overhead positions.

Prerequisites: Take WLD 115

WLD 121. GMAW (MIG) FCAW/Plate. 4.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-6.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces metal arc welding and flux core arc welding processes. Topics include equipment setup and fillet and groove welds with emphasis on application of GMAW and FCAW electrodes on carbon steel plate. Upon completion, students should be able to perform fillet welds on carbon steel with prescribed electrodes in the flat, horizontal, and overhead positions.

WLD 122. GMAW (MIG) Plate/Pipe. 3.0 Credits. Class-1.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-6.0. Work-0.0

This course is designed to enhance skills with the gas metal arc (MIG) welding process. Emphasis is placed on advancing skills with the GMAW process making groove welds on carbon steel plate and pipe in various positions. Upon completion, students should be able to perform groove welds with prescribed electrodes on various joint geometry.

Prerequisites: Take WLD 121

WLD 131. GTAW (TIG) Plate. 4.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-6.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces the gas tungsten arc (TIG) welding process. Topics include correct selection of tungsten, polarity, gas, and proper filler rod with emphasis placed on safety, equipment setup, and welding techniques. Upon completion, students should be able to perform GTAW fillet and groove welds with various electrodes and filler materials.

WLD 132. GTAW (TIG) Plate/Pipe. 3.0 Credits. Class-1.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-6.0. Work-0.0

This course is designed to enhance skills with the gas tungsten arc (TIG) welding process. Topics include setup, joint preparation, and electrode selection with emphasis on manipulative skills in all welding positions on plate and pipe. Upon completion, students should be able to perform GTAW welds with prescribed electrodes and filler materials on various joint geometry.

Prerequisites: Take WLD 131

WLD 141. Symbols and Specifications. 3.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-2.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces the basic symbols and specifications used in welding. Emphasis is placed on interpretation of lines, notes, welding symbols, and specifications. Upon completion, students should be able to read and interpret symbols and specifications commonly used in welding.

Prerequisites: Take DMA 010 DMA 020 DMA 030

WLD 143. Welding Metallurgy. 2.0 Credits. Class-1.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-2.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces the concepts of welding metallurgy. Emphasis is placed on basic metallurgy, effects of welding on various metals, and metal classification and identification. Upon completion, students should be able to understand basic metallurgy, materials designation, and classification systems used in welding.

WLD 145. Thermoplastic Welding. 2.0 Credits. Class-1.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-3.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces the thermoplastic welding processes and materials identification. Topics include filler material selection, identification, joint design, and equipment setup with emphasis on bead types and applications. Upon completion, students should be able to perform fillet and groove welds using thermoplastic materials.

WLD 151. Fabrication I. 4.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-6.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces the basic principles of fabrication. Emphasis is placed on safety, measurement, layout techniques, cutting, joining techniques, and the use of fabrication tools and equipment. Upon completion, students should be able to perform layout activities and operate various fabrication and material handling equipment.


WLD 215. SMAW (stick) Pipe. 4.0 Credits. Class-1.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-9.0. Work-0.0

This course covers the knowledge and skills that apply to welding pipe. Topics include pipe positions, joint geometry, and preparation with emphasis placed on bead application, profile, and discontinuities. Upon completion, students should be able to perform SMAW welds to applicable codes on carbon steel pipe with prescribed electrodes in various positions.

Prerequisites: Take One: WLD 115 or WLD 116

WLD 221. GMAW (MIG) Pipe. 3.0 Credits. Class-1.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-6.0. Work-0.0

This course covers the knowledge and skills that apply to welding pipe. Topics include pipe positions, joint geometry, and preparation with emphasis placed on bead application, profile, and discontinuities. Upon completion, students should be able to perform GMAW welds to applicable codes on pipe with prescribed electrodes in various positions.

Prerequisites: Take WLD 122

WLD 231. GTAW (TIG) Pipe. 3.0 Credits. Class-1.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-6.0. Work-0.0

This course covers gas tungsten arc welding on pipe. Topics include joint preparation and fit up with emphasis placed on safety, GTAW welding technique, bead application, and joint geometry. Upon completion, students should be able to perform GTAW welds to applicable codes on pipe with prescribed electrodes and filler materials in various pipe positions.

Prerequisites: Take WLD 132

WLD 251. Fabrication II. 3.0 Credits. Class-1.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-6.0. Work-0.0

This course covers advanced fabrication skills. Topics include advanced layout and assembly methods with emphasis on the safe and correct use of fabrication tools and equipment. Upon completion, students should be able to fabricate projects from working drawings.

Prerequisites: Take WLD 151

WLD 261. Certification Practices. 2.0 Credits. Class-1.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-3.0. Work-0.0

This course covers certification requirements for industrial welding processes. Topics include techniques and certification requirements for prequalified joint geometry. Upon completion, students should be able to perform welds on carbon steel plate and/or pipe according to applicable codes.

Prerequisites: Take All: WLD 115, WLD 121, and WLD 131

WLD 262. Inspection & Testing. 3.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-2.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces destructive and non-destructive testing methods. Emphasis is placed on safety, types and methods of testing, and the use of testing equipment and materials. Upon completion, students should be able to understand and/or perform a variety of destructive and non-destructive testing processes.

WLD 265. Automated Welding/Cutting. 4.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-6.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces automated welding equipment and processes. Topics include setup, programming, and operation of automated welding and cutting equipment. Upon completion, students should be able to set up, program, and operate automated welding and cutting equipment.

Prerequisites: Take All: WLD 110 and WLD 121

WLD 270. Orbital Welding TIG/Pipe. 4.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-6.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces automated tungsten inert gas (TIG) welding hardware, equipment, and processes required to apply specific, accurate, automated, and consistently repetitive pipe welds. Emphasis is placed on proper identification of automated welding process variables, how each relates to the functionality of orbital equipment and components, and how changes in variables directly influence weld quality. Upon completion, students should be able to produce quality pipe welds through the appropriate operation and control of automated TIG welding equipment.