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Welding Technology and Fabrication AAS

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Program Director: Joel Sims
Faculty: Doug Zander, Monte Cobb

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Gainful Employment Programs Information -- Tier 3 Certificate of Technical Studies

Note: The Welding program is a limited enrollment program. Interested students must apply for entry into the program. An application packet is available here on the GFC MSU catalog website, the Welding program website or Admissions.

This program follows the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) curriculum.


Graduates are prepared to:

  • Produce welds in all positions that meet industry standards using the following process(es) with 3"-6" schedule 80 pipe:
    • GTAW
    • SMAW
    • GMAW
    • FCAW
  • Will be exposed to:
    • Pipe groove joints
    • Pipe layout tools
    • Metal Identification
    • Braze and weld cast iron
    • Hard surface
  • Use Computer Aided Design software to:

    • Draw and edit a 2D object

    • Annotate a drawing

    • Plot and scale drawings

Graduates are prepared to:

  • Learn to set up and weld aluminum plate using spool guns in all positions on plate of various thicknesses including groove, fillet and spot welds.
  • Weld aluminum plate using the TIG process in all positions and various thicknesses including groove, fillet and spot welds.
  • Learn the benefits of PULSE ARC technology and how it effects the weld, base metal, and the welder.
  • Learn to weld aluminum using spool gun Pulse in all positions on plate of various thicknesses including groove, fillet and spot welds.
  • Learn how to troubleshoot and fix problems with machines, spool guns, TIG torches and assemblies, base metal conditions and shielding gasses.
  • Demonstrate the ability to take general arrangements blueprints and break them down into shop drawings.
  • Properly dimension and detail shop drawings.
  • Include weld symbols into shop drawings.
  • Demonstrate machine set-up for the successful welding of aluminum, stainless steel, carbon steel;
  • Demonstrate machine tool set-up/operation...press brake, Shear, lathe, milling machine, various welding machines, for the successful forming, machining and welding of metals;
  • Demonstrate the ability to plan, design and construct a project to industry standards.
  • For graphic design and documentation, AutoCAD will be used;
  • Demonstrate fillet and groove welding to American Welding Society standards.

Graduates are prepared to:

  • Produce welds in all positions that meet industry standards using the following process(es) with 3"-6" schedule 80 pipe:
    • GTAW
    • SMAW
    • GMAW
    • FCAW
  • Will be exposed to:
    • Pipe groove joints
    • Pipe layout tools
    • Metal Identification
    • Braze and weld cast iron
    • Hard surface
  • Use Computer Aided Design software to:
    • Draw and edit a 2D object
    • Annotate a drawing
    • Plot and scale drawings
  • Learn to set up and weld aluminum plate using spool guns in all positions on plate of various thicknesses including groove, fillet and spot welds.
  • Weld aluminum plate using the TIG process in all positions and various thicknesses including groove, fillet and spot welds.
  • Learn the benefits of PULSE ARC technology and how it effects the weld, base metal, and the welder.
  • Learn to weld aluminum using spool gun Pulse in all positions on plate of various thicknesses including groove, fillet and spot welds.
  • Learn how to troubleshoot and fix problems with machines, spool guns, TIG torches and assemblies, base metal conditions and shielding gasses.
  • Demonstrate the ability to take general arrangements blueprints and break them down into shop drawings.
  • Properly dimension and detail shop drawings.
  • Include weld symbols into shop drawings.
  • Demonstrate machine set-up for the successful welding of aluminum, stainless steel, carbon steel;
  • Demonstrate machine tool set-up/operation...press brake, Shear, lathe, milling machine, various welding machines, for the successful forming, machining and welding of metals;
  • Demonstrate the ability to plan, design and construct a project to industry standards.
  • For graphic design and documentation, AutoCAD will be used;
  • Demonstrate fillet and groove welding to American Welding Society standards.

Estimated Resident Program Cost*

 Welding Technology & Fabrication Associate of Applied Science

Tuition and Fees $6,260
Application Fee $30
Program Fees $2,600
Tools/Clothing varies
Books/Supplies $1,107
Total $9,997+
*

Fall 2016 MUS Student Health Insurance Premiums will be changing. Please check the Health Insurance website and/or Student Central for confirmed premium rates. Students will be charged an additional fee of $21 per credit for online/hybrid courses.

Many students need preliminary math and writing courses before enrolling in the program requirements. These courses may increase the total number of program credits. Students should review their math and writing placement before planning out their full program schedules.

GFC MSU Additional Graduation Requirement

COLS 103Becoming a Successful Student +1
Plan of Study Grid
FallCredits
First Semester - After Formal Acceptance for the CAS degree  
(Students who complete the first semester of courses are eligible for the Welding & Fabrication Tier 1 Certificate of Technical Studies degree)  
M 191B Special Topics: Math for Weld **, + 3
WLDG 110 Welding Theory I + 3
WLDG 111 Welding Theory I Practical + 6
WLDG 117 Blueprint Rdng & Weldng Symbls + 2
WLDG 145 Fabrication Basics + 2
 Credits16
Spring
(UNDER REVIEW - Students who complete the second semester of courses are eligible for the Welding & Fabrication Tier 2 Certificate of Technical Studies degree.)  
COMX 102 Interprsnl Skills in Workplace + 1
WRIT 104 Workplace Communications + 2
WLDG 120 Welding Theory II *, + 2
WLDG 121 Welding Theory II Practical *,+ 4
WLDG 130 Intro to Structural Welding *,+ 2
WLDG 185 Welding Qualification Tst Prep *,+ 4
WLDG 205 Applied Metallurgy *,+ 1
 Credits16
Second Year
Fall
First Semester - After Formal Acceptance into the AAS degree  
Students who complete the third semester of courses are eligible for the Welding and Fabrication Tier 3 Certificate of Technical Studies  
DDSN 114 Introduction to CAD *,+ 3
WLDG 212 Pipe Welding and Layout (integrated lab) *,+ 4
WLDG 260 Repair & Maintenance Welding *,+ 3
WRIT 121 Intro to Technical Writing (Pick one of the following:) **,+ 3
Pick one of the following:  
BMGT 299 Capstone: Entrepreneurship *,+ 3
WLDG 298 Welding Internship *,+ 3
 Credits16
Spring
(UNDER REVIEW - Students who complete the fourth semester of courses are eligible for the Welding & Fabrication Tier 4 Certificate of Technical Studies degree)  
WLDG 217 Advanced Blueprint *,+ 2
WLDG 237 Aluminum Welding Processes *,+ 4
WLDG 245 Metal Fabrication Design and Construction *,+ 5
WLDG 280 Weld Testing Certification *,+ 3
WLDG 281 Weld Testing Certification Lab *,+ 2
 Credits16
 Total Credits64
*

Indicates prerequisites needed.

**

Placement in course(s) is determined by placement assessment.

+

A grade of C- or above is required for graduation.