Information about this exciting field:
Welding is the process of joining (heating and melting) metal parts using high-intensity heat, creating a permanent, strong bond. It’s used to join beams in the construction of buildings; to construct and repair parts of cars, airplanes, and ships; and to fabricate bridges, pipelines, and many other types of structures. Some welders use their tools to cut metal into pieces, as required by blueprints or design, to create beautiful ornamental structures. Precision and safety are always key considerations in this highly diversified field.
Is this program for me?
The Welding and Joining Technology program includes training in shielding metal arc, oxyacetylene, tungsten inert gas, metallic inert gas, oxyfuel gas cutting, plasma arc cutting, and gouging. Students learn about metals, electrodes, and filler materials. In addition to classroom training, major emphasis is placed on the development of welding skills through actual hands-on practice. A full-time student who needs no preparatory coursework in English, math or reading and maintains satisfactory progress can complete the Welding and Joining Technology Diploma in four semesters. Here are some qualities and skills that are essential for the successful Welding and Joining Technology graduate:
- Excellent eye-hand coordination
- Manual dexterity
- Physical strength and stamina
- Strong attention to detail
- Safety conscious
- Good concentration skills
- Introduction to Welding Technology
- Oxyfuel Cutting
- Gas Metal Arc Welding
Where might I find a job?
Welders perform repair and maintenance in a variety of settings. They are typically employed by metal-working industries, manufacturing organizations, utility companies, and construction firms. Potential positions include arc welder, oxyacetylene welder, gas shielded welder, repair welder, combination welder, fitter welder, salvage welder, and production line welder.
Welding and Joining Technology courses are offered at the Appalachian Campus.
- Dave Taylor