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Program Details

Program specifics about earning a Welding Technology Diploma at Northland.

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 various 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 practices and proper maintenance of 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.

Program Accreditation

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

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

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.

Additional Program Resources

Leather Sleeve Jacket or Cape Sleeves & Bib
Long Cuffed Deerskin Gloves
Boots (prefer steel toed)
Safety Glasses with side frames
Plastic Cover Lens (24)
Filter Lens (2)
Hammer (chipping)
Tip Cleaner
Tape Measure
Pliers or Vise Grips
Rod Pouch
Leather Arc Welding Gloves (5 pr @ $13)
4-1/2”, or 5” Grinder
Flint Striker
Stainless Steel Wire Brush
Carbon Steel Wire Brush
Cutting Goggles
Large Half Round File
Diagonal Cutters
C Clamp Vice Grips
2 or 3 lb. Hammer
12” Combination Square
Center Punch
Combination Screwdriver
10” Adjustable Wrench
Tool Box & Lock
Welder’s Writing Kit

For GTAW Gas Tungsten arc Welding
1/16” Collet and Collet Body
3/32” Collet and Collet Body
1/8” Collet and Collet Body
3-1/16” Pure and 2 percent tungsten
3-3/32” Pure and 2 percent tungsten
3-1/8” Pure and 2 percent tungsten
#4, #6, and #8 Ceramic Cone

For Pipe Welding
Die Grinder and Air Fitting

For Blueprint and Symbols and Basic Fabrication Class
Calculator for Math Problems