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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.
Advisor Office Phone
Keeling, Ron Trades Center Shelton 360.432.9555
Kitchens, Al Shop 203 360.475.7312
Snell, Kevin Shop 204 360.475.7395

Required Courses Credits
CIS 150 Survey of Computing 4
ENGL 100 Composition—Selected Prof/Tech/Voc* 5
GEN-S 121 Success for Student Cohorts 2
MANU 101 Orientation to Manufacturing 2
MANU 120 Manufacturing Methodologies 5
MATH 090B Prealgebra* 5
OLRM 225 Human Relations in Organizations 5
PE-ED 109 Basic CPR 1
PE-ED 110 Basic First Aid 1
WELD 100 Oxyacetylene Welding* 6
WELD 101 Arc Welding I* 6
WELD 102 Arc Welding II* 6
WELD 103 Arc Welding III* 6
WELD 106 Welding Technical Orientation I 5
Total Credits Required 59

*See course description for prerequisite.

Source: 2014-2015 Olympic College Catalog