Welding Technology Degree

Welding Technology Degree at Harper College

Earn your degree in welding technology

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  • Construction
  • Fabrication
  • Manufacturing
  • Welding

Prepare for a career in welding technology with this 60-credit- hour degree program. Welding and fabrication are fast-growing fields, and individuals with skills in these areas are in high demand among employers. When you graduate from this program, you’ll be prepared to secure full-time employment as a welder, fabricator or welder supervisor in the manufacturing or construction industry. Additionally, completion of this program allows you to become a certified welder.

Take classes in welding, prints and schematics, advanced blueprint reading, cutting processes, welding fabrication, applied welding theory, welding power sources and more. You’ll also complete a variety of technical elective courses. All classes are taught by knowledgeable instructors who are highly skilled in the welding and fabrication fields.

AAS Degree program requirements

This 60 credit-hour program prepares students for employment in the high demand welding and fabrication sector of the economy. Graduates may find employment as welders, fabricators and welder supervisors in the manufacturing and construction industries.

FIRST SEMESTER:

All WLD courses are offered in an 8-week scheduling format.

Number Course Title Credits Category
ENG 101 3 Communications

Description: Emphasizes the writing of expository prose. Introduction to the critical reading of nonfiction prose. IAI C1 900

Prerequisite: ENG 100 with a grade of C or better. Other placement options. ENG_Placement_Grid.pdf ESL students need one of the following options: ESL 073 and ESL 074 with grades of B or better; ESL 073 and ESL 086 with grades of B or better; ESL 073 and ESL 099 with grades of B or better; ESL 073 with required writing placement test score; or ESL 074 with required reading placement test score.

MFT 134 3 Program Requirement

Description: Provides students in the machine trades the basic skills required for visualizing and interpreting industrial prints. Emphasizes orthographic projection techniques of top, front, side, and section views, tolerancing, geometric dimensioning and the impact of computer drafting as related to the machine trades.

MTH 097 1 3 Mathematics

Description: Reviews arithmetic, introduces basic algebraic and right triangle trigonometric techniques. Includes arithmetic, elementary algebra, geometry, ratio and proportions, measurements, right triangle trigonometry and their application to solve a variety of career and technical problems. Draws practical problems the student’s career area, including emergency services, graphic communications, building trades, culinary arts and information technology. Intended for students pursuing Harper degrees and certificates in career program fields. This course: is not transferable, does not satisfy the prerequisite for any other mathematics course, and does not satisfy any general education requirements.

WLD 110 3 Program Requirement

Description: Covers fundamentals of oxyacetylene welding theory and practices and beginning electric welding. Includes arc welding and gas welding, brazing and cutting in the horizontal position.

WLD 210 3 Program Requirement

Description: Covers advanced welding theory and practice in arc welding. Provides experience in MIG and TIG (Heliarc) techniques. Includes an introduction to strength of weld testing.

Prerequisite: WLD 110 with a grade of C or better, or consent of instructor.

SECOND SEMESTER:

All WLD courses are offered in an 8-week scheduling format.

Number Course Title Credits Category
Communications elective2 3 Communications
Natural Science or Social and Behavioral Science+ 3 Natural Science or Social and Behavioral Science
WLD 211 4 Program Requirement

Description: Covers advanced welding theory and extensive practice in major arc welding process. Provides experience in advanced GMAW (gas metal arc welding), FCAW (flux cored arc welding), GTAW (gas tungsten arc welding) and other arc welding techniques. Plasma arc and air carbon arc cutting will be included.

Prerequisite: WLD 210 with a grade of C or better, or consent of program coordinator.

WLD 212 4 Program Requirement

Description: Covers advanced out-of-position and multi-pass arc welding including GMAW (gas metal arc welding), SMAW (shielded metal arc welding) and GTAW (gas tungsten arc welding). Emphasizes working from blueprints and development of welding skills necessary to pass welder qualification tests. Students must pass guided bend tests to become “certified welders” in accordance with the AWS (American Welding Society) D1.1 Structural Welding Code.

Prerequisite: WLD 211 with a grade of C or better, or consent of program coordinator.

WLD 225 2 Program Requirement

Description: Teaches the student to become proficient in reading more complex welding blueprints. The student will learn the symbols specific to welding blueprints. Emphasizes developing the ability to transfer the two-dimensional print to the actual three-dimensional object.

Prerequisite: MFT 134 and WLD 210 with grades of C or better.

THIRD SEMESTER:

All WLD courses are offered in an 8-week scheduling format.

Number Course Title Credits Category
Technical elective3 6 Program Requirement
WLD 240 3 Program Requirement

Description: Allows the student an opportunity to gain proficiency in all major industrial arc, oxy-fuel, and mechanical cutting processes-manual, semi-automatic and automatic. Processes include Plasma Arc, Air Carbon Arc, Shielded Metal Arc, Exothermic, and Oxy-Fuel cutting; optical tracers; and CNC controls.

Prerequisite: WLD 210 with a grade of C or better.

WLD 249 3 Program Requirement

Description: Provides both lab and classroom experience to cover the basic theory of all major welding processes. Covers shielded metal arc welding, gas tungsten arc welding, flux core arc welding, submerged arc welding, plasma arc welding and oxyacetylene welding.

Prerequisite: WLD 210 with a grade of C or better.

WLD 253 3 Program Requirement

Description: Familiarizes the student with the difference between types of welding power sources. The student will learn through lab experiences the proper set-up and fine-tuning techniques which will result in a quality weld. Covers selection, use, troubleshooting and maintenance of major welding equipment.

Prerequisite: WLD 210 with a grade of C or better.

FOURTH SEMESTER:

All WLD courses are offered in an 8-week scheduling format.

Number Course Title Credits Category
Natural Science or Social and Behavioral Science+ 3 Natural Science or Social and Behavioral Science
Technical elective3 3 Program Requirement
WLD 245 4 Program Requirement

Description: Provides hands-on experience constructing welding projects employing arc, oxy-acetylene, gas metal arc (mig), gas tungsten arc (tig), or a combination of these welding processes using a welding blueprint as a guide.

Prerequisite: WLD 211 and WLD 240 with grades of C or better.

WLD 250 4 Program Requirement

Description: Prepares the student to construct welding projects employing arc, oxyacetylene, gas metal arc (MIG), gas tungsten arc (TIG), or any combination of these welding processes using a welding blueprint as a guide. Covers advanced fabrication techniques including rolling, forming and bending.

Prerequisite: WLD 211 and WLD 245 with grades of C or better.

1 - Students may take MTH 097, MTH 101, MTH 103 or higher.

2 - Students may take ENG 103 or SPE 101.

+ - At least one of the Humanities or Social and Behavioral Science requirements must also meet the World Cultures and Diversity graduation requirement. See full list of AAS General Education Electives.

3 - Technical electives: MFT 105, MFT 120, MFT 265, WLD 246, WLD 248, WLD 260, WLD 261, WLD 285.

Program learning outcomes

Upon completion of the AAS in Welding Technology, students should:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of welding and material standards.
  • Be able to work from blueprints and welder procedure specification sheets (WPS).
  • Demonstrate proficiency in all forms of arc welding in all positions.
  • Be able to pass guided bend tests for one (GMAW) and one (SMAW) WPS (become certified welder).
  • Identify type of material and best method of welding.
  • Operate cutting equipment in a safe and efficient manner while accomplishing meaningful work.
  • Produce quality fabricated metal products.
  • Understand visual inspection and quality control.
  • Understand selection, installation and maintenance of welding equipment.
  • Be able to troubleshoot common problems with welding equipment.

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Next steps

For more information about earning a welding degree at Harper College, contact Admission Outreach at 847.925.6700, or submit a request information form. You can also apply online.