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Welding Technology, Industrial

10-621-1 Associate Degree (AAS) 69 Credits Financial Aid Eligible Locations*: Appleton, Oshkosh

*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

*Course list for reference only. Current students please refer to your individualized program plan or see your advisor.

Technical Studies (48 Credits)

Course Title
Course Number
Credits
Welding/Metal Fab Intro & Safety
10-621-105
1
Provides instruction in welding and metal fabrication safety. Students will identify environmental work and personnel hazards common with the industry and proper personal protection methods. Students will also perform common tasks essential to utilization of the welding and metal fabrication lab.
Weld Print Reading
10-621-108
1
Provides practice in reading shop drawings. Topics include orthographic projection, auxiliary views, revolved sections, surface and centerline relationships, isometric drawings, scale drawing and tolerances.
Corequisite: Weld/Metal Fab Intro & Safety (10621105)
Weld Symbols
10-621-114
1
Teaches students to interpret detailed weld symbols using the American Welding Society standard.
Corequisite: Weld/Metal Fab Intro & Safety (10621105)
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: Welding & Metal Fab Intro & Safety (10621105)
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.
Corequisite: Welding & Metal Fab Intro & Safety (10621105) and GMAW Techniques 1 (10621123)
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: Weld/Metal Fab Intro & Safety (10-621-105)
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: Welding & Metal Fab Intro & Safety (10621105)
Robotic Arc Welding, Basic
10-621-127
2
Provides a survey of multiple robot programs, safety and safety systems, learning maintenance, and program editing. Students will work with robot fixtures using the GMAW process.
Corequisite: Welding & Metal Fab Intro & Safety (10621105) and GMAW Techniques 1 (10621123) OR FCAW Techniques (10621125)
Manufacturing Enterprises for Fabrication
10-457-131
3
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.
Prereq: ACCPL Arith >= 65 OR ACT Math >= 18 OR Program Prep, Weld Print Read, Weld Symbols, GMAW Tech 1, GMAW Tech 2, FCAW Tech, GTAW Tech, and Bsc Robotic Arc Weld; Coreq: Cutting Processes, Manufacturing Processes, College Mathmatics
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).
Prereq: ACCPL Arith >= 65 OR ACT Math >= 18 OR Program Prep, Weld Print Read, Weld Symbols, GMAW Tech 1, GMAW Tech 2, FCAW Tech, GTAW Tech, and Bsc Robotic Arc Weld; Coreq: College Mathmatics
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.
Prereq: ACCPL Arith >= 65 OR ACT Math >= 18 OR Program Prep, Weld Print Read, Weld Symbols, GMAW Tech 1, GMAW Tech 2, FCAW Tech, GTAW Tech, and Bsc Robotic Arc Weld; Coreq: 2D/3D CAD Model for Welders OR Wlding Shop Drawings
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: Welding & Metal Fab Intro & Safety (10621105)
Pipe Welding Techniques
10-621-128
2
Teaches students how to weld pipe using welding processes including GMAW, FCAW and GTAW. The students will be able to interpret a written welding procedure. Emphasis will be placed on ASME Section 9. Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to weld pipe in all positions.
Prereq: Weld Print Read, Weld Symbols, GMAW Tech 1, GMAW Tech 2, FCAW Tech, GTAW Tech, and Bsc Robotic Arc Weld; Coreq: SMAW Techniques 1
2D/3D CAD Modeling for Welders
10-621-129
2
Provides instruction and practice in using current computer automated drafting and modeling software. Each student will develop a detailed drawing on the CAD system, complete with weld symbols and a modeled representation of a product design suitable for production.
Prerequisite: Weld Print Reading (10621108) and Weld Symbols (10621114)
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: Weld Print Reading (10-621-108) and Weld Symbols (10-621-114); Corequisite: Cutting Processes (10-457-161)
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.
Prerequisite: SMAW Techniques 1 (10-621-121); Corequisite: Welding Metallurgy (10-621-116)
Advanced Manufacturing Processes
10-457-141
2
Covers advanced fabricating methods and processes involved in manufacturing. The course is set up to operate like a production fabrication facility where the student researches, designs, and fabricates a product based on customer's specifications. Products that are developed must meet customer's quality expectations.
Prerequisite: Manufacturing Enterprises (10457131), and Welding Metallurgy (10621116); Corequisite: Advanced Welding Processes (10621140)
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 (10621123); Prerequisite: Manufacturing Enterprises for Fabrication (10457131)
Welding NDE, Codes & Testing
10-621-134
3
Provides an overview of welding codes and nondestructive examination (NDE). Covers the study of specific welding code and includes cutting, polishing, and testing weldments per code. NDE focuses on Visual Examination, Liquid Penetrant, Magnetic Particle, and Ultrasonic Testing. Instruction includes both theoretical and hands-on NDE methodology.
Prerequisite: Welding Processing, Design & Costs (10621115)
Advanced Welding Processes
10-621-140
2
Covers advanced welding methods and processes involved in manufacturing. The course is set up to operate like a production fabrication facility where the student researches, designs, and fabricates a product based on customer's specification. Products that are developed must meet customer's quality expectations.
Prerequisite: Manufacturing Enterprises (10457131), and Welding Metallurgy (10621116); Corequisite: Advanced Manufacturing Processes (10457141)
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 (21 Credits)

Course Title
Course Number
Credits
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/Engl) >= 18 OR Program Prep OR Not pursuing a degree.
College Mathematics
10-804-107
3
Designed to review and develop fundamental concepts of mathematics pertinent to the areas of arithmetic and algebra; geometry and trigonometry; and probability and statistics. Special emphasis is placed on problem solving, critical thinking and logical reasoning, making connections, and using calculators.
Prereq: ACCPL Arithmetic >= 65 OR ACT Math >= 18 OR Program Prep OR Not enrolled in a program.
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/Engl) >= 18 OR Program Prep OR Not pursuing a degree.
Survey of Physics
10-806-139
3
Emphasizes understanding basic physics concepts through laboratory investigation and applications. Topics include kinematics, dynamics, work, energy, power, temperature, heat, waves, electricity, magnetism, electromagnetic waves, optics, and atomic and nuclear physics.
Prerequisite: College Technical Math 1A (10-804-113) or College Mathematics (10-804-107) or College Technical Math 1 (10-804-115) or instructor approval
Contemporary Amer Society
10-809-197
3
Analyzes public policy issues relating to government, media, education, family and the workplace. This course also looks at the impact of global, multicultural and technological trends on American life and explores these issues by using critical thinking skills, advocating points of view, and participating in political processes.
Prereq: ACCPL Reading >= 54 & Sentence >= 83 OR ACT (Read/Engl) >= 18 OR Program Prep OR Not pursuing a degree.
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 Comm or English Comp 1 with a C or better and a minimum of 24 college credits OR active in UW-O Cert. AODA students have additional coreq of Assessment & Diagnosis of Substance Abuse. OTA students have coreq of OT Theory & Practice.
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/Engl) >= 18 OR Program Prep OR Not pursuing a degree.

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