The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Welding provides the training for entry-level employment and offers the technical knowledge necessary for career advancement. Coupled with experience, the program prepares students for manufacturing employment opportunities in industry, private enterprise, supervision, and/or advanced welding technologies. The program will guide the students in developing basic pipe welding and fitting skills and introduces advanced techniques aligned with industry standards. These opportunities include welding, fabrication, inspection, estimating, and technical sales.
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According to the American Welding Society, by the year 2020 there will be a skills shortage of 291,000 jobs in the welding and fabrication and related fields.
Students are required to complete the College's placement process to determine skill level and readiness in math, reading and writing. As part of their training program, students must begin with the courses within their skill level as determined by the placement process.
Because a variety of working conditions exist in the welding field, a person generally should be in good physical condition and able to stand, stoop, kneel and bend without difficulty and be able to lift and carry at least 50 pounds. Good eyesight, especially depth perception, is necessary for a welder.
By the second week of the term, students will need to purchase the proper PPE (personal protective equipment) required for the term. Required PPE includes: Welding hood, leathers or welding jacket, gauntlet gloves, safety glasses (clear and shade 5), and leather boots (steel toe is preferred).
The AAS Welding is an American Welding Society (AWS) entry-level welding certified program. Successfully completing the AWS portion of each welding course also qualifies the student for a Certificate of Completion from the AWS as an entry-level welder – a nationally recognized certificate.
Students must complete a minimum of 90 credit hours with a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 or better. All courses in this program must be completed with a grade of ‘C’ or better. Twenty-four (24) credits must be completed at Southwestern before the AAS Welding degree is awarded.
Complete the graduation application process one term prior to the term of completion (e.g., spring term graduates must apply during winter term).
Students are required to take the following courses prior to the program courses, depending on students' college placement information. See advisor for details:
|CIS90||Computer Basics (or demonstrate proficiency)||2|
|WR90R||Academic Literacy (or placement in higher writing course)||4|
|MTH55||Introductory Technical Mathematics||4|
|WLD100||Welding Process I||3|
|WLD101||Shielded Metal Arc Welding||6|
|WR115||Introduction to Expository Writing 1||3|
|MTH80||Technical Mathematics I||4|
|WLD102||Welding Lab A||3|
|WLD103||Gas Metal Arc Welding||3|
|WLD104||Flux Forded Arc Welding||3|
|WLD110||Welding Cert for 1st Year||3|
|BA110||Group Dynamics for Teams 2||3|
|WLD105||Pipe Fitting and Welding I||3|
|WLD106||Welding Lab B||3|
|WLD107||Gas Tungsten Arc Welding||3|
|WLD150||Welding & Joining Processes||3|
|WLD202||Forklift Operator Training and Cert||1|
|CIS120||Concepts of Computing||4|
|MT101||Machine Tool Processes I||3|
|WLD201||Pipe Fitting and Welding II||3|
|WLD4155||Fitting & Fabrication||3|
|MT102||Machine Tool Processes II||3|
|PE231||Wellness for Life 3||3|
|WLD203||Advanced Individual Welding||3|
|WLD4152||Advanced Pipe Fitting and Fab||3|
|WLD205||The Welding Business||3|
|WLD210||Welding Cert for 2nd Year||3|
|WLD4153||Pipe Fitting Workshop: Certification||3|
|Specific Elective 4||3|
|Required Program Course - Speech 5||3|
BA120 Leadership Development, BA285 Human Relations in Organizations, PSY100 Introduction to Psychology, PSY201 General Psychology, PSY201H General Psychology w/Honors, PSY203 General Psychology, or PSY203H General Psychology w/Honors may be substituted for BA110 Group Dynamics for Teams.
Any MFG, MT, WLD, or DRFT course not otherwise included in the degree to meet the requirement.
Program Student Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be able to:
- Set up and operate manual and semi-automatic welding and cutting equipment used in the metal fabrication industry.
- Perform basic layout and fabrication skills to produce welded metal parts and projects.
- Read and interpret blueprints and American Welding Society standard welding symbols.
- Perform as a team member and practice skills that reflect professional and ethical behavior in the workplace.
- Demonstrate ability to fit, layout, and weld pipe in accordance to industry AWS and API standards.