Introduction to Welding
Program of Study: Certificate, Certificate of Career Preparations programs (Fabrication, SMAW, GTAW, Semi-Automatic Arc Welding (GMAW/FCAW)
Since welding can be physically demanding, it is recommended that the student be able to lift heavy objects, stand for long periods, and have good hand-eye coordination.
Safety Training: Students will learn about the proper handling of welding equipment, understanding safety protocols, and wearing appropriate protective gear such as helmets, gloves, and welding jackets. All safety standards implemented will follow standards documented in ANSI Z49.1.
Hands-on Training: Welding is a skill-based trade, so practical hands-on training is a core component of the program. Students will typically spend a significant amount of time in a welding lab, learning different welding techniques, practicing various materials, and gaining proficiency in welding processes such as stick welding, MIG welding, TIG welding, and more.
Classroom Instruction: In addition to hands-on training, students learn about welding theory, welding codes and standards, blueprint reading, metallurgy, welding symbols, welding inspections, and other related topics.
Completion of Required Courses: Students must successfully complete all the required courses within the welding program curriculum. This includes practical and theoretical components with a grade of 75% or better to be considered competent.
Progression Assessments: Students will perform periodic assessments to evaluate their progress and ensure they meet the necessary skill benchmarks. These assessments may be in physical competency exams, written tests, or a combination.
Certification and Licensing: Students may have the opportunity to earn structural welding certifications such as those offered by the American Welding Society (AWS). These certifications demonstrate proficiency in specific welding processes and can enhance employment opportunities.
High School Diploma or Equivalent
Recommended student enrollment to be 15 students if the instructor is alone and 20 students if the instructor has an aide. This ratio is suggested to ensure adequate supervision, guidance, and effective learning outcomes for students.
Per AWS EG2.0: 2006, “Guide for the Training of Welding Personnel: Level I—Entry Welder” Standard, it is stated;
B2.3.1 Trainee/Instructor Ratio. Each course's trainee/Instructor ratio should be kept as low as possible. A reasonable figure would be fifteen (15) welding trainees to one (1) welding instructor. However, this ratio should always be at most the number of workstations in the laboratory.
Twenty (20) welding personnel to (1) instructor would be the maximum recommended acceptable ratio.
Student Learning Outcomes:
Demonstrate Proficiency in Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW):
Successfully perform SMAW on various joint configurations and positions, adhering to industry standards and best practices.
Understand and interpret welding symbols, specifications, and blueprints related to SMAW.
Apply appropriate electrode selection and welding parameters for different materials and thicknesses.
Exhibit Competency in Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW):
Master GMAW techniques for different applications, including both short-circuiting and spray transfer modes.
Set up and operate GMAW equipment, selecting the correct shielding gas, wire diameter, and voltage settings.
Weld in various positions, including flat, horizontal, vertical, and overhead, while maintaining proper weld quality.
Proficiently Perform Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW):
Develop precise GTAW skills for welding materials such as stainless steel, aluminum, and other non-ferrous metals.
Apply correct tungsten electrode selection, shielding gas composition, and welding parameters for different joint configurations.
Produce high-quality GTAW welds with minimal defects, meeting AWS D1.1 structural code requirements.
Acquire Skills in Flux-Cored Arc Welding (FCAW):
Master FCAW techniques for different applications and materials include both self-shielded and gas-shielded processes.
Understand and select appropriate flux-cored electrodes based on joint design, material thickness, and welding position.
Perform FCAW in accordance with AWS D1.1 structural code requirements, ensuring code compliance and weld integrity.
Attain AWS D1.1 Structural Code Compliance Certifications:
Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the AWS D1.1 Structural Welding Code.
Successfully completed welding tests and inspections to achieve AWS D1.1 certification for structural steel welding.
Apply code-compliant welding practices, including pre-weld preparation, proper joint fit-up, welding techniques, and post-weld inspections.
Apply Safety Practices and Occupational Standards:
Adhere to safety protocols and best practices to ensure personal safety and the safety of others in the welding environment.
Understand and implement Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations and guidelines in welding operations.
Identify potential hazards, use appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), and demonstrate safe handling and storage of welding equipment.
Communicate and Collaborate Effectively:
Demonstrate effective communication skills in a welding environment, including listening, speaking, and interpreting welding-related information.
Work collaboratively with team members to accomplish welding projects and contribute to a productive work environment.
Document and communicate welding-related information, such as weld procedures, inspection reports, and project specifications.
Completion Rate: Estimated Attrition Rate of 15%. The completion rate would be eight students (final course completers) / 15 students (initial enrollment) = 53.33%.
This rate is calculated at a very conservative attrition rate; the average attrition rate for the MSJC Nursing program is documented at 3% for the 2020-2021 school year according to the Accreditation, Attrition, and On Time Completion Rates retrieved on https://www.rn.ca.gov/education/attrition.shtml
To provide students with comprehensive knowledge and skills in SMAW, GMAW, FCAW, and GTAW welding processes, addressing transfer, occupational, basic skills, civic education, and lifelong learning purposes.
Objective 1: Transfer Education
Enable students to acquire a solid foundation in welding processes, techniques, and safety practices that can be transferred to four-year institutions for further studies in engineering, materials science, or related fields.
Develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills for analyzing complex welding challenges and applying appropriate solutions.
Foster effective communication and collaboration skills to facilitate seamless integration into multidisciplinary teams.
Objective 2: Occupational Training
Equip students with practical skills and industry-relevant knowledge in SMAW, GMAW, FCAW, and GTAW welding processes to meet the demands of the welding industry and enhance employability.
Provide hands-on training in welding techniques and methodologies required for various occupational settings, including manufacturing, construction, automotive, aerospace, and energy sectors.
Prepare students to obtain industry-recognized certifications, such as those offered by the American Welding Society (AWS), to enhance job prospects and professional growth.
Objective 3: Basic Skills Development
Enhance students' mathematical and scientific literacy to accurately interpret blueprints, welding symbols, and technical specifications to perform welding tasks effectively.
Foster a strong understanding of metallurgy and materials science principles to ensure proper welding materials and techniques selection.
Promote written and verbal communication proficiency, enabling students to clearly articulate welding-related concepts, procedures, and safety protocols.
Objective 4: Civic Education
Cultivate a sense of responsibility and ethical awareness in practicing welding professionals, promoting adherence to industry standards, codes, and safety regulations.
Foster an understanding of the environmental impact of welding processes and encourage adopting sustainable practices to minimize waste and emissions.
Instill a commitment to professional integrity, teamwork, and service to the community through engagement in welding-related community projects and service-learning initiatives.
Objective 5: Lifelong Learning
Promote a culture of continuous learning, encouraging students to stay updated with evolving welding technologies, industry trends, and advancements.
Equip students with the necessary skills to adapt to emerging welding processes and technologies, such as laser welding or additive manufacturing.
Foster an appreciation for professional development and provide resources for students to pursue advanced certifications, attend workshops, and engage in ongoing skill enhancement.
Welcome to our Welding Technology program, where we empower aspiring welders with the knowledge and skills needed to thrive in the dynamic world of welding. Our program is designed to provide a comprehensive and hands-on learning experience that prepares students for successful careers in various welding industries.
Foundational Courses: Our program begins with a solid foundation in welding fundamentals. Students will delve into the theory and principles of welding, including metallurgy, blueprint reading, and welding safety protocols. Through engaging lectures and interactive lab sessions, students will develop a strong understanding of the core concepts and techniques that form the basis of their welding expertise.
Welding Processes Mastery: Our program emphasizes the mastery of essential welding processes: Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW), Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW), Flux-Cored Arc Welding (FCAW), and Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW). Students will receive rigorous training in these processes, gaining proficiency in various joint configurations, positions, and material types. With hands-on practice and expert guidance, students will hone their skills to produce high-quality welds that meet industry standards.
Advanced Techniques: As students progress through the program, they will have the opportunity to explore advanced welding techniques and applications. From pipe welding to structural welding, students will gain practical experience in specialized areas of the field, equipping them with the versatility and expertise employers seek. Through challenging projects and real-world simulations, students will develop the confidence and precision necessary to excel in complex welding scenarios.
Industry Certification Preparation: Our program is designed to align with industry standards and prepare students for professional certification. Students will receive comprehensive training that aligns with the requirements of renowned certifying bodies, such as the American Welding Society (AWS) and the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER). By mastering the skills and knowledge needed to pass certification exams, students will enhance their job prospects and demonstrate their commitment to excellence in the welding industry.
Hands-On Learning Environment: At our institution, we prioritize hands-on learning experiences. Our state-of-the-art welding labs provide students with access to industry-standard equipment and technology. Under the guidance of experienced instructors, students will gain valuable practical experience, developing their dexterity, precision, and problem-solving abilities. Through immersive projects and real-world simulations, students will develop the confidence and competence necessary to tackle the challenges of the welding profession.
Industry Partnerships and Work-Based Learning: We foster strong connections with local industries to provide our students with valuable networking opportunities and work-based learning experiences. Through internships, apprenticeships, and industry collaborations, students will gain exposure to real-world welding environments, allowing them to apply their skills professionally and build industry connections that can open doors to future employment.
Professional Development and Career Support: We understand that success in the welding field goes beyond technical skills. Our program incorporates professional development components, including resume building, interview preparation, and career exploration workshops. We provide guidance and support to help students navigate the job market and secure rewarding employment in their welding specialization.
Our Welding Technology program combines theoretical knowledge, practical skills, and industry exposure to produce competent, job-ready welding professionals. We are committed to fostering a supportive learning environment that encourages growth, creativity, and a passion for excellence. Join us on this exciting journey, where you'll forge your future and become a skilled welding professional ready to make a lasting impact in the welding industry.
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Diann Thursby · 08/08/23
Received regional recommendation at 8-8-2023 IEDRC Deans Meeting.