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Welding Technician, Industrial

10-621-1 Associate Degree (AAS) 67 Credits Financial Aid Eligible Location*: Appleton

*Some general education courses may be available at multiple locations.

As an industrial welding technician, you assist engineers, supervisors and journeyworkers in the production of quality welded and metal fabricated parts. You will learn how to provide technical assistance in the planning, development and implementation of a production cycle. Your training includes lots of hands-on training in fabrication and welding techniques, along with a thorough understanding of manufacturing processes. You’ll also cover robotic arc welding, electrical safety, material properties and welding codes. This degree program equips you with skills you need for a successful career in industrial welding.

COURSE LIST

Technical Studies (37 Credits)

Course Title
Course Number
Credits
Fabrication Techniques 1
10-457-153
2
Allows students to fabricate a part from a blueprint and weld the assembly with a specified welding process. Cutting and forming may be required prior to assembly. Depending on the size and complexity of the project, students may be asked to work in a team to complete an assignment. It is recommended that students have completed or be enrolled in the following courses: Welding BPR & Symbols (10-621-133); Manufacturing Techniques 1 (10-457-151).
Manufacturing Processes
10-457-160
2
Covers punching, shearing, sawing, drilling, rolling, bending and forming. Sub-assembly parts are produced using various types of equipment. The parts may be joined, by welding, to complete an assembly. Students work in a team environment to complete an assignment. It is recommended that the student have an ACCUPLACER Arithmetic score of 65 or greater or successful completion of equivalent Program Prep course or College Technical Math 1A (10-804-113) or College Technical Math 1 (10-804-115).
Cutting Processes
10-457-161
2
Covers laser cutting, abrasive water jet cutting, oxy-fuel cutting, plasma arc cutting and air-carbon arc cutting. Individual parts are produced using computerized and manual equipment. The parts may be joined, by welding, to complete an assembly. Students work in a team environment to complete an assignment.
Welding Codes & Testing
10-621-101
2
Begins by providing an overview of welding codes and inspector's responsibilities. The focus then moves to the study of a specific welding code book. The course culminates with the student cutting, polishing, and testing weldments in accordance with the welding code previously studied.
Corequisites: FCAW Techniques (10-621-125); SMAW Techniques 1 (10-621-121)
Welding NDE
10-621-111
2
Focuses on nondestructive testing (NDE). Emphasis will be placed on Visual Examination, Liquid Penetrant, Magnetic Particle and Ultrasonic Testing. Emphasis will also be placed on both the theoretical and hands-on use of equipment used in nondestructive testing.
Corequisites: GMAW Techniques 1 (10-621-123); SMAW Techniques 1 (10-621-121)
Robotic Arc Welding
10-621-113
2
An overview of robots used in industry. Automatic welding principles, including material handling, jigs and fixturing, are evaluated. Students program a robot to weld fixtured parts using the GMAW process.
Corequisite: GMAW Techniques 1 (10-621-123)
Welding Processes, Design & Costs
10-621-115
2
Studies such processes as plasma, submerged, thermit and electron beam welding. Also emphasizes design concepts and rules of design as well as estimating costs of welding.
Corequisite: GMAW Techniques 1 (10-621-123)
Welding Metallurgy
10-621-116
3
Introduces students to basic metallurgy including the location of ore deposits, derivation of metals from their ores, refinement and purification, and admixture and alloying. The classification of ferrous and nonferrous metals and the study of basic metallurgical diagrams is also discussed. Students focus on the behavior of metal during welding and the effects of welding on the properties of metals.
Weldability of Materials
10-621-117
3
Focuses on problems and solutions encountered when welding similar and dissimilar metals. Students will learn to determine the capacity of a metal to be welded and perform satisfactorily under fabrication conditions imposed. Emphasis is on porosity in welds, hydrogen problems, heat treatments in welding, corrosion in stainless steel welds, hot and cold cracking and their solutions.
Prerequisites: Welding Metallurgy (10-621-116); SMAW Techniques 1 (10-621-121)
SMAW Techniques 1
10-621-121
2
Covers the process commonly known as stick welding. Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to weld in all positions, read some basic weld symbols, and have a basic understanding of written welding procedures.
Corequisite: Must purchase AWS Handbook by enrolling in catalog number 94-621-001.
SMAW Techniques 2
10-621-122
2
A continuation of SMAW Techniques 1. Students will complete lab exercises from SMAW Techniques 1. The student will be able to thoroughly understand a written welding procedure. Emphasis will be placed on the AWS D1.1 welding code. Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to weld in all positions without a backing plate on both V-Groove plate and pipe.
Prerequisite: SMAW Techniques 1 (10-621-121)
GMAW Techniques 1
10-621-123
2
Demonstrates welding on steel sheet metals and plates. Emphasis is placed on axial spray, pulse spray and short circuit mode of transfer. Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to weld in all positions, read basic weld symbols, and have an understanding of written welding procedures.
Corequisite: Must purchase AWS Handbook by enrolling in catalog number 94-621-001.
GMAW Techniques 2
10-621-124
2
Teaches students to weld on stainless steel and aluminum sheet metal and plate. The student will be able to differentiate, select proper electrodes, shielding gases, and properly adjust parameters. Emphasis is placed on axial spray, pulse spray and short circuit mode of transfer depending on base metal. Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to weld in all positions, read some basic weld symbols, and have a basic understanding of written welding procedures.
Prerequisite: GMAW Techniques 1 (10-621-123)
FCAW Techniques
10-621-125
2
A study and operation of primarily flux cored arc welding. The student will learn about the different types of electrodes, fluxes and shielding gases used in these processes. Students will be able to weld in all positions, read some basic weld symbols, and have a basic understanding of written welding procedures.
Corequisite: Must purchase AWS Handbook by enrolling in catalog number 94-621-001.
GTAW Techniques
10-621-126
2
A study and operation of primarily gas tungsten arc welding on some mild steel, with the majority of work on stainless steel and aluminum. The student will learn about the different types of electrodes and shielding gases used in these processes. Students will be able to weld in all positions, read some basic weld symbols, and have a basic understanding of written welding procedures.
Corequisite: Must purchase AWS Handbook by enrolling in catalog number 94-621-001.
Welding Shop Drawings
10-621-133
2
Provides practice in reading shop drawings. Topics include orthographic projection, auxiliary views, revolved sections, surface and centerline relationships, scale drawing and tolerances. The student interprets detailed weld symbols using the American Welding Society standard. The course culminates with each student developing a detail drawing on the CAD system complete with weld symbols.
Electrical Theory & Maintenance for Welders
10-621-150
3
Covers electrical theory of electrical circuits and components. Students will use this knowledge to design and build relay ladder logic and programmable logic circuits to simulate an automated welding cell. Emphasis is on electrical safety and the use of safety devices in a welding cell. Students will also use their acquired electrical theory knowledge to troubleshoot welding power sources and accessories. Maintenance and care of equipment will be stressed. This knowledge will enable the student to reduce or eliminate future downtime caused by lack of maintenance and failure.
Prerequisites: GMAW Techniques 1 (10-621-123); SMAW Techniques 1 (10-621-121); Corequisite: GTAW Techniques (10-621-126)

General Studies (24 Credits)

Course Title
Course Number
Credits
Technical Reporting
10-801-197
3
Focuses on the preparation and presentation of a variety of oral and written technical reports. This course is designed as an advanced communication course for students who have completed at least the prerequisite writing course and a minimum of two semesters of relevant program course work.
Prereq: Written Communication or English Composition 1 with a grade of C or better and a minimum of 24 college credits or enrollment in UW-O Certificate or consent of instructor. Students should take this course in second semester of program courses.
College Technical Math 2
10-804-116
4
Included topics are vectors; trigonometric functions and their graphs; identities; exponential and logarithmic functions and equations; radical equations; equations with rational exponents; dimension of a circle; velocity; sine and cosine graphs; complex numbers in polar and rectangular form; trigonometric equations; conic sections; and analysis of statistical data. Emphasis will be on the application of skills to technical problems.
Prerequisite: College Technical Math 1 (10-804-115) or College Technical Math 1B (10-804-114)
Economics
10-809-195
3
Provides a foundation of economic concepts and institutions so that students can apply economic thinking to their own decisions as consumers, employees and citizens in a market-oriented economic system. Topics include supply and demand, employment, prices and production, fiscal policy, monetary policy, market structures, and international trade and finance.
Prereq: ACCPL Reading >= 54 & Sentence >= 83 OR ACT (Read/Sent) >= 18 OR Program Prep OR Not pursuing a degree. Personal/prof dev students who have not taken ACCUPLACER or ACT must consult with instructor.
Written Communication
10-801-195
3
Teaches the writing process which includes prewriting, drafting and revising. Through writing assignments, students analyze audience and purpose, research and organize ideas, and format and design documents based on subject matter and content. Class sessions and assignments involve giving oral presentations and using computers.
Prereq: ACCPL Reading >= 54 & Sentence >= 83 OR ACT (Read/Sent) >= 18 OR Program Prep OR Not pursuing a degree. Personal/prof dev students who have not taken ACCUPLACER or ACT must consult with instructor.
Oral/Interpersonal Comm
10-801-196
3
Focuses on developing various communication skills including speaking and listening. Students practice intrapersonal/interpersonal and nonverbal communication skills through oral presentations, group activities and written projects.
Prereq: ACCPL Reading >= 54 & Sentence >= 83 OR ACT (Read/Sent) >= 18 OR Program Prep OR Not pursuing a degree. Personal/prof dev students who have not taken ACCUPLACER or ACT must consult with instructor.
Psychology of Human Relations
10-809-199
3
Explores the relationship between the general principles of psychology and people's everyday lives. Students seek a deepened sense of awareness of themselves and others, and to improve their relationships at work, in the family and in society.
Prereq: ACCPL Reading >= 54 & Sentence >= 83 OR ACT (Read/Sent) >= 18 OR Program Prep OR Not pursuing a degree. Personal/prof dev students who have not taken ACCUPLACER or ACT must consult with instructor.
College Technical Math 1A
10-804-113
3
Included topics are solving linear, quadratic, and rational equations; graphing; formula rearrangement; solving systems of equations; percent; proportions; and operations on polynomials. Emphasis will be on the application of skills to technical problems. Successful completion of College Technical Math 1A and College Technical Math 1B is the equivalent of College Technical Math 1.
Prereq: ACCPL Arithmetic >= 65 OR ACT Math >= 18 OR Program Prep OR Not pursuing a degree. Personal/prof dev students who have not taken ACCUPLACER or ACT must consult with instructor at the first class.
College Technical Math 1B
10-804-114
2
Continuation of College Technical Math 1A. Topics include measurement systems; computational geometry; right and oblique triangle trigonometry; and trigonometric functions on the unit circle. Emphasis will be on the application of skills to technical problems. Successful completion of College Technical Math 1A and College Technical Math 1B is the equivalent of College Technical Math 1.
Prerequisite: College Technical Math 1A (10-804-113)

Suggested Electives (6 Credits)

Course Title
Course Number
Credits
Fabrication Techniques 2
10-457-154
2
Allows students to fabricate and weld parts from a simple sketch that requires mathematical calculations. Cutting and forming may be required prior to assembly. Depending on the project, students may be asked to work in a team to complete an assignment. As time allows, students may also design and fabricate an individual project. It is recommended that students have completed or be enrolled in the following courses: Manufacturing Techniques 2 (10-457-152); Math-Technical Basic (10-804-125) or Math-Technical 1 (10-804-121).
Prerequisite: Manufacturing Processes (10-457-160); Welding Shop Drawings (10-621-133) or Welding BPR & Symbols; Fabrication Techniques 1 (10-457-153)
Pattern Drafting Processes
10-457-162
2
Covers the fundamentals of parallel line, radial line and triangulation. Both hand drawing pattern development with a computer and software pattern development are emphasized. Students transfer drawings to sheet metal and fabricate fittings. Fittings are joined by welding. When enrolling in this course, it is required that the student has taken or is concurrently taking Cutting Processes (10-457-161) and Welding BPR & Symbols (10-621-133).
Prerequisite: Welding Shop Drawings (10-621-133); Corequisite: Cutting Processes (10-457-161)
Manufacturing Enterprise
10-457-163
2
Covers the methods and process involved in manufacturing production parts. The course is set up to operate like a production fabrication facility where the student fabricates a product based on customer's specification. Products that are developed must meet customer's quality expectations. When enrolling in this course, it is required that the student has taken or is concurrently taking Fabrication Techniques 1 (10-457-153) and Manufacturing Processes (10-457-160).
Prerequisites: Manufacturing Processes (10-457-160); Cutting Processes (10-457-161)

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