Accredited by the American Welding Society (AWS) test facility

(Effective Fall 2019)

Welding and Fabrication Engineering Technology is structured to support welding and joining operations where engineers pass plans and projects to mid-management personnel who must carry out the planning, organization, and delivery of manufacturing projects. Emphasis is on developing skills needed to lead projects and interface with engineering and development teams. Students have the opportunity to prepare for careers in mid-management and supervisory positions, as well as technical positions, sales, service, or research.

Career Opportunities

Jobs are available in research, inspection, teaching, consulting, management, construction, production, power generation.

Recommended High School Subjects

A strong background in high school math and sciences is desirable. An awareness of computer science equipment and software also is desired.

Special Equipment Needs

Students will be required to have the tools listed on the welding website.

Remediation Strategies

All entering students will be tested for English, math, and reading deficiencies. Students are expected to remediate any deficiencies as explained in this online catalog (see http://www.pct.edu/catalog/PlacementTesting ). They should do so prior to enrollment and in the following order of priority: mathematics, English, reading. It is required that students who test into MTH 004 enter the (WA) major and after their deficiencies are remediated, transfer into the (BWE) major.

Program Goals

A graduate of this major should be able to:
  • apply knowledge of industrial safety standards to both field and factory environments.
  • demonstrate proficiency in welding, welding automation, principles of fabrication, and process integration.
  • develop solutions to material joining problems using knowledge of the characteristics of materials, industrial inspection techniques, material joining processes, and manufacturing standards.
  • analyze and solve manufacturing problems of an economic, technical, organizational, and design variety, using scientific principles and methodology. 
  • understand professional, ethical, and social responsibilities and their implications related to the practice of welding engineering technology in a global/social context.
  • contribute to an industrial design team in the design, redesign, and upgrade of products to achieve improved manufacturability, aesthetics, and functions.
  • interpret and use organizational, economic, and managerial techniques to promote profit, product, and service quality.

Curriculum

First Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
FYE101 First Year Experience 1 .50 1.50 S REQ
WEL132 Flux Cored I 2 1 3 M REQ
WEL114 Shielded Metal Arc I 2 1 3 M REQ
WEL136 Flux Cored II 2 6 M REQ
WEL116 Shielded Metal Arc II 2 6 M REQ
SAF110 Occupational Health and Safety 2 2 M REQ
CSC124 Information, Technology, and Society 3 3 S REQ
MTH180 College Algebra and Trigonometry I 3 3 S REQ
TOTAL CREDITS 17
Second Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
WEL120 Gas Metal Arc I 2 1 3 M REQ
WEL123 Gas Tungsten Arc I 2 1 3 M REQ
WEL124 Gas Metal Arc II 2 6 M REQ
WEL129 Gas Tungsten Arc II 2 6 M REQ
WEL102 Welding Blueprint and Layout 3 2 3 M REQ
ENL111 English Composition I 3 3 S REQ
MTH182 College Algebra and Trigonometry II 3 3 S REQ
FIT Fitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1   S FIT
TOTAL CREDITS 18
Third Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
WEL211 Advanced Semi-Automatic Processes I 2 1 3 M REQ
WEL230 Shielded Metal Arc III 2 1 3 M REQ
WEL212 Advanced Semi-Automatic Processes II 2 6 M REQ
WEL234 Shielded Metal Arc V 2 6 M REQ
WEL240 Basic CNC Programming 3 2 3 M REQ
ENL201 Technical and Professional Communication 3 3 S REQ
MTH230 Applied Calculus 3 3 S REQ
or
MTH240 Calculus I 4 4 S REQ
TOTAL CREDITS 17
Fourth Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
WEL213 Gas Tungsten Arc III 2 1 3 M REQ
WEL233 Shielded Metal Arc IV/Pipe Welding 2 1 3 M REQ
WEL219 Gas Tungsten Arc IV 2 6 M REQ
WEL239 Shielded Metal Arc VI Pipe Welding 2 6 M REQ
WEL248 Robotic Welding 3 2 3 M REQ
QAL237 Non-Destructive Testing I 3 2 3 M REQ
MSC106 Introduction to Metallurgy 4 3 3 M REQ
TOTAL CREDITS 18
Fifth Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
SPC101 Fundamentals of Speech 3 3 S REQ
QAL301 NDT Quality Assurance 3 2 3 M REQ
PHS115 College Physics I 4 3 3 S REQ
DSG328 Parametric Modeling and FEA Applications for Welders 3 2 3 M REQ
HIS116 World History I 3 Cultural Diversity Requirement 3 S REQ
or
HIS126 World History II 3 Cultural Diversity Requirement 3 S REQ
TOTAL CREDITS 16
Sixth Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
WEL301 Industrial Processes 3 2 3 M REQ
CET275 Statics & Strengths of Materials 4 4 M REQ
MET321 Engineering Ethics and Legal Issues 3 Writing Enriched Requirement &
Science, Technology and Society Requirement
3 M REQ
WEL494 Project Proposal Lecture 2 2 M REQ
FIT Fitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1   S FIT
OEA Open Elective 3   S OEA
TOTAL CREDITS 16
Seventh Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
WEL410 Industrial Weld Design 3 2 3 M REQ
WEL400 Fabrication of Alloys 3 2 3 M REQ
ELT302 Industrial Electrical Systems 3 3 M REQ
HUM Humanities Elective 3   S HUM
SSE Social Science Elective 3   S SSE
TOTAL CREDITS 15
Eighth Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
WEL420 Welding Codes and Procedures 3 2 3 M REQ
WEL495 Welding Internship 1 M REQ
or
WEL496 Senior Welding Project 1 3 M REQ
HUM Humanities Elective 3   S HUM
or
SSE Social Science Elective 3   S SSE
or
ART Art Elective 3   S ART
or
FOR Foreign Language Elective 3   S FOR
or
AAE Applied Arts Elective 3   S AAE
or
IFE International Field Experience Elective 3   S IFE
ART Art Elective 3   S ART
OEA Open Elective 3   S OEA
TOTAL CREDITS 13

Welding Core Courses: WEL 114 - WEL 239 are two-credit, eight week classes.

Additional Information

American Welding Society (AWS) Accredited Test Facility (ATF) and Sustaining Company Member.