Welding is the most common way of permanently joining metal parts. In this process, heat is applied to metal pieces, melting and fusing them to form a permanent bond. Because of its strength, welding is used in shipbuilding, automobile manufacturing and repair, aerospace applications, and thousands of other manufacturing activities. Welding also is used to join beams in the construction of buildings, bridges, and other structures and to join pipes in pipelines, power plants, and refineries.

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Degrees and Certificates

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General Welding Overview

Welding Technology
is designed to offer students the necessary skills for entry-level positions in the welding industry. There is an increasing demand for skilled welders in the fields of MIG (Metal Inert Gas), TIG (Tungsten Inert Gas), and Pipe welding.

  • Certificate & Continuing Education (CEU) Offered
  • Southwest
  • Program Length: 14 weeks

Welding Types Covered:

  • SMAW (Shielded Metal Arc Welding)
  • FCAW (Flux-Cored Arc Welding)
  • GMAW (Gas Metal Arc Welding) (MIG)
  • GTAW (Gas Tungsten Arc Welding) (TIG)
  • OAW (Oxyacetylene Welding)
  • OAC (Oxyacetylene Cutting)
  • OFC (Oxyfuel Gas Cutting)
  • PAC (Plasma Arc Cutting)
  • CAC-A (Air Carbon Arc Cutting)


Welding Inspection Training Overview

 Training Program Competencies:

  • Trainees will identify the requirements of welding inspection and certification
  • Trainees will identify and demonstrate safe practices for welding inspectors
  • Trainees will identify and describe common metal joining and cutting processes
  • Trainees will interpret weld joint geometry and welding symbols
  • Trainees will identify and interpret documents governing welding inspection and qualification
  • Trainees will identify metal properties and destructive testing
  • Trainees will utilize metric practice for welding inspection
  • Trainees will identify welding metallurgy for the welding inspector
  • Trainees will identify weld and base metal discontinues and their root causes
  • Trainees will interpret visual inspection and other NDE methods and symbols
  • Trainees will identify and use welding inspection tools and gages
  • Trainees will identify an use welding codes



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