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Fundamentals of Structural Welding Certificate
Semester Hours:  16
Effective Term: Fall 2020
Prerequisites: None.
Corequisites: None.

Program Description: The Fundamentals of Structural Welding Certificate prepares students for employment as an entry level welder and welder helper. Topics include such welding skills as Flux Cored Arc Welding, Shielded Metal Arc Welding, Gas Metal Arc Welding, industrial safety, thermal cutting processes, interpretation of structural drawings, and introduction to fabrication. A typical graduate seeks employment in mining, steel fabrication, steel erection, and manufacturing industries. After completion of this certificate, students may continue on to an Advanced Structural Welding and Fabrication Certificate, or an AAS in Structural Welding Technology.

Recommended Proficiencies: High school welding or agriculture program.

Course Requirements
Fundamentals of Structural Welding Certificate
Total Credits: 16

WLD110 Survey of Welding Processes (3)
WLD118 Physical; Characteristics and Mechanical Properties of Metals (1)
WLD130 Intro to Flux Cored Arc Welding and Fabrication (6)
WLD230 Advanced Flux Cored Arc Welding (6)

Students must earn:
-a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of at least a 2.0 on a 4.0 scale;
-a minimum of 3 earned CAC credits numbered 100 or above;
-a minimum of 16 semester credits.
Program Measurable Student Learning Outcomes
1. (Synthesis Level) Incorporate skills into projects related to applied science, basic computers, applied mathematics and measurements, reading for information, business writing, listening and following directions, locating and using information, and public speaking and presenting 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), Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW), 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 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)
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)
7. (Comprehension Level) A focus on the understanding and interpretation of structural fabrication, steel erection, and structural contract drawings. (CSLO 2,3,4)
Standards for Program
Proficiencies will be met according to the standards set by the National Center for Construction Education and Research NCCER.org
American Welding Society Standards http://www.aws.org/education/Sense