Automotive, Welding & Machining Pathway

Basic Welding Skills

Certificate of Achievement

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This certificate prepares students for entry-level positions in welding as an apprentice or shop helper. The competency-based curriculum combines classroom instruction with hands-on training to develop foundational knowledge and skill in select welding and cutting processes.

At the completion for the Welding Technology Program, the successful student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to identify, analyze, and synthesize relevant data to problem solve in a welding environment
  • Demonstrate effective oral, written, and graphical communication skills appropriate to the welding industry
  • Demonstrate measuring methods and apply mathematical concepts to solve problems related to welding
  • Apply the appropriate ethical standards and practices of the welding industry
  • Demonstrate the ability to identify the values, beliefs, and practices of a multicultural workforce and collaborate with diverse groups across a variety of knowledge and skill levels and perspectives

In addition, students who complete the program will demonstrate the following skills standards specific to Welding Technology:

  • Evaluate potential hazards and apply procedures to maintain workplace safety
  • Select and operate tools and equipment used in welding and metal fabrication
  • Perform thermal cutting and gouging processes to industry standards
  • Perform Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) to industry standards
  • Perform Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) to industry standards
  • Perform Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW) to industry standards
  • Perform Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) to industry standards
  • Identify materials and apply metallurgy knowledge to solve practical welding problems
  • Interpret drawings including welding symbols and make accurate calculation

Program Costs

In addition to textbooks, it costs approximately $900 upon entry into the program for personal protective equipment, tools, and supplies.

Course List

CCS101 3cr Pathways to Success
Cultivates the mind-set and skills necessary for students to become confident, reflective, self-directing, and successful learners.

WELD102 5cr Welding Theory I
Introduces the tools and equipment used in welding, including a technical orientation for select welding and cutting processes. Fees: $100.00 Welding Course Fee

WELD103 1cr Thermal Cutting and Gouging
Develops the skill for Oxyfuel Cutting, Plasma Arc Cutting, and Carbon Arc Cutting and gouging. Fees: $100.00 Welding Course Fee

WELD104 3cr Oxyacetylene Welding
Develops the skill for Oxyacetylene Welding (OAW) steel in various joint designs and positions. Fees: $100.00 Welding Course Fee

WELD106 5cr Shielded Metal Arc Welding I
Introduces Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) with emphasis on deep penetrating electrodes. Fees: $100.00 Welding Course Fee

Revision Date: 
Thursday, May 04, 2023