Accredited by the American Welding Society (AWS) test facility

Welding (WE)

(Effective Fall 2011)

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 ( It is recommended that students remediate deficiencies in the following order of priority: mathematics, English, reading.

Transfer Procedures

This major is subject to the transfer standards established by the College (see ). Exceptions must be approved by the school dean.

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.


First SemesterCredits
FYE101First Year Experience 1 
WEL113Oxy-Fuel Welding and Cutting I 2 
WEL114Shielded Metal Arc I 2 
WEL115Oxy-Fuel Welding and Cutting II 2 
WEL116Shielded Metal Arc II 2 
SAF110Occupational Health and Safety 2 
WEL102Welding Blueprint and Layout 3 
MTH011Career Mathematics 3 
MTH124Technical Algebra and Trigonometry I 3 
Second SemesterCredits
WEL120Gas Metal Arc I 2 
WEL123Gas Tungsten Arc I 2 
WEL124Gas Metal Arc II 2 
WEL129Gas Tungsten Arc II 2 
ENL010Communications 3 
CSC124Information, Technology, and Society 3 
Third SemesterCredits
WEL210Flux Cored and Sub-Arc I 2 
WEL230Shielded Metal Arc III 2 
WEL214Flux Cored and Sub-Arc II 2 
WEL234Shielded Metal Arc V 2 
WEL240Basic CNC Programming 3 
QAL237Non-Destructive Testing I 3 
Fourth SemesterCredits
WEL213Gas Tungsten Arc III 2 
WEL233Shielded Metal Arc IV/Pipe Welding 2 
WEL219Gas Tungsten Arc IV 2 
WEL239Shielded Metal Arc VI Pipe Welding 2 
WEL248Robotic Welding 3 
OECOpen Elective / Certificate 3 

Welding Core Courses: WEL 113-WEL 239 are two-credit, eight-week classes.

Additional Information

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