Production Welding

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The Production Welding certificate was designed in cooperation with local manufacturing companies and prepares students for an entry level career in welding. The program integrates theory and technical skills. Through coursework, the student will develop skills in gas metal arc welding (GMAW), print reading, safety and other applications necessary for employment at a manufacturing production facility.

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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 Production Welding program.

Program Course Listings

Required Courses

Course # Course Name Credits
ETAS 1510 Measuring Tools 2 credits
WELD 1102 Weld Fundamentals 3 credits
WELD 1110 Blueprint Reading/Symbols 2 credits
WELD 1124 Cutting Processes 1 credits
WELD 1130 Gas Metal Arc Welding 4 credits
WELD 1131 Advanced GMAW 4 credits
TOTAL CREDITS: 16 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 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 Production Welding certificate is excellent. Graduates can expect to find full-time employment in production work, manufacturing, repair and maintenance, and the construction industry. 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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