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Welding/Metal Fab Technician

32-621-1 Technical Diploma (TD) Part Time, Full Time 54 Credits Financial Aid Eligible Times of Day: Day, Evening Locations*: Appleton, Oshkosh

*If general education courses are required, they may be available at multiple locations.

As a welding and metal fabrication technician, you will be well-prepared to be the next generation of in-demand, highly skilled technicians. In this program, you’ll work with a variety of metals and will learn to produce and assemble structural metal products for industrial manufacturing. You will learn how to plan, develop and implement a production cycle from concept and CAD design through all the fabrication stages such as press brake, tube bending, laser and water jet, and final welding stages. Your training will encompass a thorough understanding of typical manufacturing processes. You’ll also cover robotic arc welding, electrical safety, material properties and welding codes.

COURSE LIST

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Course list for reference only. Current students please refer to your individualized program plan or see your advisor.
**Outside effort hours are an estimate based on state standards, and may vary from person to person.

    Occupational Specific (45 Credits)

    Course Title
    Course Number
    Credits
    Instructional Hours
    Outside Effort Hours**
    Prior Learning Credit Eligibility
  • SMAW Techniques 1
    10-442-121
    2Credit
    72
    36

    • Instructional Hours: 72
    • Outside Effort Hours: 36
    • Course Number: 10442121
    • Credits: 2.00

    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.

    Coreq: Student has completed or is simultaneously enrolling in ANY of the following options:

    • METALS 10621105 - Weld/Metal Fab Intro & Safety

    • Student is not in progress in Associate Degree, Apprenticeship, or Technical Diploma (31 or 32 level)

  • GMAW Techniques 1
    10-442-123
    2Credit
    72
    36

    • Instructional Hours: 72
    • Outside Effort Hours: 36
    • Course Number: 10442123
    • Credits: 2.00

    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.

    Coreq: Student has completed or is simultaneously enrolling in ANY of the following options:

    • METALS 10621105 - Weld/Metal Fab Intro & Safety

    • Student is not in progress in Associate Degree, Apprenticeship, or Technical Diploma (31 or 32 level)

  • GMAW Techniques 2
    10-442-124
    2Credit
    72
    36
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 72
    • Outside Effort Hours: 36
    • Course Number: 10442124
    • Credits: 2.00

    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.

    Coreq: Student has completed or is simultaneously enrolling in ALL of the following:

    • METALS 10442123 - GMAW Techniques 1

    • METALS 10621105 - Weld/Metal Fab Intro & Safety

  • FCAW Techniques
    10-442-125
    2Credit
    72
    36

    • Instructional Hours: 72
    • Outside Effort Hours: 36
    • Course Number: 10442125
    • Credits: 2.00

    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.

    Coreq: Student has completed or is simultaneously enrolling in ANY of the following options:

    • METALS 10621105 - Weld/Metal Fab Intro & Safety

    • Student is not in progress in Associate Degree, Apprenticeship, or Technical Diploma (31 or 32 level)

  • GTAW Techniques
    10-442-126
    2Credit
    72
    36

    • Instructional Hours: 72
    • Outside Effort Hours: 36
    • Course Number: 10442126
    • Credits: 2.00

    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.

    Coreq: Student has completed or is simultaneously enrolling in ANY of the following options:

    • METALS 10621105 - Weld/Metal Fab Intro & Safety

    • Student is not in progress in Associate Degree, Apprenticeship, or Technical Diploma (31 or 32 level)

  • Robotic Arc Welding, Basic
    10-442-127
    2Credit
    72
    36
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 72
    • Outside Effort Hours: 36
    • Course Number: 10442127
    • Credits: 2.00

    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.

    Coreq: Student has completed or is simultaneously enrolling in ANY of the following options:

    • METALS 10442123 - GMAW Techniques 1

    • Student is not in progress in Associate Degree, Apprenticeship, or Technical Diploma (31 or 32 level)

  • Pipe Welding Techniques
    10-442-128
    2Credit
    72
    36
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 72
    • Outside Effort Hours: 36
    • Course Number: 10442128
    • Credits: 2.00

    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: Student has completed or is in process of completing ALL of the following:

    • METALS 10442123 - GMAW Techniques 1

    • METALS 10442125 - FCAW Techniques

    • METALS 10442126 - GTAW Techniques

    • METALS 10621108 - Weld Print Reading

    • METALS 10621114 - Weld Symbols

  • Manufacturing Enterprises for Fabrication
    10-457-131
    3Credit
    108
    54
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 108
    • Outside Effort Hours: 54
    • Course Number: 10457131
    • Credits: 3.00

    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: Student has completed or is in process of completing ANY of the following option:

    Coreq: Student has completed or is simultaneously enrolling in ALL of the following:

    • METALS 10457160 - Manufacturing Processes

    • METALS 10457161 - Cutting Processes

    • MATH 10804107 - College Mathematics

  • Advanced Manufacturing Processes
    10-457-141
    2Credit
    72
    36
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 72
    • Outside Effort Hours: 36
    • Course Number: 10457141
    • Credits: 2.00

    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.

    Prereq: Student has completed or is in process of completing ALL of the following:

    • METALS 10457131 - Manufacturing Enterprises Fab

  • Manufacturing Processes
    10-457-160
    2Credit
    72
    36
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 72
    • Outside Effort Hours: 36
    • Course Number: 10457160
    • Credits: 2.00

    Covers punching, 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: Student has completed or is in process of completing ALL of the following:

    • Accuplacer Arithmetic 263+ OR HS GPA 2.75+ OR ACT Math 18+ OR Arithmetic Level 2 Coursework

    • METALS 10442123 - GMAW Techniques 1

    • METALS 10621108 - Weld Print Reading

    • METALS 10621114 - Weld Symbols

    Coreq: Student has completed or is simultaneously enrolling in ALL of the following:

    • MATH 10804107 - College Mathematics

  • Cutting Processes
    10-457-161
    2Credit
    72
    36
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 72
    • Outside Effort Hours: 36
    • Course Number: 10457161
    • Credits: 2.00

    Covers shearing, sawing, 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: Student has completed or is in process of completing ALL of the following: 

    • Accuplacer Arithmetic 263+ OR HS GPA 2.75+ OR ACT Math 18+ OR Arithmetic Level 2 Coursework

    • METALS 10442123 - GMAW Techniques 1

    • METALS 10621108 - Weld Print Reading

    • METALS 10621114 - Weld Symbols

    Coreq: Student has completed or is simultaneously enrolling in ANY of the following options:

    • METALS 10621129 - 2D/3D CAD Modeling for Welders

    • METALS 10621133 - Welding Shop Drawings

  • Pattern Drafting Processes
    10-457-162
    2Credit
    72
    36
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 72
    • Outside Effort Hours: 36
    • Course Number: 10457162
    • Credits: 2.00

    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).

    Prereq: Student has completed or is in process of completing ALL of the following:

    • METALS 10621108 - Weld Print Reading

    • METALS 10621114 - Weld Symbols

    Coreq: Student has completed or is simultaneously enrolling in ALL of the following:

    • METALS 10457161 - Cutting Processes

  • Welding/Metal Fab Intro & Safety
    10-621-105
    1Credit
    27
    27
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 27
    • Outside Effort Hours: 27
    • Course Number: 10621105
    • Credits: 1.00

    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
    1Credit
    27
    27

    • Instructional Hours: 27
    • Outside Effort Hours: 27
    • Course Number: 10621108
    • Credits: 1.00

    Provides practice in reading shop drawings. Topics include orthographic projection, auxiliary views, revolved sections, surface and centerline relationships, isometric drawings, scale drawing and tolerances.

    Coreq: Student has completed or is simultaneously enrolling in ALL of the following:

    • METALS 10621105 - Weld/Metal Fab Intro & Safety​

  • Robotic Arc Welding, Advanced
    10-621-113
    2Credit
    54
    54
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 54
    • Course Number: 10621113
    • Credits: 2.00

    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.

    Prereq: Student has completed or is in process of completing ALL of the following:

    • METALS 10442127 - Robotic Arc Welding, Basic

  • Weld Symbols
    10-621-114
    1Credit
    27
    27

    • Instructional Hours: 27
    • Outside Effort Hours: 27
    • Course Number: 10621114
    • Credits: 1.00

    Teaches students to interpret detailed weld symbols using the American Welding Society standard.

    Coreq: Student has completed or is simultaneously enrolling in ANY of the following options:

    • METALS 10621105 - Weld/Metal Fab Intro & Safety

    • Student is not in progress in Associate Degree, Apprenticeship, or Technical Diploma (31 or 32 level)

  • Welding Processes, Design & Costs
    10-621-115
    2Credit
    54
    54
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 54
    • Course Number: 10621115
    • Credits: 2.00

    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.

    Coreq: Student has completed or is simultaneously enrolling in ALL of the following:

    • METALS 10442123 - GMAW Techniques 1

    • MATH 10804107 - College Mathematics

  • Welding Metallurgy
    10-621-116
    3Credit
    72
    90
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 72
    • Outside Effort Hours: 90
    • Course Number: 10621116
    • Credits: 3.00

    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
    3Credit
    72
    90
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 72
    • Outside Effort Hours: 90
    • Course Number: 10621117
    • Credits: 3.00

    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.

    Prereq: Student has completed or is in process of completing ALL of the following:

    • METALS 10442121 - SMAW Techniques 1

    Coreq: Student has completed or is simultaneously enrolling in ALL of the following:

    • METALS 10621116 - Welding Metallurgy

  • 2D/3D CAD Modeling for Welders
    10-621-129
    2Credit
    54
    54
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 54
    • Course Number: 10621129
    • Credits: 2.00

    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.

    Prereq: Student has completed or is in process of completing ALL of the following:

    • METALS 10621108 - Weld Print Reading

    • METALS 10621114 - Weld Symbols

  • Welding NDE, Codes & Testing
    10-621-134
    3Credit
    72
    90
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 72
    • Outside Effort Hours: 90
    • Course Number: 10621134
    • Credits: 3.00

    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.

    Prereq: Student has completed or is in process of completing ALL of the following:

    • METALS 10621115 - Welding Proc, Design & Costs

  • Advanced Welding Processes
    10-621-140
    2Credit
    72
    36
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 72
    • Outside Effort Hours: 36
    • Course Number: 10621140
    • Credits: 2.00

    Covers the advantages and disadvantages of advanced GMAW and GTAW pulsing and waveforms available with modern welding power sources. Students will use the lab to compare standard welding techniques to advanced pulsing or waveforms. Students will develop welding parameters that meet the required structural, cosmetic and/or mechanical specifications.

    Prereq: Student has completed or is in process of completing ALL of the following:

    • METALS 10442123 - GMAW Techniques 1

    • METALS 10442124 - GMAW Techniques 2

    • METALS 10442126 - GTAW Techniques

    Coreq: Student has completed or is simultaneously enrolling in ALL of the following:

    • SCIENCE 10806139 - Survey of Physics

    Occupational Supportive (9 Credits)

    Course Title
    Course Number
    Credits
    Instructional Hours
    Outside Effort Hours**
    Prior Learning Credit Eligibility
  • College Mathematics
    10-804-107
    3Credit
    54
    108
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 108
    • Course Number: 10804107
    • Credits: 3.00

    This course is designed to review and develop fundamental concepts of mathematics in the areas of algebra, geometry, trigonometry, measurement and data. Algebra topics emphasize simplifying algebraic expressions, solving linear equations and inequalities with one variable, solving proportions and percent applications. Geometry and trigonometry topics include; finding areas and volumes of geometric figures, applying similar and congruent triangles, applying Pythagorean Theorem, and solving right triangles using trigonometric ratios. Measurement topics emphasize the application of measurement concepts and conversion techniques within and between U.S. customary and metric system to solve problems. Data topics emphasize data organization and summarization skills, including: frequency distributions, central tendency, relative position and measures of dispersion. Special emphasis is placed on problem solving, critical thinking and logical reasoning, making connections, and using calculators.

    Prereq: Student has completed or is in process of completing ANY of the following options:

    • Accuplacer Arithmetic 263+ OR HS GPA 2.75+ OR ACT Math 18+ OR Arithmetic Level 2 Coursework

    • Student is not in progress in Associate Degree, Apprenticeship, or Technical Diploma (31 or 32 level)

  • Survey of Physics
    10-806-139
    3Credit
    72
    90
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 72
    • Outside Effort Hours: 90
    • Course Number: 10806139
    • Credits: 3.00

    This course 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.

    Prereq: Student has completed or is in process of completing ANY of the following options:

    • MATH 10804107 - College Mathematics

    • MATH 10804113 - College Technical Math 1A

    • MATH 10804115 - College Technical Math 1

    • MATH 10804197 - College Algebra & Trig w Apps

    • Instructor Consent

  • Think Critically & Creatively
    10-809-103
    3Credit
    54
    108
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 108
    • Course Number: 10809103
    • Credits: 3.00

    Provides instruction about critical and creative thinking that is in high demand in all occupations. Models, theories, and processes provide the foundation for learning logical thinking strategies. Students will apply a systematic approach to problem solving by analyzing the problem, assessing possible solutions, and making effective decisions. In addition, students will generate ideas and analyze complex issues. This course assists students with developing a critical thinking mindset which is essential at every level of personal and professional life.

    Prereq: Student has completed or is in process of completing ALL of the following:

    OR ALL of the following:

    • Student is not in progress in Associate Degree, Apprenticeship, or Technical Diploma (31 or 32 level)

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