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Welding Technology Overview

Overview of Welding Technology

Purpose:  The vision of Welding Technology is to promote safety and performance standards, enhance leadership, and provide relevant curriculum vital to the education of all students. Welding Technology will:

  • Operate as the venue for nationally recognized industry standard training.
  • Provide a critical link in school to employment or postsecondary education.
  • Develop stronger relationships with the community in terms of mutual advocacy, cooperative field experiences, employment placement, and support for relevant student organizations and competitions.
  • Represent an important component in the education of all students.
  • Require and promote critical thinking and problem solving.
  • Offer an up to date curriculum based on standards that adapt to changes in the industry.
  • Integrate academic skills to insure that students develop written and verbal communications skills, computational skills, and scientific/math problem-solving skills.



Gas Metal Arc Welding


Course Description:

This course covers identification, inspection, and maintenance of GMAW machines; identification, selection and storage of GMAW electrodes; principles of GMAW; and the effects of variables on the GMAW process. Theory and applications of related processes such as FCAW and SAW and metallurgy are also included. Students learn the practical application and manipulative skills of Gas Metal Arc Welding and the proper safety situations needed in this process. Both ferrous and non-ferrous metals will be covered, as well as various joint designs on plate in all positions


Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW)


Course Description:

Students learn the identification, inspection, and maintenance of SMAW electrodes; principles of SMAW; the effects of variables on the SMAW process to weld plate and pipe; and metallurgy


Lab - Provides laboratory experiences in which the student acquires the manipulative skills to perform fillet welds in all positions.



SMAW Groove Welds with Backing Lab


Course Description:

Provides experiences in which students acquire the manipulative skills to do groove welds in all positions with backing



GMAW Groove Lab


Course Description:

Students learn the method of operation and application of the Gas Metal Arc Welding process for welding groove welds in both ferrous and non-ferrous plate in all positions using both short circuiting and spray transfer where appropriate. 


Important Note:  We offer a variety of pathways and courses to meet the needs of our students.  Therefore, all courses may not be offered each semester.  Also, we work to offer dual credit for any course where a post-secondary institution will honor it; but it is up to the post-secondary institution and not the ATC as to whether a course or student is eligible for dual credit.