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Welding

Career Studies Certificate

PURPOSE: Employment opportunities exist for individuals proficient in advanced welding techniques. This program is designed for students with no previous experience in welding, as well as for individuals currently employed in the welding field who wish to upgrade their skills. Individuals entering the Welding Career Studies Certificate (CSC) should consider this program as a means of developing or advancing their job skills over a one-year period of time and as a means of acquiring the skills necessary to test for the various levels of welding certification.

OCCUPATIONAL OBJECTIVES: Opportunities for graduates include construction welder, fabrication welder, and welding supply salesperson.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS: General college curricular admission

GAINFUL EMPLOYMENT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION: Please see http://www.reynolds.edu/curriculum/Gainful%20Employment/GE_Info_221-995-01.aspx to access to access gainful employment information for this program.

COURSE

TITLE

LEC.
HRS.

LAB.
HRS.

CRS.
CRE.

WEL 120

Fundamentals of Welding

1

3

2

WEL 124

Shielded Metal Arc Welding Advanced

2

3

3

WEL 141

Welder Qualification Tests I

2

3

3

WEL 150

Welding Drawing and Interpretation

2

0

2

WEL 160

Gas Metal Arc Welding (MIG and FCAW)

2

3

3

WEL 195

Topics in Welding: Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (TIG)

2

3

3

WEL 195

Topics in Welding: Layout and Fitting for Welders

2

3

3

TOTAL

13

18

19

Total Minimum Credits for Career Studies Certificate in Welding 19

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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 121 Arc Welding 2 cr.

Studies the operation of AC and DC power sources, weld heat, polarities, and electrodes for use in joining various alloys by the SMAW process. Covers welds in different types of joints and different welding positions. Emphasizes safety procedures.Lecture 1 hour.Laboratory 3 hours.Total 4 hours per week.

WEL 122 Welding II (Electric Arc) 3 cr.

Teaches electric arc welding, including types of equipment, selection of electrodes, safety equipment and procedures, and principles and practices of welding.Lecture 2 hours.Laboratory 3 hours.Total 5 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 130 Inert Gas Welding 3 cr.

Introduces practical operations in the uses of inert-gas-shield arc welding. Discusses equipment, safety operations, welding practice in the various positions, process variations and applications, and manual and semiautomatic welding.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 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 GTAW (TIG).Lecture 2 hours.Laboratory 3 hours.Total 5 hours per week.

WEL 195 Topics in Welding: Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (TIG) 3 cr.

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

WEL 195 Topics in Welding: Layout and Fitting for Welders 3 cr.


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 number of jobs by 2026: 1,314

Current Wage Range (Entry - Experienced): $30,200 - $50,800


Bright Outlook Bright Outlook occupations are expected to have rapid growth over the next 10-years (employment increase of 14% or more over the period of 2016-2026), are expected to have a high demand (projected to have 500 or more job openings in the Richmond, MSA over the period of 2016-2026), or are new and emerging occupations in high growth industries.

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 February 08, 2017.