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Welding Technology

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Welding Technology - Diploma

1) 1000 level (minimum) General Education courses required unless specified

Welding Technology - 34 credit Diploma
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English/Communications requirement
Choose one 2 credit (or greater) English or Communications course.
2 cr
Math requirement
Choose one 2 credit (or greater) Math course.
2 cr
5 crs
Technical electives (see advisor for approved electives)
Choose one or more Technical electives.
6 cr
Safety, Theory, Blueprints, & Processes
Students will be introduced to theory of the welding trade. This course covers fusion, proper heat penetration, heat distortion and its effects on parent metal, how electrical currents get from filler metal to work piece, and differences in polarity used while welding. A major component will introduce students to safe practices in welding. Students will learn the importance of personal safety equipment and apparel and how to protect against short and long term injury. Students will learn to identify dangers, how to eliminate problems through examination and to make minor repair to welding equipment and tools as expected in the trade. Students will be given an overview of blueprint reading including proper nomenclature for lines and views, reading of notes and specifications as well as identification of weld symbols. An overview of welding processes will be introduced from the fast moving production shop to the iron worker in the field. (Prerequisite: None) (4 credits: 4 lecture/0 lab)

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4 cr
SMAW - Principles of Stick Welding
This course is designed to give the student the fundamentals of stick welding in an application setting. The student will learn the basics of machine set up, proper nomenclature, and rod choices as well as the art of striking an arc, controlling the arc and creating a controlled puddle. The student will perform various weld joints with different metal thicknesses and be able to identify the differences between an acceptable and unacceptable weld. (Prerequisite: None) (3 credits: 0 lecture/3 lab)

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3 cr
Oxy-fuel Weld, Cutting & Brazing
This course is designed to show the student the safety of welding tank storage and handling. The proper way to open, close, and maintain tanks, their gauges and flow meters. How to set-up and create the proper flames and demonstrate its importance in each phase. Welding, cutting, and brazing will be performed in the flat position with various joint set-ups. (Prerequisite: None) (1 credit: 0 lecture/1 lab)

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1 cr
GMAW - MIG Wire Feed I
In this course the student will learn the proper machine set-up from turning on the power switch to performing various weld joints in the flat position. The student will learn the identification of the different MIG machine parts as well as demonstrate how to set the machine for various thicknesses of metal and different types of wire (filler metal) when used during the different welding processess. The student will also examine and identify the differences between good welds and bad welds such as welds that are too cold, too hot, or have other variables or inconsistencies. (Prerequisite: None) (3 credits: 0 lecture/3 lab)

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3 cr
This course is a continuation of WELD1420 (GMAW-MIG Wire Feed I)and will expand the student's knowledge and practice to include more welding positions. All the welding will take place in the vertical up position and/or the overhead position. The student will also learn the differences in machine set-up to accommodate these other positions. (Prerequisite: WELD1420) (3 credits: 0 lecture/3 lab)

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3 cr
GTAW-Tungsten Inert Gas Weld I
This course will teach and demonstrate the differences of Tungsten Inert Gas(TIG) welding to that of the stick welding and the MIG welding. The student will learn the proper machine set-up, proper selection of gases for different processes, proper selection and types of tungsten electrodes and the proper polarity to use when welding. The student will demonstrate puddle control, bead layout and various joint welds with aluminum alloy. (Prerequisite: None) (3 credits: 0 lecture/3 lab)

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3 cr
GTAW - Tungsten Inert Gas Welding II
This course is a continuation of WELD1430 (GTAW-TIG 1) and will expand the student's knowledge and practice to include stainless steel welding. The student will learn to interpret the material specific processes for aluminum and stainless steel as well as practice the proper tungsten preparation and polarity. (Prerequisite: WELD1430) (3 credits: 0 lecture/3 lab)

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3 cr
Workplace Projects & Fabrication Capstone
The student will be introduced to fabrication practices and techniques. The student will demonstrate project fabrication from concept and drawings, through building techniques to completion. Projects will consist of smaller personal projects and/or a larger class project. All projects must be approved by the instructor and will be supervised from concept on through completion of the project. Demonstration of welding techniques learned from the other courses will be practiced so this must be taken as one of the last classes in the program. (Prerequisites: HLTH1515, MATH0520, WELD1420, WELD1430, this course may be taken concurrently with WELD1425 and WELD1435) (3 credits: 0 lecture/3 lab)

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3 cr
29 crs

Total Credit Requirement - 34

Estimated Costs for this Major

Approximate Tuition/Fees:$7,466
Minimum Tool Cost:$450
Estimated Total:$8,276


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