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Welding & Fabricating Technology

Associate Applied Science

Welding and Fabricating Technology

Any industry that creates goods and structures from metal will rely on skilled welders to create strong products, whether in aerospace, automotive, or construction fields. Turning ideas and materials into valuable products takes highly skilled employees who are trained in such specialized areas as welding technology. BTC’s degrees and certificates in the Welding Technology Program are ideal for students with mechanical aptitude or a strong foundation in math, science, and technology.

Prepare for your welding career through BTC’s Welding Technology Program. You will get premier job training for skills in high demand by the metal and construction trades for work as a welder, cutter, or welding machine operator. Students choose to specialize in one of two areas: structural steel fabrication or pipe welding.

In our state-of-the-art welding and fabrication facility, you’ll learn valuable skills that high-wage employers are looking for. From safety practices and blueprint reading to technical skills like metallurgy, MIG, and TIG welding, BTC’s hands-on job training will prepare you for a career in boat manufacturing, steel manufacturing, refining, and transportation, or with federal, state, or local governments.

When you successfully complete BTC’s Welding Technology Program, you will be fully prepared to:

• Observe and practice welding industry safety guidelines.

• Analyze and interpret prints, drawings, and symbols for welding and fabrication of parts and structures.

• Achieve competency in a variety of major manual and semi-automatic welding processes in all positions.

• Demonstrate proper set-up and use of welding and fabricating equipment.

• Troubleshoot and solve basic welding, fabricating, and equipment problems.

• Pass at least one WABO certification or industry-accepted certification welding test (ASME, AWS, ABS, etc.).

• Exhibit knowledge of occupational environments, metallurgy, materials, tools, fabrication, layout, and mechanical and thermal cutting processes and techniques.

• Demonstrate appropriate oral and written communication with customers, co-workers, and supervisors.

• Use efficient organizational skills.

• Stay current with new and emerging technologies in welding.

Associate Degree Program & Transfer Opportunities

To follow your path to a career in welding technology, choose from the following associate degree programs and transfer opportunities to go on for a bachelor’s degree:

• Associate of Applied Science-Transfer (AAS-T) degree: This two-year technical degree prepares you to either go directly into the welding or fabricating field or choose to transfer to a specific program at a four-year college or university.

• AAS - Structural Steel degree or AAS - Pipe Track degree: This two-year degree allows you to go directly to work in the field of welding, fabricating, or other specialized areas.

BTC students also may choose to complete a certificate program in Basic Welding. Certificates are shorter programs that can improve your skills in occupational fields and may qualify you for a higher salary.

Welding Technology Jobs & Employment

Employment opportunities for welders are expected to increase. Employment opportunities for welders, cutters, and welding machine operators differ by occupational specialty. But up-to-date job training will lead to good employment opportunities, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

About 84% of BTC students in the Welding Technology Program are employed within nine months of graduation. The average annual wage in this field is $41,461, with an earning potential of about $53,978 per year.

While at BTC, you can be active in the Student Chapter of the American Welding Society (AWS) to begin networking and interacting with professionals in the welding and fabricating fields.

Program Facts

84% Average placement rate for program graduates

Average annual wage $42,848

Wage potential $53,061 annually

Employment and wage data sources

Student Chapter of the American Welding Society (AWS)

Jobs & Employment

Employment opportunities for welders are expected to increase. Employment opportunities for welders, cutters, and welding machine operators differ by occupational specialty.

About 84% of BTC Welding students are employed within nine months of graduation. The average annual wage in this field is $42,848, with an earning potential of about $53,061 per year.*

Criminal convictions may restrict or prevent student participation with internships and employment in this industry.

Potential Positions

Welders are employed in various areas of business and industry that require working with different types of metal for either manufacturing, repair, or cutting. Nationally, nine out of ten welders and cutters are employed in manufacturing, services, construction, or wholesale trade.

Typical places of employment include sheet metal fabrication companies, energy service companies, steel manufacturing companies, refineries, fence and iron companies, transportation, heating and plumbing companies, various unions, federal, state and municipal government, and self-employment. Potential positions include welder, cutter, welding machine tender, welding machine operator, foreman, and leadman.

Courses

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  • Quarter 1
  • AMATH 100 *Applied Occupational Math5 credits

    This course covers fractions, decimals, percents, ratios and proportions, English and metric measurement systems, geometry, and algebra. The contents will include relevant technical applications and the use of a calculator.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Arithmetic score of 38 or MATH 090 or ABE 050 with a "C" or better.

    Future Offerings
    1/5-3/23TTh 1:10p-3:20pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/4-3/22MWF 8:30a-9:50aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/5-3/23TTh 8:00a-10:10aSTAFFOpenings: 2
    1/4-3/22MWF 2:10p-3:30pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/4-3/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    1/4-3/22MWF 8:30a-9:50aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/4-3/16TTh 1:10p-3:20pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/5-6/16MWF 8:30a-9:50aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/4-6/16Online STAFFOpenings: 24
  • WLD 101Welding Safety I2 credits

    Introduction to the general welding industry, shop safety and orientation to the metal shop environment. Also electrical and compressed gas cylinder safety, and safe applications with grinders, band saws, and ironworkers.

    Prerequisite:
    Admission to program

    Future Offerings
    9/20-12/8T 8:00a-9:40aRUSH CWaitlisted: 0
    9/20-12/8W10:00a-11:40aRUSH COpenings: 2
  • WLD 104Career Opportunities For Welders2 credits

    Survey course introduces students to careers in the welding & fabricating industry. Lecture topics will include code and non-code welding, fabricating, structural steel welding, aluminum welding, pipe welding & fitting, artistic, creative, and architectural welding, and local opportunities in the shop, refinery, and marine based industries. Guest speakers and tours of local industry will enhance the course to give students a broad-based view of the industry.

    Prerequisite:
    Completion of or concurrent enrollment in WLD 101, WLD 105, WLD 110 and WLD 120

    Future Offerings
    9/20-12/8W10:00a-11:40aAPT RWaitlisted: 0
    9/20-12/8T 8:00a-9:40aAPT ROpenings: 2
  • WLD 105Thermal Cutting Processes4 credits

    This course will introduce the student to the basics of plasma arc cutting, and oxy-fuel cutting processes; cutting safety; theory of gases; and hands-on lab practice cutting exercises. Compressed bottle handling and equipment safety and orientation will be stressed.

    Prerequisite:
    Completion of or concurrent enrollment in WLD 101, WLD 104, WLD 110 and WLD 120

    Future Offerings
    9/20-12/8M10:00a-11:00aRUSH CWaitlisted: 0
     M11:00a-2:15p
     TWTh 1:40p-2:15p
    9/20-12/8M10:00a-11:00aAPT ROpenings: 2
     M11:00a-2:15p
     TWTh 1:40p-2:15p
  • WLD 110SMAW I4 credits

    Students will learn applications of power sources, electrode identification, and basic steel metallurgy, while practicing lab techniques in E6010 and E7018 SMAW Electrodes in the weld booth.

    Prerequisite:
    Completion of or concurrent enrollment in WLD 101, WLD 104, WLD 105 and WLD 120

    Future Offerings
    9/20-10/26Th 8:00a-9:40aAPT ROpenings: 1
     W11:40a-1:40p
     TTh 9:40a-1:40p
    10/27-12/8Th 8:00a-9:40aAPT ROpenings: 2
     W11:40a-1:40p
     TTh 9:40a-1:40p
  • WLD 120GMAW I4 credits

    Introduction to the Gas Metal Arc Welding, welding process for mild steel. Power sources, techniques, shielding gases, metallurgy, and electrode identification will be covered. The student will learn the application of this process through lab practice in the weld booth.

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 101, WLD 104, WLD 105 and WLD 110

    Future Offerings
    10/27-12/8Th 8:00a-9:40aRUSH COpenings: 1
     W11:40a-1:40p
     TTh 9:40a-1:40p
    9/20-10/26Th 8:00a-9:40aRUSH COpenings: 2
     W11:40a-1:40p
     TTh 9:40a-1:40p
  • Quarter 2
  • AENGL 100 *Applied English5 credits

    This applied English course focuses on the workplace communication skills needed to send, receive, and process oral and written information. Along with a review of writing fundamentals, learners will use principles of clear communication, professionalism, and cultural awareness in occupational contexts. Learners will sharpen their reading, writing, and presentation skills.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.

    Future Offerings
    1/5-3/23Th 1:10p-3:20pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/4-3/22MW 8:30a-9:50aSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/4-3/22MW 2:10p-3:30pSTAFFOpenings: 12
    1/4-3/22MW10:10a-11:30aSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/5-3/23TTh 8:00a-10:10aSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/4-3/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    4/4-6/13T 1:10p-3:20pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/5-6/14MW 8:30a-9:50aSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/5-6/14MWF 2:10p-3:30pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/5-6/14MW10:10a-11:30aSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/4-6/16Online STAFFOpenings: 24
  • WLD 102Welding Safety II2 credits

    In depth welding & fabricating industry safety topics, including: general fabrication shop hazards; outside construction hazards; confined spaces, firewatch, fall protection hazard training and respirator/fresh air breathing apparatus training.

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 101

    Future Offerings
    1/9-3/20M 8:00a-10:00aRUSH COpenings: 24
    1/4-3/22W 8:00a-9:40aRUSH COpenings: 24
  • WLD 106Print Reading I3 credits

    Students will learn to use prints and drawings used in the welding trade. Students will study interpretation of basic drawings and prints, dimensions, terminology, notes, applied mathematics and sketching and drawing techniques.

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 101, WLD 104, WLD 105

    Future Offerings
    1/4-3/22W 8:00a-10:00aAPT ROpenings: 24
    1/9-3/20M 8:00a-10:00aAPT ROpenings: 24
  • WLD 130FCAW I4 credits

    Course covers the flux core arc welding process, including dual shield and self-shielding processes. Classroom discussion includes process safety and applications, power sources, shielding gases, FCAW electrodes and metallurgy. Lab practice on mild steel in the weld booth.

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 101 and WLD 104 and WLD 105

    Future Offerings
    2/15-3/23Th10:30a-12:00pRUSH COpenings: 24
     TTh 1:00p-4:00p
     MW12:30p-2:30p
    1/4-2/14Th10:30a-12:00pRUSH COpenings: 24
     TTh 1:00p-4:00p
     MW12:30p-2:30p
  • WLD 140GTAW I4 credits

    This Introduction to Gas Tungsten Arc Welding process covers safety, power sources, metallurgy, gases, filler metals and welding lab practice on mild steel in the weld booth.

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 101 and WLD 104 and WLD 105

    Future Offerings
    1/4-2/14Th10:30a-12:00pAPT ROpenings: 24
     TTh 1:00p-4:00p
     MW12:30p-2:30p
    2/15-3/23Th10:30a-12:00pAPT ROpenings: 24
     TTh 1:00p-4:00p
     MW12:30p-2:30p
  • WLD 150 Steel Fabricating I4 credits

    Students will learn and apply basic layout and fabricating techniques, applying simple print reading concepts, and cutting and welding techniques, to produce simple fabricated small projects. Will familiarize students with shop equipment and sign-off each for safety. GMAW and FCAW welding processes may be used, as well as Plasma and Oxy/Fuel Thermal Cutting processes, and introduction to bevellers. The importance of accurate measuring; precision squares, angles, drilling and leveling; attention to detail, neatness, and the finished product will be demonstrated in an approved small fabrication project.

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 101 and WLD 102 and WLD 105 and WLD 106 and WLD 110 and WLD 130

    Future Offerings
    1/4-3/23T10:30a-12:00pAPT ROpenings: 24
     MW10:00a-12:00p
     TTh12:30p-1:00p
    1/4-3/23T10:30a-12:00pRUSH COpenings: 24
     MW10:00a-12:00p
     TTh12:30p-1:00p
  • Quarter 3
  • CMST& 210 *Interpersonal Communications5 credits

    Designed to introduce students to the application of basic interpersonal communication theory, with a focus on achieving success in the workplace. Topics explored include self-awareness, self-disclosure, conversation skills, relationship development and maintenance, assertiveness, teamwork and group dynamics, conflict management strategies, and diversity issues.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.

    Future Offerings
    1/5-3/23TTh 8:00a-10:10aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/4-3/22MW 2:10p-3:30pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/5-3/23TTh 1:10p-3:20pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/4-3/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    1/4-3/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    4/5-6/14MW 2:10p-3:30pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/5-6/16MWF 8:30a-9:50aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/4-3/16TTh 1:10p-3:20pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/4-6/16Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    4/4-6/16Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    4/4-6/16Online STAFFOpenings: 24
  • WLD 107Welding Leadership I1 credits

    Team and organizational skills are highlighted in a creative activity. Students may practice these skills by participating in the planning, organization, and execution of a multifaceted public performance event, such as the BTC Welding Rodeo, a two-day welding skills competition, or other Team-Based activity involving supervision and leadership, as determined by the Welding Faculty.

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 101 , WLD 102, WLD 104, WLD 105, WLD 110, WLD 120, WLD 130
  • WLD 121GMAW Aluminum I4 credits

    This introduction to the gas metal arc welding process on aluminum covers safety, power sources, metallurgy, gases, filler metals, and lab practice.

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 101, WLD 104, WLD 105, WLD 130
  • WLD 141GTAW Aluminum I4 credits

    This introduction to gas tungsten arc welding process on aluminum covers safety, power sources, metallurgy, gases, filler metals, and lab practice.

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 101 and WLD 104 and WLD 105 and WLD 140
  • WLD 151Aluminum Fabrication I4 credits

    Students will learn and apply weld joint theory, prep, and fabrication of aluminum, and application of print reading basics. Storage and handling techniques, metal preparation for fitting and welding, fixture and jigging tools and contamination and distortion control will be demonstrated and practiced. The importance of accurate measuring; precision squares, angles, drilling and leveling; attention to detail, neatness, and the finished product will be demonstrated in an approved small fabrication project.

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 101 and WLD 102 and WLD 105 and WLD 106 and WLD 120 and WLD 130 and WLD 140
  • WLD 218SMAW Practices II TP2 credits

    Elective: SMAW process using E7018 Electrodes in the 2F, 3F, and 4F positions. Focus is skill development for the beginner or advanced welder. This is a Tech Prep articulated course.

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 150
  • WLD 231FCAW Practices TP2 credits

    Students will practice FCAW process using ¼”, ½” & 1” Steel Plate in the 1F, 2F, and 3F positions. Focus is on skill development for the beginner or advanced welder.

    Prerequisite:
    All WLD 100-level courses or instructor permission
  • Quarter 4
  • WLD 206Print Reading II - Welding & Fabrication3 credits

    Students will learn to use prints and drawings used in the welding trade. Students will study interpretation of basic drawings and prints, dimensions, terminology, notes, applied mathematics and sketching and drawing techniques.

    Prerequisite:
    All WLD 100 level courses or Instructor Permission

    Future Offerings
    9/20-12/8TTh 7:00a-9:00aJONES RWaitlisted: 0
  • WLD 230FCAW II3 credits

    Advanced FCA welding techniques in all positions; in the weld booth and in work simulated difficult positions such as the welding module. Lab practice will include preparation for WABO certification testing.

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 215 or Instructor permission

    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/9F 7:00a-3:00pJONES RWaitlisted: 0
  • WLD 242GTAW & GMAW Alloy5 credits

    This course focuses on GTAW with fillet and groove welds in all positions on aluminum, stainless steel and other alloys.

    Prerequisite:
    All WLD 100 level courses or Instructor Permission

    Future Offerings
    9/20-12/8TTh 7:00a-9:00aJONES RWaitlisted: 0
  • WLD 252Alloy Fabrication5 credits

    This course covers advanced fabricating techniques for the job site, including material handling practice and safety, crane & hoist operation & safety, confined spaces and fresh air training. In position welding utilizing GMAW and GTAW on fillet and groove welds on Alloys in all positions, cutting and air carbon arc gouging, techniques in the Modular Training Facility. Fall protection & scaffold safety, and use of large shop equipment (brake, shear, power rolls) are covered.

    Prerequisite:
    All WLD 100 level courses or Instructor permission

    Future Offerings
    9/20-12/9TWThF 7:00a-9:00aJONES RWaitlisted: 1
  • Electives (suggested 2-4 credits)

  • Quarter 5
  • WLD 213Print Reading III3 credits

    Advanced Print Reading for 2nd year students. Students will study interpretation of basic drawings and prints, dimensions, terminology, notes, applied mathematics and sketching and drawing techniques. Also may include applications for CNC Plasma Software, Isometric reading and drawing, and understanding basic AutoCAD applications.

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 205, or WLD 206, or Instructor permission
  • WLD 232FCAW Practices II3 credits

    FCAW process in various positions for advanced welding techniques.

    Prerequisite:
    All WLD 100 courses or Instructor permission
  • WLD 254Steel Fabrication II6 credits

    This course covers advanced fabricating techniques for the jobsite, including material handling practice and safety, crane & hoist operation & safety, confined spaces and fresh air training, In position welding utilizing proper SMAW, GTAW, and FCAW technique in all positions, and cutting and air carbon arc gouging techniques in the Modular Training Facility. Also includes fall protection & scaffold safety, and use of large shop equipment (brake, shear, power rolls) Steel Fabrication.

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 252 or Instructor permission
  • WLD 220SMAW Test Practice III3 credits

    SMAW process in 3G and 4G positions with E7018 electrodes for the advanced welder. Practice mainly for AWS & WABO Plate Test.

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 230 and WLD 242, or Instructor permission
  • HLTH 155First Aid Fundamentals1 credits

    This eight-hour first aid course is in compliance with WAC 296-24 of the State of Washington and meets OSHA/WISHA requirements for first aid training. This course teaches the fundamentals of first aid in order to gain access to the EMS system, render emergency care in a low-risk occupational environment, and teaches adult CPR and obstructed airway techniques. Both CPR and first aid cards are good for two years. Attendance at all sessions and demonstration of competency is required for certification.


    Future Offerings
    10/4-10/6TTh 5:00p-9:00pYORKS GOpenings: 3
    11/7M 6:00p-9:00pJORGENSEN KOpenings: 9
    11/12Sa 8:00a-5:00pREAD AMWaitlisted: 2
    2/4Sa 8:00a-5:00aSTAFFOpenings: 12
    1/25W 6:00p-9:00pSTAFFOpenings: 10
    3/10F 1:00p-4:00pSTAFFOpenings: 10
  • CODR 125Forklift Driver Certification1 credits

    This course provides the student with forklift driving safety knowledge and skills to comply with OSHA/WISHA, and meets WAC 296.863.60005 requirements. Instruction emphasizes prevention of workplace related hazards, accidents, and injuries. Students will be awarded the Ives Mobile Equipment Operator's Certification. Students must be at least 18 years of age and have previous forklift driving experience. Employers must also test an employee's ability and provide additional training on any different conditions specific to a particular job site.


    Future Offerings
    10/15Sa 8:00a-5:00pMORRIS GARYOpenings: 4
    11/19Sa 8:00a-5:00pMORRIS GARYOpenings: 5
  • ENVS 151Basic CSTOP Course1 credits

    Developed by Construction Safety Professionals to provide superior Safety Training, CSTOP is an industrial and heavy construction safety training and orientation program designed to provide contractor employees with a better than basic understanding of hazards and safety procedures associated with work in highly hazardous work areas.


    Future Offerings
    10/15Sa 8:00a-3:00pMILLER MOpenings: 27
    11/19Sa 8:00a-3:00pMILLER MOpenings: 30
  • CTE 108Job Skills1 credits

    This course provides students with the foundation for job preparation and job searching. Students will identify their qualifications for their chosen career; identify what employers look for in strong candidates; build resumes and cover letters; gain tips on completing applications; job and informational interviewing; as well as job searching, professional networking, and tips for setting up a successful career. This is a hybrid course that includes a combination of face-to-face and online instruction. It is important that students should have skills in Microsoft Word before enrolling in this course.

    Prerequisite:
    Students should have skills in Microsoft Office before enrolling in this course.

    Future Offerings
    9/26-12/5M11:35a-12:25pBURNS JOpenings: 13
    1/9-3/20M11:35a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 24
    1/5-2/9Th 3:00p-5:00pSTAFFOpenings: 24
    1/4-2/8W 3:00p-5:00pSTAFFOpenings: 25
    4/10-6/19M11:35a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 24
    4/6-5/11Th 3:00p-5:00pSTAFFOpenings: 24
  • Electives (suggested 2-4 credits)

  • Quarter 6
  • WLD 207Welding Leadership II1 credits

    Team and organizational skills are highlighted in a creative activity. Students may practice these skills by participating in the planning, organization, and execution of a multifaceted public performance event, such as the BTC Welding Rodeo, a two-day welding skills competition, or other Team-Based activity involving supervision and leadership, as determined by the Welding Faculty.

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 107 and WLD 208 or Instructor permission
  • WLD 209Codes & Standards2 credits

    Discussion of commonly used destructive and non-destructive weld testing processes and techniques, visual weld inspection parameters and techniques, and industry accepted codes and welding standards, publications, and standardizing organizations; including AWS, ASME, ANSI, API, AA and WABO.

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 254, or WLD 257, or Instructor permission
  • WLD 271Welder Testing6 credits

    This course requires successful completion of at least one AWS/WABO Certification Test (SMAW or FCAW) on 1" plate or 8" Schedule 80 Pipe. Proof of industry certification may substitute for this requirement by Instructor permission.

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 220 and WLD 232; or WLD 230 and WLD 215; or Instructor permission
  • WLD 295Capstone Project3 credits

    A culminating project consisting of a portfolio, resume and job search element, and a culminating fabrication project under the direction of staff.

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 254 or WLD 257; or Instructor permission
  • Electives (suggested 2-4 credits)6 credits

  • Electives
  • AAS students please see program advisor for quarter electives.

  • WLD 108Introduction to MIG Welding1 credits

    This class is a one-day introduction to MIG welding for the hobby welder. Topics will include safety, basic GMAW (MIG) welding and cutting processes. Safety gear will be provided.

    Prerequisite:
    Instructor Permission
  • WLD 109Creative Welding2 credits

    Garden Art & Garden Gates. Topics will include safety, specialized welding and cutting processes, fabrication and finishing techniques, aesthetics, connotations of materials, sculpture as metaphor and collage of materals. Students will use MIG and SMAW welding processes. Materials supplied by student. A supply list will be provided at the first class.

    Prerequisite:
    Instructor Permission

    Future Offerings
    9/27-12/6T 6:00p-9:20pCLEVELAND BOpenings: 16
  • WLD 111Creative Welding & 3D Design2 credits

    Topics will include safety, specialized welding and cutting processes, fabrication and finishing techniques, aesthetics, connotations of materials, sculpture as metaphor and collage or materials. Students will use MIG and SMAW welding processes. Materials supplied by student. A supply list will be provided at the first class.

    Prerequisite:
    Instructor Permission

    Future Offerings
    9/28-12/7W 6:00p-9:20pERICKSON SOpenings: 15
  • WLD 112Basic Welding Welding I & II2 credits

    This course covers the basic skills needed for oxy/fuel cutting and electric welding as well as welding theory and applied work skills. Instruction is geared to the individual student's skill level, experience, and interests. Students furnish their own tools and a supply list will be provided at the first class.

    Prerequisite:
    Instructor Permission

    Future Offerings
    10/3-12/5M 6:00p-9:20pPHILLIBER BOpenings: 16
  • WLD 142Intro to Aluminum Welding2 credits

    This course covers methods of fabricating aluminum, with special emphasis on marine applications. Students will learn material selection, storage and handling techniques, metal preparation for welding, and use of PAC, CAC, GTAW and GMAW.

    Prerequisite:
    Instructor Permission

    Future Offerings
    9/29-12/8Th 5:30p-8:50pSMOCK ZOpenings: 16
  • WLD 212CNC Practices6 credits

    Students will learn software programming principles and activities for use of the Torchmate CAD system for use in designing, developing, and plasma cutting parts for fabrication. Students will complete a project utilizing the CNC, including gage materials in Carbon Steel or Alloys, cut, grind, assemble, and weld to a finished project.

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 213 or Instuctor Permission
  • WLD 216SMAW Practices TP2 credits

    Elective: SMAW process in E6010 Electrodes in the 1F, 2F, and 3F positions. Focus is skill development for the beginner or advanced welder. This is a Tech Prep articulated course.

    Prerequisite:
    All WLD 100 level courses or Instructor permission

    Future Offerings
    9/20-12/9TWThF 7:00a-8:00aJONES ROpenings: 10
  • WLD 217Advanced SMAW Practices6 credits

    Lab exploring avenues for overcoming the difficulties of advanced SMA welding, including confined space applications, and out of position welding. Will apply practices to SMAW of Small Bore ("Gun Barrel"), Large Bore (Down-hand API welding), and RMD or STT open root wire-feed welding of pipe in roll-outs on the weld positioner for shop applications.

    Prerequisite:
  • WLD 219GTAW Aluminum Practices TP2 credits

    This course focuses on GTAW with fillet and groove welds in all positions on aluminum plate on the 1F, 2F, & 3F positions, for the beginning or advanced welder.

    Prerequisite:
    All WLD 100 level courses, or Instructor permission
  • WLD 223GMAW Practices TP2 credits

    GMAW process in various positions on various thicknesses of material for the beginner or advanced welder. This is a Tech Prep articulated course.

    Prerequisite:
    All WLD 100-level courses or Instructor permission

    Future Offerings
    9/20-12/9TWThF 7:00a-8:00aJONES ROpenings: 14
  • WLD 225GMAW Aluminum Practices TP2 credits

    GMAW aluminum welding practices in the 2F and 3F positions on various thickness of aluminum for the beginner or advanced welder. This is a Tech Prep articulated course.

    Prerequisite:
    All WLD 100-level courses or Instructor permission
  • WLD 226Advanced Aluminum Welding Practices6 credits

    Guided & self-guided Instructor-approved practices in GMAW or GTAW on aluminum.

    Prerequisite:
    All WLD 100-level courses or Instructor permission
  • WLD 243GTAW Practices TP2 credits

    GTAW process in 2F and 3F positions on sheet metal for the beginner or advanced welder. This is a Tech Prep articulated course.

    Prerequisite:
    All WLD 100-level courses or Instructor permission
  • WLD 245Advance GTAW Practices3 credits

    Lab focuses on proper joint preparation, fit-up and welding of alloy plate, including stainless steel GTAW welding, open root butt welds and various alloys and carbon steel.

    Prerequisite:
    All WLD 100-level courses or Instructor permission
  • WLD 247Advance GTAW Aluminum Practices3 credits

    Advanced GTA welding of aluminum alloys in all positions and confined spaces.

    Prerequisite:
    All WLD 100-level courses or Instructor permission
  • WLD 248GTAW III5 credits

    Advanced GTA welding on steel and stainless steel.

    Prerequisite:
    All WLD 100-level courses or Instructor permission
  • WLD 258Special Fabrication Projects6 credits

    Guided and self-guided steel or aluminum fabrication projects by instructor permission. Offered in Summer only.

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 271 or Instructor Permission
  • WLD 267Marine Welding4 credits

    Topics covered will include: ship yard safety and hazards, confined spaces, inclement weather, flame cutting, carbon arc gouging, and out-of-position welding (wire-feed and stick processes). Ideal for students preparing to job hunt or professionals looking to transition trades. Basic welding experience and personal protective equipment required. This class is physically demanding and will require kneeling, crouching, and crawling in awkward positions, standing on ladders, and working in tight spaces. This class is not recommended for inhibited individuals or those with severe claustrophobia.

    Prerequisite:
    Instructor Permission

    Future Offerings
    9/20-12/9TWThF 9:00a-10:30aJONES ROpenings: 7
  • WLD 273Testing II6 credits

    Guided Lab practice in preparation for WABO/ASME/ABS/in-house testing. Welder qualification and certification testing. Processes may include FCAW, SMAW, GTAW, or GMAW in all positions, including fit-up, and NDE principles.

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 271or Instructor Permission
  • WLD 274TESTING III6 credits

    Guided Lab practice in preparation for WABO/ASME/ABS/In-house testing. Welder qualification and certification testing. Processes may include FCAW, SMAW, GTAW, or GMAW in all positions, including fit-up, and NDE principles.

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 271 or Instructor Permission
  • WLD 281Welding Upgrade 20hr1 credits

    Self-guided welding practice in the welding booth. A 20-hour upgrade in one credit. May be taken multiple times.

    Prerequisite:
    Instructor Permission

    Future Offerings
    9/20-10/26TWThFJONES ROpenings: 14
    10/27-12/9TWThFJONES ROpenings: 16
  • WLD 282Welding Upgrade 50hr2 credits

    Self-guided welding practice in the welding booth. A 50-hour upgrade in 2 credits. May be taken multiple times.

    Prerequisite:
    Instructor permission

    Future Offerings
    9/20-12/9TWThFJONES ROpenings: 15
  • WLD 283Welding Upgrade 70hr3 credits

    Self-guided welding practice in the welding booth. A 70-hour upgrade is 3 credits. May be taken multiple times.

    Prerequisite:
    Instructor permission

    Future Offerings
    9/20-12/9TWThFJONES ROpenings: 15
  • WLD 290Advanced Welding Practice III & IV2 credits

    Open lab will focus on individual advanced welding skills or pipe welding needs. Students must supply their own tools and materials. Contact instructor for tool list prior to class.

    Prerequisite:
    Welding II or equivalent on job experience.

    Future Offerings
    9/27-12/6T 6:00p-9:20pEATON CHUCKOpenings: 16
  • WLD 293Welding Internship I3 credits

    Industry on-the-job experience per individualized opportunities under guided practice. May be taken multiple times.

    Prerequisite:
    Instructor permission
  • WLD 298Welding Internship II6 credits

    Industry on-the-job experience per individualized opportunities under guided practice.

    Prerequisite:
    Instructor permission
  • WLD 299Welding Internship III6 credits

    Industry on-the-job experience per individualized opportunities under guided practice.

    Prerequisite:
    Instructor permission
  • Select 12 credits of Electives12 credits

TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS124 credits

* Minimum requirement. List of other Certificate or AAS General Education class options and alternatives

Program Entry Information

This program typically starts in Fall Quarter.

Testing Requirements

These requirements are for the AAS degree and are lower than those for the AAS-T degree. Please see the AAS-T Entry Page for AAS-T requirements.

  • Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.
  • Accuplacer Arithmetic score of 38 or a C grade in MATH 090 or ABE 050.

Pre-Program Course Requirements

  • NOTE: It is highly recommended that students take these courses prior to program entry:
  • CMST& 210 Interpersonal Communications
  • AENGL 100 Applied English
  • AMATH 100 Applied Occupational Math

Program Outcomes

  • Exhibit & maintain essential employability behaviors.
  • Observe and practice industry safety guidelines.
  • Analyze and interpret prints, drawings, and symbols for welding and fabrication of parts and structures.
  • Achieve competency in a variety of major manual and semi-automatic welding processes in all positions.
  • Demonstrate proper set-up and use of welding and fabricating equipment.
  • Troubleshoot and solve basic welding, fabricating and equipment problems.
  • Pass at least one WABO certification or industry-accepted certification welding test (ASME, AWS, ABS, etc.).
  • Exhibit knowledge of occupational environments, metallurgy, materials, tools, fabrication, layout, and mechanical and thermal cutting processes and techniques.
  • Demonstrate appropriate oral and written communication with customers, co-workers, and supervisors.
  • Analyze and interpret prints and drawings for welding and fabricating.
  • Employ efficient organizational skills.
  • Stay current with new and emerging technologies.

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Russell Jones

Area of Instruction


Welding Technology

Degrees and Certifications


U.S. Navy HT-Hull Maintenance Technician

Ironworkers Local #509

Certificate, AWS-Certified Welding Inspector (CWI)

Certificate, AWS-Certified Welding Educator (CWE)

Certificate, AWS-Certified Radiographic Interpreter (CRI)

WABO-Structural steel and Welding Inspector

Certificate, WABO-Certified Welder

WABO-Weld Examiner

ICC-Structural Steel and Welding Inspector

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


752-8301
rjones@btc.edu
Morse Center (MC) - Room 105

 

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Don Anderson

Area of Instruction


Welding Technology

Degrees and Certifications


B.F.A., Painting/Printmaking, University of Kansas

A.A., Painting, Johnson County Community College

A.A.S.T., Professional Technical Education, Bellingham Technical College

Certificate, WABO - Certified Pipe Welder, Certified Weld Examiner

Certificate, ASME/ANSI Certified Journeyman Alloy Pipewelder

Certificate, AWS- Certified Welder Inspector (CWI), Certified Welding Educator (CWE)

Certificate, Navy Certified Journeyman Alloy Pipewelder

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


752-8346
danderson@btc.edu
Morse Center (MC) - Room 105

 

Background


Profile

Don has taught at BTC for 15 years, and is a 34-year veteran of the steel and piping industries in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. His Industry...

    • Don has taught at BTC for 15 years, and is a 34-year veteran of the steel and piping industries in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. His Industry experience includes work for several companies in Refineries, Shipbuilding and Repair, Seafood Plant Maintenance, and the Natural Gas Pipeline Installation & Maintenance Industries in union and non-union capacities. He has held multiple plate and pipe welding certifications in steel and high alloys, specializing in SMAW, GTAW and FCAW welding processes on structural steel and certified pressure piping.

      Don has been a welding supervisor and company co-owner and is currently a WABO Certified Pipe Welder in SMAW and GTAW, and is an AWS CWI and CWE, and a WABO Certified Welder Examiner. Don holds a BFA in Painting and Printmaking from the University of Kansas, an AA in Painting from Johnson County Community College, Kansas, and was the first recipient of the AAS-T in Professional Technical Education at Bellingham Technical College. In addition, Don is a professional artist and welded stainless steel and mixed-alloy metal sculptor, with work widely exhibited and collected in the Pacific Northwest and in National exhibitions.

Specialties
Don’s specialty is welding and teaching welding of steel and alloy piping for industrial pressure piping applications, specifically for the oil refinery and pipeline industries, and marine applications

    • Don’s specialty is welding and teaching welding of steel and alloy piping for industrial pressure piping applications, specifically for the oil refinery and pipeline industries, and marine applications


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Coly Rush

Area of Instruction


Welding Technology

Degrees and Certifications


B.S., Agriculture Studies, Dickinson State University

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


752-8557
CRush@btc.edu
Morse Center (MC) - Room 105


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Matthew Williams

Area of Instruction


Contact Info


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Associate Applied Science

Welding and Fabricating Technology

Any industry that creates goods and structures from metal will rely on skilled welders to create strong products, whether in aerospace, automotive, or construction fields. Turning ideas and materials into valuable products takes highly skilled employees who are trained in such specialized areas as welding technology. BTC’s degrees and certificates in the Welding Technology Program are ideal for students with mechanical aptitude or a strong foundation in math, science, and technology.

Prepare for your welding career through BTC’s Welding Technology Program. You will get premier job training for skills in high demand by the metal and construction trades for work as a welder, cutter, or welding machine operator. Students choose to specialize in one of two areas: structural steel fabrication or pipe welding.

In our state-of-the-art welding and fabrication facility, you’ll learn valuable skills that high-wage employers are looking for. From safety practices and blueprint reading to technical skills like metallurgy, MIG, and TIG welding, BTC’s hands-on job training will prepare you for a career in boat manufacturing, steel manufacturing, refining, and transportation, or with federal, state, or local governments.

When you successfully complete BTC’s Welding Technology Program, you will be fully prepared to:

• Observe and practice welding industry safety guidelines.

• Analyze and interpret prints, drawings, and symbols for welding and fabrication of parts and structures.

• Achieve competency in a variety of major manual and semi-automatic welding processes in all positions.

• Demonstrate proper set-up and use of welding and fabricating equipment.

• Troubleshoot and solve basic welding, fabricating, and equipment problems.

• Pass at least one WABO certification or industry-accepted certification welding test (ASME, AWS, ABS, etc.).

• Exhibit knowledge of occupational environments, metallurgy, materials, tools, fabrication, layout, and mechanical and thermal cutting processes and techniques.

• Demonstrate appropriate oral and written communication with customers, co-workers, and supervisors.

• Use efficient organizational skills.

• Stay current with new and emerging technologies in welding.

Associate Degree Program & Transfer Opportunities

To follow your path to a career in welding technology, choose from the following associate degree programs and transfer opportunities to go on for a bachelor’s degree:

• Associate of Applied Science-Transfer (AAS-T) degree: This two-year technical degree prepares you to either go directly into the welding or fabricating field or choose to transfer to a specific program at a four-year college or university.

• AAS - Structural Steel degree or AAS - Pipe Track degree: This two-year degree allows you to go directly to work in the field of welding, fabricating, or other specialized areas.

BTC students also may choose to complete a certificate program in Basic Welding. Certificates are shorter programs that can improve your skills in occupational fields and may qualify you for a higher salary.

Welding Technology Jobs & Employment

Employment opportunities for welders are expected to increase. Employment opportunities for welders, cutters, and welding machine operators differ by occupational specialty. But up-to-date job training will lead to good employment opportunities, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

About 84% of BTC students in the Welding Technology Program are employed within nine months of graduation. The average annual wage in this field is $41,461, with an earning potential of about $53,978 per year.

While at BTC, you can be active in the Student Chapter of the American Welding Society (AWS) to begin networking and interacting with professionals in the welding and fabricating fields.

Student Chapter of the American Welding Society (AWS)

Jobs & Employment

Employment opportunities for welders are expected to increase. Employment opportunities for welders, cutters, and welding machine operators differ by occupational specialty.

About 84% of BTC Welding students are employed within nine months of graduation. The average annual wage in this field is $42,848, with an earning potential of about $53,061 per year.*

Criminal convictions may restrict or prevent student participation with internships and employment in this industry.

Potential Positions

Welders are employed in various areas of business and industry that require working with different types of metal for either manufacturing, repair, or cutting. Nationally, nine out of ten welders and cutters are employed in manufacturing, services, construction, or wholesale trade.

Typical places of employment include sheet metal fabrication companies, energy service companies, steel manufacturing companies, refineries, fence and iron companies, transportation, heating and plumbing companies, various unions, federal, state and municipal government, and self-employment. Potential positions include welder, cutter, welding machine tender, welding machine operator, foreman, and leadman.

Courses

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  • Quarter 1
  • MATH& 141 *Precalculus I5 credits

    The focus of this course will be functions. Students manipulate and graph linear, polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic and quadratic functions. The course will also cover systems of equations, matrices and determinants, and their applications.

    Prerequisite:
    BTC College Level Math score of 75 or a C grade in MATH 099.

    Future Offerings
    1/4-3/22MWF 8:30a-9:50aSTAFFOpenings: 24
    1/4-3/22Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    1/4-3/22MWF10:10a-11:30aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/5-6/16MWF10:10a-11:30aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/4-6/16Online STAFFOpenings: 24
  • WLD 101Welding Safety I2 credits

    Introduction to the general welding industry, shop safety and orientation to the metal shop environment. Also electrical and compressed gas cylinder safety, and safe applications with grinders, band saws, and ironworkers.

    Prerequisite:
    Admission to program

    Future Offerings
    9/20-12/8T 8:00a-9:40aRUSH CWaitlisted: 0
    9/20-12/8W10:00a-11:40aRUSH COpenings: 2
  • WLD 104Career Opportunities For Welders2 credits

    Survey course introduces students to careers in the welding & fabricating industry. Lecture topics will include code and non-code welding, fabricating, structural steel welding, aluminum welding, pipe welding & fitting, artistic, creative, and architectural welding, and local opportunities in the shop, refinery, and marine based industries. Guest speakers and tours of local industry will enhance the course to give students a broad-based view of the industry.

    Prerequisite:
    Completion of or concurrent enrollment in WLD 101, WLD 105, WLD 110 and WLD 120

    Future Offerings
    9/20-12/8W10:00a-11:40aAPT RWaitlisted: 0
    9/20-12/8T 8:00a-9:40aAPT ROpenings: 2
  • WLD 105Thermal Cutting Processes4 credits

    This course will introduce the student to the basics of plasma arc cutting, and oxy-fuel cutting processes; cutting safety; theory of gases; and hands-on lab practice cutting exercises. Compressed bottle handling and equipment safety and orientation will be stressed.

    Prerequisite:
    Completion of or concurrent enrollment in WLD 101, WLD 104, WLD 110 and WLD 120

    Future Offerings
    9/20-12/8M10:00a-11:00aRUSH CWaitlisted: 0
     M11:00a-2:15p
     TWTh 1:40p-2:15p
    9/20-12/8M10:00a-11:00aAPT ROpenings: 2
     M11:00a-2:15p
     TWTh 1:40p-2:15p
  • WLD 110SMAW I4 credits

    Students will learn applications of power sources, electrode identification, and basic steel metallurgy, while practicing lab techniques in E6010 and E7018 SMAW Electrodes in the weld booth.

    Prerequisite:
    Completion of or concurrent enrollment in WLD 101, WLD 104, WLD 105 and WLD 120

    Future Offerings
    9/20-10/26Th 8:00a-9:40aAPT ROpenings: 1
     W11:40a-1:40p
     TTh 9:40a-1:40p
    10/27-12/8Th 8:00a-9:40aAPT ROpenings: 2
     W11:40a-1:40p
     TTh 9:40a-1:40p
  • WLD 120GMAW I4 credits

    Introduction to the Gas Metal Arc Welding, welding process for mild steel. Power sources, techniques, shielding gases, metallurgy, and electrode identification will be covered. The student will learn the application of this process through lab practice in the weld booth.

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 101, WLD 104, WLD 105 and WLD 110

    Future Offerings
    10/27-12/8Th 8:00a-9:40aRUSH COpenings: 1
     W11:40a-1:40p
     TTh 9:40a-1:40p
    9/20-10/26Th 8:00a-9:40aRUSH COpenings: 2
     W11:40a-1:40p
     TTh 9:40a-1:40p
  • Quarter 2
  • ENGL& 101 *English Composition I5 credits

    A composition course in which students read, analyze, and write essays using a variety of rhetorical strategies, as well as develop and verbally express ideas clearly and effectively. The critical reading of essays will provide a basis for the student's own critical writing, which will reflect a command of college-level literacy standards. Attention to writing fundamentals and stylistic techniques will also be included. Word processing, email and internet knowledge required.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 85 or B grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 86 or B grade in ENGL 092 or C grade in AENGL 100.

    Future Offerings
    9/26-12/5M 8:30a-9:50aRICHARDS JWaitlisted: 0
    1/5-3/23TTh 8:00a-10:10aSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/5-3/21Th 1:10p-3:20pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/4-3/22MW 8:30a-9:50aSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/4-3/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    4/5-6/16MWF 8:30a-9:50aSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/4-6/13T 8:00a-10:10aSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/4-6/16Online STAFFOpenings: 24
  • WLD 102Welding Safety II2 credits

    In depth welding & fabricating industry safety topics, including: general fabrication shop hazards; outside construction hazards; confined spaces, firewatch, fall protection hazard training and respirator/fresh air breathing apparatus training.

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 101

    Future Offerings
    1/9-3/20M 8:00a-10:00aRUSH COpenings: 24
    1/4-3/22W 8:00a-9:40aRUSH COpenings: 24
  • WLD 106Print Reading I3 credits

    Students will learn to use prints and drawings used in the welding trade. Students will study interpretation of basic drawings and prints, dimensions, terminology, notes, applied mathematics and sketching and drawing techniques.

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 101, WLD 104, WLD 105

    Future Offerings
    1/4-3/22W 8:00a-10:00aAPT ROpenings: 24
    1/9-3/20M 8:00a-10:00aAPT ROpenings: 24
  • WLD 130FCAW I4 credits

    Course covers the flux core arc welding process, including dual shield and self-shielding processes. Classroom discussion includes process safety and applications, power sources, shielding gases, FCAW electrodes and metallurgy. Lab practice on mild steel in the weld booth.

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 101 and WLD 104 and WLD 105

    Future Offerings
    2/15-3/23Th10:30a-12:00pRUSH COpenings: 24
     TTh 1:00p-4:00p
     MW12:30p-2:30p
    1/4-2/14Th10:30a-12:00pRUSH COpenings: 24
     TTh 1:00p-4:00p
     MW12:30p-2:30p
  • WLD 140GTAW I4 credits

    This Introduction to Gas Tungsten Arc Welding process covers safety, power sources, metallurgy, gases, filler metals and welding lab practice on mild steel in the weld booth.

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 101 and WLD 104 and WLD 105

    Future Offerings
    1/4-2/14Th10:30a-12:00pAPT ROpenings: 24
     TTh 1:00p-4:00p
     MW12:30p-2:30p
    2/15-3/23Th10:30a-12:00pAPT ROpenings: 24
     TTh 1:00p-4:00p
     MW12:30p-2:30p
  • WLD 150 Steel Fabricating I4 credits

    Students will learn and apply basic layout and fabricating techniques, applying simple print reading concepts, and cutting and welding techniques, to produce simple fabricated small projects. Will familiarize students with shop equipment and sign-off each for safety. GMAW and FCAW welding processes may be used, as well as Plasma and Oxy/Fuel Thermal Cutting processes, and introduction to bevellers. The importance of accurate measuring; precision squares, angles, drilling and leveling; attention to detail, neatness, and the finished product will be demonstrated in an approved small fabrication project.

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 101 and WLD 102 and WLD 105 and WLD 106 and WLD 110 and WLD 130

    Future Offerings
    1/4-3/23T10:30a-12:00pAPT ROpenings: 24
     MW10:00a-12:00p
     TTh12:30p-1:00p
    1/4-3/23T10:30a-12:00pRUSH COpenings: 24
     MW10:00a-12:00p
     TTh12:30p-1:00p
  • Quarter 3
  • PSYC& 100 *General Psychology5 credits

    An overview of the factors affecting behavior including topics related to theories of learning, the senses, perceptions, nervous system, emotions, personality theory, motivation, abnormal behavior and therapy, and social psychology.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 85 or B grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 86 or B grade in ENGL 092 or C grade in AENGL 100.

    Future Offerings
    1/5-3/23TTh10:30a-12:40pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/4-3/22MWF10:10a-11:30aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/4-3/22MW12:30p-1:50pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/4-3/16TTh 5:30p-7:40pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/5-6/16MWF10:10a-11:30aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/5-6/14MW 2:10p-3:30pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/4-6/16Online STAFFOpenings: 24
  • WLD 107Welding Leadership I1 credits

    Team and organizational skills are highlighted in a creative activity. Students may practice these skills by participating in the planning, organization, and execution of a multifaceted public performance event, such as the BTC Welding Rodeo, a two-day welding skills competition, or other Team-Based activity involving supervision and leadership, as determined by the Welding Faculty.

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 101 , WLD 102, WLD 104, WLD 105, WLD 110, WLD 120, WLD 130
  • WLD 121GMAW Aluminum I4 credits

    This introduction to the gas metal arc welding process on aluminum covers safety, power sources, metallurgy, gases, filler metals, and lab practice.

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 101, WLD 104, WLD 105, WLD 130
  • WLD 141GTAW Aluminum I4 credits

    This introduction to gas tungsten arc welding process on aluminum covers safety, power sources, metallurgy, gases, filler metals, and lab practice.

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 101 and WLD 104 and WLD 105 and WLD 140
  • WLD 151Aluminum Fabrication I4 credits

    Students will learn and apply weld joint theory, prep, and fabrication of aluminum, and application of print reading basics. Storage and handling techniques, metal preparation for fitting and welding, fixture and jigging tools and contamination and distortion control will be demonstrated and practiced. The importance of accurate measuring; precision squares, angles, drilling and leveling; attention to detail, neatness, and the finished product will be demonstrated in an approved small fabrication project.

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 101 and WLD 102 and WLD 105 and WLD 106 and WLD 120 and WLD 130 and WLD 140
  • WLD 218SMAW Practices II TP2 credits

    Elective: SMAW process using E7018 Electrodes in the 2F, 3F, and 4F positions. Focus is skill development for the beginner or advanced welder. This is a Tech Prep articulated course.

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 150
  • WLD 231FCAW Practices TP2 credits

    Students will practice FCAW process using ¼”, ½” & 1” Steel Plate in the 1F, 2F, and 3F positions. Focus is on skill development for the beginner or advanced welder.

    Prerequisite:
    All WLD 100-level courses or instructor permission
  • Quarter 4
  • Humanities, Social Science, or Natural Science5 credits

  • WLD 206Print Reading II - Welding & Fabrication3 credits

    Students will learn to use prints and drawings used in the welding trade. Students will study interpretation of basic drawings and prints, dimensions, terminology, notes, applied mathematics and sketching and drawing techniques.

    Prerequisite:
    All WLD 100 level courses or Instructor Permission

    Future Offerings
    9/20-12/8TTh 7:00a-9:00aJONES RWaitlisted: 0
  • WLD 230FCAW II3 credits

    Advanced FCA welding techniques in all positions; in the weld booth and in work simulated difficult positions such as the welding module. Lab practice will include preparation for WABO certification testing.

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 215 or Instructor permission

    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/9F 7:00a-3:00pJONES RWaitlisted: 0
  • WLD 242GTAW & GMAW Alloy5 credits

    This course focuses on GTAW with fillet and groove welds in all positions on aluminum, stainless steel and other alloys.

    Prerequisite:
    All WLD 100 level courses or Instructor Permission

    Future Offerings
    9/20-12/8TTh 7:00a-9:00aJONES RWaitlisted: 0
  • WLD 252Alloy Fabrication5 credits

    This course covers advanced fabricating techniques for the job site, including material handling practice and safety, crane & hoist operation & safety, confined spaces and fresh air training. In position welding utilizing GMAW and GTAW on fillet and groove welds on Alloys in all positions, cutting and air carbon arc gouging, techniques in the Modular Training Facility. Fall protection & scaffold safety, and use of large shop equipment (brake, shear, power rolls) are covered.

    Prerequisite:
    All WLD 100 level courses or Instructor permission

    Future Offerings
    9/20-12/9TWThF 7:00a-9:00aJONES RWaitlisted: 1
  • Electives (suggested 2-4 credits)

  • Quarter 5
  • WLD 213Print Reading III3 credits

    Advanced Print Reading for 2nd year students. Students will study interpretation of basic drawings and prints, dimensions, terminology, notes, applied mathematics and sketching and drawing techniques. Also may include applications for CNC Plasma Software, Isometric reading and drawing, and understanding basic AutoCAD applications.

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 205, or WLD 206, or Instructor permission
  • WLD 232FCAW Practices II3 credits

    FCAW process in various positions for advanced welding techniques.

    Prerequisite:
    All WLD 100 courses or Instructor permission
  • WLD 254Steel Fabrication II6 credits

    This course covers advanced fabricating techniques for the jobsite, including material handling practice and safety, crane & hoist operation & safety, confined spaces and fresh air training, In position welding utilizing proper SMAW, GTAW, and FCAW technique in all positions, and cutting and air carbon arc gouging techniques in the Modular Training Facility. Also includes fall protection & scaffold safety, and use of large shop equipment (brake, shear, power rolls) Steel Fabrication.

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 252 or Instructor permission
  • WLD 220SMAW Test Practice III3 credits

    SMAW process in 3G and 4G positions with E7018 electrodes for the advanced welder. Practice mainly for AWS & WABO Plate Test.

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 230 and WLD 242, or Instructor permission
  • HLTH 155First Aid Fundamentals1 credits

    This eight-hour first aid course is in compliance with WAC 296-24 of the State of Washington and meets OSHA/WISHA requirements for first aid training. This course teaches the fundamentals of first aid in order to gain access to the EMS system, render emergency care in a low-risk occupational environment, and teaches adult CPR and obstructed airway techniques. Both CPR and first aid cards are good for two years. Attendance at all sessions and demonstration of competency is required for certification.


    Future Offerings
    10/4-10/6TTh 5:00p-9:00pYORKS GOpenings: 3
    11/7M 6:00p-9:00pJORGENSEN KOpenings: 9
    11/12Sa 8:00a-5:00pREAD AMWaitlisted: 2
    2/4Sa 8:00a-5:00aSTAFFOpenings: 12
    1/25W 6:00p-9:00pSTAFFOpenings: 10
    3/10F 1:00p-4:00pSTAFFOpenings: 10
  • CODR 125Forklift Driver Certification1 credits

    This course provides the student with forklift driving safety knowledge and skills to comply with OSHA/WISHA, and meets WAC 296.863.60005 requirements. Instruction emphasizes prevention of workplace related hazards, accidents, and injuries. Students will be awarded the Ives Mobile Equipment Operator's Certification. Students must be at least 18 years of age and have previous forklift driving experience. Employers must also test an employee's ability and provide additional training on any different conditions specific to a particular job site.


    Future Offerings
    10/15Sa 8:00a-5:00pMORRIS GARYOpenings: 4
    11/19Sa 8:00a-5:00pMORRIS GARYOpenings: 5
  • ENVS 151Basic CSTOP Course1 credits

    Developed by Construction Safety Professionals to provide superior Safety Training, CSTOP is an industrial and heavy construction safety training and orientation program designed to provide contractor employees with a better than basic understanding of hazards and safety procedures associated with work in highly hazardous work areas.


    Future Offerings
    10/15Sa 8:00a-3:00pMILLER MOpenings: 27
    11/19Sa 8:00a-3:00pMILLER MOpenings: 30
  • CTE 108Job Skills1 credits

    This course provides students with the foundation for job preparation and job searching. Students will identify their qualifications for their chosen career; identify what employers look for in strong candidates; build resumes and cover letters; gain tips on completing applications; job and informational interviewing; as well as job searching, professional networking, and tips for setting up a successful career. This is a hybrid course that includes a combination of face-to-face and online instruction. It is important that students should have skills in Microsoft Word before enrolling in this course.

    Prerequisite:
    Students should have skills in Microsoft Office before enrolling in this course.

    Future Offerings
    9/26-12/5M11:35a-12:25pBURNS JOpenings: 13
    1/9-3/20M11:35a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 24
    1/5-2/9Th 3:00p-5:00pSTAFFOpenings: 24
    1/4-2/8W 3:00p-5:00pSTAFFOpenings: 25
    4/10-6/19M11:35a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 24
    4/6-5/11Th 3:00p-5:00pSTAFFOpenings: 24
  • Electives (suggested 2-4 credits)

  • Quarter 6
  • WLD 207Welding Leadership II1 credits

    Team and organizational skills are highlighted in a creative activity. Students may practice these skills by participating in the planning, organization, and execution of a multifaceted public performance event, such as the BTC Welding Rodeo, a two-day welding skills competition, or other Team-Based activity involving supervision and leadership, as determined by the Welding Faculty.

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 107 and WLD 208 or Instructor permission
  • WLD 209Codes & Standards2 credits

    Discussion of commonly used destructive and non-destructive weld testing processes and techniques, visual weld inspection parameters and techniques, and industry accepted codes and welding standards, publications, and standardizing organizations; including AWS, ASME, ANSI, API, AA and WABO.

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 254, or WLD 257, or Instructor permission
  • WLD 271Welder Testing6 credits

    This course requires successful completion of at least one AWS/WABO Certification Test (SMAW or FCAW) on 1" plate or 8" Schedule 80 Pipe. Proof of industry certification may substitute for this requirement by Instructor permission.

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 220 and WLD 232; or WLD 230 and WLD 215; or Instructor permission
  • WLD 295Capstone Project3 credits

    A culminating project consisting of a portfolio, resume and job search element, and a culminating fabrication project under the direction of staff.

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 254 or WLD 257; or Instructor permission
  • Electives (suggested 2-4 credits)6 credits

  • Electives
  • AAS-T students please see program advisor for quarter electives.

  • WLD 108Introduction to MIG Welding1 credits

    This class is a one-day introduction to MIG welding for the hobby welder. Topics will include safety, basic GMAW (MIG) welding and cutting processes. Safety gear will be provided.

    Prerequisite:
    Instructor Permission
  • WLD 109Creative Welding2 credits

    Garden Art & Garden Gates. Topics will include safety, specialized welding and cutting processes, fabrication and finishing techniques, aesthetics, connotations of materials, sculpture as metaphor and collage of materals. Students will use MIG and SMAW welding processes. Materials supplied by student. A supply list will be provided at the first class.

    Prerequisite:
    Instructor Permission

    Future Offerings
    9/27-12/6T 6:00p-9:20pCLEVELAND BOpenings: 16
  • WLD 111Creative Welding & 3D Design2 credits

    Topics will include safety, specialized welding and cutting processes, fabrication and finishing techniques, aesthetics, connotations of materials, sculpture as metaphor and collage or materials. Students will use MIG and SMAW welding processes. Materials supplied by student. A supply list will be provided at the first class.

    Prerequisite:
    Instructor Permission

    Future Offerings
    9/28-12/7W 6:00p-9:20pERICKSON SOpenings: 15
  • WLD 112Basic Welding Welding I & II2 credits

    This course covers the basic skills needed for oxy/fuel cutting and electric welding as well as welding theory and applied work skills. Instruction is geared to the individual student's skill level, experience, and interests. Students furnish their own tools and a supply list will be provided at the first class.

    Prerequisite:
    Instructor Permission

    Future Offerings
    10/3-12/5M 6:00p-9:20pPHILLIBER BOpenings: 16
  • WLD 142Intro to Aluminum Welding2 credits

    This course covers methods of fabricating aluminum, with special emphasis on marine applications. Students will learn material selection, storage and handling techniques, metal preparation for welding, and use of PAC, CAC, GTAW and GMAW.

    Prerequisite:
    Instructor Permission

    Future Offerings
    9/29-12/8Th 5:30p-8:50pSMOCK ZOpenings: 16
  • WLD 212CNC Practices6 credits

    Students will learn software programming principles and activities for use of the Torchmate CAD system for use in designing, developing, and plasma cutting parts for fabrication. Students will complete a project utilizing the CNC, including gage materials in Carbon Steel or Alloys, cut, grind, assemble, and weld to a finished project.

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 213 or Instuctor Permission
  • WLD 216SMAW Practices TP2 credits

    Elective: SMAW process in E6010 Electrodes in the 1F, 2F, and 3F positions. Focus is skill development for the beginner or advanced welder. This is a Tech Prep articulated course.

    Prerequisite:
    All WLD 100 level courses or Instructor permission

    Future Offerings
    9/20-12/9TWThF 7:00a-8:00aJONES ROpenings: 10
  • WLD 217Advanced SMAW Practices6 credits

    Lab exploring avenues for overcoming the difficulties of advanced SMA welding, including confined space applications, and out of position welding. Will apply practices to SMAW of Small Bore ("Gun Barrel"), Large Bore (Down-hand API welding), and RMD or STT open root wire-feed welding of pipe in roll-outs on the weld positioner for shop applications.

    Prerequisite:
  • WLD 219GTAW Aluminum Practices TP2 credits

    This course focuses on GTAW with fillet and groove welds in all positions on aluminum plate on the 1F, 2F, & 3F positions, for the beginning or advanced welder.

    Prerequisite:
    All WLD 100 level courses, or Instructor permission
  • WLD 223GMAW Practices TP2 credits

    GMAW process in various positions on various thicknesses of material for the beginner or advanced welder. This is a Tech Prep articulated course.

    Prerequisite:
    All WLD 100-level courses or Instructor permission

    Future Offerings
    9/20-12/9TWThF 7:00a-8:00aJONES ROpenings: 14
  • WLD 225GMAW Aluminum Practices TP2 credits

    GMAW aluminum welding practices in the 2F and 3F positions on various thickness of aluminum for the beginner or advanced welder. This is a Tech Prep articulated course.

    Prerequisite:
    All WLD 100-level courses or Instructor permission
  • WLD 226Advanced Aluminum Welding Practices6 credits

    Guided & self-guided Instructor-approved practices in GMAW or GTAW on aluminum.

    Prerequisite:
    All WLD 100-level courses or Instructor permission
  • WLD 243GTAW Practices TP2 credits

    GTAW process in 2F and 3F positions on sheet metal for the beginner or advanced welder. This is a Tech Prep articulated course.

    Prerequisite:
    All WLD 100-level courses or Instructor permission
  • WLD 245Advance GTAW Practices3 credits

    Lab focuses on proper joint preparation, fit-up and welding of alloy plate, including stainless steel GTAW welding, open root butt welds and various alloys and carbon steel.

    Prerequisite:
    All WLD 100-level courses or Instructor permission
  • WLD 247Advance GTAW Aluminum Practices3 credits

    Advanced GTA welding of aluminum alloys in all positions and confined spaces.

    Prerequisite:
    All WLD 100-level courses or Instructor permission
  • WLD 248GTAW III5 credits

    Advanced GTA welding on steel and stainless steel.

    Prerequisite:
    All WLD 100-level courses or Instructor permission
  • WLD 258Special Fabrication Projects6 credits

    Guided and self-guided steel or aluminum fabrication projects by instructor permission. Offered in Summer only.

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 271 or Instructor Permission
  • WLD 267Marine Welding4 credits

    Topics covered will include: ship yard safety and hazards, confined spaces, inclement weather, flame cutting, carbon arc gouging, and out-of-position welding (wire-feed and stick processes). Ideal for students preparing to job hunt or professionals looking to transition trades. Basic welding experience and personal protective equipment required. This class is physically demanding and will require kneeling, crouching, and crawling in awkward positions, standing on ladders, and working in tight spaces. This class is not recommended for inhibited individuals or those with severe claustrophobia.

    Prerequisite:
    Instructor Permission

    Future Offerings
    9/20-12/9TWThF 9:00a-10:30aJONES ROpenings: 7
  • WLD 273Testing II6 credits

    Guided Lab practice in preparation for WABO/ASME/ABS/in-house testing. Welder qualification and certification testing. Processes may include FCAW, SMAW, GTAW, or GMAW in all positions, including fit-up, and NDE principles.

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 271or Instructor Permission
  • WLD 274TESTING III6 credits

    Guided Lab practice in preparation for WABO/ASME/ABS/In-house testing. Welder qualification and certification testing. Processes may include FCAW, SMAW, GTAW, or GMAW in all positions, including fit-up, and NDE principles.

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 271 or Instructor Permission
  • WLD 281Welding Upgrade 20hr1 credits

    Self-guided welding practice in the welding booth. A 20-hour upgrade in one credit. May be taken multiple times.

    Prerequisite:
    Instructor Permission

    Future Offerings
    9/20-10/26TWThFJONES ROpenings: 14
    10/27-12/9TWThFJONES ROpenings: 16
  • WLD 282Welding Upgrade 50hr2 credits

    Self-guided welding practice in the welding booth. A 50-hour upgrade in 2 credits. May be taken multiple times.

    Prerequisite:
    Instructor permission

    Future Offerings
    9/20-12/9TWThFJONES ROpenings: 15
  • WLD 283Welding Upgrade 70hr3 credits

    Self-guided welding practice in the welding booth. A 70-hour upgrade is 3 credits. May be taken multiple times.

    Prerequisite:
    Instructor permission

    Future Offerings
    9/20-12/9TWThFJONES ROpenings: 15
  • WLD 290Advanced Welding Practice III & IV2 credits

    Open lab will focus on individual advanced welding skills or pipe welding needs. Students must supply their own tools and materials. Contact instructor for tool list prior to class.

    Prerequisite:
    Welding II or equivalent on job experience.

    Future Offerings
    9/27-12/6T 6:00p-9:20pEATON CHUCKOpenings: 16
  • WLD 293Welding Internship I3 credits

    Industry on-the-job experience per individualized opportunities under guided practice. May be taken multiple times.

    Prerequisite:
    Instructor permission
  • WLD 298Welding Internship II6 credits

    Industry on-the-job experience per individualized opportunities under guided practice.

    Prerequisite:
    Instructor permission
  • WLD 299Welding Internship III6 credits

    Industry on-the-job experience per individualized opportunities under guided practice.

    Prerequisite:
    Instructor permission
  • 12 credits of Electives are required12 credits

TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS129 credits

* Minimum requirement. List of other AAS-T class options and alternatives

Program Entry Information

This program typically starts in Fall Quarter.

Testing Requirements

These requirements are for the AAS degree and are lower than those for the AAS-T degree. Please see the AAS-T Entry Page for AAS-T requirements.

  • Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.
  • Accuplacer Arithmetic score of 38 or a C grade in MATH 090 or ABE 050.

Program Outcomes

  • Exhibit & maintain essential employability behaviors.
  • Observe and practice industry safety guidelines.
  • Analyze and interpret prints, drawings, and symbols for welding and fabrication of parts and structures.
  • Achieve competency in a variety of major manual and semi-automatic welding processes in all positions.
  • Demonstrate proper set-up and use of welding and fabricating equipment.
  • Troubleshoot and solve basic welding, fabricating and equipment problems.
  • Pass at least one WABO certification or industry-accepted certification welding test (ASME, AWS, ABS, etc.).
  • Exhibit knowledge of occupational environments, metallurgy, materials, tools, fabrication, layout, and mechanical and thermal cutting processes and techniques.
  • Demonstrate appropriate oral and written communication with customers, co-workers, and supervisors.
  • Analyze and interpret prints and drawings for welding and fabricating.
  • Employ efficient organizational skills.
  • Stay current with new and emerging technologies.

Associate Applied Science

Welding and Fabricating Technology

Any industry that creates goods and structures from metal will rely on skilled welders to create strong products, whether in aerospace, automotive, or construction fields. Turning ideas and materials into valuable products takes highly skilled employees who are trained in such specialized areas as welding technology. BTC’s degrees and certificates in the Welding Technology Program are ideal for students with mechanical aptitude or a strong foundation in math, science, and technology.

Prepare for your welding career through BTC’s Welding Technology Program. You will get premier job training for skills in high demand by the metal and construction trades for work as a welder, cutter, or welding machine operator. Students choose to specialize in one of two areas: structural steel fabrication or pipe welding.

In our state-of-the-art welding and fabrication facility, you’ll learn valuable skills that high-wage employers are looking for. From safety practices and blueprint reading to technical skills like metallurgy, MIG, and TIG welding, BTC’s hands-on job training will prepare you for a career in boat manufacturing, steel manufacturing, refining, and transportation, or with federal, state, or local governments.

When you successfully complete BTC’s Welding Technology Program, you will be fully prepared to:

• Observe and practice welding industry safety guidelines.

• Analyze and interpret prints, drawings, and symbols for welding and fabrication of parts and structures.

• Achieve competency in a variety of major manual and semi-automatic welding processes in all positions.

• Demonstrate proper set-up and use of welding and fabricating equipment.

• Troubleshoot and solve basic welding, fabricating, and equipment problems.

• Pass at least one WABO certification or industry-accepted certification welding test (ASME, AWS, ABS, etc.).

• Exhibit knowledge of occupational environments, metallurgy, materials, tools, fabrication, layout, and mechanical and thermal cutting processes and techniques.

• Demonstrate appropriate oral and written communication with customers, co-workers, and supervisors.

• Use efficient organizational skills.

• Stay current with new and emerging technologies in welding.

Associate Degree Program & Transfer Opportunities

To follow your path to a career in welding technology, choose from the following associate degree programs and transfer opportunities to go on for a bachelor’s degree:

• Associate of Applied Science-Transfer (AAS-T) degree: This two-year technical degree prepares you to either go directly into the welding or fabricating field or choose to transfer to a specific program at a four-year college or university.

• AAS - Structural Steel degree or AAS - Pipe Track degree: This two-year degree allows you to go directly to work in the field of welding, fabricating, or other specialized areas.

BTC students also may choose to complete a certificate program in Basic Welding. Certificates are shorter programs that can improve your skills in occupational fields and may qualify you for a higher salary.

Welding Technology Jobs & Employment

Employment opportunities for welders are expected to increase. Employment opportunities for welders, cutters, and welding machine operators differ by occupational specialty. But up-to-date job training will lead to good employment opportunities, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

About 84% of BTC students in the Welding Technology Program are employed within nine months of graduation. The average annual wage in this field is $41,461, with an earning potential of about $53,978 per year.

While at BTC, you can be active in the Student Chapter of the American Welding Society (AWS) to begin networking and interacting with professionals in the welding and fabricating fields.

Student Chapter of the American Welding Society (AWS)

Jobs & Employment

Employment opportunities for welders are expected to increase. Employment opportunities for welders, cutters, and welding machine operators differ by occupational specialty.

About 84% of BTC Welding students are employed within nine months of graduation. The average annual wage in this field is $42,848, with an earning potential of about $53,061 per year.*

Criminal convictions may restrict or prevent student participation with internships and employment in this industry.

Potential Positions

Welders are employed in various areas of business and industry that require working with different types of metal for either manufacturing, repair, or cutting. Nationally, nine out of ten welders and cutters are employed in manufacturing, services, construction, or wholesale trade.

Typical places of employment include sheet metal fabrication companies, energy service companies, steel manufacturing companies, refineries, fence and iron companies, transportation, heating and plumbing companies, various unions, federal, state and municipal government, and self-employment. Potential positions include welder, cutter, welding machine tender, welding machine operator, foreman, and leadman.

Courses

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  • Quarter 1
  • MATH& 141 *Precalculus I5 credits

    The focus of this course will be functions. Students manipulate and graph linear, polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic and quadratic functions. The course will also cover systems of equations, matrices and determinants, and their applications.

    Prerequisite:
    BTC College Level Math score of 75 or a C grade in MATH 099.

    Future Offerings
    1/4-3/22MWF 8:30a-9:50aSTAFFOpenings: 24
    1/4-3/22Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    1/4-3/22MWF10:10a-11:30aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/5-6/16MWF10:10a-11:30aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/4-6/16Online STAFFOpenings: 24
  • WLD 101Welding Safety I2 credits

    Introduction to the general welding industry, shop safety and orientation to the metal shop environment. Also electrical and compressed gas cylinder safety, and safe applications with grinders, band saws, and ironworkers.

    Prerequisite:
    Admission to program

    Future Offerings
    9/20-12/8T 8:00a-9:40aRUSH CWaitlisted: 0
    9/20-12/8W10:00a-11:40aRUSH COpenings: 2
  • WLD 104Career Opportunities For Welders2 credits

    Survey course introduces students to careers in the welding & fabricating industry. Lecture topics will include code and non-code welding, fabricating, structural steel welding, aluminum welding, pipe welding & fitting, artistic, creative, and architectural welding, and local opportunities in the shop, refinery, and marine based industries. Guest speakers and tours of local industry will enhance the course to give students a broad-based view of the industry.

    Prerequisite:
    Completion of or concurrent enrollment in WLD 101, WLD 105, WLD 110 and WLD 120

    Future Offerings
    9/20-12/8W10:00a-11:40aAPT RWaitlisted: 0
    9/20-12/8T 8:00a-9:40aAPT ROpenings: 2
  • WLD 105Thermal Cutting Processes4 credits

    This course will introduce the student to the basics of plasma arc cutting, and oxy-fuel cutting processes; cutting safety; theory of gases; and hands-on lab practice cutting exercises. Compressed bottle handling and equipment safety and orientation will be stressed.

    Prerequisite:
    Completion of or concurrent enrollment in WLD 101, WLD 104, WLD 110 and WLD 120

    Future Offerings
    9/20-12/8M10:00a-11:00aRUSH CWaitlisted: 0
     M11:00a-2:15p
     TWTh 1:40p-2:15p
    9/20-12/8M10:00a-11:00aAPT ROpenings: 2
     M11:00a-2:15p
     TWTh 1:40p-2:15p
  • WLD 110SMAW I4 credits

    Students will learn applications of power sources, electrode identification, and basic steel metallurgy, while practicing lab techniques in E6010 and E7018 SMAW Electrodes in the weld booth.

    Prerequisite:
    Completion of or concurrent enrollment in WLD 101, WLD 104, WLD 105 and WLD 120

    Future Offerings
    9/20-10/26Th 8:00a-9:40aAPT ROpenings: 1
     W11:40a-1:40p
     TTh 9:40a-1:40p
    10/27-12/8Th 8:00a-9:40aAPT ROpenings: 2
     W11:40a-1:40p
     TTh 9:40a-1:40p
  • WLD 120GMAW I4 credits

    Introduction to the Gas Metal Arc Welding, welding process for mild steel. Power sources, techniques, shielding gases, metallurgy, and electrode identification will be covered. The student will learn the application of this process through lab practice in the weld booth.

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 101, WLD 104, WLD 105 and WLD 110

    Future Offerings
    10/27-12/8Th 8:00a-9:40aRUSH COpenings: 1
     W11:40a-1:40p
     TTh 9:40a-1:40p
    9/20-10/26Th 8:00a-9:40aRUSH COpenings: 2
     W11:40a-1:40p
     TTh 9:40a-1:40p
  • Quarter 2
  • ENGL& 101 *English Composition I5 credits

    A composition course in which students read, analyze, and write essays using a variety of rhetorical strategies, as well as develop and verbally express ideas clearly and effectively. The critical reading of essays will provide a basis for the student's own critical writing, which will reflect a command of college-level literacy standards. Attention to writing fundamentals and stylistic techniques will also be included. Word processing, email and internet knowledge required.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 85 or B grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 86 or B grade in ENGL 092 or C grade in AENGL 100.

    Future Offerings
    9/26-12/5M 8:30a-9:50aRICHARDS JWaitlisted: 0
    1/5-3/23TTh 8:00a-10:10aSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/5-3/21Th 1:10p-3:20pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/4-3/22MW 8:30a-9:50aSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/4-3/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    4/5-6/16MWF 8:30a-9:50aSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/4-6/13T 8:00a-10:10aSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/4-6/16Online STAFFOpenings: 24
  • WLD 102Welding Safety II2 credits

    In depth welding & fabricating industry safety topics, including: general fabrication shop hazards; outside construction hazards; confined spaces, firewatch, fall protection hazard training and respirator/fresh air breathing apparatus training.

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 101

    Future Offerings
    1/9-3/20M 8:00a-10:00aRUSH COpenings: 24
    1/4-3/22W 8:00a-9:40aRUSH COpenings: 24
  • WLD 106Print Reading I3 credits

    Students will learn to use prints and drawings used in the welding trade. Students will study interpretation of basic drawings and prints, dimensions, terminology, notes, applied mathematics and sketching and drawing techniques.

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 101, WLD 104, WLD 105

    Future Offerings
    1/4-3/22W 8:00a-10:00aAPT ROpenings: 24
    1/9-3/20M 8:00a-10:00aAPT ROpenings: 24
  • WLD 130FCAW I4 credits

    Course covers the flux core arc welding process, including dual shield and self-shielding processes. Classroom discussion includes process safety and applications, power sources, shielding gases, FCAW electrodes and metallurgy. Lab practice on mild steel in the weld booth.

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 101 and WLD 104 and WLD 105

    Future Offerings
    2/15-3/23Th10:30a-12:00pRUSH COpenings: 24
     TTh 1:00p-4:00p
     MW12:30p-2:30p
    1/4-2/14Th10:30a-12:00pRUSH COpenings: 24
     TTh 1:00p-4:00p
     MW12:30p-2:30p
  • WLD 140GTAW I4 credits

    This Introduction to Gas Tungsten Arc Welding process covers safety, power sources, metallurgy, gases, filler metals and welding lab practice on mild steel in the weld booth.

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 101 and WLD 104 and WLD 105

    Future Offerings
    1/4-2/14Th10:30a-12:00pAPT ROpenings: 24
     TTh 1:00p-4:00p
     MW12:30p-2:30p
    2/15-3/23Th10:30a-12:00pAPT ROpenings: 24
     TTh 1:00p-4:00p
     MW12:30p-2:30p
  • WLD 150 Steel Fabricating I4 credits

    Students will learn and apply basic layout and fabricating techniques, applying simple print reading concepts, and cutting and welding techniques, to produce simple fabricated small projects. Will familiarize students with shop equipment and sign-off each for safety. GMAW and FCAW welding processes may be used, as well as Plasma and Oxy/Fuel Thermal Cutting processes, and introduction to bevellers. The importance of accurate measuring; precision squares, angles, drilling and leveling; attention to detail, neatness, and the finished product will be demonstrated in an approved small fabrication project.

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 101 and WLD 102 and WLD 105 and WLD 106 and WLD 110 and WLD 130

    Future Offerings
    1/4-3/23T10:30a-12:00pAPT ROpenings: 24
     MW10:00a-12:00p
     TTh12:30p-1:00p
    1/4-3/23T10:30a-12:00pRUSH COpenings: 24
     MW10:00a-12:00p
     TTh12:30p-1:00p
  • Quarter 3
  • PSYC& 100 *General Psychology5 credits

    An overview of the factors affecting behavior including topics related to theories of learning, the senses, perceptions, nervous system, emotions, personality theory, motivation, abnormal behavior and therapy, and social psychology.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 85 or B grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 86 or B grade in ENGL 092 or C grade in AENGL 100.

    Future Offerings
    1/5-3/23TTh10:30a-12:40pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/4-3/22MWF10:10a-11:30aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/4-3/22MW12:30p-1:50pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/4-3/16TTh 5:30p-7:40pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/5-6/16MWF10:10a-11:30aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/5-6/14MW 2:10p-3:30pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/4-6/16Online STAFFOpenings: 24
  • WLD 107Welding Leadership I1 credits

    Team and organizational skills are highlighted in a creative activity. Students may practice these skills by participating in the planning, organization, and execution of a multifaceted public performance event, such as the BTC Welding Rodeo, a two-day welding skills competition, or other Team-Based activity involving supervision and leadership, as determined by the Welding Faculty.

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 101 , WLD 102, WLD 104, WLD 105, WLD 110, WLD 120, WLD 130
  • WLD 121GMAW Aluminum I4 credits

    This introduction to the gas metal arc welding process on aluminum covers safety, power sources, metallurgy, gases, filler metals, and lab practice.

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 101, WLD 104, WLD 105, WLD 130
  • WLD 141GTAW Aluminum I4 credits

    This introduction to gas tungsten arc welding process on aluminum covers safety, power sources, metallurgy, gases, filler metals, and lab practice.

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 101 and WLD 104 and WLD 105 and WLD 140
  • WLD 151Aluminum Fabrication I4 credits

    Students will learn and apply weld joint theory, prep, and fabrication of aluminum, and application of print reading basics. Storage and handling techniques, metal preparation for fitting and welding, fixture and jigging tools and contamination and distortion control will be demonstrated and practiced. The importance of accurate measuring; precision squares, angles, drilling and leveling; attention to detail, neatness, and the finished product will be demonstrated in an approved small fabrication project.

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 101 and WLD 102 and WLD 105 and WLD 106 and WLD 120 and WLD 130 and WLD 140
  • WLD 218SMAW Practices II TP2 credits

    Elective: SMAW process using E7018 Electrodes in the 2F, 3F, and 4F positions. Focus is skill development for the beginner or advanced welder. This is a Tech Prep articulated course.

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 150
  • WLD 231FCAW Practices TP2 credits

    Students will practice FCAW process using ¼”, ½” & 1” Steel Plate in the 1F, 2F, and 3F positions. Focus is on skill development for the beginner or advanced welder.

    Prerequisite:
    All WLD 100-level courses or instructor permission
  • Quarter 4
  • Humanities, Social Science, or Natural Science5 credits

  • WLD 210SMAW II6 credits

    Open-Root Carbon Steel late Shield Arc Welding in 2G and 3G positions. Emphasis on open-root groove welding on 3/8" - 1/2" plate with E6010 (Root), and E7018 (Fill & Cap) for students enrolled in Pipe Pathway. This welding practice follows AWS Welding Standard D1.1 Structural Steel Welding Code, and is beginning practice to qualify open-root welds to ASME IX: B31.3; and AP1104 SMAW Pipe Welding Certification Standards for pressure piping applications required by local refineries and affiliated industrial piping applications.

    Prerequisite:
    All WLD 100 level courses or Instructor Permission

    Future Offerings
    9/20-12/9TWTh 7:00a-8:00aANDERSON DOpenings: 18
     TWThF 8:00a-10:00a
  • WLD 211SMAW III6 credits

    Open Root Carbon Steel Plate Shield Metal Arc Welding in 4G position. Emphasis on open root groove welding on 3/8" - 1" plate with E6010 (Root), and E7018 (Fill & Cap) for students enrolled in Pipe Pathway. This welding practice follows AWS Welding Standard D1.1 Structural Steel Welding Code, and is beginning practice to qualify open root welds to ASME IX: B31.1; and AP1104 SMAW Pipe Welding Certification Standards for pressure piping applications required by local refineries and affiliated industrial piping applications.

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 210 or Instructor Permission
  • Electives: 0-6 credits can be taken Summer, Fall, or Spring

  • Quarter 5
  • WLD 205Print Reading II - Pipe3 credits

    Students will learn to use prints and drawings used in the welding trade, with emphasis on structural steel. Students will study and interpret industry drawings and prints, plan drawings, symbols, dimensions, terminology, notes, applied mathematics, sketching and drawing techniques.

    Prerequisite:
    All WLD level 100 courses or Instructor permission

    Future Offerings
    9/20-12/8TTh10:00a-11:30aANDERSON DOpenings: 9
  • WLD 215SMAW Pipe7 credits

    Shield metal arc welding of open-root steel pipe in all positions in preparation for industrial applications and the AWS/WABO Pipe Welding Certification Test (AWS/WABO testing is offered in-house). This pipe welding practices follows AWS Welding Standard D1.1 Structural Welding Code and ASME IX and B31.3 SMAW Pipe Welding Certification Standards for pressure piping applications required by local refineries and affiliated industrial applications. Pipe welding conducted in 2G, 5g, and 6G positions on 8" pipe.

    Prerequisite:
    All WLD 100 Level Courses or Instructor Permission

    Future Offerings
    9/20-12/9TWTh 7:00a-8:00aANDERSON DOpenings: 15
     TWThF 8:00a-10:00a
  • WLD 256Pipe Fabrication I7 credits

    Advanced Fabrication techniques for Pipe, including basic trade math, measuring tools and techniques, pipe welding layout and fit-up techniques for large-bore and small-bore steel pipe; pipe materials and fittings; pipe fitting safety, tools and techniques; and preparation of beveled pipe joints for welding. Welding is to WABO structural, AWS and ASME Pressure pipe welding standards, and Fabrication to accepted Industry Standards. This course will be based extensively on The Pipe Fitter’s Blue Book by Graves and BTC’s Pipe Welding and Pipe Fitting, Volumes I & II from NCCER Pipefitting Levels 1-4.

    Prerequisite:
    All WLD 100 level courses or Instructor permission

    Future Offerings
    9/20-12/9WF10:10a-11:30aANDERSON DOpenings: 9
     TWTh12:00p-2:00p
     F12:00p-2:00p
  • Electives: 0-6 credits can be taken Summer, Fall, or Spring

  • Quarter 6
  • WLD 213Print Reading III3 credits

    Advanced Print Reading for 2nd year students. Students will study interpretation of basic drawings and prints, dimensions, terminology, notes, applied mathematics and sketching and drawing techniques. Also may include applications for CNC Plasma Software, Isometric reading and drawing, and understanding basic AutoCAD applications.

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 205, or WLD 206, or Instructor permission
  • WLD 257Pipe Fabrication II5 credits

    Advanced Fabrication techniques for Pipe per Piping Industry accepted codes and standards. Will include trade math in laying-out angles and offsets; pipefitting calculations; special pipefitting problems, including branch connections, headers; and fabrication piping systems involving reducers, and fabrication of offsets. Also pipe support systems and rigging for piping installations in the Fabrication Module. This course will be based extensively on The Pipe Fitter’s Blue Book by Graves and BTC’s Pipe Welding and Pipe Fitting, Volumes I & II from NCCER Pipefitting Levels 1-4.

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 256 or Instructor permission
  • WLD 262 GTAW Pipe Welding5 credits

    GTAW open root welding on carbon steel will be discussed. Pipe fitting techniques; for GTAW remote amperage adjustment and scratch-arc techniques. Welding in the booth and in the fabrication shop or Fabrication Module will be demonstrated and practiced.

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 215 or Instructor permission
  • WLD 230FCAW II3 credits

    Advanced FCA welding techniques in all positions; in the weld booth and in work simulated difficult positions such as the welding module. Lab practice will include preparation for WABO certification testing.

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 215 or Instructor permission

    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/9F 7:00a-3:00pJONES RWaitlisted: 0
  • CTE 108Job Skills1 credits

    This course provides students with the foundation for job preparation and job searching. Students will identify their qualifications for their chosen career; identify what employers look for in strong candidates; build resumes and cover letters; gain tips on completing applications; job and informational interviewing; as well as job searching, professional networking, and tips for setting up a successful career. This is a hybrid course that includes a combination of face-to-face and online instruction. It is important that students should have skills in Microsoft Word before enrolling in this course.

    Prerequisite:
    Students should have skills in Microsoft Office before enrolling in this course.

    Future Offerings
    9/26-12/5M11:35a-12:25pBURNS JOpenings: 13
    1/9-3/20M11:35a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 24
    1/5-2/9Th 3:00p-5:00pSTAFFOpenings: 24
    1/4-2/8W 3:00p-5:00pSTAFFOpenings: 25
    4/10-6/19M11:35a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 24
    4/6-5/11Th 3:00p-5:00pSTAFFOpenings: 24
  • HLTH 155First Aid Fundamentals1 credits

    This eight-hour first aid course is in compliance with WAC 296-24 of the State of Washington and meets OSHA/WISHA requirements for first aid training. This course teaches the fundamentals of first aid in order to gain access to the EMS system, render emergency care in a low-risk occupational environment, and teaches adult CPR and obstructed airway techniques. Both CPR and first aid cards are good for two years. Attendance at all sessions and demonstration of competency is required for certification.


    Future Offerings
    10/4-10/6TTh 5:00p-9:00pYORKS GOpenings: 3
    11/7M 6:00p-9:00pJORGENSEN KOpenings: 9
    11/12Sa 8:00a-5:00pREAD AMWaitlisted: 2
    2/4Sa 8:00a-5:00aSTAFFOpenings: 12
    1/25W 6:00p-9:00pSTAFFOpenings: 10
    3/10F 1:00p-4:00pSTAFFOpenings: 10
  • CODR 125Forklift Driver Certification1 credits

    This course provides the student with forklift driving safety knowledge and skills to comply with OSHA/WISHA, and meets WAC 296.863.60005 requirements. Instruction emphasizes prevention of workplace related hazards, accidents, and injuries. Students will be awarded the Ives Mobile Equipment Operator's Certification. Students must be at least 18 years of age and have previous forklift driving experience. Employers must also test an employee's ability and provide additional training on any different conditions specific to a particular job site.


    Future Offerings
    10/15Sa 8:00a-5:00pMORRIS GARYOpenings: 4
    11/19Sa 8:00a-5:00pMORRIS GARYOpenings: 5
  • ENVS 151Basic CSTOP Course1 credits

    Developed by Construction Safety Professionals to provide superior Safety Training, CSTOP is an industrial and heavy construction safety training and orientation program designed to provide contractor employees with a better than basic understanding of hazards and safety procedures associated with work in highly hazardous work areas.


    Future Offerings
    10/15Sa 8:00a-3:00pMILLER MOpenings: 27
    11/19Sa 8:00a-3:00pMILLER MOpenings: 30
  • Quarter 7
  • WLD 207Welding Leadership II1 credits

    Team and organizational skills are highlighted in a creative activity. Students may practice these skills by participating in the planning, organization, and execution of a multifaceted public performance event, such as the BTC Welding Rodeo, a two-day welding skills competition, or other Team-Based activity involving supervision and leadership, as determined by the Welding Faculty.

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 107 and WLD 208 or Instructor permission
  • WLD 209Codes & Standards2 credits

    Discussion of commonly used destructive and non-destructive weld testing processes and techniques, visual weld inspection parameters and techniques, and industry accepted codes and welding standards, publications, and standardizing organizations; including AWS, ASME, ANSI, API, AA and WABO.

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 254, or WLD 257, or Instructor permission
  • WLD 271Welder Testing6 credits

    This course requires successful completion of at least one AWS/WABO Certification Test (SMAW or FCAW) on 1" plate or 8" Schedule 80 Pipe. Proof of industry certification may substitute for this requirement by Instructor permission.

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 220 and WLD 232; or WLD 230 and WLD 215; or Instructor permission
  • WLD 295Capstone Project3 credits

    A culminating project consisting of a portfolio, resume and job search element, and a culminating fabrication project under the direction of staff.

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 254 or WLD 257; or Instructor permission
  • Electives: 0-6 credits can be taken Summer, Fall, or Spring

  • Electives
  • AAS-T students please see program advisor for quarter electives.

  • WLD 108Introduction to MIG Welding1 credits

    This class is a one-day introduction to MIG welding for the hobby welder. Topics will include safety, basic GMAW (MIG) welding and cutting processes. Safety gear will be provided.

    Prerequisite:
    Instructor Permission
  • WLD 109Creative Welding2 credits

    Garden Art & Garden Gates. Topics will include safety, specialized welding and cutting processes, fabrication and finishing techniques, aesthetics, connotations of materials, sculpture as metaphor and collage of materals. Students will use MIG and SMAW welding processes. Materials supplied by student. A supply list will be provided at the first class.

    Prerequisite:
    Instructor Permission

    Future Offerings
    9/27-12/6T 6:00p-9:20pCLEVELAND BOpenings: 16
  • WLD 111Creative Welding & 3D Design2 credits

    Topics will include safety, specialized welding and cutting processes, fabrication and finishing techniques, aesthetics, connotations of materials, sculpture as metaphor and collage or materials. Students will use MIG and SMAW welding processes. Materials supplied by student. A supply list will be provided at the first class.

    Prerequisite:
    Instructor Permission

    Future Offerings
    9/28-12/7W 6:00p-9:20pERICKSON SOpenings: 15
  • WLD 112Basic Welding Welding I & II2 credits

    This course covers the basic skills needed for oxy/fuel cutting and electric welding as well as welding theory and applied work skills. Instruction is geared to the individual student's skill level, experience, and interests. Students furnish their own tools and a supply list will be provided at the first class.

    Prerequisite:
    Instructor Permission

    Future Offerings
    10/3-12/5M 6:00p-9:20pPHILLIBER BOpenings: 16
  • WLD 142Intro to Aluminum Welding2 credits

    This course covers methods of fabricating aluminum, with special emphasis on marine applications. Students will learn material selection, storage and handling techniques, metal preparation for welding, and use of PAC, CAC, GTAW and GMAW.

    Prerequisite:
    Instructor Permission

    Future Offerings
    9/29-12/8Th 5:30p-8:50pSMOCK ZOpenings: 16
  • WLD 212CNC Practices6 credits

    Students will learn software programming principles and activities for use of the Torchmate CAD system for use in designing, developing, and plasma cutting parts for fabrication. Students will complete a project utilizing the CNC, including gage materials in Carbon Steel or Alloys, cut, grind, assemble, and weld to a finished project.

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 213 or Instuctor Permission
  • WLD 216SMAW Practices TP2 credits

    Elective: SMAW process in E6010 Electrodes in the 1F, 2F, and 3F positions. Focus is skill development for the beginner or advanced welder. This is a Tech Prep articulated course.

    Prerequisite:
    All WLD 100 level courses or Instructor permission

    Future Offerings
    9/20-12/9TWThF 7:00a-8:00aJONES ROpenings: 10
  • WLD 217Advanced SMAW Practices6 credits

    Lab exploring avenues for overcoming the difficulties of advanced SMA welding, including confined space applications, and out of position welding. Will apply practices to SMAW of Small Bore ("Gun Barrel"), Large Bore (Down-hand API welding), and RMD or STT open root wire-feed welding of pipe in roll-outs on the weld positioner for shop applications.

    Prerequisite:
  • WLD 219GTAW Aluminum Practices TP2 credits

    This course focuses on GTAW with fillet and groove welds in all positions on aluminum plate on the 1F, 2F, & 3F positions, for the beginning or advanced welder.

    Prerequisite:
    All WLD 100 level courses, or Instructor permission
  • WLD 223GMAW Practices TP2 credits

    GMAW process in various positions on various thicknesses of material for the beginner or advanced welder. This is a Tech Prep articulated course.

    Prerequisite:
    All WLD 100-level courses or Instructor permission

    Future Offerings
    9/20-12/9TWThF 7:00a-8:00aJONES ROpenings: 14
  • WLD 225GMAW Aluminum Practices TP2 credits

    GMAW aluminum welding practices in the 2F and 3F positions on various thickness of aluminum for the beginner or advanced welder. This is a Tech Prep articulated course.

    Prerequisite:
    All WLD 100-level courses or Instructor permission
  • WLD 226Advanced Aluminum Welding Practices6 credits

    Guided & self-guided Instructor-approved practices in GMAW or GTAW on aluminum.

    Prerequisite:
    All WLD 100-level courses or Instructor permission
  • WLD 243GTAW Practices TP2 credits

    GTAW process in 2F and 3F positions on sheet metal for the beginner or advanced welder. This is a Tech Prep articulated course.

    Prerequisite:
    All WLD 100-level courses or Instructor permission
  • WLD 245Advance GTAW Practices3 credits

    Lab focuses on proper joint preparation, fit-up and welding of alloy plate, including stainless steel GTAW welding, open root butt welds and various alloys and carbon steel.

    Prerequisite:
    All WLD 100-level courses or Instructor permission
  • WLD 247Advance GTAW Aluminum Practices3 credits

    Advanced GTA welding of aluminum alloys in all positions and confined spaces.

    Prerequisite:
    All WLD 100-level courses or Instructor permission
  • WLD 248GTAW III5 credits

    Advanced GTA welding on steel and stainless steel.

    Prerequisite:
    All WLD 100-level courses or Instructor permission
  • WLD 258Special Fabrication Projects6 credits

    Guided and self-guided steel or aluminum fabrication projects by instructor permission. Offered in Summer only.

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 271 or Instructor Permission
  • WLD 267Marine Welding4 credits

    Topics covered will include: ship yard safety and hazards, confined spaces, inclement weather, flame cutting, carbon arc gouging, and out-of-position welding (wire-feed and stick processes). Ideal for students preparing to job hunt or professionals looking to transition trades. Basic welding experience and personal protective equipment required. This class is physically demanding and will require kneeling, crouching, and crawling in awkward positions, standing on ladders, and working in tight spaces. This class is not recommended for inhibited individuals or those with severe claustrophobia.

    Prerequisite:
    Instructor Permission

    Future Offerings
    9/20-12/9TWThF 9:00a-10:30aJONES ROpenings: 7
  • WLD 273Testing II6 credits

    Guided Lab practice in preparation for WABO/ASME/ABS/in-house testing. Welder qualification and certification testing. Processes may include FCAW, SMAW, GTAW, or GMAW in all positions, including fit-up, and NDE principles.

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 271or Instructor Permission
  • WLD 274TESTING III6 credits

    Guided Lab practice in preparation for WABO/ASME/ABS/In-house testing. Welder qualification and certification testing. Processes may include FCAW, SMAW, GTAW, or GMAW in all positions, including fit-up, and NDE principles.

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 271 or Instructor Permission
  • WLD 281Welding Upgrade 20hr1 credits

    Self-guided welding practice in the welding booth. A 20-hour upgrade in one credit. May be taken multiple times.

    Prerequisite:
    Instructor Permission

    Future Offerings
    9/20-10/26TWThFJONES ROpenings: 14
    10/27-12/9TWThFJONES ROpenings: 16
  • WLD 282Welding Upgrade 50hr2 credits

    Self-guided welding practice in the welding booth. A 50-hour upgrade in 2 credits. May be taken multiple times.

    Prerequisite:
    Instructor permission

    Future Offerings
    9/20-12/9TWThFJONES ROpenings: 15
  • WLD 283Welding Upgrade 70hr3 credits

    Self-guided welding practice in the welding booth. A 70-hour upgrade is 3 credits. May be taken multiple times.

    Prerequisite:
    Instructor permission

    Future Offerings
    9/20-12/9TWThFJONES ROpenings: 15
  • WLD 290Advanced Welding Practice III & IV2 credits

    Open lab will focus on individual advanced welding skills or pipe welding needs. Students must supply their own tools and materials. Contact instructor for tool list prior to class.

    Prerequisite:
    Welding II or equivalent on job experience.

    Future Offerings
    9/27-12/6T 6:00p-9:20pEATON CHUCKOpenings: 16
  • WLD 293Welding Internship I3 credits

    Industry on-the-job experience per individualized opportunities under guided practice. May be taken multiple times.

    Prerequisite:
    Instructor permission
  • WLD 298Welding Internship II6 credits

    Industry on-the-job experience per individualized opportunities under guided practice.

    Prerequisite:
    Instructor permission
  • WLD 299Welding Internship III6 credits

    Industry on-the-job experience per individualized opportunities under guided practice.

    Prerequisite:
    Instructor permission
  • 6 credits of Electives are required6 credits

TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS137 credits

* Minimum requirement. List of other AAS-T class options and alternatives

Program Entry Information

This program typically starts in Fall Quarter.

Testing Requirements

These requirements are for the AAS degree and are lower than those for the AAS-T degree. Please see the AAS-T Entry Page for AAS-T requirements.

  • Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.
  • Accuplacer Arithmetic score of 38 or a C grade in MATH 090 or ABE 050.

Program Outcomes

  • Exhibit & maintain essential employability behaviors.
  • Observe and practice industry safety guidelines.
  • Analyze and interpret prints, drawings, and symbols for welding and fabrication of parts and structures.
  • Achieve competency in a variety of major manual and semi-automatic welding processes in all positions.
  • Demonstrate proper set-up and use of welding and fabricating equipment.
  • Troubleshoot and solve basic welding, fabricating and equipment problems.
  • Pass at least one WABO certification or industry-accepted certification welding test (ASME, AWS, ABS, etc.).
  • Exhibit knowledge of occupational environments, metallurgy, materials, tools, fabrication, layout, and mechanical and thermal cutting processes and techniques.
  • Demonstrate appropriate oral and written communication with customers, co-workers, and supervisors.
  • Analyze and interpret prints and drawings for welding and fabricating.
  • Employ efficient organizational skills.
  • Stay current with new and emerging technologies.

Associate Applied Science

Welding and Fabricating Technology

Any industry that creates goods and structures from metal will rely on skilled welders to create strong products, whether in aerospace, automotive, or construction fields. Turning ideas and materials into valuable products takes highly skilled employees who are trained in such specialized areas as welding technology. BTC’s degrees and certificates in the Welding Technology Program are ideal for students with mechanical aptitude or a strong foundation in math, science, and technology.

Prepare for your welding career through BTC’s Welding Technology Program. You will get premier job training for skills in high demand by the metal and construction trades for work as a welder, cutter, or welding machine operator. Students choose to specialize in one of two areas: structural steel fabrication or pipe welding.

In our state-of-the-art welding and fabrication facility, you’ll learn valuable skills that high-wage employers are looking for. From safety practices and blueprint reading to technical skills like metallurgy, MIG, and TIG welding, BTC’s hands-on job training will prepare you for a career in boat manufacturing, steel manufacturing, refining, and transportation, or with federal, state, or local governments.

When you successfully complete BTC’s Welding Technology Program, you will be fully prepared to:

• Observe and practice welding industry safety guidelines.

• Analyze and interpret prints, drawings, and symbols for welding and fabrication of parts and structures.

• Achieve competency in a variety of major manual and semi-automatic welding processes in all positions.

• Demonstrate proper set-up and use of welding and fabricating equipment.

• Troubleshoot and solve basic welding, fabricating, and equipment problems.

• Pass at least one WABO certification or industry-accepted certification welding test (ASME, AWS, ABS, etc.).

• Exhibit knowledge of occupational environments, metallurgy, materials, tools, fabrication, layout, and mechanical and thermal cutting processes and techniques.

• Demonstrate appropriate oral and written communication with customers, co-workers, and supervisors.

• Use efficient organizational skills.

• Stay current with new and emerging technologies in welding.

Associate Degree Program & Transfer Opportunities

To follow your path to a career in welding technology, choose from the following associate degree programs and transfer opportunities to go on for a bachelor’s degree:

• Associate of Applied Science-Transfer (AAS-T) degree: This two-year technical degree prepares you to either go directly into the welding or fabricating field or choose to transfer to a specific program at a four-year college or university.

• AAS - Structural Steel degree or AAS - Pipe Track degree: This two-year degree allows you to go directly to work in the field of welding, fabricating, or other specialized areas.

BTC students also may choose to complete a certificate program in Basic Welding. Certificates are shorter programs that can improve your skills in occupational fields and may qualify you for a higher salary.

Welding Technology Jobs & Employment

Employment opportunities for welders are expected to increase. Employment opportunities for welders, cutters, and welding machine operators differ by occupational specialty. But up-to-date job training will lead to good employment opportunities, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

About 84% of BTC students in the Welding Technology Program are employed within nine months of graduation. The average annual wage in this field is $41,461, with an earning potential of about $53,978 per year.

While at BTC, you can be active in the Student Chapter of the American Welding Society (AWS) to begin networking and interacting with professionals in the welding and fabricating fields.

Program Facts

84% Average placement rate for program graduates

Average annual wage $42,848

Wage potential $53,061 annually

Employment and wage data sources

Student Chapter of the American Welding Society (AWS)

Jobs & Employment

Employment opportunities for welders are expected to increase. Employment opportunities for welders, cutters, and welding machine operators differ by occupational specialty.

About 84% of BTC Welding students are employed within nine months of graduation. The average annual wage in this field is $42,848, with an earning potential of about $53,061 per year.*

Criminal convictions may restrict or prevent student participation with internships and employment in this industry.

Potential Positions

Welders are employed in various areas of business and industry that require working with different types of metal for either manufacturing, repair, or cutting. Nationally, nine out of ten welders and cutters are employed in manufacturing, services, construction, or wholesale trade.

Typical places of employment include sheet metal fabrication companies, energy service companies, steel manufacturing companies, refineries, fence and iron companies, transportation, heating and plumbing companies, various unions, federal, state and municipal government, and self-employment. Potential positions include welder, cutter, welding machine tender, welding machine operator, foreman, and leadman.

Courses

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  • Quarter 1
  • AMATH 100 *Applied Occupational Math5 credits

    This course covers fractions, decimals, percents, ratios and proportions, English and metric measurement systems, geometry, and algebra. The contents will include relevant technical applications and the use of a calculator.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Arithmetic score of 38 or MATH 090 or ABE 050 with a "C" or better.

    Future Offerings
    1/5-3/23TTh 1:10p-3:20pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/4-3/22MWF 8:30a-9:50aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/5-3/23TTh 8:00a-10:10aSTAFFOpenings: 2
    1/4-3/22MWF 2:10p-3:30pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/4-3/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    1/4-3/22MWF 8:30a-9:50aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/4-3/16TTh 1:10p-3:20pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/5-6/16MWF 8:30a-9:50aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/4-6/16Online STAFFOpenings: 24
  • WLD 101Welding Safety I2 credits

    Introduction to the general welding industry, shop safety and orientation to the metal shop environment. Also electrical and compressed gas cylinder safety, and safe applications with grinders, band saws, and ironworkers.

    Prerequisite:
    Admission to program

    Future Offerings
    9/20-12/8T 8:00a-9:40aRUSH CWaitlisted: 0
    9/20-12/8W10:00a-11:40aRUSH COpenings: 2
  • WLD 104Career Opportunities For Welders2 credits

    Survey course introduces students to careers in the welding & fabricating industry. Lecture topics will include code and non-code welding, fabricating, structural steel welding, aluminum welding, pipe welding & fitting, artistic, creative, and architectural welding, and local opportunities in the shop, refinery, and marine based industries. Guest speakers and tours of local industry will enhance the course to give students a broad-based view of the industry.

    Prerequisite:
    Completion of or concurrent enrollment in WLD 101, WLD 105, WLD 110 and WLD 120

    Future Offerings
    9/20-12/8W10:00a-11:40aAPT RWaitlisted: 0
    9/20-12/8T 8:00a-9:40aAPT ROpenings: 2
  • WLD 105Thermal Cutting Processes4 credits

    This course will introduce the student to the basics of plasma arc cutting, and oxy-fuel cutting processes; cutting safety; theory of gases; and hands-on lab practice cutting exercises. Compressed bottle handling and equipment safety and orientation will be stressed.

    Prerequisite:
    Completion of or concurrent enrollment in WLD 101, WLD 104, WLD 110 and WLD 120

    Future Offerings
    9/20-12/8M10:00a-11:00aRUSH CWaitlisted: 0
     M11:00a-2:15p
     TWTh 1:40p-2:15p
    9/20-12/8M10:00a-11:00aAPT ROpenings: 2
     M11:00a-2:15p
     TWTh 1:40p-2:15p
  • WLD 110SMAW I4 credits

    Students will learn applications of power sources, electrode identification, and basic steel metallurgy, while practicing lab techniques in E6010 and E7018 SMAW Electrodes in the weld booth.

    Prerequisite:
    Completion of or concurrent enrollment in WLD 101, WLD 104, WLD 105 and WLD 120

    Future Offerings
    9/20-10/26Th 8:00a-9:40aAPT ROpenings: 1
     W11:40a-1:40p
     TTh 9:40a-1:40p
    10/27-12/8Th 8:00a-9:40aAPT ROpenings: 2
     W11:40a-1:40p
     TTh 9:40a-1:40p
  • WLD 120GMAW I4 credits

    Introduction to the Gas Metal Arc Welding, welding process for mild steel. Power sources, techniques, shielding gases, metallurgy, and electrode identification will be covered. The student will learn the application of this process through lab practice in the weld booth.

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 101, WLD 104, WLD 105 and WLD 110

    Future Offerings
    10/27-12/8Th 8:00a-9:40aRUSH COpenings: 1
     W11:40a-1:40p
     TTh 9:40a-1:40p
    9/20-10/26Th 8:00a-9:40aRUSH COpenings: 2
     W11:40a-1:40p
     TTh 9:40a-1:40p
  • Quarter 2
  • AENGL 100 *Applied English5 credits

    This applied English course focuses on the workplace communication skills needed to send, receive, and process oral and written information. Along with a review of writing fundamentals, learners will use principles of clear communication, professionalism, and cultural awareness in occupational contexts. Learners will sharpen their reading, writing, and presentation skills.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.

    Future Offerings
    1/5-3/23Th 1:10p-3:20pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/4-3/22MW 8:30a-9:50aSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/4-3/22MW 2:10p-3:30pSTAFFOpenings: 12
    1/4-3/22MW10:10a-11:30aSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/5-3/23TTh 8:00a-10:10aSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/4-3/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    4/4-6/13T 1:10p-3:20pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/5-6/14MW 8:30a-9:50aSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/5-6/14MWF 2:10p-3:30pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/5-6/14MW10:10a-11:30aSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/4-6/16Online STAFFOpenings: 24
  • WLD 102Welding Safety II2 credits

    In depth welding & fabricating industry safety topics, including: general fabrication shop hazards; outside construction hazards; confined spaces, firewatch, fall protection hazard training and respirator/fresh air breathing apparatus training.

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 101

    Future Offerings
    1/9-3/20M 8:00a-10:00aRUSH COpenings: 24
    1/4-3/22W 8:00a-9:40aRUSH COpenings: 24
  • WLD 106Print Reading I3 credits

    Students will learn to use prints and drawings used in the welding trade. Students will study interpretation of basic drawings and prints, dimensions, terminology, notes, applied mathematics and sketching and drawing techniques.

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 101, WLD 104, WLD 105

    Future Offerings
    1/4-3/22W 8:00a-10:00aAPT ROpenings: 24
    1/9-3/20M 8:00a-10:00aAPT ROpenings: 24
  • WLD 130FCAW I4 credits

    Course covers the flux core arc welding process, including dual shield and self-shielding processes. Classroom discussion includes process safety and applications, power sources, shielding gases, FCAW electrodes and metallurgy. Lab practice on mild steel in the weld booth.

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 101 and WLD 104 and WLD 105

    Future Offerings
    2/15-3/23Th10:30a-12:00pRUSH COpenings: 24
     TTh 1:00p-4:00p
     MW12:30p-2:30p
    1/4-2/14Th10:30a-12:00pRUSH COpenings: 24
     TTh 1:00p-4:00p
     MW12:30p-2:30p
  • WLD 140GTAW I4 credits

    This Introduction to Gas Tungsten Arc Welding process covers safety, power sources, metallurgy, gases, filler metals and welding lab practice on mild steel in the weld booth.

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 101 and WLD 104 and WLD 105

    Future Offerings
    1/4-2/14Th10:30a-12:00pAPT ROpenings: 24
     TTh 1:00p-4:00p
     MW12:30p-2:30p
    2/15-3/23Th10:30a-12:00pAPT ROpenings: 24
     TTh 1:00p-4:00p
     MW12:30p-2:30p
  • WLD 150 Steel Fabricating I4 credits

    Students will learn and apply basic layout and fabricating techniques, applying simple print reading concepts, and cutting and welding techniques, to produce simple fabricated small projects. Will familiarize students with shop equipment and sign-off each for safety. GMAW and FCAW welding processes may be used, as well as Plasma and Oxy/Fuel Thermal Cutting processes, and introduction to bevellers. The importance of accurate measuring; precision squares, angles, drilling and leveling; attention to detail, neatness, and the finished product will be demonstrated in an approved small fabrication project.

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 101 and WLD 102 and WLD 105 and WLD 106 and WLD 110 and WLD 130

    Future Offerings
    1/4-3/23T10:30a-12:00pAPT ROpenings: 24
     MW10:00a-12:00p
     TTh12:30p-1:00p
    1/4-3/23T10:30a-12:00pRUSH COpenings: 24
     MW10:00a-12:00p
     TTh12:30p-1:00p
  • Quarter 3
  • CMST& 210 *Interpersonal Communications5 credits

    Designed to introduce students to the application of basic interpersonal communication theory, with a focus on achieving success in the workplace. Topics explored include self-awareness, self-disclosure, conversation skills, relationship development and maintenance, assertiveness, teamwork and group dynamics, conflict management strategies, and diversity issues.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.

    Future Offerings
    1/5-3/23TTh 8:00a-10:10aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/4-3/22MW 2:10p-3:30pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/5-3/23TTh 1:10p-3:20pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/4-3/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    1/4-3/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    4/5-6/14MW 2:10p-3:30pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/5-6/16MWF 8:30a-9:50aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/4-3/16TTh 1:10p-3:20pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/4-6/16Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    4/4-6/16Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    4/4-6/16Online STAFFOpenings: 24
  • WLD 107Welding Leadership I1 credits

    Team and organizational skills are highlighted in a creative activity. Students may practice these skills by participating in the planning, organization, and execution of a multifaceted public performance event, such as the BTC Welding Rodeo, a two-day welding skills competition, or other Team-Based activity involving supervision and leadership, as determined by the Welding Faculty.

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 101 , WLD 102, WLD 104, WLD 105, WLD 110, WLD 120, WLD 130
  • WLD 121GMAW Aluminum I4 credits

    This introduction to the gas metal arc welding process on aluminum covers safety, power sources, metallurgy, gases, filler metals, and lab practice.

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 101, WLD 104, WLD 105, WLD 130
  • WLD 141GTAW Aluminum I4 credits

    This introduction to gas tungsten arc welding process on aluminum covers safety, power sources, metallurgy, gases, filler metals, and lab practice.

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 101 and WLD 104 and WLD 105 and WLD 140
  • WLD 151Aluminum Fabrication I4 credits

    Students will learn and apply weld joint theory, prep, and fabrication of aluminum, and application of print reading basics. Storage and handling techniques, metal preparation for fitting and welding, fixture and jigging tools and contamination and distortion control will be demonstrated and practiced. The importance of accurate measuring; precision squares, angles, drilling and leveling; attention to detail, neatness, and the finished product will be demonstrated in an approved small fabrication project.

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 101 and WLD 102 and WLD 105 and WLD 106 and WLD 120 and WLD 130 and WLD 140
  • WLD 218SMAW Practices II TP2 credits

    Elective: SMAW process using E7018 Electrodes in the 2F, 3F, and 4F positions. Focus is skill development for the beginner or advanced welder. This is a Tech Prep articulated course.

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 150
  • WLD 231FCAW Practices TP2 credits

    Students will practice FCAW process using ¼”, ½” & 1” Steel Plate in the 1F, 2F, and 3F positions. Focus is on skill development for the beginner or advanced welder.

    Prerequisite:
    All WLD 100-level courses or instructor permission
  • Quarter 4
  • WLD 210SMAW II6 credits

    Open-Root Carbon Steel late Shield Arc Welding in 2G and 3G positions. Emphasis on open-root groove welding on 3/8" - 1/2" plate with E6010 (Root), and E7018 (Fill & Cap) for students enrolled in Pipe Pathway. This welding practice follows AWS Welding Standard D1.1 Structural Steel Welding Code, and is beginning practice to qualify open-root welds to ASME IX: B31.3; and AP1104 SMAW Pipe Welding Certification Standards for pressure piping applications required by local refineries and affiliated industrial piping applications.

    Prerequisite:
    All WLD 100 level courses or Instructor Permission

    Future Offerings
    9/20-12/9TWTh 7:00a-8:00aANDERSON DOpenings: 18
     TWThF 8:00a-10:00a
  • WLD 211SMAW III6 credits

    Open Root Carbon Steel Plate Shield Metal Arc Welding in 4G position. Emphasis on open root groove welding on 3/8" - 1" plate with E6010 (Root), and E7018 (Fill & Cap) for students enrolled in Pipe Pathway. This welding practice follows AWS Welding Standard D1.1 Structural Steel Welding Code, and is beginning practice to qualify open root welds to ASME IX: B31.1; and AP1104 SMAW Pipe Welding Certification Standards for pressure piping applications required by local refineries and affiliated industrial piping applications.

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 210 or Instructor Permission
  • Electives: 0-6 credits can be taken Summer, Fall, or Spring

  • Quarter 5
  • WLD 205Print Reading II - Pipe3 credits

    Students will learn to use prints and drawings used in the welding trade, with emphasis on structural steel. Students will study and interpret industry drawings and prints, plan drawings, symbols, dimensions, terminology, notes, applied mathematics, sketching and drawing techniques.

    Prerequisite:
    All WLD level 100 courses or Instructor permission

    Future Offerings
    9/20-12/8TTh10:00a-11:30aANDERSON DOpenings: 9
  • WLD 215SMAW Pipe7 credits

    Shield metal arc welding of open-root steel pipe in all positions in preparation for industrial applications and the AWS/WABO Pipe Welding Certification Test (AWS/WABO testing is offered in-house). This pipe welding practices follows AWS Welding Standard D1.1 Structural Welding Code and ASME IX and B31.3 SMAW Pipe Welding Certification Standards for pressure piping applications required by local refineries and affiliated industrial applications. Pipe welding conducted in 2G, 5g, and 6G positions on 8" pipe.

    Prerequisite:
    All WLD 100 Level Courses or Instructor Permission

    Future Offerings
    9/20-12/9TWTh 7:00a-8:00aANDERSON DOpenings: 15
     TWThF 8:00a-10:00a
  • WLD 256Pipe Fabrication I7 credits

    Advanced Fabrication techniques for Pipe, including basic trade math, measuring tools and techniques, pipe welding layout and fit-up techniques for large-bore and small-bore steel pipe; pipe materials and fittings; pipe fitting safety, tools and techniques; and preparation of beveled pipe joints for welding. Welding is to WABO structural, AWS and ASME Pressure pipe welding standards, and Fabrication to accepted Industry Standards. This course will be based extensively on The Pipe Fitter’s Blue Book by Graves and BTC’s Pipe Welding and Pipe Fitting, Volumes I & II from NCCER Pipefitting Levels 1-4.

    Prerequisite:
    All WLD 100 level courses or Instructor permission

    Future Offerings
    9/20-12/9WF10:10a-11:30aANDERSON DOpenings: 9
     TWTh12:00p-2:00p
     F12:00p-2:00p
  • Electives: 0-6 credits can be taken Summer, Fall, or Spring

  • Quarter 6
  • WLD 213Print Reading III3 credits

    Advanced Print Reading for 2nd year students. Students will study interpretation of basic drawings and prints, dimensions, terminology, notes, applied mathematics and sketching and drawing techniques. Also may include applications for CNC Plasma Software, Isometric reading and drawing, and understanding basic AutoCAD applications.

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 205, or WLD 206, or Instructor permission
  • WLD 257Pipe Fabrication II5 credits

    Advanced Fabrication techniques for Pipe per Piping Industry accepted codes and standards. Will include trade math in laying-out angles and offsets; pipefitting calculations; special pipefitting problems, including branch connections, headers; and fabrication piping systems involving reducers, and fabrication of offsets. Also pipe support systems and rigging for piping installations in the Fabrication Module. This course will be based extensively on The Pipe Fitter’s Blue Book by Graves and BTC’s Pipe Welding and Pipe Fitting, Volumes I & II from NCCER Pipefitting Levels 1-4.

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 256 or Instructor permission
  • WLD 262 GTAW Pipe Welding5 credits

    GTAW open root welding on carbon steel will be discussed. Pipe fitting techniques; for GTAW remote amperage adjustment and scratch-arc techniques. Welding in the booth and in the fabrication shop or Fabrication Module will be demonstrated and practiced.

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 215 or Instructor permission
  • WLD 230FCAW II3 credits

    Advanced FCA welding techniques in all positions; in the weld booth and in work simulated difficult positions such as the welding module. Lab practice will include preparation for WABO certification testing.

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 215 or Instructor permission

    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/9F 7:00a-3:00pJONES RWaitlisted: 0
  • CTE 108Job Skills1 credits

    This course provides students with the foundation for job preparation and job searching. Students will identify their qualifications for their chosen career; identify what employers look for in strong candidates; build resumes and cover letters; gain tips on completing applications; job and informational interviewing; as well as job searching, professional networking, and tips for setting up a successful career. This is a hybrid course that includes a combination of face-to-face and online instruction. It is important that students should have skills in Microsoft Word before enrolling in this course.

    Prerequisite:
    Students should have skills in Microsoft Office before enrolling in this course.

    Future Offerings
    9/26-12/5M11:35a-12:25pBURNS JOpenings: 13
    1/9-3/20M11:35a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 24
    1/5-2/9Th 3:00p-5:00pSTAFFOpenings: 24
    1/4-2/8W 3:00p-5:00pSTAFFOpenings: 25
    4/10-6/19M11:35a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 24
    4/6-5/11Th 3:00p-5:00pSTAFFOpenings: 24
  • HLTH 155First Aid Fundamentals1 credits

    This eight-hour first aid course is in compliance with WAC 296-24 of the State of Washington and meets OSHA/WISHA requirements for first aid training. This course teaches the fundamentals of first aid in order to gain access to the EMS system, render emergency care in a low-risk occupational environment, and teaches adult CPR and obstructed airway techniques. Both CPR and first aid cards are good for two years. Attendance at all sessions and demonstration of competency is required for certification.


    Future Offerings
    10/4-10/6TTh 5:00p-9:00pYORKS GOpenings: 3
    11/7M 6:00p-9:00pJORGENSEN KOpenings: 9
    11/12Sa 8:00a-5:00pREAD AMWaitlisted: 2
    2/4Sa 8:00a-5:00aSTAFFOpenings: 12
    1/25W 6:00p-9:00pSTAFFOpenings: 10
    3/10F 1:00p-4:00pSTAFFOpenings: 10
  • CODR 125Forklift Driver Certification1 credits

    This course provides the student with forklift driving safety knowledge and skills to comply with OSHA/WISHA, and meets WAC 296.863.60005 requirements. Instruction emphasizes prevention of workplace related hazards, accidents, and injuries. Students will be awarded the Ives Mobile Equipment Operator's Certification. Students must be at least 18 years of age and have previous forklift driving experience. Employers must also test an employee's ability and provide additional training on any different conditions specific to a particular job site.


    Future Offerings
    10/15Sa 8:00a-5:00pMORRIS GARYOpenings: 4
    11/19Sa 8:00a-5:00pMORRIS GARYOpenings: 5
  • ENVS 151Basic CSTOP Course1 credits

    Developed by Construction Safety Professionals to provide superior Safety Training, CSTOP is an industrial and heavy construction safety training and orientation program designed to provide contractor employees with a better than basic understanding of hazards and safety procedures associated with work in highly hazardous work areas.


    Future Offerings
    10/15Sa 8:00a-3:00pMILLER MOpenings: 27
    11/19Sa 8:00a-3:00pMILLER MOpenings: 30
  • Quarter 7
  • WLD 207Welding Leadership II1 credits

    Team and organizational skills are highlighted in a creative activity. Students may practice these skills by participating in the planning, organization, and execution of a multifaceted public performance event, such as the BTC Welding Rodeo, a two-day welding skills competition, or other Team-Based activity involving supervision and leadership, as determined by the Welding Faculty.

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 107 and WLD 208 or Instructor permission
  • WLD 209Codes & Standards2 credits

    Discussion of commonly used destructive and non-destructive weld testing processes and techniques, visual weld inspection parameters and techniques, and industry accepted codes and welding standards, publications, and standardizing organizations; including AWS, ASME, ANSI, API, AA and WABO.

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 254, or WLD 257, or Instructor permission
  • WLD 271Welder Testing6 credits

    This course requires successful completion of at least one AWS/WABO Certification Test (SMAW or FCAW) on 1" plate or 8" Schedule 80 Pipe. Proof of industry certification may substitute for this requirement by Instructor permission.

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 220 and WLD 232; or WLD 230 and WLD 215; or Instructor permission
  • WLD 295Capstone Project3 credits

    A culminating project consisting of a portfolio, resume and job search element, and a culminating fabrication project under the direction of staff.

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 254 or WLD 257; or Instructor permission
  • Electives
  • AAS students please see program advisor for quarter electives.

  • WLD 108Introduction to MIG Welding1 credits

    This class is a one-day introduction to MIG welding for the hobby welder. Topics will include safety, basic GMAW (MIG) welding and cutting processes. Safety gear will be provided.

    Prerequisite:
    Instructor Permission
  • WLD 109Creative Welding2 credits

    Garden Art & Garden Gates. Topics will include safety, specialized welding and cutting processes, fabrication and finishing techniques, aesthetics, connotations of materials, sculpture as metaphor and collage of materals. Students will use MIG and SMAW welding processes. Materials supplied by student. A supply list will be provided at the first class.

    Prerequisite:
    Instructor Permission

    Future Offerings
    9/27-12/6T 6:00p-9:20pCLEVELAND BOpenings: 16
  • WLD 111Creative Welding & 3D Design2 credits

    Topics will include safety, specialized welding and cutting processes, fabrication and finishing techniques, aesthetics, connotations of materials, sculpture as metaphor and collage or materials. Students will use MIG and SMAW welding processes. Materials supplied by student. A supply list will be provided at the first class.

    Prerequisite:
    Instructor Permission

    Future Offerings
    9/28-12/7W 6:00p-9:20pERICKSON SOpenings: 15
  • WLD 112Basic Welding Welding I & II2 credits

    This course covers the basic skills needed for oxy/fuel cutting and electric welding as well as welding theory and applied work skills. Instruction is geared to the individual student's skill level, experience, and interests. Students furnish their own tools and a supply list will be provided at the first class.

    Prerequisite:
    Instructor Permission

    Future Offerings
    10/3-12/5M 6:00p-9:20pPHILLIBER BOpenings: 16
  • WLD 142Intro to Aluminum Welding2 credits

    This course covers methods of fabricating aluminum, with special emphasis on marine applications. Students will learn material selection, storage and handling techniques, metal preparation for welding, and use of PAC, CAC, GTAW and GMAW.

    Prerequisite:
    Instructor Permission

    Future Offerings
    9/29-12/8Th 5:30p-8:50pSMOCK ZOpenings: 16
  • WLD 212CNC Practices6 credits

    Students will learn software programming principles and activities for use of the Torchmate CAD system for use in designing, developing, and plasma cutting parts for fabrication. Students will complete a project utilizing the CNC, including gage materials in Carbon Steel or Alloys, cut, grind, assemble, and weld to a finished project.

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 213 or Instuctor Permission
  • WLD 216SMAW Practices TP2 credits

    Elective: SMAW process in E6010 Electrodes in the 1F, 2F, and 3F positions. Focus is skill development for the beginner or advanced welder. This is a Tech Prep articulated course.

    Prerequisite:
    All WLD 100 level courses or Instructor permission

    Future Offerings
    9/20-12/9TWThF 7:00a-8:00aJONES ROpenings: 10
  • WLD 217Advanced SMAW Practices6 credits

    Lab exploring avenues for overcoming the difficulties of advanced SMA welding, including confined space applications, and out of position welding. Will apply practices to SMAW of Small Bore ("Gun Barrel"), Large Bore (Down-hand API welding), and RMD or STT open root wire-feed welding of pipe in roll-outs on the weld positioner for shop applications.

    Prerequisite:
  • WLD 219GTAW Aluminum Practices TP2 credits

    This course focuses on GTAW with fillet and groove welds in all positions on aluminum plate on the 1F, 2F, & 3F positions, for the beginning or advanced welder.

    Prerequisite:
    All WLD 100 level courses, or Instructor permission
  • WLD 223GMAW Practices TP2 credits

    GMAW process in various positions on various thicknesses of material for the beginner or advanced welder. This is a Tech Prep articulated course.

    Prerequisite:
    All WLD 100-level courses or Instructor permission

    Future Offerings
    9/20-12/9TWThF 7:00a-8:00aJONES ROpenings: 14
  • WLD 225GMAW Aluminum Practices TP2 credits

    GMAW aluminum welding practices in the 2F and 3F positions on various thickness of aluminum for the beginner or advanced welder. This is a Tech Prep articulated course.

    Prerequisite:
    All WLD 100-level courses or Instructor permission
  • WLD 226Advanced Aluminum Welding Practices6 credits

    Guided & self-guided Instructor-approved practices in GMAW or GTAW on aluminum.

    Prerequisite:
    All WLD 100-level courses or Instructor permission
  • WLD 243GTAW Practices TP2 credits

    GTAW process in 2F and 3F positions on sheet metal for the beginner or advanced welder. This is a Tech Prep articulated course.

    Prerequisite:
    All WLD 100-level courses or Instructor permission
  • WLD 245Advance GTAW Practices3 credits

    Lab focuses on proper joint preparation, fit-up and welding of alloy plate, including stainless steel GTAW welding, open root butt welds and various alloys and carbon steel.

    Prerequisite:
    All WLD 100-level courses or Instructor permission
  • WLD 247Advance GTAW Aluminum Practices3 credits

    Advanced GTA welding of aluminum alloys in all positions and confined spaces.

    Prerequisite:
    All WLD 100-level courses or Instructor permission
  • WLD 248GTAW III5 credits

    Advanced GTA welding on steel and stainless steel.

    Prerequisite:
    All WLD 100-level courses or Instructor permission
  • WLD 258Special Fabrication Projects6 credits

    Guided and self-guided steel or aluminum fabrication projects by instructor permission. Offered in Summer only.

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 271 or Instructor Permission
  • WLD 267Marine Welding4 credits

    Topics covered will include: ship yard safety and hazards, confined spaces, inclement weather, flame cutting, carbon arc gouging, and out-of-position welding (wire-feed and stick processes). Ideal for students preparing to job hunt or professionals looking to transition trades. Basic welding experience and personal protective equipment required. This class is physically demanding and will require kneeling, crouching, and crawling in awkward positions, standing on ladders, and working in tight spaces. This class is not recommended for inhibited individuals or those with severe claustrophobia.

    Prerequisite:
    Instructor Permission

    Future Offerings
    9/20-12/9TWThF 9:00a-10:30aJONES ROpenings: 7
  • WLD 273Testing II6 credits

    Guided Lab practice in preparation for WABO/ASME/ABS/in-house testing. Welder qualification and certification testing. Processes may include FCAW, SMAW, GTAW, or GMAW in all positions, including fit-up, and NDE principles.

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 271or Instructor Permission
  • WLD 274TESTING III6 credits

    Guided Lab practice in preparation for WABO/ASME/ABS/In-house testing. Welder qualification and certification testing. Processes may include FCAW, SMAW, GTAW, or GMAW in all positions, including fit-up, and NDE principles.

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 271 or Instructor Permission
  • WLD 281Welding Upgrade 20hr1 credits

    Self-guided welding practice in the welding booth. A 20-hour upgrade in one credit. May be taken multiple times.

    Prerequisite:
    Instructor Permission

    Future Offerings
    9/20-10/26TWThFJONES ROpenings: 14
    10/27-12/9TWThFJONES ROpenings: 16
  • WLD 282Welding Upgrade 50hr2 credits

    Self-guided welding practice in the welding booth. A 50-hour upgrade in 2 credits. May be taken multiple times.

    Prerequisite:
    Instructor permission

    Future Offerings
    9/20-12/9TWThFJONES ROpenings: 15
  • WLD 283Welding Upgrade 70hr3 credits

    Self-guided welding practice in the welding booth. A 70-hour upgrade is 3 credits. May be taken multiple times.

    Prerequisite:
    Instructor permission

    Future Offerings
    9/20-12/9TWThFJONES ROpenings: 15
  • WLD 290Advanced Welding Practice III & IV2 credits

    Open lab will focus on individual advanced welding skills or pipe welding needs. Students must supply their own tools and materials. Contact instructor for tool list prior to class.

    Prerequisite:
    Welding II or equivalent on job experience.

    Future Offerings
    9/27-12/6T 6:00p-9:20pEATON CHUCKOpenings: 16
  • WLD 293Welding Internship I3 credits

    Industry on-the-job experience per individualized opportunities under guided practice. May be taken multiple times.

    Prerequisite:
    Instructor permission
  • WLD 298Welding Internship II6 credits

    Industry on-the-job experience per individualized opportunities under guided practice.

    Prerequisite:
    Instructor permission
  • WLD 299Welding Internship III6 credits

    Industry on-the-job experience per individualized opportunities under guided practice.

    Prerequisite:
    Instructor permission
  • Select 6 credits of Electives6 credits

TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS132 credits

* Minimum requirement. List of other Certificate or AAS General Education class options and alternatives

Program Entry Information

This program typically starts in Fall Quarter.

Testing Requirements

These requirements are for the AAS degree and are lower than those for the AAS-T degree. Please see the AAS-T Entry Page for AAS-T requirements.

  • Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.
  • Accuplacer Arithmetic score of 38 or a C grade in MATH 090 or ABE 050.

Pre-Program Course Requirements

  • NOTE: It is highly recommended that students take these courses prior to program entry:
  • CMST& 210 Interpersonal Communications.
  • AENGL 100 Applied English
  • AMATH 100 Applied Occupational Math

Program Outcomes

  • Exhibit & maintain essential employability behaviors.
  • Observe and practice industry safety guidelines.
  • Analyze and interpret prints, drawings, and symbols for welding and fabrication of parts and structures.
  • Achieve competency in a variety of major manual and semi-automatic welding processes in all positions.
  • Demonstrate proper set-up and use of welding and fabricating equipment.
  • Troubleshoot and solve basic welding, fabricating and equipment problems.
  • Pass at least one WABO certification or industry-accepted certification welding test (ASME, AWS, ABS, etc.).
  • Exhibit knowledge of occupational environments, metallurgy, materials, tools, fabrication, layout, and mechanical and thermal cutting processes and techniques.
  • Demonstrate appropriate oral and written communication with customers, co-workers, and supervisors.
  • Analyze and interpret prints and drawings for welding and fabricating.
  • Employ efficient organizational skills.
  • Stay current with new and emerging technologies.

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Don Anderson

Area of Instruction


Welding Technology

Degrees and Certifications


B.F.A., Painting/Printmaking, University of Kansas

A.A., Painting, Johnson County Community College

A.A.S.T., Professional Technical Education, Bellingham Technical College

Certificate, WABO - Certified Pipe Welder, Certified Weld Examiner

Certificate, ASME/ANSI Certified Journeyman Alloy Pipewelder

Certificate, AWS- Certified Welder Inspector (CWI), Certified Welding Educator (CWE)

Certificate, Navy Certified Journeyman Alloy Pipewelder

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


752-8346
danderson@btc.edu
Morse Center (MC) - Room 105

 

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Don has taught at BTC for 15 years, and is a 34-year veteran of the steel and piping industries in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. His Industry...

    • Don has taught at BTC for 15 years, and is a 34-year veteran of the steel and piping industries in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. His Industry experience includes work for several companies in Refineries, Shipbuilding and Repair, Seafood Plant Maintenance, and the Natural Gas Pipeline Installation & Maintenance Industries in union and non-union capacities. He has held multiple plate and pipe welding certifications in steel and high alloys, specializing in SMAW, GTAW and FCAW welding processes on structural steel and certified pressure piping.

      Don has been a welding supervisor and company co-owner and is currently a WABO Certified Pipe Welder in SMAW and GTAW, and is an AWS CWI and CWE, and a WABO Certified Welder Examiner. Don holds a BFA in Painting and Printmaking from the University of Kansas, an AA in Painting from Johnson County Community College, Kansas, and was the first recipient of the AAS-T in Professional Technical Education at Bellingham Technical College. In addition, Don is a professional artist and welded stainless steel and mixed-alloy metal sculptor, with work widely exhibited and collected in the Pacific Northwest and in National exhibitions.

Specialties
Don’s specialty is welding and teaching welding of steel and alloy piping for industrial pressure piping applications, specifically for the oil refinery and pipeline industries, and marine applications

    • Don’s specialty is welding and teaching welding of steel and alloy piping for industrial pressure piping applications, specifically for the oil refinery and pipeline industries, and marine applications


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Russell Jones

Area of Instruction


Welding Technology

Degrees and Certifications


U.S. Navy HT-Hull Maintenance Technician

Ironworkers Local #509

Certificate, AWS-Certified Welding Inspector (CWI)

Certificate, AWS-Certified Welding Educator (CWE)

Certificate, AWS-Certified Radiographic Interpreter (CRI)

WABO-Structural steel and Welding Inspector

Certificate, WABO-Certified Welder

WABO-Weld Examiner

ICC-Structural Steel and Welding Inspector

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


752-8301
rjones@btc.edu
Morse Center (MC) - Room 105

 

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Coly Rush

Area of Instruction


Welding Technology

Degrees and Certifications


B.S., Agriculture Studies, Dickinson State University

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


752-8557
CRush@btc.edu
Morse Center (MC) - Room 105


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Matthew Bryant

Area of Instruction


Grants

Contact Info


752-8365
mbryant@btc.edu
Morse Center (MC) - Room 204


Basic Welding Skills (minimum 2 Quarters)

Prepare for your welding career through this program. Then put your high-demand skills to work in the metal and construction trades as a welder, cutter, or welding machine operator. Students choose to specialize in one of three areas: aluminum, structural fabrication, or pipe welding. In our state-of-the-art welding and fabrication facility, you’ll learn valuable skills that high-wage employers are looking for. From safety practices and blueprint reading, to technical skills like metallurgy, MIG, and TIG welding, BTC’s hands-on training will prepare you for a career in boat manufacturing, steel manufacturing, refining, and transportation, or with federal, state, or local governments.

Program Facts

84% Average placement rate for program graduates

Average annual wage $42,848

Wage potential $53,061 annually

Employment and wage data sources

Student Chapter of the American Welding Society (AWS)

Gainful Employment

Program Costs, Financing, and Outcomes

Jobs & Employment

Employment opportunities for welders are expected to increase. Employment opportunities for welders, cutters, and welding machine operators differ by occupational specialty.

About 84% of BTC Welding students are employed within nine months of graduation. The average annual wage in this field is $42,848, with an earning potential of about $53,061 per year.*

Criminal convictions may restrict or prevent student participation with internships and employment in this industry.

Potential Positions

Welders are employed in various areas of business and industry that require working with different types of metal for either manufacturing, repair, or cutting. Nationally, nine out of ten welders and cutters are employed in manufacturing, services, construction, or wholesale trade.

Typical places of employment include sheet metal fabrication companies, energy service companies, steel manufacturing companies, refineries, fence and iron companies, transportation, heating and plumbing companies, various unions, federal, state and municipal government, and self-employment. Potential positions include welder, cutter, welding machine tender, welding machine operator, foreman, and leadman.

Courses

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Courses from the BTC Catalog

  • Quarter 1
  • WLD 101Welding Safety I2 credits

    Introduction to the general welding industry, shop safety and orientation to the metal shop environment. Also electrical and compressed gas cylinder safety, and safe applications with grinders, band saws, and ironworkers.

    Prerequisite:
    Admission to program

    Future Offerings
    9/20-12/8T 8:00a-9:40aRUSH CWaitlisted: 0
    9/20-12/8W10:00a-11:40aRUSH COpenings: 2
  • WLD 104Career Opportunities For Welders2 credits

    Survey course introduces students to careers in the welding & fabricating industry. Lecture topics will include code and non-code welding, fabricating, structural steel welding, aluminum welding, pipe welding & fitting, artistic, creative, and architectural welding, and local opportunities in the shop, refinery, and marine based industries. Guest speakers and tours of local industry will enhance the course to give students a broad-based view of the industry.

    Prerequisite:
    Completion of or concurrent enrollment in WLD 101, WLD 105, WLD 110 and WLD 120

    Future Offerings
    9/20-12/8W10:00a-11:40aAPT RWaitlisted: 0
    9/20-12/8T 8:00a-9:40aAPT ROpenings: 2
  • WLD 105Thermal Cutting Processes4 credits

    This course will introduce the student to the basics of plasma arc cutting, and oxy-fuel cutting processes; cutting safety; theory of gases; and hands-on lab practice cutting exercises. Compressed bottle handling and equipment safety and orientation will be stressed.

    Prerequisite:
    Completion of or concurrent enrollment in WLD 101, WLD 104, WLD 110 and WLD 120

    Future Offerings
    9/20-12/8M10:00a-11:00aRUSH CWaitlisted: 0
     M11:00a-2:15p
     TWTh 1:40p-2:15p
    9/20-12/8M10:00a-11:00aAPT ROpenings: 2
     M11:00a-2:15p
     TWTh 1:40p-2:15p
  • WLD 110SMAW I4 credits

    Students will learn applications of power sources, electrode identification, and basic steel metallurgy, while practicing lab techniques in E6010 and E7018 SMAW Electrodes in the weld booth.

    Prerequisite:
    Completion of or concurrent enrollment in WLD 101, WLD 104, WLD 105 and WLD 120

    Future Offerings
    9/20-10/26Th 8:00a-9:40aAPT ROpenings: 1
     W11:40a-1:40p
     TTh 9:40a-1:40p
    10/27-12/8Th 8:00a-9:40aAPT ROpenings: 2
     W11:40a-1:40p
     TTh 9:40a-1:40p
  • WLD 120GMAW I4 credits

    Introduction to the Gas Metal Arc Welding, welding process for mild steel. Power sources, techniques, shielding gases, metallurgy, and electrode identification will be covered. The student will learn the application of this process through lab practice in the weld booth.

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 101, WLD 104, WLD 105 and WLD 110

    Future Offerings
    10/27-12/8Th 8:00a-9:40aRUSH COpenings: 1
     W11:40a-1:40p
     TTh 9:40a-1:40p
    9/20-10/26Th 8:00a-9:40aRUSH COpenings: 2
     W11:40a-1:40p
     TTh 9:40a-1:40p
  • AMATH 100 *Applied Occupational Math5 credits

    This course covers fractions, decimals, percents, ratios and proportions, English and metric measurement systems, geometry, and algebra. The contents will include relevant technical applications and the use of a calculator.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Arithmetic score of 38 or MATH 090 or ABE 050 with a "C" or better.

    Future Offerings
    1/5-3/23TTh 1:10p-3:20pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/4-3/22MWF 8:30a-9:50aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/5-3/23TTh 8:00a-10:10aSTAFFOpenings: 2
    1/4-3/22MWF 2:10p-3:30pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/4-3/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    1/4-3/22MWF 8:30a-9:50aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/4-3/16TTh 1:10p-3:20pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/5-6/16MWF 8:30a-9:50aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/4-6/16Online STAFFOpenings: 24
  • Quarter 2
  • WLD 102Welding Safety II2 credits

    In depth welding & fabricating industry safety topics, including: general fabrication shop hazards; outside construction hazards; confined spaces, firewatch, fall protection hazard training and respirator/fresh air breathing apparatus training.

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 101

    Future Offerings
    1/9-3/20M 8:00a-10:00aRUSH COpenings: 24
    1/4-3/22W 8:00a-9:40aRUSH COpenings: 24
  • WLD 106Print Reading I3 credits

    Students will learn to use prints and drawings used in the welding trade. Students will study interpretation of basic drawings and prints, dimensions, terminology, notes, applied mathematics and sketching and drawing techniques.

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 101, WLD 104, WLD 105

    Future Offerings
    1/4-3/22W 8:00a-10:00aAPT ROpenings: 24
    1/9-3/20M 8:00a-10:00aAPT ROpenings: 24
  • WLD 130FCAW I4 credits

    Course covers the flux core arc welding process, including dual shield and self-shielding processes. Classroom discussion includes process safety and applications, power sources, shielding gases, FCAW electrodes and metallurgy. Lab practice on mild steel in the weld booth.

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 101 and WLD 104 and WLD 105

    Future Offerings
    2/15-3/23Th10:30a-12:00pRUSH COpenings: 24
     TTh 1:00p-4:00p
     MW12:30p-2:30p
    1/4-2/14Th10:30a-12:00pRUSH COpenings: 24
     TTh 1:00p-4:00p
     MW12:30p-2:30p
  • WLD 140GTAW I4 credits

    This Introduction to Gas Tungsten Arc Welding process covers safety, power sources, metallurgy, gases, filler metals and welding lab practice on mild steel in the weld booth.

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 101 and WLD 104 and WLD 105

    Future Offerings
    1/4-2/14Th10:30a-12:00pAPT ROpenings: 24
     TTh 1:00p-4:00p
     MW12:30p-2:30p
    2/15-3/23Th10:30a-12:00pAPT ROpenings: 24
     TTh 1:00p-4:00p
     MW12:30p-2:30p
  • AENGL 100 *Applied English5 credits

    This applied English course focuses on the workplace communication skills needed to send, receive, and process oral and written information. Along with a review of writing fundamentals, learners will use principles of clear communication, professionalism, and cultural awareness in occupational contexts. Learners will sharpen their reading, writing, and presentation skills.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.

    Future Offerings
    1/5-3/23Th 1:10p-3:20pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/4-3/22MW 8:30a-9:50aSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/4-3/22MW 2:10p-3:30pSTAFFOpenings: 12
    1/4-3/22MW10:10a-11:30aSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/5-3/23TTh 8:00a-10:10aSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/4-3/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    4/4-6/13T 1:10p-3:20pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/5-6/14MW 8:30a-9:50aSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/5-6/14MWF 2:10p-3:30pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/5-6/14MW10:10a-11:30aSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/4-6/16Online STAFFOpenings: 24
  • WLD 150 Steel Fabricating I4 credits

    Students will learn and apply basic layout and fabricating techniques, applying simple print reading concepts, and cutting and welding techniques, to produce simple fabricated small projects. Will familiarize students with shop equipment and sign-off each for safety. GMAW and FCAW welding processes may be used, as well as Plasma and Oxy/Fuel Thermal Cutting processes, and introduction to bevellers. The importance of accurate measuring; precision squares, angles, drilling and leveling; attention to detail, neatness, and the finished product will be demonstrated in an approved small fabrication project.

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 101 and WLD 102 and WLD 105 and WLD 106 and WLD 110 and WLD 130

    Future Offerings
    1/4-3/23T10:30a-12:00pAPT ROpenings: 24
     MW10:00a-12:00p
     TTh12:30p-1:00p
    1/4-3/23T10:30a-12:00pRUSH COpenings: 24
     MW10:00a-12:00p
     TTh12:30p-1:00p
  • Quarter 3
  • WLD 107Welding Leadership I1 credits

    Team and organizational skills are highlighted in a creative activity. Students may practice these skills by participating in the planning, organization, and execution of a multifaceted public performance event, such as the BTC Welding Rodeo, a two-day welding skills competition, or other Team-Based activity involving supervision and leadership, as determined by the Welding Faculty.

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 101 , WLD 102, WLD 104, WLD 105, WLD 110, WLD 120, WLD 130
  • WLD 121GMAW Aluminum I4 credits

    This introduction to the gas metal arc welding process on aluminum covers safety, power sources, metallurgy, gases, filler metals, and lab practice.

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 101, WLD 104, WLD 105, WLD 130
  • WLD 141GTAW Aluminum I4 credits

    This introduction to gas tungsten arc welding process on aluminum covers safety, power sources, metallurgy, gases, filler metals, and lab practice.

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 101 and WLD 104 and WLD 105 and WLD 140
  • WLD 151Aluminum Fabrication I4 credits

    Students will learn and apply weld joint theory, prep, and fabrication of aluminum, and application of print reading basics. Storage and handling techniques, metal preparation for fitting and welding, fixture and jigging tools and contamination and distortion control will be demonstrated and practiced. The importance of accurate measuring; precision squares, angles, drilling and leveling; attention to detail, neatness, and the finished product will be demonstrated in an approved small fabrication project.

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 101 and WLD 102 and WLD 105 and WLD 106 and WLD 120 and WLD 130 and WLD 140
  • CMST& 210 *Interpersonal Communications5 credits

    Designed to introduce students to the application of basic interpersonal communication theory, with a focus on achieving success in the workplace. Topics explored include self-awareness, self-disclosure, conversation skills, relationship development and maintenance, assertiveness, teamwork and group dynamics, conflict management strategies, and diversity issues.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.

    Future Offerings
    1/5-3/23TTh 8:00a-10:10aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/4-3/22MW 2:10p-3:30pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/5-3/23TTh 1:10p-3:20pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/4-3/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    1/4-3/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    4/5-6/14MW 2:10p-3:30pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/5-6/16MWF 8:30a-9:50aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/4-3/16TTh 1:10p-3:20pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/4-6/16Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    4/4-6/16Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    4/4-6/16Online STAFFOpenings: 24
  • WLD 218SMAW Practices II TP2 credits

    Elective: SMAW process using E7018 Electrodes in the 2F, 3F, and 4F positions. Focus is skill development for the beginner or advanced welder. This is a Tech Prep articulated course.

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 150
  • WLD 231FCAW Practices TP2 credits

    Students will practice FCAW process using ¼”, ½” & 1” Steel Plate in the 1F, 2F, and 3F positions. Focus is on skill development for the beginner or advanced welder.

    Prerequisite:
    All WLD 100-level courses or instructor permission
TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS65 credits

* Minimum requirement. List of other Certificate or AAS General Education class options and alternatives

Program Entry Information

This program typically starts in Fall Quarter.

Testing Requirements

These requirements are for the Certificate and are lower than those for the AAS-T degree. Please see the AAS-T Entry Page for AAS-T requirements.

  • Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.
  • Accuplacer Arithmetic score of 38 or a C grade in MATH 090 or ABE 050.

Pre-Program Course Requirements

  • NOTE: It is highly recommended that students take these courses prior to program entry:
  • CMST& 210 Interpersonal Communications
  • AENGL 100 Applied English
  • AMATH 100 Applied Occupational Math

Program Outcomes

  • Exhibit & maintain essential employability behaviors;
  • Observe and practice industry safety guidelines;
  • Analyze and interpret prints, drawings, and symbols for welding and fabrication of parts and structures;
  • Achieve competency in a variety of major manual and semi-automatic welding processes in all positions;
  • Demonstrate proper set-up and use of welding and fabricating equipment;
  • Troubleshoot and solve basic welding, fabricating and equipment problems;
  • Pass at least one WABO certification or industry-accepted certification welding test (ASME, AWS, ABS, etc.);
  • Exhibit knowledge of occupational environments, metallurgy, materials, tools, fabrication, layout, and mechanical and thermal cutting processes and techniques;
  • Demonstrate appropriate oral and written communication with customers, co-workers, and supervisors;
  • Analyze and interpret prints and drawings for welding and fabricating;
  • Employ efficient organizational skills;
  • Stay current with new and emerging technologies.

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Don Anderson

Area of Instruction


Welding Technology

Degrees and Certifications


B.F.A., Painting/Printmaking, University of Kansas

A.A., Painting, Johnson County Community College

A.A.S.T., Professional Technical Education, Bellingham Technical College

Certificate, WABO - Certified Pipe Welder, Certified Weld Examiner

Certificate, ASME/ANSI Certified Journeyman Alloy Pipewelder

Certificate, AWS- Certified Welder Inspector (CWI), Certified Welding Educator (CWE)

Certificate, Navy Certified Journeyman Alloy Pipewelder

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


752-8346
danderson@btc.edu
Morse Center (MC) - Room 105

 

Background


Profile

Don has taught at BTC for 15 years, and is a 34-year veteran of the steel and piping industries in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. His Industry...

    • Don has taught at BTC for 15 years, and is a 34-year veteran of the steel and piping industries in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. His Industry experience includes work for several companies in Refineries, Shipbuilding and Repair, Seafood Plant Maintenance, and the Natural Gas Pipeline Installation & Maintenance Industries in union and non-union capacities. He has held multiple plate and pipe welding certifications in steel and high alloys, specializing in SMAW, GTAW and FCAW welding processes on structural steel and certified pressure piping.

      Don has been a welding supervisor and company co-owner and is currently a WABO Certified Pipe Welder in SMAW and GTAW, and is an AWS CWI and CWE, and a WABO Certified Welder Examiner. Don holds a BFA in Painting and Printmaking from the University of Kansas, an AA in Painting from Johnson County Community College, Kansas, and was the first recipient of the AAS-T in Professional Technical Education at Bellingham Technical College. In addition, Don is a professional artist and welded stainless steel and mixed-alloy metal sculptor, with work widely exhibited and collected in the Pacific Northwest and in National exhibitions.

Specialties
Don’s specialty is welding and teaching welding of steel and alloy piping for industrial pressure piping applications, specifically for the oil refinery and pipeline industries, and marine applications

    • Don’s specialty is welding and teaching welding of steel and alloy piping for industrial pressure piping applications, specifically for the oil refinery and pipeline industries, and marine applications


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Russell Jones

Area of Instruction


Welding Technology

Degrees and Certifications


U.S. Navy HT-Hull Maintenance Technician

Ironworkers Local #509

Certificate, AWS-Certified Welding Inspector (CWI)

Certificate, AWS-Certified Welding Educator (CWE)

Certificate, AWS-Certified Radiographic Interpreter (CRI)

WABO-Structural steel and Welding Inspector

Certificate, WABO-Certified Welder

WABO-Weld Examiner

ICC-Structural Steel and Welding Inspector

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


752-8301
rjones@btc.edu
Morse Center (MC) - Room 105

 

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