Degrees & Certificates
Certificate of Achievement
About the Program
Welding touches every aspect of our modern life from the shoes we wear to the food we eat. The Welder or Welding Technician is concerned with all of the activities related to the manufacturing, production, performance, and maintenance of welded products. Interest is primarily in the manufactured or fabricated product, including process selection, power sources, base and filler materials, manufacturing methods, hands-on skills training, inspection, quality control, performance evaluation, and equipment service. The broad range of welded products with which welders and welding technicians deal includes structures, such as bridges, buildings, utility equipment, wind turbines, and communication towers; pressure vessels and heat exchangers, such as nuclear systems, boilers, solar thermal systems, oil and natural gas exploration, chemical processing equipment, storage vessels, and transmission and distribution piping; transportation vehicles for water, land, air, and space travel; and production and processing machines of all types.
Completion of the certificate/AS degree requirements prepares students to take certification tests in a workplace environment. Students may begin this program any semester and enter with either Welding Technology 61 or Welding Technology 62 as the starting series, or may choose Welding Technology 70 or Welding Technology 71 as a means to explore the topic on a more superficial approach. This program is designed to teach theoretical concepts in one course and hands-on skills in a companion course. These companion courses must be taken concurrently. While units in the program are transferable to many institutions, students should consult a counselor for specific information.
About the Certificate
The Certificate of Achievement in Welding Technology is designed to prepare students for entry level employment in a manufacturing environment. Key outcomes of the certificate include operating safely while performing the welding skills necessary to pass standard industry tests. Students will also learn to use auxiliary equipment, processes and materials. Completion of the certificate will provide the student a strong knowledge foundation to utilize and apply common welding processes.
The welding industry offers a wide variety of dynamic and challenging careers. Underwater welders are needed on off shore oil rigs. Welder-operators use automated welding systems to manufacture cars. Structural welders help to construct skyscrapers and bridges. In addition to welders, other professionals such as certified inspectors and engineers rely on welding to do their jobs. Without these professionals, our country would fall apart. The demand for skilled welding professionals is constantly growing. By 2025, our nation’s workforce will need over 400,000 welders to satisfy the demands of several industries.
- Upon completion of the Certificate of Achievement in Welding Technology, students are able to operate safely in a welding workplace environment.
- Upon completion of the Certificate of Achievement in Welding Technology, students
have skills necessary to pass an American Welding Society standard welding certification
|WLDT 55 Print Reading for Industry||2|
|WLDT 63 Welding Layout and Fitting||2|
|WLDT 66 Welding Inspection and Testing||2|
|WLDT 73 Welding Workplace Safety||1|
|WLDT 1 Welding Camp||1|
|WLDT 61A Beginning SMAW and FCAW Theory||1|
|WLDT 61AL Beginning SMAW and FCAW Skills Lab||2|
|WLDT 61B Advanced SMAW and FCAW Theory||1|
|WLDT 61BL Advanced SMAW and FCAW Skills Lab||2|
|WLDT 62A Beginning GTAW and GMAW Theory||1|
|WLDT 62AL Beginning GTAW and GMAW Skills Lab||2|
|WLDT 62B Advanced GTAW and GMAW Theory||1|
|WLDT 62BL Advanced GTAW and GMAW Skills Lab||2|
|WLDT 67A Welding Skills Lab||2|
|WLDT 67B Advanced Welding Skills Lab||2|
|WLDT 68 Certification Preparation||2|
|WLDT 70 Introduction to Welding||2|
|WLDT 72A Beginning Laser Welding||2|
|WLDT 72B Intermediate Laser Welding||3|
|WLDT 72C Advanced Laser Welding||2|
|WLDT 80 The Welding Business||2|
|MATH 72A Technical Elementary Algebra A||1|
|MATH 72C Technical Elementary Algebra C||1|
|MATH 53A Technical Intermediate Algebra for Welding A||2|
|MATH 39 Trigonometry||4|
Updated: July 2022