Accredited by the American Welding Society (AWS) test facility

(Effective Fall 2018)

This curriculum offers practical skills, training, and welding with theory and practice in oxy-fuel welding, inert gas shielded metal arc welding, flux-core arc welding, shielded metal arc welding, non-destructive testing and quality assurance, and CNC plasma cutting.

Career Opportunities

Jobs are available in construction welding, shipbuilding, fitting, industrial and production welding.

Recommended High School Subjects

Industrial arts or vocational welding or metalworking courses, introductory blueprint reading, and technical math.

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 the College Catalog (www.pct.edu/catalog/PlacementTesting). 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.
  • follow welding qualification tests/procedures according to specifications of the AWS, API, and ASME codes.

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
MTH124 Technical 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
ENL010 Communications 3 3 S REQ
WEL102 Welding Blueprint and Layout 3 2 3 M REQ
TOTAL CREDITS 14
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
QAL237 Non-Destructive Testing I 3 2 3 M REQ
TOTAL CREDITS 14
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
OEA Open Elective 3   S OEA
TOTAL CREDITS 14

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