Degree: Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.)
Program description. Welding Technology is designed to train individuals to weld using Gas Metal Arc (MIG), Gas Tungsten Arc (TIG), Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW), Flux Core Welding (FCAW) on plate and pipe. The Welding program is aligned with the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) and American Welding Society (AWS) guidelines. Graduates from this program will be prepared to test for national industry certifications in codes and standards such as AWS, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), and American Petroleum Institute (API). Welding technicians also acquire a general education background, including mathematics and science, while studying welding processes.
Typical job opportunities: welding fabricators, pipe fitters, welding inspectors, welding educators in the areas of metal manufacturing and sheet metal work manufacturing.
Program goals. Upon completion of the Welding Technology program, the graduate will have developed the skills, knowledge and abilities to accomplish the following:
- Reach their full potential in the welding field.
- Use the correct procedure in setting up equipment, and skills used in welding.
- Use Shielded Metal Arc Welding, Gas Metal Arc Welding, and Gas Tungsten Arc Welding machines in both pipe and plate welding.
- Explain the physical characteristics of different metals.
- Develop the cognitive and physical skills necessary to pass certification tests.
- Apply welding knowledge to effectively utilize problem solving skills as it relates to the operation of equipment in the industry.
- Demonstrate the ability to identify, analyze, and synthesize relevant data from multiple information sources in order to develop acceptable conclusions.
Program competencies. Upon completion of the Welding Technology program, the graduate will have developed the skills, knowledge and abilities to accomplish the following:
A. Demonstrate knowledge to pass a practical examination such as AWS code.
B. Demonstrate basic welding techniques for a variety of welding positions and various joint designs related to principles, policies and procedures in the welding industry.
C. Perform metal layout processes and prepare metals.
D. Examine work pieces for defects and measure work pieces with straight edges or templates to ensure conformance with specifications.
E. Apply the principles of metallurgy toward the metalworking trade.
F. Read and interpret blueprints and welding symbols to fabricate components.
G. Apply math and measurement skills to perform specific tasks.
H. Follow industry safety practices.
I. Apply written, oral and graphical communication skills in both technical and non-technical environments; identify and use appropriate technical literature.
J. Demonstrate a commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement.
K. Engage and interact as a team member in a learning environment.
Contact(s): Engineering and Media Technologies Department, (865) 694-6483, or program coordinator, (865) 694-6501