Accredited by the American Welding Society (AWS) test facility

(Effective Fall 2017)

This curriculum offers practical skills and theory in welding, quality assurance, welding design, robotic welding, CNC plasma cutting, and non-destructive testing, as well as the mathematics and language skills necessary to move into a technical or management career in the welding and fabrication industries.

Career Opportunities

Welding applications, welding technicians, welding supervisor, welding inspector, quality assurance and non-destructive testing, welding estimator, and engineering functions.

Recommended High School Subjects

Welding degree students would benefit from industrial or vocational welding or metalworking courses, blueprint reading or drafting, technical math or descriptive geometry.

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 ). Students should remediate any deficiencies prior to enrollment. It is recommended that students remediate deficiencies in the following order of priority: mathematics, English, reading.

Program Goals

A graduate of this major should be able to:
  • demonstrate safe welding practices in the field and the shop. 
  • demonstrate the skills of an entry-level welder using oxy-fuel, electric, and inert gas shielded methods.
  • distinguish the types of welding power sources and their characteristics, uses, and limitations.
  • inspect welding jobs using visual, destructive, and non-destructive testing methods.
  • construct weldments from sketches, blueprints, or verbal instructions.
  • select the proper welding process based on characteristics of material as well as cost considerations.
  • test and identify the physical and mechanical properties of metals, as related to weldability.
  • follow welding qualification tests/procedures according to specifications of the AWS, API, and ASME codes.
  • demonstrate the ability to operate and program automated cutting and welding equipment.

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 S 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
ENL111 English Composition I 3 3 S REQ
WEL102 Welding Blueprint and Layout 3 2 3 M REQ
FIT Fitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1   S FIT
TOTAL CREDITS 15
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
MSC106 Introduction to Metallurgy 4 3 3 M REQ
TOTAL CREDITS 18
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
QAL237 Non-Destructive Testing I 3 2 3 M REQ
WEL248 Robotic Welding 3 2 3 M REQ
SSE Social Science Elective 3   S SSE
TOTAL CREDITS 17

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