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Metal Fabrication Technical Diploma

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Program Code: 314571

The Metal Fabrication program provides hands-on experience to prepare you to build metal projects using all types of fabrication equipment. You will take fabrication projects from blueprint through final inspection, including the use and troubleshooting of manual and CNC cutting and forming equipment, and both Gas Metal Arc and Gas Tungsten Arc Welding. The Metal Fabrication program will prepare you for the future by providing you with knowledge in Metallurgy, Robotics, Quality Assurance and Lean Manufacturing.

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Employment Potential

A graduate of the program will have the potential for employment as a Welder/Fabricator, Pipe Welder, CNC Fabrication Equipment Operator, Robotic Welding Operator, and 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. 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 and fabrication classes as part of their training.

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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.

Program Availability

FULL TIMESummer 2018Fall 2018Spring 2019
Green Bay ---
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Marinette ---
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Curriculum
Students following the study plan below will complete the Metal Fabrication technical diploma in the number of semesters shown.
FIRST SEMESTER
10-890-101 COLLEGE 101 ...Students will utilize digital tools and resources to assess, explore, practice, apply, and evaluate both employability and learning skills. By establishing NWTC cultural values as hallmarks of success in academic, career, and personal settings the course encourages reflective, personalized development of a growth mindset and emphasizes the importance of making wise choices. To maximize the return on investment, students should take this course in their first semester as it identifies key expectations (hidden rules) of higher learning and professional employment.
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. (Prerequisite: A placement value of 4100; OR Accuplacer Arithmetic score greater/equal to 34 AND Rdg score greater/equal to 50; OR ACT Math score greater/equal to 15 AND ACT Rdg score greater/equal to 15; OR preparatory courses-contact academic advisor 920-498-5444)
31-457-337 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 program)
31-457-338 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 program)
31-457-349 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 program)
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 program or the Intro to MIG Certificate)
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 program or the Intro to MIG Certificate)
10-606-116 CAD (COMPUTER AIDED DRAFTING)-INTRODUCTION ...CAD terminology, drawing preliminaries, basic inquiry and setting commands, layer setting and manipulation, basic drawing and display commands, basic edit commands, and plotting, using AutoCAD software.
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. (Prerequisite: Accepted into the Welding program or Intro to MIG Certificate; Corequisite: 31-442-301, Material Cutting Applications)
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. (Prerequisite: Accepted into the Welding program or the Intro to MIG Certificate; 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. (Prerequisite: Accepted into the Welding program; Corequisites: 31-442-301, Material Cutting Applications; 31-442-356, Gas Metal Arc Welding 2)
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 program or the Intro to MIG Certificate)
31-457-351 AUTOMATED CUTTING PROCESSES ...Course provides the opportunity for the learner to develop the knowledge, skills, processes and understanding of automated cutting equipment. They will be able to program and safely operate CNC saws, drills, shears and cutting tables. (Corequisite: 31-457-338, Metal Fabrication II; 10-606-116, CAD-Intro)
31-457-352 AUTOMATED FORMING PROCESSES ...Course provides the opportunity for the learner to develop the knowledge, skills, processes and understanding of automated forming equipment. They will be able to program and safely operate CNC breaks, and rolls. (Corequisite: 31-457-338, Metal Fabrication II; 10-606-116, CAD-Intro)
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17
SECOND SEMESTER
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: One of the following or the equivalent: Cumulative GPA of 2.6 or greater; satisfactory reading assessment scores OR Prerequisite: 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better)
31-421-315 BLUEPRINT READING FOR FABRICATORS ...Course provides the opportunity for the learner to read and interpret fabrication blueprints, including weld sequencing, test and inspection requirements, and Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerances. (Prerequisite: 31-421-336, Weld Symbols)
31-457-356 PRECISION BENDING AND SURFACE FINISHING ...course provides the opportunity for the learner to develop and apply knowledge to perform precision bending using CNC equipment and understand surface finishing requirements. The course will also address estimating, project management and quality assurance through fabrication, assembly welding and finishing of a capstone project. (Prerequisite: 31-457-338, Metal Fabrication II; Corequisite: 31-421-315, Blueprint Reading for Fabricators)
31-457-350 Pressure Vessels and Piping Systems ...course provides the opportunity for the learner to develop and apply knowledge towards the fabrication of pressure vessels and piping systems. Students will use blueprints to create assembly and spool drawings, and will estimate project costs. Students will fabricate, weld, and assemble a final capstone project. (Prerequisite: 31-457-338, Metal Fabrication II; Corequisite: 31-421-315, Blueprint Reading for Fabricators)
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 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: Accepted into the Welding program; 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: Accepted into the Welding program; 31-442-301, Material Cutting Applications; Corequisite: 31-442-362, Gas Tungsten Arc Welding 2)
31-457-353 PROGRAMMING & TROUBLESHOOTING OF AUTOMATED FAB EQUIPMENT ...covers use of industry standard software to program metal fabrication equipment. Learners will be able to troubleshoot the programs and ensure maximum efficiency of the automated equipment. (Corequisite: 31-457-351, Automated Cutting Processes, 31-457-352, Automated Forming Processes)
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.
31-457-355 FABRICATION QUALITY ASSURANCE ...covers industry standard testing and inspection requirements, including Non-Destructive Testing, weld inspection and quality control documentation. (Corequisite: 31-421-315, Blueprint Reading for Fabricators)
10-620-170 ROBOTICS - INTRODUCTION TO ...introductory study of the application, operation, programming and troubleshooting of industrial robots.
31-442-345 ROBOTIC WELDING PROGRAMMING AND TROUBLESHOOTING ...covers use of industrial robotic welders. Learners will be able to troubleshoot the programs and ensure maximum efficiency of the robotic welders. (Prerequisite: 10-620-170, Robotics-Introduction to)
SEMESTER TOTAL
18
TOTAL CREDITS
35
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

• Demonstrate industry recognized safety practices.
• Interpret welding and fabrication drawings
• Produce Gas Metal Arc Welds
• Produce Gas Tungsten Arc Welds
• Perform Cutting Operations to detailed drawings
• Perform Forming Operations to detailed drawings
• Fabricate projects from details drawings
• Inspect product according to detailed drawings

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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 Studies 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.

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