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Welding Technical Diploma

Program Code: 314421

As a Welding graduate, you can build and repair metal components using major welding processes used by industry. You have knowledge of blueprints, metallurgy and layout, and can weld to AWS and ASME codes. Typical careers include maintenance welders, qualified welders, structural welders, welder/fabricators and pipe welders. Other career opportunities include construction trades welder, ironworker trades welder, millwright, sheet metal trades welder, and pipe trades welder.

Follow Your Path

Career Pathway Bridge available for students needing additional support to meet program entry requirements.

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.

    • Journey Level Welder
    • Welding Inspector
    • Welding Supervisor
    • Journey Level Welder/Fabricator
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    Requirements for Program Entry

    • Completed application.
    • High school transcript or equivalent. (For a list of equivalents, go to www.nwtc.edu/gettingstarted.)
    • To be admitted to this program, learners must achieve a prior cumulative high school or college grade point average of 2.6 or higher OR a satisfactory academic skills assessment score. College grade point average must be based on 15 credits or more. To learn more about starting this program, please contact an academic advisor at (920) 498-5444 or (888) 385-6982.
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    Curriculum
    Curriculum: Students following the study plan below will complete the Welding technical diploma in the number of semesters shown.
    First Semester
    Semester Total
    17
    Second Semester
    Semester Total
    14
    Total Credits
    31

    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, but must be passed with a C or better.

    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.
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    Industry Credentials

    Students 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.

    Certification

    All NWTC Welding Program instructors are certified welders.

    Note

    • Students are responsible for purchasing their own Personal Protective Equipment. Details will be provided at orientation. Students are eligible for discounts.

    Study Abroad Opportunities

    The International Programs staff continually seeks opportunities for students to travel abroad for educational experiences that may be offered in association with program courses. To find out more about which of your program courses may offer an opportunity during this academic year, contact your academic advisor or visit nwtc.edu/studyabroad.

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