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Welding Diploma

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At the center of all industrial and construction expansion are technicians skilled in the art of joining metal. The strength and durability of heavy manufactured goods depend on the skills of welders joining metals with gas-fueled torches and electric-arc processes.

Students in the one-year program learn to weld in the four main positions: flat, vertical, horizontal and overhead on both structured steel and pipe. Shop work gives the student practical experience in repair work on cast iron, silver brazing, soldering, stainless steel and aluminum. Before graduation, students are required to meet quality standards through practical weld tests as specified by the American Welding Society and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Codes and Requirements. These tests ensure that graduates can perform quality work before they go on the job.

Practical experience in welding processes, together with a good foundation in blueprint reading and sketching and the weld ability and properties of metals, prepares the graduate for employment in a variety of industrial and construction settings.

This diploma provides students with a primary technical specialty. Students completing this credential can, by taking selected general education courses and a secondary technical specialty, have the opportunity to obtain an Associate Degree in Occupational Technology with a major in General Technology. Students should meet with their advisor(s) to select the proper courses to meet their particular educational goals.

Program Location: Greenwood, Laurens County

Scheduling Options: Day or Evening

Contact Information: Jim Fleming

 

Required Courses

Additional Program Information

 

Day Program

FIRST SEMESTER Credit Hours
MAT 170 Algebra, Geometry & Trigonometry I 3.0
WLD 103 Print Reading I 1.0
WLD 106 Gas and Arc Welding 4.0
  or WLD 102 Introduction to Welding 2.0
  and WLD 142 Maintenance Welding 3.0
WLD 113 Arc Welding II 4.0
   
SECOND SEMESTER Credit Hours
ENG 165 Professional Communications 3.0
WLD 105 Print Reading II 1.0
WLD 115 Arc Welding III 4.0
WLD 117 Specialized Arc Welding 4.0
   
SUMMER TERM Credit Hours
WLD 154 Pipefitting and Welding 4.0
WLD 212 Destructive Testing 2.0
     
THIRD SEMESTER Credit Hours
WLD 132 Inert Gas Weld Ferrous 4.0
WLD 136 Advanced Inert Gas Welding 2.0
WLD 208 Advanced Pipe Welding 3.0
PSY 103 Human Relations 3.0
Total Credit Hours: 42.0/43.0
     
Evening Program  
FIRST SEMESTER Credit Hours
MAT 170 Algebra, Geometry & Trigonometry I 3.0
WLD 103 Print Reading I 1.0
WLD 106 Gas and Arc Welding 4.0
  or WLD 102 Introduction to Welding 2.0
  and WLD 142 Maintenance Welding 3.0
WLD 136 Advanced Inert Gas Welding 2.0
   
SECOND SEMESTER Credit Hours
ENG 165 Technical Communications 3.0
WLD 105 Print Reading II 1.0
WLD 113 Arc Welding II 4.0
WLD 212 Destructive Testing 2.0
   
SUMMER TERM Credit Hours
WLD 117 Specialized Arc Welding 4.0
     
THIRD SEMESTER Credit Hours
PSY 103 Human Relations 3.0
WLD 115 Arc Welding III 4.0
WLD 208 Advanced Pipe Welding 3.0
     
FOURTH SEMESTER Credit Hours
WLD 132 Inert Gas Welding Ferrous 4.0
WLD 154 Pipefitting and Welding 4.0
Total Credit Hours: 42.0/43.0
 

Updated 5/1/2014

 

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Program Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Explain and read occupationally specific prints for welders and fabricate from a blueprint.

  2. Test to certification standards on all types of welding.

  3. Demonstrate the manipulative skills to perform groove welds.

  4. Demonstrate the necessary manipulative skills needed to apply the Gas Tungsten Arc on various joint designs, on plate with both ferrous and non-ferrous metals.

  5. Practice safety procedures for all types of welding. 

 

 

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Advisement Information

  • Students who start in fall or spring semesters can begin with welding coursework.  New students entering summer should be advised to take general education or developmental coursework.

  • If prerequisites are needed for math and English, schedule those first before advising for ENG 165 and MAT 170.

  • If possible, students should make contact with welding faculty (Jim Fleming or Jim Ladd) during the advisement process but registration may be completed in the Admissions Office or at any county center.

  • Students may begin this program in any semester and may attend part-time or full-time.

  • Students who works alternating shifts are encouraged to enroll in the certificate program and to rotate between day and evening classes to fit his/her work schedule.

  • Developmental English and math courses should not conflict with welding courses.  It is preferred that these classes are scheduled at the same time that other students are taking General Education courses.

  • Evening English and math courses should be taken whenever a students can fit them into their schedules.

  • Students should be prepared to purchase first semester welding supplies costing $226.60. Supplies for the remaining two semesters will cost approximately $150.

  • Graduates can complete an Associate Degree in Occupational Technology with completion of additional coursework.

Advisement Information verified 3/17/2014