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Welding - Advanced

Career Studies Certificate

PURPOSE: The program offers a career pathway that enables learners to continue their studies for advanced skills. Those who complete this certificate will be well prepared to fill the gap in industrial manufacturing between the welder/fitter-welder and the welding shop supervisor by being better prepared in structural and maintenance welding. Structural and pipe welders join and assemble components as part of the construction of buildings, vessels, structures, and stand-alone pipelines. They use a variety of welding processes and equipment, in a wide range of industrial and commercial environments.

OCCUPATIONAL OBJECTIVES: Opportunities for graduates include shop supervisor, weld inspector, offsite welder, fitter/welder, pipe welder, and advanced structural welder.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS: General college curricular admission

PROGRAM NOTES: Students should possess the competencies obtained by completion of WEL 120 - Fundamentals of Welding, WEL 160 - Gas Metal Arc Welding (MIG and FCAW), and WEL 164 - Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW), Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG), or may petition for program head approval to enroll in the program.

GAINFUL EMPLOYMENT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION: [To be provided once the program has been approved for financial aid by the US Department of Education.]

COURSE

TITLE

LEC.
HRS.

LAB.
HRS.

CRS.
CRE.

HLT 106

First Aid and Safety

2

0

2

MTH 111

Basic Technical Mathematics

3

0

3

WEL 153

Layout and Fitting for Welders

2

3

3

WEL 141

Welder Qualification Tests I

2

3

3

WEL 145

Welding Metallurgy

3

1

3

WEL 126

Pipe Welding I

2

3

3

TOTAL

14

10

17

Total Minimum Credits for Advanced Welding Career Studies Certificate

17

03.27.2019

WELDING

WEL 120 Fundamentals of Welding (2 cr.)

Introduces history of welding processes. Covers types of equipment and assembly of units. Stresses welding procedures, such as fusion, non-fusion, and cutting oxyacetylene. Introduces arc welding. Emphasizes procedures in the use of tools and equipment. Lecture 1 hour. Laboratory 3 hours. Total 4 hours per week.

WEL 124 Shielded Metal Arc Welding (Advanced) (3 cr.)

Continues instruction on operation of AC and DC power sources, welding polarities, heats and electrodes for use in joining various metal alloys by the arc welding process. Deals with running beads, butt, and fillet welds in all positions. Emphasizes safety procedures. Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 3 hours. Total 5 hours per week.

WEL 126 Pipe Welding I (3 cr.)

Teaches metal arc welding processes, including the welding of pressure piping in the horizontal, vertical, and horizontal-fixed positions in accordance with Section IX of the ASME Code. Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 3 hours. Total 5 hours per week.

WEL 141 Welder Qualification Tests I (3 cr.)

Studies techniques and practices of testing welded joints through destructive and nondestructive testing. Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 3 hours. Total 5 hours per week.

WEL 145 Welding Metallurgy (3 cr.)

Studies steel classifications, heat-treatment procedures, and properties of ferrous and non-ferrous metals. Discusses techniques and practices of testing welded joints and destructive/nondestructive, visual magnetic, and fluorescent testing. Lecture 3 hours per week.

WEL 150 Welding Drawing and Interpretation (2 cr.)

Teaches fundamentals required for successful drafting as applied to the welding industry. Includes blueprint reading, geometric principles of drafting and freehand sketching, basic principles of orthographic projection, preparation of drawings, and interpretation of symbols. Lecture 2 hours per week.

WEL 153 Layout and Fitting for Welders (3 cr.)

Covers the application of formulas and calculations to the proper layout and fitting of metals in welding projects. Emphasizes the use of jigs, fixtures, and hand tools in metal fabrication and assembly along with fabrication and safety procedures for hands-on and workplace projects. Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 3 hours. Total 5 hours per week.

WEL 155 Ornamental Welding (2 cr.)

Introduces students to basic equipment, safety, and processes useful in the fabrication of welded ornamental objects. Lecture 1 hour. Laboratory 3 hours. Total 4 hours per week.

WEL 160 Gas Metal Arc Welding (MIG and FCAW) (3 cr.)

Introduces semi-automatic welding processes with emphasis on practical application. Includes the study of filler wires, fluxes, and gases. Introduces practical operations in the use of gas metal arc welding and equipment. Studies equipment operation setup, safety, and practice of semi-automatic welding processes. Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 3 hours. Total 5 hours per week.

WEL 164 Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW), Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) (3 cr.)

Introduces practical operations in the use of tungsten arc welding and equipment. Studies equipment operation setup, safety, and practice of Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW), Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG). Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 3 hours. Total 5 hours per week.


Name Program Email Phone
Michael Vaughan Welding CSC MVaughan@reynolds.edu 804/523-5941

 

Common Job Titles1: Aluminum Welder; Assembly Line Brazer; Brazer; Connector; Electronic Technician; Fabrication Welder; Fabricator; Fitter/Welder; Maintenance Welder; Mig Welder; Production Technician; Refrigeration Brazer/Solderer; Refrigeration Specialist; Solderer; Sub Arc Operator; Welder; Welder-Fitter; Welder/Fabricator; Wirer


Labor Market Statistics (Richmond, MSA)

Projected Employment (2028): 1,416

Current Wage Range (Entry - Experienced): $30,300 - $54,600


Bright Outlook Bright Outlook occupations are expected to have rapid growth over the next 10-years (employment increase of 10% or more in the Richmond, MSA over the period of 2018-2028) or are expected to have a high demand (projected to have 750 or more job openings in the Richmond, MSA over the period of 2018-2028).

Green Occupation "Green occupations will likely change as a result of the green economy. Green economy activities and technologies are increasing the demand for occupations, shaping the work and worker requirements needed for occupational performance, or generating new and emerging occupations." -- O*NET

1 This program may prepare you for one or more of the listed jobs; however, graduates may not be qualified for all of the jobs listed in this section.

Reynolds Community College makes every attempt to provide students with the best, most accuarate information possible. The data was sourced from external agencies (O*NET and JobsEQ) on August 15, 2018.