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Welding Technology

Certificates of Recognition


Aluminum Welding
Precision Metal Cutting

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



Aluminum Welding

This program is designed to prepare students for entry level positions welding Aluminum alloys utilizing the Gas Metal and Gas Tungsten Arc welding processes.

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. Entry level skills for welding carbon, stainless and aluminum alloys welded with the Gas Metal and Gas Tungsten Arc Welding processes.
  2. Understand the set-up, running and maintenance of GMAW and GTAW equipment and how to operate the equipment safely.
  3. Understand safety requirements associated with the welding industry; including welding gear, welding equipments, gasses, tools, and welding environment.
  4. Understand blue print reading by interpreting AWS welding symbols in order to fabricate an assembly to engineering drawing requirements.
  5. An overview of the manufacturing sector, including career exploration.
Required Courses Credits
MANU 101 Orientation to Manufacturing 2
WELD 104 Gas Tungsten Arc Welding* 6
WELD 105 Gas Metal Arc/Flux Cored Arc Welding* 6
WELD 107 Welding Technical Orientation II* 5
Total Credits Required 19



Precision Metal Cutting

This program is designed to prepare students for entry-level metal cutting positions in the welding industry.

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. Perform safety inspections and preventive maintenance of welding equipment.
  2. Apply personal safety procedures and use the correct personal protective equipment in the welding environment.
  3. Apply welding theory and knowledge of common terms used in the industry to oxy/fuel gas and electric arc welding processes.
  4. Use measuring instruments and layout tools including tape measures, combination squares, and machinist rulers.
  5. Perform the following processes with an understanding of the appropriate application and instance for use: flame cutting, plasma cutting, sheering, and using the band saw or chop saw.
  6. With 75% accuracy per workmanship standard, perform: oxyacetylene welding, brazing, oxy/fuel cutting, plasma arc cutting, straight cutting, and beveling.
  7. Enhance academic success and retention for new and returning students into college.
  8. An overview of the manufacturing sector, including career exploration.
Required Courses Credits
GEN-S 121 Success for Student Cohorts 2
MANU 101 Orientation to Manufacturing 2
WELD 100 Oxyacetylene Welding* 6
WELD 106 Welding Technical Orientation I 5
Total Credits Required 15



*See course description for prerequisite.

Source: 2014-2015 Olympic College Catalog