Welding Process Technology

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The Welding Process Technology certificate was designed in cooperation with local manufacturing companies and prepares students for an entry level career in the welding field. 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, and will be introduced to basic weld print reading and welding symbols. The student will also learn the following welding processes: stick (SMAW), gas metal arc welding (GMAW), oxy-acetylene welding and cutting (OAW & C), and carbon arc cutting.

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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

There are no special admission requirements for the Welding Process Technology program.

Program Course Listings

Required Courses

Course # Course Name Credits
FYEC 1110 Pathways to Success 1 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 1121 Oxy-Acetylene Weld/Cut 2 credits
WELD 1130 Gas Metal Arc Welding 4 credits
TOTAL CREDITS: 17 credits

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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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