• Welding Technology Certificate Curriculum

  • One-Year Certificate

    Catalog Year 2018-2019

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    The courses listed under the certificate Welding Technology make up a comprehensive 52-53 credit program designed to prepare individuals with little or no welding experience to enter the welding field with confidence, utilizing a very broad welding and fabrication skill profile. The program is a good choice for those wishing to upgrade their welding skills or to learn new welding and cutting processes.

    With the opportunity to use the latest equipment technologies, this day program curriculum is designed to provide instruction for completion of specified weld test plates in various positions, as well as opportunities to obtain welder certifications according to American Welding Society (AWS) code specifications. Processes include shielded metal arc, gas metal arc, flux cored arc and gas tungsten arc welding. Training in blueprint reading, welding metallurgy and Computer Numerical Control (CNC) plasma cutting is included with opportunities for students to create and plasma cut objects of their own design.

    The Welding Technology certificate may be started in fall or winter terms. However, to complete in one school year students must start in fall term and attend full time during the day. Students may also attend part time in the evening.

    Students completing this certificate will have completed nearly one‐half of the degree requirements for the Integrated Metals AAS degree.

    MHCC Welding Technology celebrates and endorses the efforts of our local high school students interested in becoming trained as welders. Program specific laboratory training at the high school level earns college credit applicable toward approved Integrated Metals certificates and degrees.

    Program Outcomes

    At the completion of this program, the student should be able to:

    • Demonstrate safety procedures and safety inspections for welding processes and related equipment
    • Identify manual welding, manual and CNC cutting equipment and accessories and explain power source principles of operation
    • Read, interpret and apply blueprint specifications and weld symbols for the production and inspection of manufactured work pieces
    • List and perform set-up, adjustments and operations of manual welding, and manual CNC plasma and oxy-fuel cutting equipment in preparation and completion of welding practice plates and automated cutting examples
    • Describe and perform welding and cutting processes as they relate to ferrous and non-ferrous metals
    • Identify various electrodes, filler wires, shielding gasses and current types, and their relationship to base-metal varieties
    • Describe and apply the variables and techniques used to weld carbon steel, stainless steel and aluminum to print specifications with regard to joint types, weld types and positions of welding
    • Describe and apply principles of metallurgy including heat treating, hardness testing and observe-and-report inspection methodology
    • Formulate and write a unique welding procedure specification based on data collected from local welding and fabrication industry employers
    • Visually examine welds for discontinuities, defects, correct weld size and placement, providing solutions for welding procedure errors
    • Produce acceptable test plate weldments according to American Welding Society (AWS) code specifications

    What are the employment opportunities?

    Our success stories include students who graduate to form their own companies or apply their newfound abilities to their hobby passions; others find their niche with welding and fabrication firms large and small, local and abroad utilizing their skills to build and repair "all things metal" the world over, including: ship and barge building and repair, metal fabrication, aircraft component assembly and repair, automotive, custom car, race car/truck and hot-rod fabrication, repair and retrofit, motorcycle and ATV customization and repair, armorer applications, construction and maintenance welding to name just a few.

    Note: Students are required to maintain a minimum grade of “C” in all IMTL courses in order to progress through all three terms of this program.

    First Quarter (Fall)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    IMTL120 SMAW (Shielded Metal Arc Welding/ Stick) Theory 2
    IMTL121 SMAW (Shielded Metal Arc Welding/Stick) Lab 3
    IMTL124 Blueprint Reading for Welding Applications 3
    IMTL128 GTAW (Gas Tungsten Arc Welding/TIG ) Theory 2
    IMTL129 GTAW (Gas Tungsten Arc Welding/TIG ) Lab 2
    IMTL171 Welding Certificate Program Lab I 1
    WR101 Workplace Communications1 3
    Second Quarter (Winter)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    IMTL134 Metallurgy Theory 3
    IMTL135 Metallurgy Lab 1
    IMTL140 GMAW /FCAW (Gas Metal and Flux Cored A rc Welding/Wire Feed) Theory 2
    IMTL141 GMAW /FCAW (Gas Metal and Flux Cored Arc Welding/Wire Feed) Lab 3
    IMTL143 CNC Cutting 4
    IMTL172 Welding Certificate Program Lab II 1
      Human Relations requirement ‡ 3-4
    Third Quarter (Spring)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    IMTL152 Welding Processes and Procedures 2
    IMTL160 Fabrication Practices Theory 2
    IMTL161 Fabrication Practices Lab 3
    IMTL163 Welding Certification Preparation Lab 3
    IMTL173 Welding Certificate Program Lab III 1
    MTH058 Quantitative Reasoning I or
    MTH065 Beginning Algebra II2
    Total Credits 48-51

    1 Students considering transfer and an advanced degree should substitute this course with WR121.
    2 A College Placement Test (CPT) score does not fulfill this requirement. Students must successfully complete the required mathematics course (or higher.)

    ‡ See Associate of Applied Science degree requirements.