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Welding Process Technology

  • Credits
    34
  • Degree Type
    Diploma
  • Campus Location
    TRF
  • No Laptop RequiredLaptop NOT Required

The program prepares students for a career in welding or creates a pathway into an AAS in Electronics Technology or Robotics Technology.

Welding HelmetThe Welding Process Technology diploma was designed in cooperation with local manufacturing companies. The program prepares students for a career in welding or creates a pathway into an AAS in Electronics Technology or Robotics Technology with an articulated Bachelorís degree at Bemidji State University. The program integrates theory, safety practices, and application of technical training. Coursework provides the student with information and skill development in a variety of welding processes.

Through coursework, the student will develop fundamental knowledge of metals, welding processes, safety and related equipment applications. The student will also learn the following welding processes: stick (SMAW) and gas metal arc welding (GMAW), gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW), and will join various types of metal while perfecting the students hand skills.


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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

Program Course Listings

Required Courses

Course # Course Name Credits
FYEC 1110 Pathways to Success 1 credits
MFPT 1570 Manufacturing Internship 2 credits
WELD 1100 Weld Orientation 1 credits
WELD 1102 Weld Fundamentals 3 credits
WELD 1104 Basic SMAW 4 credits
WELD 1110 Blueprint Reading/Symbols 2 credits
WELD 1112 Advanced SMAW 4 credits
WELD 1114 Basic Fabrication 4 credits
WELD 1117 Gas Tungsten Arc Welding 3 credits
WELD 1121 Oxy-Acetylene Weld/Cut 2 credits
WELD 1130 Gas Metal Arc Welding 4 credits
WELD 1131 Advanced GMAW 4 credits
TOTAL CREDITS: 34 credits

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Program Learner Outcomes

1. Student will demonstrate proper safety practices and procedures at all times in the classroom, shop, and job sites as required by the welding industry.
2. Student will use basic math and measuring techniques to solve common welding shop problems.
3. Student will interpret symbols and blueprints accurately for a variety of welding projects.
4. Student will define common acronyms used in the welding industry.
5. Student will identify and select the proper filler metal dependant on base metal to be welded.
6. Student will troubleshoot and solve common problems involved with everyday use of a welding machine.
7. Student will pass guided bend tests on multiple thicknesses of steel per industry standards.
8. Student will utilize manual, semi-automatic, and automatic equipment for cutting and welding.
9. Student will demonstrate effective oral and written communications with all clients and customers with respect for diversity of culture, age and gender.
10. Student will fabricate several different welding projects to demonstrate expected skills required by industry standards.
11. Student will demonstrate professional workplace habits including punctuality, attitudes, behaviors, and craftsmanship expected of the welding industry.

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The employment outlook for graduates of the Welding Process Technology diploma is excellent. Graduates can expect to find employment in a manufacturing production facility as a welder or robotics operator. Welding skills lend themselves to entrepreneurship and some welders go into business for themselves.

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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