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Welding Technology

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Program Overview

College of The Albemarle’s (COA) Welding Technology program will give you a sound understanding of the science, technology and applications essential for successful employment in the welding and metal industries.

Welding Technology Program and Dual Enrollment

Classroom training and practical application course work include:

  • Consumable and non-consumable electrode welding and cutting processes
  • Blueprint reading
  • Metallurgy
  • Welding inspection
  • Destructive and non-destructive testing

Equipment needed for the Welding Technology program includes:

  • Welding helmet (auto darkening is a plus)
  • Burning goggles (shade 5)
  • Tip cleaners
  • Striker
  • MIG Pliers
  • 10-inch adjustable wrench
  • Welding jacket with leather sleeves
  • Steel toe leather boots (with high sides)
  • Welding gloves
  • Safety glasses
  • Ear plugs

Welding kits are available for purchase from a variety of vendors, including the COA bookstore. If you have specific supply questions, please contact any welding instructor.

Degree Options

  • Welding Technology — Diploma
  • Welding Technology Basic Certificate
  • Welding Technology Advanced Certificate

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, you’ll:

  1. Weld industrial alloys related to industry standards
  2. Research, interpret and apply codes and welding procedure specifications
  3. Generate sketches and interpret conventional and CAD-generated prints.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of welding inspection methods and testing of weldments with non-destructive and destructive methods.
  5. Demonstrate the ability to set up, program, operate and troubleshoot automated equipment related to the welding industry

Careers

Employment opportunities include entry-level technician, sales and quality control positions in metalworking, construction, manufacturing and fabrication.

Visit the occupational outlook handbook for welders, cutters, solderers and brazers on the Bureau of Labor Statistics website.

Curriculum Guides

First Year
Fall Semester
Course Number and Title
Prerequisites and
Corequisites
Class Hours Lab Hours Clinical Hours Total Contact Hours Total Credit Hours
WLD 110 Cutting Processes n/a 1 3 n/a 4 2
WLD 115 SMAW (Stick) Plate n/a 2 9 n/a 11 5
WLD 121 GMAW (MIG) FCAW/Plate n/a 2 6 n/a 8 4
BPR 111 Print Reading Prerequisite: MAT 003 Tier 1 1 2 n/a 3 2
COM 101 Workplace Communication n/a 3 n/a n/a 3 3
WLD 112 Basic Welding Processes n/a 1 3 n/a 4 2
Total Semester Hours 10 23 n/a 33 18
First Year
Spring Semester
Course Number and Title
Prerequisites and
Corequisites
Class Hours Lab Hours Clinical Hours Total Contact Hours Total Credit Hours
WLD 116 SMAW (Stick) Plate/Pipe Prerequisite: WLD 115 1 9 n/a 10 4
WLD 122 GMAW (MIG) Plate/Pipe Prerequisite: WLD 121 1 6 n/a 7 3
WLD 131 GTAW (TIG) Plate n/a 2 6 n/a 8 4
MAT 110 Math Measurement and Literacy Prerequisite: MAT 003 Tier 1
Corequisite: MAT 010
2 2 n/a 4 3
WBL 110 World of Work
or
WBL 111 Work-Based Learning I
or
WBL 112 Work-Based Learning I
n/a 0 – 1 n/a 0 – 20 1 – 20 1 – 2
Total Semester Hours 6 – 7 23 0 – 20 30 – 49 15 – 16
First Year
Summer Semester
Course Number and Title
Prerequisites and
Corequisites
Class Hours Lab Hours Clinical Hours Total Contact Hours Total Credit Hours
WLD 141 Symbols and Specifications n/a 2 2 n/a 4 3
WLD 132 GTAW (TIG) Plate/Pipe Prerequisite: WLD 131 1 6 n/a 7 3
Total Semester Hours 3 8 n/a 11 6
Total Semester Hours Required for Diploma 39 – 40
Basic Certificate
Course Number and Title
Prerequisites and
Corequisites
Class Hours Lab Hours Clinical Hours Total Contact Hours Total Credit Hours
WLD 110 Cutting Processes n/a 1 3 n/a 4 2
WLD 115 SMAW (Stick) Plate n/a 2 9 n/a 11 5
WLD 121 GMAW (MIG) FCAW/Plate n/a 2 6 n/a 8 4
WLD 112 Basic Welding Processes n/a 1 3 n/a 4 2
Total Semester Hours 6 21 n/a 27 13
Total Semester Hours Required for Certificate 13
To complete higher level certificates, students may be required to complete coursework offered in the previous certificate to meet all required course prerequisites.

Advanced Certificate
Course Number and Title
Prerequisites and
Corequisites
Class Hours Lab Hours Clinical Hours Total Contact Hours Total Credit Hours
WLD 116 SMAW (Stick) Plate/Pipe Prerequisite: WLD 115 1 9 n/a 10 4
WLD 122 GMAW (MIG) Plate/Pipe Prerequisite: WLD 121 1 6 n/a 7 3
WLD 131 GTAW (TIG) Plate n/a 2 6 n/a 8 4
WLD 141 Symbols and Specifications n/a 2 2 n/a 4 3
WLD 132 GTAW (TIG) Plate/Pipe Prerequisite: WLD 131 1 6 n/a 7 3
Total Semester Hours 7 29 n/a 36 17
Total Semester Hours Required for Certificate 17