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Welding and Fabrication Engineering Technology (BWE)

(Effective Fall 2016)

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 ). 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.

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:

  • 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.


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 
MTH180College 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 
CSC124Information, Technology, and Society 3 
ENL111English Composition I 3 
MTH182College Algebra and Trigonometry II 3 
FITFitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1 
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 
ENL201Technical and Professional Communication 3 
MTH160Elementary Statistics with Computer Applications 4 
MTH230Applied Calculus 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 
QAL237Non-Destructive Testing I 3 
MSC106Introduction to Metallurgy 4 
Fifth SemesterCredits
SPC101Fundamentals of Speech 3 
QAL301NDT Quality Assurance 3 
PHS115College Physics I 4 
MET311Computer Solutions of Engineering Problems 3 
HIS115World Civilization I 3 Cultural Diversity Requirement
HIS125World Civilization II 3 Cultural Diversity Requirement
Sixth SemesterCredits
WEL301Industrial Processes 3 
CET275Statics & Strengths of Materials 4 
MET321Engineering Ethics and Legal Issues 3 Writing Enriched Requirement &
Science, Technology and Society Requirement
WEL494Project Proposal Lecture 2 
FITFitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1 
OEAOpen Elective / Associate 3 
Seventh SemesterCredits
WEL410Industrial Weld Design 3 
WEL400Fabrication of Alloys 3 
ELT302Industrial Electrical Systems 3 
HUMHumanities Elective 3 
SSESocial Science Elective 3 
Eighth SemesterCredits
WEL420Welding Codes and Procedures 3 
WEL495Welding Internship 1 
WEL496Senior Welding Project 1 
HUMHumanities Elective 3 
SSESocial Science Elective 3 
ARTArt Elective 3 
FORForeign Language Elective 3 
AAEApplied Arts Elective 3 
IFEInternational Field Experience Elective 3 
ARTArt Elective 3 
OEAOpen Elective / Associate 3 

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

Additional Information

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