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Welding and Joining Technology

Program Description

The Welding and Joining Technology diploma is designed to prepare students for careers in the welding industry. Program learning opportunities develop academic, technical, professional knowledge and skills required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement.The program emphasizes welding theory and practical application necessary for successful employment. Program graduates receive a Welding and Joining Technology diploma, have the qualifications of a welding and joining technician, and are prepared to take qualification tests.

Nature of the Work

Welding is the most common way of permanently joining metal parts. In this process, heat is applied to metal pieces, melting and fusing them to form a permanent bond. Because of its strength, welding is used in shipbuilding, automobile manufacturing and repair, aerospace applications, and thousands of other manufacturing activities.Welding also is used to join beams in the construction of buildings, bridges, and other structures and to join pipes in pipelines, powerplants, and refineries.

Welders may work in a wide variety of industries, from car racing to manufacturing.The work done in the different industries and the equipment used may vary greatly.The most common and simplest type of welding today is arc welding, which uses electrical currents to create heat and bond metals together, but there are over 100 different processes that a welder can employ.The type of weld used is normally determined by the types of metals being joined and the conditions under which the welding is to take place. Steel, for instance, can be welded more easily than titanium. Some of these processes involve manually using a rod and heat to join metals, while others are semiautomatic, with a welding machine feeding wire to bond materials.

Employment

In 2008, welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers held about 412,300 jobs and welding, soldering, and brazing machine setters, operators, and tenders held about 54,100 jobs.About 65 percent of welding jobs were found in manufacturing. Jobs were concentrated in fabricated metal product manufacturing, transportation equipment manufacturing, machinery manufacturing, architectural and structural metals manufacturing, and construction.

Earnings

Median wages of welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers were $16.13 an hour in May 2008.The middle 50 percent earned between $13.20 and $19.61.The lowest 10 percent earned less than $10.85, and the top 10 percent earned more than $24.38.The range of wages of welders reflects the wide range of skill levels in the occupation.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition,Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Workers, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos226.htm


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There are no available degrees at this time, please check back with us regularly as new programs are added regularly.


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Welding & Joining Technology Diploma (50 hrs)
core courses
ENGL 1010 Fundamentals of English I
3
MATH 1012 Foundations of Mathematics
3
EMPL 1000 Interpersonal Relations and Professional Development
2
 
Welding & Joining Technology
occupational courses
WELD 1000 Introduction to Welding
3
WELD 1010 Oxyfuel Cutting
3
WELD 1030 Blueprint Read/Welding Tech
3
WELD 1040 Flat Shielded Metal Arc Weld
4
WELD 1070 Overhead Shield Metal Arc Weld
4
WELD 1050 Horizon Shielded Metal ArcWeld
4
WELD 1060 Vert Shielded Metal Arc Weld
4
COMP 1000 Introduction to Computers
3
WELD 1090 Gas Metal Arc Welding
4
WELD 1110 Gas Tungsten Arc Welding
4
WELD 1120 Preparation/Industrial Qualifi
3
Select two of the following courses for a minimum of 5 cr.:
WELD 1150 Adv Gas Tungsten Arc Welding
(3)
WELD 1151 Fabrication Processes
(3)
WELD 1152 Pipe Welding
(3)
WELD 1153 Flux Cored Arc Welding
(4)
WELD 1154 Plasma Cutting
(3)
WELD 1156 Ornamental Iron Works
(3)
WELD 1130 Metal Welding and Cutting Technology
(2)
 


View Available TCCs
Gas Tungsten Arc Welding: GTA1
WELD 1000 Introduction to Welding
3
WELD 1010 Oxyfuel Cutting
3
WELD 1110 Gas Tungsten Arc Welding
4
Select courses from list below for min of 3 cr:
WELD 1150 Adv Gas Tungsten Arc Welding
(3)
WELD 1151 Fabrication Processes
(3)
WELD 1152 Pipe Welding
(3)
WELD 1153 Flux Cored Arc Welding
(4)
WELD 1154 Plasma Cutting
(3)
WELD 1156 Ornamental Iron Works
(3)
 
Basic Shielded Metal Arc Welder: FS31
WELD 1000 Introduction to Welding
3
WELD 1010 Oxyfuel Cutting
3
WELD 1040 Flat Shielded Metal Arc Weld
4
 
Flux-Cored Arc Welder: FC61
WELD 1000 Introduction to Welding
3
WELD 1010 Oxyfuel Cutting
3
WELD 1153 Flux Cored Arc Welding
4
Select courses from list below for min of 3 cr:
WELD 1040 Flat Shielded Metal Arc Weld
(4)
WELD 1090 Gas Metal Arc Welding
(4)
WELD 1110 Gas Tungsten Arc Welding
(4)
WELD 1150 Adv Gas Tungsten Arc Welding
(3)
WELD 1151 Fabrication Processes
(3)
WELD 1151 Fabrication Processes
(3)
WELD 1152 Pipe Welding
(3)
WELD 1154 Plasma Cutting
(3)
 
Gas Metal Arc Welder: GM 31
WELD 1000 Introduction to Welding
3
WELD 1010 Oxyfuel Cutting
3
WELD 1090 Gas Metal Arc Welding
4
Select courses from list below for min of 3 cr:
WELD 1150 Adv Gas Tungsten Arc Welding
(3)
WELD 1151 Fabrication Processes
(3)
WELD 1152 Pipe Welding
(3)
WELD 1153 Flux Cored Arc Welding
(4)
WELD 1154 Plasma Cutting
(3)
WELD 1156 Ornamental Iron Works
(3)
 
Advanced Shielded Metal Arc Welder: OSM1
WELD 1050 Horizon Shielded Metal ArcWeld
4
WELD 1060 Vert Shielded Metal Arc Weld
4
WELD 1070 Overhead Shield Metal Arc Weld
4
 
Pipe Welder: PW11 (stand-alone)
WELD 1050 Horizon Shielded Metal ArcWeld
4
WELD 1151 Fabrication Processes
3
WELD 1152 Pipe Welding
3
 
Vertical Shielded Metal Arc Welder Fabricator: VSM1
WELD 1150 Adv Gas Tungsten Arc Welding
3
WELD 1060 Vert Shielded Metal Arc Weld
4
Select courses from list below for min of 3 cr:
WELD 1030 Blueprint Read/Welding Tech
(3)
WELD 1040 Flat Shielded Metal Arc Weld
(4)
WELD 1153 Flux Cored Arc Welding
(4)
WELD 1154 Plasma Cutting
(3)
WELD 1156 Ornamental Iron Works
(3)
 




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Program Admission Information

High school diploma or GED Required for admission.

COMPASS SCORES
Min. Scores
Writing
Reading
Pre-Algebra
Algebra
Degree
Diploma
32
62
25
N/A



Instructors & Faculty

Waters, Mike
Salter, Wayne (Carlos)