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Fundamentals of Arc Welding Certificate
Semester Hours:  15
Effective Term: Spring 2018
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None

Program Description: The Fundamentals of Arc Welding Certificate prepares students for employment as an entry level welder and welder helper. Topics include the welding processes of shielded metal arc welding, gas metal arc welding, and blueprint reading. A typical graduate seeks employment in mining, steel fabrication, steel erection, and manufacturing industries. After completion of this certificate, students may continue on to a Structural Welding Certificate, a Pipe Welding Certificate, or an AAS in Welding Technology.

Recommended Proficiencies: None

Course Requirements
Fundamentals of Arc Welding Certificate
Total Credits: 15

Core Requirements (15)

WLD 121 Shielded Metal Arc Welding I (3)
WLD 122 Shielded Metal Arc Welding II (3)
WLD 128 Blueprint Reading for Welders (3)
WLD 222 Gas Metal Arc Welding (3)
WLD 225 Shielded Metal Arc Welding III (3)

Students must earn:
-a grade of C or better in all required courses;
-a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of at least a 2.0 on a 4.0 scale;
-at least one-third of the certificate credits from CAC.

Program Measurable Student Learning Outcomes
1. (Synthesis Level) Incorporate skills into projects related to applied science, basic computers, applied mathematics/measurements, reading for information, business writing, listening and following directions, locating/using information, and speaking/presentation skills. (CSLO 2,3)

2. (Application Level) Demonstrate proficiency using the most common welding and cutting processes. (CSLO 2,3)

3. (Application Level) Demonstrate the safe use and storage of welding equipment and tools. (CSLO 2,3)

4. (Synthesis Level) Perform competencies in safety and health, drawing and symbols, Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW), Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW), Thermal Cutting, Oxygen Fuel Cutting (OFC), Plasma Arc Cutting (PAC), Carbon Arc Cutting (CAC), and Inspection. (CSLO 2,4)

5. (Synthesis Level) Create completed projects by demonstrating proficient techniques in SMAW, GMAW, thermal cutting, OFC, PAC, CAC, and inspection. (CSLO 2)

6. (Evaluation Level) Demonstrate, evaluate, and explain weld imperfections and their causes. Explain the importance of quality workmanship and how imperfections or incorrect welding techniques may impact society. Demonstrate consistent, high-quality workmanship to ensure public safety and to protect the environment. (CSLO 1)
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