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Welding Marketable Skills Achievement Award


Kenny Smith

668-7731x4426

ksmith@nctc.edu

Welders are listed as a “targeted occupation” by the local workforce boards. Demand is high for welders who can work with aluminum, stainless steel and mild metals in the manufacturing, oil fields, design, and in farming and ranching.

Beginning welders often find work on assembly lines but can advance to precision welders, quality control , and sales. Many welders decide to work for themselves, and some specialize in underwater welding, decorative metal work, and automobile body welding. In North Texas, welders see salaries that range between $12 and $20 per hour, based on experience and welding skill.

Our welding program gives you and introduction to multiple welding processes, including Oxy-fuel and Cutting, Shielded Metal Arc, Gas Metal Arc, Gas Tungsten Arc, and Flux Core Arc welding.

Students may pursue a MSAA, Level 1 workforce certificate, or an AAS in Welding. All courses taken can apply toward a MSAA, Level 1 workforce certificate, or an ASS in welding.

Upon completion of the Level 1 Workforce certificate, students will be able to

  1. Demonstrate machine set-up and complete welds and cutting operations; demonstrate basic shop safety; identify types of electrodes used in welding processes; identify various welding and cutting standards; and demonstrate proper joint preparation.
  2. Identify proper safety equipment and tools and identify and select the proper welding process for a given application. Demonstrate skills training using more than one approved welding process; demonstrate ability to analyze situations and make decisions using skills as taught concerning safety and electrode selections; and select the most economic practical welding process for the given task.

In- District students pursing this Level 1 Workforce certificate typically incur tuition costs of 2100. This does not include lab fees, textbooks, and welding kits for class.

This Marketable Skill Achievement Award can be completed face to face or through a mix of face to face classes and online classes

The Welding Technology program is designed to prepare students for the high-demand field of welding. Beginning welders may work on assembly lines, but can advance to precision welders, quality control, and sales. 

Curriculum includes hands-on training in multiple welding processes including Oxy-Fuel and Cutting, Shielded Metal Arc, Gas Metal Arc, Gas Tungsten Arc, and Flux Cored Arc.  It also includes blueprint reading for welders and welding technology for each of the five processes that are taught. Students are required to pass two welding tests for each process and can receive a qualification for each of the successful completion of a welding test in a process. The tests that are given are common welding tests that are used to qualify welders in industry today. Students completing the program may be qualified in a number of processes.

Certificate Requirements

First Semester

WLDG 1413INTRODUCTION TO BLUEPRINT READING FOR WELDERS

4 credit hours

WLDG 1407INTRODUCTION TO WELDING USING MULTIPLE PROCESSES

4 credit hours

WLDG 2413INTERMEDIATE WELDING USE MULTIPLE PROCESSES

4 credit hours

Total Credit Hours:12

Total Credit Hours: 12