As described by the American Welding Society, welding is a very sophisticated and technical science, requiring not only mental application but also hands-on abilities. Welding is the fusing of the surfaces of two workpieces to form one, and is a precise, reliable, cost-effective, and high-tech method for joining materials. Welding today is applied to a wide variety of materials and products using advanced technologies. The program is aligned to the American Welding Society’s SENSE Level 1 skills standards. Instruction focuses on providing a comprehensive education which includes both welding theory and application. The listed sequence of course offerings may be altered. The Welding program offers open-entry and open-exit courses. Students will be allowed to enroll in these open-entry/open-exit courses as long as there is space available.
More information on the Welding program.
Pathway: Engineering & Manufacturing
Students may start any semester
To earn a Shielded Metal Arc Welding certificate, a student must complete all required coursework as prescribed and maintain a 2.0 grade point average. Maintain a cumulative 2.0 GPA for the following courses: WEL 228 , WEL 233 , & WEL 274 .
Courses must be taken in this order and receive a passing grade before advancing on to the next class.
Total Credits Required to Complete this Certificate - 7*
*Program total credits do not include 1 entry requirement credit.
These credits are applicable to the diploma in Welding .
Tuition……………………………………………………………………………………..$185.00 per credit
The costs for each program are estimates and subject to change.
Approximate total for program: $2,060**
**Program entry requirements are not included in the total approximate cost.
What Kind of Work Will You Do?
- Use electric arc or flame process in welding.
- Weld steel, steel alloys and other metals.
- Weld in all positions such as flat, vertical, horizontal and overhead.
- Welder may work in various positions-bending, stooping, etc.
- from drawings, blueprints and other written plans.
- Plan and organize work.
- Layout and fit by means of flame cutting, shearing, sawing, etc.
What Skills and Abilities Will You Need?
- Demonstrate manual dexterity.
- Identify details in objects and drawings.
- Lift and carry 50 to 100 pounds.
- Read and work from blueprints.
- Have adequate vision to see definition in the weld puddle.
- Be a self-starter and work independently.
- Concentrate for long periods of time.
- Perform simple math problems quickly.
What Else Should I Consider about this Specialist Certificate?
- Will be working in hot, sweaty conditions, indoors and outdoors.
- Welding can be hazardous because of the dusty, smoky environment and electrical dangers.
- Many welders are union members, depending on the place of employment.
- There is a steady demand for qualified/skilled welders throughout the United States. The current trend in employment is toward highly skilled individuals.
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