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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.

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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.)
• 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.

Program Availability

FULL TIMESpring 2017Summer 2017Fall 2017
Green Bay
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Marinette
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Sturgeon Bay
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Application Checklist

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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
10-804-101 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=34 or ACT-Math =13 or 10-834-109, Pre Algebra AND Accuplacer Reading=55 or ACT-Reading=15 or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 or Intro to College Writing with "B" or better OR equivalent) Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/J-Session/Spring
10-890-101
College 101
1
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. Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/J-Session/Spring
31-421-335
Blueprint Reading for Welders1
1
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) Course Typically Offered: Contact an Advisor
31-421-336
Weld Symbols
1
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) Course Typically Offered: Contact an Advisor
31-442-301
Material Cutting Applications
1
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) Course Typically Offered: Contact an Advisor
31-442-342
Shielded Metal Arc Welding 1
1
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. (Prerequisite: Accepted into the Welding program; Corequisite: 31-442-301, Material Cutting Applications) Course Typically Offered: Contact an Advisor
31-442-343
Shielded Metal Arc Welding 2
2
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. (Prerequisite: Accepted into the Welding program; Corequisites: 31-442-342, Shielded Metal Arc Welding 1; 31-442-301, Material Cutting Applications) Course Typically Offered: Contact an Advisor
31-442-347
Shielded Metal Arc Welding 3
2
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. (Prerequisite: Accepted into the Welding program; Corequisites: 31-442-301, Material Cutting Applications; 31-442-343, Shielded Metal Arc Welding 2) Course Typically Offered: Contact an Advisor
31-442-348
Gas Metal Arc Welding 1
1
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) Course Typically Offered: Contact an Advisor
31-442-356
Gas Metal Arc Welding 2
2
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) Course Typically Offered: Contact an Advisor
31-442-358
Gas Metal Arc Welding 3
2
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) Course Typically Offered: Contact an Advisor
31-457-337
Metal Fabrication I
1
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) Course Typically Offered: Contact an Advisor
31-457-338
Metal Fabrication II
1
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) Course Typically Offered: Contact an Advisor
31-457-349
Metal Fabrication - Rigging
1
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) Course Typically Offered: Contact an Advisor
SEMESTER TOTAL
19
SECOND SEMESTER
31-421-337
Blueprint Reading for Welders2
2
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: Accepted into the Welding program; 31-421-335, Blueprint Reading for Welders1; 31-421-336, Weld Symbols) Course Typically Offered: Contact an Advisor
31-422-310
Metallurgy
2
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. Course Typically Offered: Contact an Advisor
31-442-329
Flux Cored Arc Welding 1
1
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 program) Course Typically Offered: Contact an Advisor
31-442-330
Flux Cored Arc Welding 2
2
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. (Prerequisite: Accepted into the Welding program; Corequisite: 31-442-329, Flux Cored Arc Welding 1) Course Typically Offered: Contact an Advisor
31-442-340
Flux Cored Arc Welding 3
2
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. (Prerequisite: Accepted into the Welding program; Corequisite: 31-442-330, Flux Cored Arc Welding 2) Course Typically Offered: Contact an Advisor
31-442-359
Gas Tungsten Arc Welding 1
1
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) Course Typically Offered: Contact an Advisor
31-442-362
Gas Tungsten Arc Welding 2
2
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) Course Typically Offered: Contact an Advisor
31-442-363
Gas Tungsten Arc Welding 3
2
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) Course Typically Offered: Contact an Advisor
31-457-339
Metal Fabrication III
2
31-457-339 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: Accepted into the Welding program; 31-457-337, Metal Fabrication I; 31-457-338, Metal Fabrication II) Course Typically Offered: Contact an Advisor
31-801-386
Communicating Effectively
1
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 or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR equivalent)
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, 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.

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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