Welding Technology

The program involves a combination of basic welding techniques and other technical aspects of welding. Students learn basic oxyacetylene cutting and welding; shielded metal arc welding; metal arc welding; and tungsten inert gas welding. Students also complete course work in mathematics and blueprint reading for welding.

Full-time day and evening courses are available on the main campus and at the Kimball site. Full-time evening courses are offered at the Sequatchie/Bledsoe site. Additionally, third shift courses are available on the main campus.

Employment Stats

  • Program Length 1 year (Diploma)
  • Job Placement 90%
  • Average Earnings $36,720 / yr
  • Cost $4705
Gainful Employment Details

About Program

The mission of the program is to provide technical instruction and skill development that will enable students to become gainfully employed in the welding field. Highly individualized instruction provides for both classroom instruction and practical work experience using hand tools, fabrication shop equipment and welding equipment. The major emphasis of the program is placed on safety, oxyacetylene cutting, plasma arc cutting, shielded metal arc welding, gas tungsten arc welding, gas metal arc welding and flux core arc welding of carbon steel, stainless steel and aluminum. Welding is a detail oriented technology. Close attention must be made in all areas of welding, cutting, metal preparation, and fabrication.

Class room and shop experiences focus on construction trades, manufacturing, and industrial welding. Students learn about safety, metallurgy, mathematics and print reading.

Job Expectations

Welders may work in all types of weather conditions from extreme heat to extreme cold. In addition, welders might work in awkward or cramped positions, and they are sometimes required to work in high places and confined spaces. Hazards include electrical shock, burns, muscle strains, and other injuries from handling heavy material.

Expected Earnings

The median annual wage of welders, cutters, solderers and brazers was $35,450 in May 2012. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $23,940, and the top 10 percent earned more than $53,690.  Wages for welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers vary based on experience, skill level, industry, and company size.

Although most welders, solderers, cutters, and brazers work full time, overtime is common in this occupation. Many manufacturing firms have two or three shifts each day, ranging from 8 to 12 hours, which allow the firm to continue production around the clock if needed. Therefore, welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers may work evenings and weekends.

Course Schedule

Students may enroll during the fall, spring or summer term provided space is available. Students who are eligible to enroll will be given an opportunity to register for one of the open seats during the enrollment period for each term.

  • Full-time classes
  • Day and Evening classes
  • Enrollment is limited to 20 students in each class
Full-Time Program Schedule for (semester) (Hours)
Semester Day Class Evening Class Days
Fall (450 hours) 7:45am – 2:30pm 4:00pm – 10:45pm Monday - Friday
Spring (450 hours) 7:45am – 2:30pm 4:00pm – 10:45pm Monday - Friday
Summer (390 hours) 7:45am – 2:45pm 4:00pm – 11:00pm Monday - Friday

Tools

Tool List
Quantity Description
1 Tote Bag
1 Welding Helmet and replacement lens
1 Welding gloves
1 Welding jacket
1 Welders cap (no bandanas)
1 Work boots ( Steel toe)
1 Work gloves
1 Safety glasses
1 Torch goggles or glasses
1 Grinding shield
1 Chipping hammer
1 Steel wire brush
1 Stainless steel wire brush
1 Spark lighter
1 Torch tip cleaner
1 Vise grip (plier, vice-c, and finger grip)
1 Steel measuring tape
1 12” combination square
1 Torpedo level
1 Screw driver set (flat and Phillips)
1 Allen wrench set (standard and metric)
1 Chisel and punch set
1 24 ounce ballpeen hammer
1 12” Cresent wrench
1 Diagonal pliers
1 Welpers
1 Linemans pliers
1 Flash light
1 Pipe wraparound
1 2% Thoriated tungsten (1 pack 3/32 diameter)
1 Pure tungsten (1 pack 3/32 diameter)
1 4”, 4 ½”, or 6” grinder including rocks and pads
1 300 amp electrode holder
1 1 1/8” open end wrench
1 Flat soap stone

Cost

3 semesters – 1,290 clock hours - *Tuition will increase every fall semester
*Fall 450 hours $1,335.00
Spring 450 hours $1,335.00
Summer 390 hours $1,335.00
Tools (estimate) $600.00
Books (estimate) $450.00

Special Fees Charged in Addition to Maintenance and Tuition

  • Credit by Examination Fee - The regular course fee is charged for each special examination and must be paid prior to taking the examination. Non-refundable. (See Academic Regulations.)
  • Credit for Life Experience Fees - Assessment Fee for Experiential Learning $45.00.  Experiential Learning Credit $15.00 per credit hour in excess of 3.0 credit hours. $90.00 maximum.
  • GED Testing Fee - $65.00.
  • Placement Test Fees - ACT - $45.00. (Refer to Admissions Policy.)
  • Under extenuating circumstances, the Vice President for Academic Affairs, at his/her discretion, may grant an exception to these fees.

Books

  • Mathematics for Welders $54.75
  • Blueprint Reading for Welders $60.75
  • NCCER CONTREN Learning Series Level One Trainee Guide $85.00
  • NCCER CONTREN Learning Series Level Two Trainee Guide $123.50
  • NCCER CONTREN Learning Series Level Three Trainee Guide $123.50.

Curriculum

First Semester

  • Course introduction, orientation to welding, oxyacetylene written test, shop safety and shop rules.
  • Practice hand cutting technique with oxyacetylene torch, plasma torch and machine torch.
  • Introduction to shielded metal arc welding basic, flat position pad and multi-pass fillet welds.
  • Continue shielded metal arc welding basic, flat position pad and multi-pass fillet welds.
  • Introduction to shielded metal arc welding basic, horizontal position pad and multi-pass fillet welds.
  • Continue shielded metal arc welding basic, horizontal position pad and multi-pass fillet welds.
  • Introduction to shielded metal arc welding basic, vertical position pad and multi-pass fillet welds.
  • Continue shielded metal arc welding basic, vertical position pad and multi-pass fillet welds.
  • Introduction to shielded metal arc welding, overhead position pad and multi-pass fillet welds.
  • Continue shielded metal arc welding, overhead position pad and multi-pass fillet welds.
  • Introduction to single v-groove weld, open butt. (Practice)        
  • Continue single v-groove weld, open butt. (Test)
  • Introduction to gas tungsten arc welding, mild steel, and stainless steel and aluminum fillet welds.
  • Continue gas tungsten arc welding, mild steel, stainless steel and aluminum fillet welds.
  • Mathematics, blueprint reading and final written test for the semester.

Second Semester

  • Shielded metal arc welding written test, safety and health of welders.
  • Procedure and welder qualification, destructive and non-destructive testing.
  • Single v-groove weld, with backing 1G position. (Practice)
  • Single v-groove weld, with backing 1G position. (Test)
  • Single v-groove weld, with backing 2G position. (Practice)
  • Single v-groove weld, with backing 2G position. (Test)
  • Single v-groove weld, with backing 3G position. (Practice)
  • Single v-groove weld, with backing 3G position. (Test)
  • Single v-groove weld, with backing 4G position. (Practice)
  • Single v-groove weld, with backing 4G position. (Test)
  • Single v groove weld, with backing 1G position GMAW. (Practice and Test)
  • Single v groove weld, with backing 2G position GMAW. (Practice and Test)
  • Single v groove weld, with backing 3G position GMAW. (Practice and Test)
  • Single v groove weld, with backing 4G position GMAW. (Practice and Test)
  • Mathematics, blueprint reading and final written test for the semester.

Third Semester

  • Introduction to SMAW, GMAW, FCAW, GTAW pipe and written test.
  • Produce a quality Single v-groove SMAW butt joint in the 6G fixed position
  • Produce a quality Single v-groove SMAW butt joint in the 6G fixed position and test
  • Produce a quality Single v-groove GMAW butt joint in the 6G fixed position
  • Produce a quality Single v-groove GMAW butt joint in the 2G fixed position and test
  • Produce a quality Single v-groove FCAW butt joint in the 5G fixed position
  • Produce a quality Single v-groove FCAW butt joint in the 6G fixed position and test
  • Produce a quality Single v-groove GTAW/SMAW butt joint in the 6G fixed position
  • Produce a quality Single v-groove GTAW/SMAW butt joint in the 6G fixed position and test 
  • Produce a quality Single v-groove GTAW butt joint in the 2G fixed position
  • Produce a quality Single v-groove GTAW butt joint in the 5G fixed position and test
  • Produce a quality Single v-groove GTAW butt joint in the 6G fixed position
  • Produce a quality Single v-groove GTAW butt joint in the 6G fixed position and test

Career Opportunities

Welder’s helper
Tacker
Apprentice welder
Journeyman welder
Welding instructor
Certified Welding