This program provides students with the knowledge required for entry into the welding occupations. The foundation of knowledge and skills learned will enable students to quickly adapt to employer’s needs or obtain certification in whatever welding procedure needed. Knowledge base will include Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW), Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW), Tungsten Gas Arc Welding (TGAW), Oxy Acetylene Welding and Cutting (OAW, OAC) and allied processes. In this program, theory and practice are combined. Students will understand the importance of weld quality, welding codes, and welding safety.
NOTE: A.A.S. degrees are designed to prepare students for entry-level positions in specific occupations; they are not generally intended to transfer to four-year institutions.
Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:
- Provide leadership in creating and maintaining a safe working environment.
- Select tools, equipment and materials based on characteristics and properties for necessary welding procedures.
- Display manipulative skills with the various welding processes (oxy-acetylene, shielded metal arc, gas metal arc, flux cored arc, gas tungsten, etc.) to assure adequate weld integrity and appearance.
- Interpret blueprint welding symbols to fabricate components.
- Apply basic math skills and geometry to correctly identify and solve welding problems.
GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: (23 HRS. MIN.)
Communications (6 hrs.)
ENGL 111 Composition and Rhetoric (3)
ENGL 119 Professional Communication (3)
ENGL 216 Technical Writing (3)
Any SPCH course (3)
Mathematics (3 hrs.)
BLDG 115 Trades Math (3)
MATH course (3)
Laboratory Science (4 hrs.)
Social/Behavioral Sciences (3-6 hrs.)
Humanities and Fine Arts (3-6 hrs.)
The combined total of Social and Behavioral Sciences
and Humanities and Fine Arts areas should equal
9 credit hours.
Health and Wellness (1 hr.)
CORE REQUIREMENTS: (39 HRS. MIN.)
WELD 111 Shielded Metal Arc Welding I (4)
WELD 112 Shielded Metal Arc Welding II (4)
WELD 115 Oxyacet Welding, Cutting and Allied Processes (3)
WELD 121 Gas Tungsten Arc Welding I (4)
WELD 122 Gas Tungsten Arc Welding II (4)
WELD 131 Gas Metal and Flux Cored Arc
Welding I (4)
WELD 132 Gas Metal and Flux Cored Arc
Welding II (4)
WELD 141 Introduction to Metallurgy (2)
WELD 211 Shielded Metal Arc Welding III (4)
WELD 221 Gas Tungsten Arc and Gas Metal Arc Welding III (3)
WELD 261 Pipe Fabrication (3)
RELATED REQUIREMENTS: (2 HRS. MIN.)
FACT 113 Basic Blueprint Reading (2)
Six credit hours of the A.A.A. and A.A.S. must come from an approved list of courses that satisfy the following requirements. These are not meant to be additional hours in the degree but are, instead, existing courses that satisfy the requirement and appear anywhere in the degree.
- Cultural Perspectives (3 credit hours)
- Sustainable Living (3 credit hours)
TOTAL 64 CREDITS MIN.