Welding Technology

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The Welding Technology program is accredited by the American Welding Society and prepares students for a career in welding. The program integrates theory and application of technical and general courses. Coursework provides the student with information and skill development in a variety of welding processes. Through coursework, the student develops fundamental knowledge of metals, welding processes, safety and related equipment applications. The student learns several different arc and gas welding processes and joins various types of metal while perfecting hand skills. In addition, students learn safe practice and proper maintenance on all equipment.

Graduates from this diploma program will be qualified to work in a variety of settings that are found both in rural and metropolitan areas.

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Program Accreditation

American Welding SocietyThe Welding Technology program is accredited by the American Welding Society (AWS).

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College Accreditation

Northland Community & Technical College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

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Program Specific Requirements

Students achieving assessment scores below the established minimums must register and successfully complete (with a grade of C or better) the required developmental courses in order to meet graduation requirements.

The program minimum scores for the Accuplacer Assessment test are as follows:
Reading Comprehension: 64
Arithmetic: 50

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Required Courses

Course # Course Name Credits
HPER 1410 First Aid/CPR 1 credits
SSCI 1101 Human Relations 3 credits
WELD 1102 Weld Fundamentals 3 credits
WELD 1104 Basic SMAW 4 credits
WELD 1106 Flux Cored Arc Welding 2 credits
WELD 1110 Blueprint Reading/Symbols 2 credits
WELD 1112 Advanced SMAW 4 credits
WELD 1114 Basic Fabrication 4 credits
WELD 1116 Gas Shielded Processes 5 credits
WELD 1118 Internship 4 credits
WELD 1120 SMAW Pipe 3 credits
WELD 1124 Cutting Processes 1 credits
TOTAL CREDITS: 36 credits

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Program Learner Outcomes

  1. Student will apply principles of basic welding fundamentals, welding symbols, blueprints, and welding metallurgy to a variety of welding projects.

  2. Students will perform a variety of welding processes using appropriate equipment and setup procedures for the following processes: shielded metal arc welding (SMAW), gas metal arc welding (GMAW), gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW), flux cored arc welding (FCAW), oxyfuel welding, oxyacetylene cutting, and plasma cutting.

  3. Student will perform appropriate and professional welds in all positions on a variety of metal thicknesses to meet visual standards as set by the American Welding Society with the following processes: SMAW, GMAW, GTAW, FCAW, OAW.

  4. Student will interpret and execute a welding procedure to specification.

  5. Student will weld and mechanically test the weld to the standards of the American Welding Society Structural Steel Code D1.1-00 with the following processes: SMAW, GMAW, FCAW.

  6. Student will identify and use appropriate basic metal shop and fabrication tools to complete a variety of projects and weldments.

  7. Student will apply principles of basic fabrication procedures to a variety of welding projects.

  8. Student will demonstrate proper safety procedures at all times in the classroom, shop, and internship settings appropriate to the welding industry.

  9. Student will demonstrate effective and professional written and oral communication.

  10. Student will complete all assigned tasks and duties within the legal and ethical parameters of the welding industry.

Employment Outlook & Opportunities

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The employment outlook for graduates of the Welding Technology major is very good. Graduates can expect to find year-round employment in production work, manufacturing, repair and maintenance, as well as the construction industry. Welding skills also lend themselves to entrepreneurship and some welders go into business for themselves. There is currently a shortage of skilled welders in all industry areas.

The employment outlook for welders and solderers in the state of Minnesota from 2010 to 2020 is 18%, a high growth career.

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