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Welding Technology (WELD)

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WELD 107 | ADV. WELDING TECH. & MANUFACTURING LAB  (5 Credits)
Prerequisite: Admission to the Welding Program.

This is an advanced course in welding technology that is designed so students can further develop their welding skills using a variety of different electrode groups. Students will weld thicker mild steel plate in all positions. Students will study some basic metallurgy and be exposed to blueprint reading. All the gas and arc welding processes will be revisited. Students will learn techniques in welding structural steel according to the American Welding Society's certification standards.

WELD 109 | BLUEPRINT READING FOR WELDERS  (3 credits)
Prerequisite: Admission to the Welding Program. Corequisite: WELD 153.

Students learn how to read and interpret structural steel, piping, and mechanical blueprint. The course will cover hand sketching of orthographic and isometric drawings. Students will also begin to learn about pipe symbols and spool drawings. The class will learn to interpret and apply weld symbols to the projects they could work on.

WELD 110 | INTRODUCTION TO WELDING LAB  (2 credits)
Prerequisite: Admission to the Welding Program. Corequisite: WELD 151.

Beginning instruction on skills in Oxyacetylene Welding (OAW), Oxyacetylene cutting (OFC-A), and Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) using various thickness of steel, with a strong emphasis on safety and use of welding and cutting equipment. 

WELD 120 | INTRODUCTION TO WIRE FEED PROCESS LAB  (2 credits)
Prerequisites: Admission to the Welding Program & successful completion of WELD 151.

Continuing instruction of skills in Oxyacetylene Welding (OAW), Oxyacetylene cutting (OFC-A), and Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAQ) using various thickness of steel. Students are introduced to GMAW and FCAW.

WELD 121 | WELDING THEORY AND SAFETY FOR SEMI-AUTOMATIC PROCESSES  (2 credits)
Prerequisite: Admission to the Welding Program. Corequisite: WELD 122.

This course teaches students the basic knowledge of Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW), Flux Core Arc Welding (FCAW) shielded and self-shielded, and GMAW-Pulsed. Equipment needs, setup, joint design, filler metals, and shielding gasses. Welding techniques and safety will be taught.  Other topics that will be discussed are ferrous and non-ferrous metals, distortion control, weld defects and discontinuities, and weld examination.

WELD 122 | WIRE FEED AND WELDING CERTIFICATION LAB  (4 credits)
Prerequisite: Admission to the Welding Program.

Continuation of WELD 153 with the introduction of semi-automatic wire feed processes. 

WELD 123 | BEGINNING FABRICATION LAB  (5 Credits)
Prerequisites: Admission to the Welding Program & WELD 107.

Introduces the student to fabrication equipment and processes.

WELD 131 | LAYOUT AND PATTERN MAKING BASICS  (3 credits)
Prerequisites: Admission to the Welding Program & WELD 109. Corequisite: WELD 213.

Students will learn practical layout and fitting skills used in industrial welding and fabrication shops. Employs simple layout, parallel line development, radial line development, and triangulation for pattern development. 

WELD 151 | WELDING TECHNOLOGY, THEORY, & SAFETY  (3 credits)
Prerequisite: Admission to the Welding Program. Corequisite: WELD 110.

Examines and presents welding and shop safety, Oxy-fuel safety, base metal preparation, weld quality, SMAW equipment and set-up, electrode selection, and joint design/fit-up. Other information which could be introduced could include air carbon and plasma cutting.

WELD 153 | SMAW WELDING LAB  (4 credits)
Prerequisite: Admission to the Welding Program. Corequisite: WELD 109. Beginning instructions on skills in Oxyacetylene Welding (OAW), Oxyacetylene cutting (OFC-A), Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) using various thicknesses of steel, with strong emphasis on safely handling welding and cutting equipment. Also covered are general safety, welding supplies, and equipment maintenance.

WELD 213 | METAL FABRICATION LAB  (3 credits)
Prerequisites: Admission to the Welding Program & WELD 109. Corequisite: WELD 131.

Introduces metal fabrication procedures and safe operation of fabrication equipment, including shears, press-brakes, ironworkers, punches, drill presses, chop saws and plasma cutters. Common terminology, fabrication theory, material use and construction and equipment safety are taught. 

WELD 214 | GTAW LAB & LECTURE  (6 credits)
Prerequisites: Admission to the Welding Program & Instructor approval.

GTAW course covers welding techniques, applications, equipment setup, and procedures for ferrous and non-ferrous metals. Quality and safety stressed.

WELD 215 | SPECIALTY WELD PROCESSES  (3 Credits)
Prerequisites: Admission to the Welding Program & WELD 151, 153. Corequisite WELD 220.

Lab is designed to run in conjunction with WELD 220. Lab will provide students with practical experience welding, high carbon low alloy steel, cast iron, stainless steel, and aluminum with SMAW, GTAW, GMAW and FCAW. Welding safety will be a proponent of this course. 

WELD 220 | BASIC METALLURGY  (2 Credits)
Prerequisite: Admission to the Welding Program. Corequisite: WELD 215.

Course will introduce students to the study of the crystalline structure of metals and how heat can and will affect the soundness of metals. The course will cover welding variations of different types of materials and talk about different types of materials that can be added to metals to change the metallurgical properties of different types of metals. 

WELD 299 | SPECIAL TOPICS  (1-3 Credits)
Prerequisite: Admission to the Welding Program. & Departmental approval.

Topics could include a variety of topics, such as fabrication, plasma cutting, arc welding, safety and usage of welding equipment, and artistic design.