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Welding Program Code 314421

Technical Diploma

Offered at the Green Bay, Marinette and Sturgeon Bay campuses. For information in Green Bay: (920) 498-5444. For information in Marinette: (715) 735-9361. For information in Sturgeon Bay: (920) 746-4900. Toll-free: (888) 385-6982.

This program is fully eligible for financial aid.

Welding prepares students to join metal by applying heat and pressure to join metal sections together to form a permanent bond. Welders plan layouts or work from blueprints, drawings, or other specifications.

Employment Potential

A graduate of the program will have the potential for employment as a Maintenance Welder, Qualified Welder, Structural Welder, Welder/Fabricator, and Pipe Welder. In these jobs, the graduate will build and repair metal components using basic knowledge of blueprints, metallurgy, and layout while applying the major welding processes used by industry; and will be trained in code welding according to the AWS (American Welding Society) and ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) with testing provided on campus. Other positions might include Construction Trades Welder, Ironworker Trades Welder, Millwright, Sheetmetal Trades Welder, and Pipe Trades Welder. People in many apprenticeship programs are required to take welding classes as part of their training.

With additional education and/or work experience, graduates may find other opportunities for employment.

. Journeylevel Welder
. Welding Inspector
. Welding Supervisor
. Journeylevel Welder/Fabricator

Certification

All NWTC Welding Program instructors are certified welders.

Program Outcomes

. Be successfully employed in the welding industry.
. Perform procedures using plasma, carbon arc, oxyacetylene processes.
. Perform procedures using the Shielded Metal Arc Welding process (S.M.A.W).
. Perform procedures using the Gas Metal Arc Welding process (G.M.A.W).
. Perform procedures using the Gas Tungsten Arc Welding process (G.T.A.W).
. Perform procedures using the Flux Core Arc Welding process (F.C.A.W).
. Perform procedures using the Submerged Arc Welding process (S.A.W).
. Perform welding procedures using the Metal Core process.
. Interpret mechanical drawings.
. Fabricate projects from blueprints and sketches.
. Perform basic mathematical computations.
. Identify various ferrous and non-ferrous materials.
. Communicate with co-workers and supervisors.

Requirements for Program Entry

. Completed application.
. High school transcript or equivalent (such as an HSED or GED® Transcript).
. Students should have mastered basic math skills. For a description of basic math, see the Basic Education section of this catalog.
. As a requirement for program entry, an Academic Skills Assessment (Accuplacer) with appropriate benchmark scores is necessary. Program Benchmarks are: Arithmetic: 34, Reading Comprehension: 55; Sentence Skills: 60. Students not meeting these benchmarks or the equivalent will be required to establish an individualized academic plan. Students may have the opportunity to enroll in selected program core courses while completing their individualized plan. Upon completion of the plan, students will be eligible for all program courses. However, higher test scores will lead to greater success in core program courses. To learn more about these assessments and program benchmark scores, please contact a counselor (920) 498-5444 or (888) 385-6982.

Curriculum

Students following the study plan below will complete the Welding technical diploma in the number of semesters shown.

FIRST SEMESTER

10-804-101 Math 1-Trades
2
* 10-890-101 College 101
1
31-421-335 Blueprint Reading for Welders1
1
31-421-336 Weld Symbols
1
31-442-301 Material Cutting Applications
1
31-442-337 Metal Fabrication I
1
31-442-338 Metal Fabrication II
1
31-442-349 Metal Fabrication - Rigging
1
31-442-342 Shielded Metal Arc Welding 1
1
31-442-343 Shielded Metal Arc Welding 2
2
31-442-347 Shielded Metal Arc Welding 3
2
31-442-348 Gas Metal Arc Welding 1
1
31-442-356 Gas Metal Arc Welding 2
2
31-442-358 Gas Metal Arc Welding 3
2
SEMESTER TOTAL
19
SECOND SEMESTER

31-421-337 Blueprint Reading for Welders2
2
31-422-310 Metallurgy
2
31-442-329 Flux Cored Arc Welding 1
1
31-442-330 Flux Cored Arc Welding 2
2
31-442-340 Flux Cored Arc Welding 3
2
31-442-359 Gas Tungsten Arc Welding 1
1
31-442-362 Gas Tungsten Arc Welding 2
2
31-442-363 Gas Tungsten Arc Welding 3
2
31-442-339 Metal Fabrication III
2
31-801-386 Communicating Effectively
1
SEMESTER TOTAL
17

TOTAL CREDITS
36

Curriculum Note
*The credit for 10-890-101, College 101, is an Institutional Requirement for graduation. Consequently, it is not part of the program credit requirements.

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

These courses provide an opportunity for students to develop the knowledge, skills, and understanding required for employment in this field.

31-421-335 BLUEPRINT READING FOR WELDERS 1 ...course provides the opportunity for the learner to develop the knowledge and understanding of orthographic projection, sketching, dimensioning, section and auxiliary views, structural shapes, metric conversation and interpretation of fabrications from prints (Prerequisite: Accepted into Welding or Marine Construction program)

31-421-336 WELD SYMBOLS ...course provides the opportunity for the learner to develop the knowledge and understanding of welding symbols AWS and ISO, weld joint nomenclature and welding joint geometry. (Prerequisite: Accepted into Welding or Marine Construction program)

31-421-337 BLUEPRINT READING FOR WELDERS 2 ...course provides the opportunity for the learner to develop advanced blueprint reading skills to read and interpret moderate to advanced blueprints and shop drawings (Prerequisites: 31-421-335, Blueprint Reading for Welders1; 31-421-336, Weld Symbols)

31-422-310 METALLURGY ...manufacture of iron and steel, mechanical and physical properties of metals, metal identification, macro and microscopic grain structures, welding metallurgy, applied heat treating processes, and weld failures and fractures.

31-442-301 MATERIAL CUTTING APPLICATIONS...visual inspection of weld and cut edges, manual and machine oxy fuel gas cutting, air carbon arc cutting, plasma arc cutting, and mechanical cutting methods. (Prerequisite: Accepted into Welding or Marine Construction program)

31-442-329 FLUX CORED ARC WELDING 1 ...course provides the opportunity for the learner to develop the knowledge, skills, process and understanding of surfacing welds in the flat position as well as fillet and groove welds in the flat, horizontal position using gas shielded flux cored arc welding. (Prerequisite: Accepted into Welding or Marine Construction program)

31-442-330 FLUX CORED ARC WELDING 2 ...course provides the opportunity for the learner to develop the knowledge, skills, process and understanding of fillet and groove welds in the vertical and overhead position on plate and pipe welds using gas shielded flux cored arc welding. (Corequisite: 31-442-329, Flux Cored Arc Welding 1)

31-442-337 METAL FABRICATION I (LAYOUT) ...course provides the opportunity for the learner to develop the knowledge, skills, process, and understanding of basic line and angle construction along with flat pattern development for radial line, parallel line, and triangulation (Prerequisite: Accepted into Welding or Marine Construction program)

31-442-338 METAL FABRICATION II (EQUIPMENT) ...course provides the opportunity for the learner to develop the knowledge, skills, process and understanding of general fabrication equipment, safety and operation used for sawing, bending, shearing, drilling and punching. (Prerequisite: Accepted into Welding or Marine Construction program)

31-442-339 METAL FABRICATION III (ADVANCED ASSEMBLY) ...course provides the opportunity for the learner to develop the knowledge, skills, process and understanding of building projects from advanced blueprints using all fabrication equipment. (Prerequisites: 31-442-337, Metal Fabrication I; 31-442-338, Metal Fabrication II)

31-442-340 FLUX CORED ARC WELDING 3 ...course provides the opportunity for the learner to develop the knowledge, skills, process and understanding of fillet and groove welds in the flat, horizontal and vertical position using self-shielded flux cored arc welding and metal cored electrodes and sub arc equipment. (Corequisite: 31-442-330, Flux Cored Arc Welding 2)

31-442-342 SHIELDED METAL ARC WELDING 1 ...course provides the opportunity for the learner to develop the knowledge, skills, process and understanding of surfacing welds in the flat position, fillet and groove welds on plain carbon steel. (Corequisite: 31-442-301, Material Cutting Applications)

31-442-343 SHIELDED METAL ARC WELDING 2 ...course provides the opportunity for the learner to develop the knowledge, skills, process and understanding of welds in the horizontal and vertical positions, fillet and groove welds on plain carbon steel. (Corequisites: 31-442-342, Shielded Metal Arc Welding 1; 31-442-301, Material Cutting Applications)

31-442-347 SHIELDED METAL ARC WELDING 3 ...course provides the opportunity for the learner to develop the knowledge, skills, process and understanding of welds in the horizontal, vertical, overhead positions on groove welds with and without backing and overhead T-Joints on plain carbon steel. (Corequisites: 31-442-301, Material Cutting Applications; 31-442-343, Shielded Metal Arc Welding 2)

31-442-348 GAS METAL ARC WELDING 1 ...course provides the opportunity for the learner to develop the knowledge, skills, process and understanding of welding in the flat and horizontal positions, fillet, pipe to plate and groove welds on plain carbon steel. (Corequisite: 31-442-301, Material Cutting Applications)

31-442-349 METAL FABRICATION - RIGGING ...course provides the opportunity for the learner to develop the knowledge, skills, process and understanding of general fabrication rigging that would be used in a shop and job site application. (Prerequisite: Accepted into Welding or Marine Construction program)

31-442-356 GAS METAL ARC WELDING 2 ...course provides the opportunity for the learner to develop the knowledge, skills, process and understanding of welds in the vertical and overhead positions, fillet, pipe to plate and groove welds with and without backing on plain carbon steel. (Corequisites: 31-442-301, Material Cutting Applications; 31-442-348, Gas Metal Arc Welding 1)

31-442-358 GAS METAL ARC WELDING 3 ...course provides the opportunity for the learner to develop the knowledge, skills, process and understanding of welds in the flat and horizontal positions on T-Joints (1F & 2F) and groove welds with backing (1G & 2G) on plain carbon steel using the spray mode of transfer and on aluminum. (Corequisites: 31-442-301, Material Cutting Applications; 31-442-356, Gas Metal Arc Welding 2)

31-442-359 GAS TUNGSTEN ARC WELDING 1 ...course provides the opportunity for the learner to develop the knowledge, skills, process and understanding of GTAW equipment set-up as well as the basic skills needed to make welds on plain carbon steel. Weld quality will be discussed but this course is only used to understand the basics of the GTAW process. (Prerequisites: Accepted into Welding or Marine Construction program; 31-442-301, Material Cutting Applications)

31-442-362 GAS TUNGSTEN ARC WELDING 2 ...course provides the opportunity for the learner to develop the knowledge, skills, process and understanding of making groove and fillet weld on sheet metal with plain carbon steel, 3XX stainless steel. Weld quality will be emphasized with all lab assignments (Prerequisite: 31-442-301, Material Cutting Applications; Corequisite: 31-442-359, Gas Tungsten Arc Welding 1)

31-442-363 GAS TUNGSTEN ARC WELDING 3 ...course provides the opportunity for the learner to develop the knowledge, skills, process and understanding of GTAW on aluminum as well as multipass groove welds on plain carbon steel. (Prerequisite: 31-442-301, Material Cutting Applications; Corequisite: 31-442-362, Gas Tungsten Arc Welding 2)

10-804-101 MATH 1-TRADES ...provides the opportunity for the learner to develop the knowledge skills process and understanding of whole numbers, fractions, decimals, measurement, trigonometry, integers, algebraic equations, word problems, and practical plane geometry. (Prerequisites: Accuplacer-Arithmetic score =34 or ACT-Math score=13 or 10-834-109, Pre Algebra AND Accuplacer-Reading=55 or ACT-Reading=15 or 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills with "C" or better OR equivalent) 2 cr.

10-890-101 COLLEGE 101 ...develops tools and strategies that support success in college. Focuses on study skills, college resources, goal setting, time management, and learning styles. Introduces concepts for self assessing learning and completing an Exit Assessment that provides evidence that learning took place. Students should take this course prior to or during the first semester of their programs. 1 cr.

31-801-386 COMMUNICATING EFFECTIVELY ...interpersonal communication, including the function of interpersonal communication, listening techniques, perception, non-verbal communication, language, self-concept, conflict resolution and customer service. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer-Sentence Skills=60 AND Accuplacer-Reading=55 OR ACT-English=16 AND ACT Reading=15 OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing with a "C" or better OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills with a "C" or better OR equivalent) 1 cr.

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