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2015-2016 Course Catalog 
2015-2016 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Welding, Production MIG Welding

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In an effort to meet the needs of interested students and local industry, the Welding program is offering open-entry and open-exit courses designed for the inexperienced as well as the more advanced and experienced welders. This flexibility allows students to take only those portions of the program they need at any given time. Students will be allowed to enroll as long as there is space available. Emphasis is placed on skill and knowledge that is required for the student to enter employment in the welding field, or for the student’s own personal gain.

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Locations: Ankeny, Newton

Students may start any semester

Program Entry Requirements

  1. Complete an application for admission.
  2. Satisfy the assessment requirement.
  3. Attend any required information/registration session.
  4. Successful complete of any AAS degree core Math course  .

Graduation Requirements

To earn a Production MIG 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 244  , & WEL 245  .

Total Credits Required to Complete this Certificate - 8

These credits are applicable to the diploma in Welding  .

Fixed Costs

Tuition……………………………………………………………………………………..$143.00 per credit

The costs for each program are estimates and subject to change.

Varied Costs

  Semester 1
Books (approximate)   80
Supplies 155

Approximate total for program: $1,379*

* 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.
• Work 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.

Nondiscrimination Policy

Des Moines Area Community College shall not engage in or allow discrimination covered by law. This includes harassment based on race, color, national origin, creed, religion, sex (including pregnancy and marital status), sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability and genetic information. Veteran status in educational programs, activities, employment practices, or admission procedures is also included to the extent covered by law. Individuals who believe they have been discriminated against may file a complaint through the College Discrimination Complaint Procedure. Complaint forms may be obtained from the Campus Provost’s office, the Academic Deans’ office, the Judicial Officer, or the EEO/AA Officer, Human Resources. For information about the ADA, the Section 504/ADA Coordinator can be contacted at 515-964-6857. For Title IX questions and concerns contact 515-964-6850.

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