Welding Technology

Certificate of Proficiency

This three to four quarter program prepares the student for entry-level employment in the Welding Industry. Students develop and practice mechanical and manipulative skills to meet industry standards. They receive the opportunity to prove their skills through standardized tests. The program also develops employability through support courses in human relations, computing, manufacturing, composition, and first aid.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, successful students will have demonstrated the ability to apply their skills and knowledge in the following ways:
  1. Apply welding theory and knowledge of common terms used in the industry to oxy/fuel gas and electric arc welding processes.
  2. Safely and accurately use select electric arc processes, basic hand tools, and shop equipment to fabricate durable goods.
  3. Safely and accurately use select torches and fuel gases to produce parts that are used to fabricate durable goods.
  4. Read, interpret and use shop drawings and specifications in the fabrication and making of durable goods.
  5. Demonstrate teamwork and responsible/dependable behavior in decision-making and task performance.
  6. Apply and practice workplace safety policies and procedures.
  7. Use effective reading, thinking, mathematical and written communication skills in workplace environments.
  8. Be prepared to take welder qualification tests in accordance with American Welding Society (AWS) and Washington Association of Building Organization (WABO) utilizing the SMAW process.
Hobson, ChrisTrades Center Shelton360.432.9555
Kitchens, AlShop 203360.475.7312
Snell, KevinShop 204360.475.7395

Required CoursesCredits
CIS150Survey of Computing4
ENGL100Composition—Selected Prof/Tech/Voc*5
GEN-S105Strategies for Academic Success2
MANU101Orientation to Manufacturing2
MANU120Manufacturing Methodologies5
OLRM225Human Relations in Organizations5
PE-ED109Basic CPR1
PE-ED110Basic First Aid1
WELD100Oxyacetylene Welding*6
WELD101Arc Welding I*6
WELD102Arc Welding II*6
WELD103Arc Welding III*6
WELD106Welding Technical Orientation I5
Total Credits Required59

*See course description for prerequisite.

Source: 2013-2014 Olympic College Catalog