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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.

Employment Information

81% BTC graduate placement rate

$36,892 starting annual wage

$45,552 average annual wage

$56,742 potential annual wage

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 81% of BTC Welding students are employed within nine months of graduation. The average annual wage in this field is $45,552, with an earning potential of about $56,742 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 are from the 2017-18 Catalog

  • 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
    4/3-6/19TTh 1:10p-3:20pHEGEBERG LOpenings: 28
    4/4-6/20MWF 8:30a-9:50aNEWTON KOpenings: 28
    4/3-6/20Online MOYLE VOpenings: 24
  • WLD 101Welding Safety2 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
  • WLD 105Thermal Cutting Processes4 credits

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

    Prerequisite:
    Completion of or concurrent enrollment in WLD 101, WLD 110 and WLD 120
  • 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 and WLD 105 and WLD 120
  • 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:
    Completion of or concurrent enrollment in WLD 101 and WLD 105 and WLD 110
  • 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
    4/3-6/19T 1:10p-3:20pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/4-6/20MW 8:30a-9:50aBURNS JOpenings: 26
    4/4-6/20MWF 2:10p-3:30pHOFFMAN COpenings: 26
    4/4-6/20MW10:10a-11:30aSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/3-6/20Online DONNELLY ROpenings: 24
  • WLD 106Print Reading I2 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 and WLD 105 and WLD 110 and WLD 120
  • 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 105 and WLD 110, and WLD 120

    Future Offerings
    2/14-3/21T10:30a-12:40pWRIGHT ROpenings: 13
     T12:50p-5:50p
     W10:15a-4:15p
     M 4:40p-5:55p
  • 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 105 and WLD 110 and WLD 120

    Future Offerings
    2/14-3/21T10:30a-12:40pRUSH COpenings: 13
     T12:50p-5:50p
     W10:15a-4:15p
     M 4:40p-5:55p
    4/3-5/9T10:30a-12:20pRUSH COpenings: 29
     W 8:00a-3:00p
     T12:30p-4:30p
    5/15-6/19T10:30a-12:20pRUSH COpenings: 29
     T12:30p-4:30p
     W 8:00a-4:30p
  • WLD 150Introduction to Metal Fabricating4 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 105 and WLD 110 and WLD 120
  • 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 communicating in a diverse world.

    Prerequisite:
    ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension score of 71 or RDG 085 with a C or better, and ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills score of 71 or a ENGL 092 with a C or better.

    Future Offerings
    4/4-6/20MW 2:10p-3:30pSMITH MOpenings: 28
    4/3-6/19TTh 8:00a-10:10aZAMORA AOpenings: 17
    4/4-6/20MWF 8:30a-9:50aSMITH MOpenings: 28
    4/3-6/19TTh 1:10p-3:20pMUDD SOpenings: 28
    4/3-6/20Online ZAMORA AOpenings: 30
    4/3-6/20Online ZAMORA AOpenings: 30
    4/3-6/20Online BURNS JOpenings: 30
    4/3-6/20Online BURNS JOpenings: 30
  • 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 106 and WLD 130 and WLD 140 and WLD 150

    Future Offerings
    5/15-6/19T10:30a-12:20pAPT ROpenings: 29
     T12:30p-4:30p
     W 8:00a-4:30p
    4/3-5/9T10:30a-12:20pAPT ROpenings: 29
     T12:30p-4:30p
     W 8:00a-3:00p
  • 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 116SMAW Practice2 credits

    Students will demonstrate all position SMAW welding techniques using E6010 or E7018 electrodes.

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 101 and WLD 105 and WLD 106 and WLD 110 and WLD 120 and WLD 130 and WLD 140 and WLD 150

    Future Offerings
    5/14-6/18M 8:00a-4:50pRUSH COpenings: 29
    4/9-5/7M 8:00a-4:50pRUSH COpenings: 29
  • WLD 131FCAW Practice2 credits

    Students will demonstrate all position FCAW welding techniques.

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 101 and WLD 105 and WLD 106 and WLD 110 and WLD 120 and WLD 130 and WLD 140 and WLD 150

    Future Offerings
    4/9-5/7M 8:00a-4:50pAPT ROpenings: 29
    5/14-6/18M 8:00a-4:50pAPT ROpenings: 29
  • Quarter 4
  • WLD 206Print Reading II - Welding & Fabrication3 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:
    Basic Welding Certificate 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 AWS and WABO certification testing.

    Prerequisite:
    Basic Welding Certificate or Instructor permission

    Future Offerings
    2/23-3/23ThF 7:00a-10:00aANDERSON DOpenings: 12
     ThF12:30p-4:30p
  • WLD 242GTAW & GMAW Alloy4 credits

    This course is designed to give students experience fabricating projects from aluminum, stainless steel and other alloys. Students will use large shop equipment including CNC plasma, press brake, hydraulic plate shear, and overhead bridge crane.

    Prerequisite:
    Basic Welding Certificate or Instructor Permission
  • WLD 252Alloy Fabrication6 credits

    Advanced fabricating techniques for alloys. Students will use large shop equipment and welding power supplies to fabricate projects from alloys including but not limited to aluminum, stainless steel and titanium to an industry acceptable standard.

    Prerequisite:
    Basic Welding Certificate or Instructor permission
  • 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 II4 credits

    FCAW process in various positions for advanced welding techniques.

    Prerequisite:
    Basic Welding Certificate or Instructor permission

    Future Offerings
    3/8-3/23WThF 7:00a-4:00pJONES ROpenings: 2
  • WLD 254Steel Fabrication5 credits

    Advanced fabricating techniques for steel. Students will use large shop equipment and welding power supplies to fabricate projects from standard structural shapes to applicable industry standard.

    Prerequisite:
    Basic Welding Certificate or Instructor permission
  • WLD 220SMAW Test Practice II4 credits

    Lab exploring avenues for overcoming the difficulties of advanced SMA welding, including confined space applications, and out of position welding. Will apply practices on standard unlimited structural groove weld test plates.

    Prerequisite:
    Basic Welding Certificate or Instructor permission

    Future Offerings
    2/14-3/7WThF 9:00a-4:00pJONES ROpenings: 2
  • Quarter 6
  • WLD 209Codes & Standards3 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:
    Basic Welding Certificate or Instructor permission

    Future Offerings
    4/5-6/15ThF10:00a-11:30aANDERSON DOpenings: 24
    4/4-5/25WF 7:00a-9:00aJONES ROpenings: 24
  • 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

    Future Offerings
    4/4-5/9W10:00a-11:30aANDERSON DOpenings: 24
     WThF 7:00a-10:00a
     WThF12:00p-2:30p
    4/4-6/20WThFJONES ROpenings: 24
  • Elective Requirement: 6 credits

  • Electives
  • WLD 291Capstone Project I3 credits

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

    Prerequisite:
    Basic Welding Certificate or Instructor Permission

    Future Offerings
    4/4-6/20WThFOpenings: 24
  • WLD 292Capstone Project II6 credits

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

    Prerequisite:
    Basic Welding Certificate or Instructor Permission

    Future Offerings
    4/4-6/20WThFJONES ROpenings: 24
  • WLD 293Welding Internship I3 credits

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

    Prerequisite:
    Instructor permission

    Future Offerings
    4/3-6/20ARRANDERSON DOpenings: 24
    4/3-6/20ARRJONES ROpenings: 24
  • WLD 294Welding Internship II6 credits

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

    Prerequisite:
    Instructor permission

    Future Offerings
    4/3-6/20ARRANDERSON DOpenings: 24
    4/3-6/20ARRJONES ROpenings: 24
TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS102 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.

Russell Jones - Instructor image

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


360 752-8301
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


360 752-8346
danderson@btc.edu
Morse Center (MC) - Room 105

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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


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.

Employment Information

81% BTC graduate placement rate

$36,892 starting annual wage

$45,552 average annual wage

$56,742 potential annual wage

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 81% of BTC Welding students are employed within nine months of graduation. The average annual wage in this field is $45,552, with an earning potential of about $56,742 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

Use this tool to see this program's course offerings for upcoming quarters

Select Catalog     

Courses are from the 2017-18 Catalog

  • Quarter 1
  • MATH& 107 *Math in Society5 credits

    College level coverage of practical applications in many fields of study. Topics will include probability, statistics, finance, geometry, graphing, growth & decay, and right triangle trigonometry.

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

    Future Offerings
    4/3-6/19ARR10:30a-12:40pNEWTON KOpenings: 15
    4/3-6/19Online NEWTON KOpenings: 5
    4/3-6/20Online MOYLE VOpenings: 24
  • WLD 101Welding Safety2 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
  • WLD 105Thermal Cutting Processes4 credits

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

    Prerequisite:
    Completion of or concurrent enrollment in WLD 101, WLD 110 and WLD 120
  • 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 and WLD 105 and WLD 120
  • 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:
    Completion of or concurrent enrollment in WLD 101 and WLD 105 and WLD 110
  • 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
    4/4-6/20MWF10:10a-11:30aRICHARDS JOpenings: 26
    4/3-6/19T10:30a-12:40pRICHARDS JOpenings: 26
    4/3-6/20Online HATCH LOpenings: 24
  • WLD 106Print Reading I2 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 and WLD 105 and WLD 110 and WLD 120
  • 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 105 and WLD 110, and WLD 120

    Future Offerings
    2/14-3/21T10:30a-12:40pWRIGHT ROpenings: 13
     T12:50p-5:50p
     W10:15a-4:15p
     M 4:40p-5:55p
  • 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 105 and WLD 110 and WLD 120

    Future Offerings
    2/14-3/21T10:30a-12:40pRUSH COpenings: 13
     T12:50p-5:50p
     W10:15a-4:15p
     M 4:40p-5:55p
    4/3-5/9T10:30a-12:20pRUSH COpenings: 29
     W 8:00a-3:00p
     T12:30p-4:30p
    5/15-6/19T10:30a-12:20pRUSH COpenings: 29
     T12:30p-4:30p
     W 8:00a-4:30p
  • WLD 150Introduction to Metal Fabricating4 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 105 and WLD 110 and WLD 120
  • 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
    4/4-6/20MWF10:10a-11:30aSMITH MOpenings: 28
    4/4-6/20MW 2:10p-3:30pMUDD SOpenings: 28
    4/3-6/20Online MUDD SOpenings: 24
  • 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 106 and WLD 130 and WLD 140 and WLD 150

    Future Offerings
    5/15-6/19T10:30a-12:20pAPT ROpenings: 29
     T12:30p-4:30p
     W 8:00a-4:30p
    4/3-5/9T10:30a-12:20pAPT ROpenings: 29
     T12:30p-4:30p
     W 8:00a-3:00p
  • 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 116SMAW Practice2 credits

    Students will demonstrate all position SMAW welding techniques using E6010 or E7018 electrodes.

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 101 and WLD 105 and WLD 106 and WLD 110 and WLD 120 and WLD 130 and WLD 140 and WLD 150

    Future Offerings
    5/14-6/18M 8:00a-4:50pRUSH COpenings: 29
    4/9-5/7M 8:00a-4:50pRUSH COpenings: 29
  • WLD 131FCAW Practice2 credits

    Students will demonstrate all position FCAW welding techniques.

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 101 and WLD 105 and WLD 106 and WLD 110 and WLD 120 and WLD 130 and WLD 140 and WLD 150

    Future Offerings
    4/9-5/7M 8:00a-4:50pAPT ROpenings: 29
    5/14-6/18M 8:00a-4:50pAPT ROpenings: 29
  • 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, 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:
    Basic Welding Certificate 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 AWS and WABO certification testing.

    Prerequisite:
    Basic Welding Certificate or Instructor permission

    Future Offerings
    2/23-3/23ThF 7:00a-10:00aANDERSON DOpenings: 12
     ThF12:30p-4:30p
  • WLD 242GTAW & GMAW Alloy4 credits

    This course is designed to give students experience fabricating projects from aluminum, stainless steel and other alloys. Students will use large shop equipment including CNC plasma, press brake, hydraulic plate shear, and overhead bridge crane.

    Prerequisite:
    Basic Welding Certificate or Instructor Permission
  • WLD 252Alloy Fabrication6 credits

    Advanced fabricating techniques for alloys. Students will use large shop equipment and welding power supplies to fabricate projects from alloys including but not limited to aluminum, stainless steel and titanium to an industry acceptable standard.

    Prerequisite:
    Basic Welding Certificate or Instructor permission
  • 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 II4 credits

    FCAW process in various positions for advanced welding techniques.

    Prerequisite:
    Basic Welding Certificate or Instructor permission

    Future Offerings
    3/8-3/23WThF 7:00a-4:00pJONES ROpenings: 2
  • WLD 254Steel Fabrication5 credits

    Advanced fabricating techniques for steel. Students will use large shop equipment and welding power supplies to fabricate projects from standard structural shapes to applicable industry standard.

    Prerequisite:
    Basic Welding Certificate or Instructor permission
  • WLD 220SMAW Test Practice II4 credits

    Lab exploring avenues for overcoming the difficulties of advanced SMA welding, including confined space applications, and out of position welding. Will apply practices on standard unlimited structural groove weld test plates.

    Prerequisite:
    Basic Welding Certificate or Instructor permission

    Future Offerings
    2/14-3/7WThF 9:00a-4:00pJONES ROpenings: 2
  • Quarter 6
  • WLD 209Codes & Standards3 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:
    Basic Welding Certificate or Instructor permission

    Future Offerings
    4/5-6/15ThF10:00a-11:30aANDERSON DOpenings: 24
    4/4-5/25WF 7:00a-9:00aJONES ROpenings: 24
  • 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

    Future Offerings
    4/4-5/9W10:00a-11:30aANDERSON DOpenings: 24
     WThF 7:00a-10:00a
     WThF12:00p-2:30p
    4/4-6/20WThFJONES ROpenings: 24
  • Required Electives: 6 credits6 credits

  • Electives
  • WLD 291Capstone Project I3 credits

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

    Prerequisite:
    Basic Welding Certificate or Instructor Permission

    Future Offerings
    4/4-6/20WThFOpenings: 24
  • WLD 292Capstone Project II6 credits

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

    Prerequisite:
    Basic Welding Certificate or Instructor Permission

    Future Offerings
    4/4-6/20WThFJONES ROpenings: 24
  • WLD 293Welding Internship I3 credits

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

    Prerequisite:
    Instructor permission

    Future Offerings
    4/3-6/20ARRANDERSON DOpenings: 24
    4/3-6/20ARRJONES ROpenings: 24
  • WLD 294Welding Internship II6 credits

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

    Prerequisite:
    Instructor permission

    Future Offerings
    4/3-6/20ARRANDERSON DOpenings: 24
    4/3-6/20ARRJONES ROpenings: 24
TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS107 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.

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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


360 752-8346
danderson@btc.edu
Morse Center (MC) - Room 105

Background


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


360 752-8301
rjones@btc.edu
Morse Center (MC) - Room 105

 

Background


Profile
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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.

Employment Information

81% BTC graduate placement rate

$36,892 starting annual wage

$45,552 average annual wage

$56,742 potential annual wage

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 81% of BTC Welding students are employed within nine months of graduation. The average annual wage in this field is $45,552, with an earning potential of about $56,742 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 are from the 2017-18 Catalog

  • Quarter 1
  • MATH& 107 *Math in Society5 credits

    College level coverage of practical applications in many fields of study. Topics will include probability, statistics, finance, geometry, graphing, growth & decay, and right triangle trigonometry.

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

    Future Offerings
    4/3-6/19ARR10:30a-12:40pNEWTON KOpenings: 15
    4/3-6/19Online NEWTON KOpenings: 5
    4/3-6/20Online MOYLE VOpenings: 24
  • WLD 101Welding Safety2 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
  • WLD 105Thermal Cutting Processes4 credits

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

    Prerequisite:
    Completion of or concurrent enrollment in WLD 101, WLD 110 and WLD 120
  • 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 and WLD 105 and WLD 120
  • 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:
    Completion of or concurrent enrollment in WLD 101 and WLD 105 and WLD 110
  • 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
    4/4-6/20MWF10:10a-11:30aRICHARDS JOpenings: 26
    4/3-6/19T10:30a-12:40pRICHARDS JOpenings: 26
    4/3-6/20Online HATCH LOpenings: 24
  • WLD 106Print Reading I2 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 and WLD 105 and WLD 110 and WLD 120
  • 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 105 and WLD 110, and WLD 120

    Future Offerings
    2/14-3/21T10:30a-12:40pWRIGHT ROpenings: 13
     T12:50p-5:50p
     W10:15a-4:15p
     M 4:40p-5:55p
  • 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 105 and WLD 110 and WLD 120

    Future Offerings
    2/14-3/21T10:30a-12:40pRUSH COpenings: 13
     T12:50p-5:50p
     W10:15a-4:15p
     M 4:40p-5:55p
    4/3-5/9T10:30a-12:20pRUSH COpenings: 29
     W 8:00a-3:00p
     T12:30p-4:30p
    5/15-6/19T10:30a-12:20pRUSH COpenings: 29
     T12:30p-4:30p
     W 8:00a-4:30p
  • WLD 150Introduction to Metal Fabricating4 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 105 and WLD 110 and WLD 120
  • 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
    4/4-6/20MWF10:10a-11:30aSMITH MOpenings: 28
    4/4-6/20MW 2:10p-3:30pMUDD SOpenings: 28
    4/3-6/20Online MUDD SOpenings: 24
  • 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 106 and WLD 130 and WLD 140 and WLD 150

    Future Offerings
    5/15-6/19T10:30a-12:20pAPT ROpenings: 29
     T12:30p-4:30p
     W 8:00a-4:30p
    4/3-5/9T10:30a-12:20pAPT ROpenings: 29
     T12:30p-4:30p
     W 8:00a-3:00p
  • 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 116SMAW Practice2 credits

    Students will demonstrate all position SMAW welding techniques using E6010 or E7018 electrodes.

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 101 and WLD 105 and WLD 106 and WLD 110 and WLD 120 and WLD 130 and WLD 140 and WLD 150

    Future Offerings
    5/14-6/18M 8:00a-4:50pRUSH COpenings: 29
    4/9-5/7M 8:00a-4:50pRUSH COpenings: 29
  • WLD 131FCAW Practice2 credits

    Students will demonstrate all position FCAW welding techniques.

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 101 and WLD 105 and WLD 106 and WLD 110 and WLD 120 and WLD 130 and WLD 140 and WLD 150

    Future Offerings
    4/9-5/7M 8:00a-4:50pAPT ROpenings: 29
    5/14-6/18M 8:00a-4:50pAPT ROpenings: 29
  • 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 and WABO 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:
    Basic Welding Certificate or Instructor Permission
  • 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 B31.3; and AP1104 SMAW Pipe Welding Certification Standards for pressure piping applications required by local refineries and affiliated industrial piping applications.

    Prerequisite:
    Basic Welding Certificate or Instructor Permission
  • Quarter 5
  • WLD 205Print Reading II - Pipe3 credits

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

    Prerequisite:
    Basic Welding Certificate or Instructor permission
  • WLD 215SMAW Pipe6 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 practice follows AWS Welding Standard D1.1 and WABO 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:
    Basic Welding Certificate or Instructor Permission
  • WLD 256Pipe Fabrication I6 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 from NCCER Pipefitting Levels 1-4.

    Prerequisite:
    Basic Welding Certificate or Instructor permission
  • 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 Welding4 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 AWS and WABO certification testing.

    Prerequisite:
    Basic Welding Certificate or Instructor permission

    Future Offerings
    2/23-3/23ThF 7:00a-10:00aANDERSON DOpenings: 12
     ThF12:30p-4:30p
  • Quarter 7
  • WLD 209Codes & Standards3 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:
    Basic Welding Certificate or Instructor permission

    Future Offerings
    4/5-6/15ThF10:00a-11:30aANDERSON DOpenings: 24
    4/4-5/25WF 7:00a-9:00aJONES ROpenings: 24
  • 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

    Future Offerings
    4/4-5/9W10:00a-11:30aANDERSON DOpenings: 24
     WThF 7:00a-10:00a
     WThF12:00p-2:30p
    4/4-6/20WThFJONES ROpenings: 24
  • Required Electives: 6 credits6 credits

  • Electives
  • WLD 293Welding Internship I3 credits

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

    Prerequisite:
    Instructor permission

    Future Offerings
    4/3-6/20ARRANDERSON DOpenings: 24
    4/3-6/20ARRJONES ROpenings: 24
  • WLD 294Welding Internship II6 credits

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

    Prerequisite:
    Instructor permission

    Future Offerings
    4/3-6/20ARRANDERSON DOpenings: 24
    4/3-6/20ARRJONES ROpenings: 24
  • WLD 295Pipe Capstone Project I3 credits

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

    Prerequisite:
    Basic Welding Certificate or Instructor permission

    Future Offerings
    5/10-6/20W10:00a-11:30aANDERSON DOpenings: 24
     W 7:00a-10:00a
     WThF12:00p-2:30p
  • WLD 296Pipe Capstone Project II6 credits

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

    Prerequisite:
    Basic Welding Certificate or Instructor Permission

    Future Offerings
    5/10-6/20W10:00a-11:30aANDERSON DOpenings: 24
     WThF 7:00a-10:00a
     WThF12:00p-2:30p
TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS117 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.

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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


360 752-8346
danderson@btc.edu
Morse Center (MC) - Room 105

Background


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


360 752-8301
rjones@btc.edu
Morse Center (MC) - Room 105

 

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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.

Employment Information

81% BTC graduate placement rate

$36,892 starting annual wage

$45,552 average annual wage

$56,742 potential annual wage

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 81% of BTC Welding students are employed within nine months of graduation. The average annual wage in this field is $45,552, with an earning potential of about $56,742 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 are from the 2017-18 Catalog

  • 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
    4/3-6/19TTh 1:10p-3:20pHEGEBERG LOpenings: 28
    4/4-6/20MWF 8:30a-9:50aNEWTON KOpenings: 28
    4/3-6/20Online MOYLE VOpenings: 24
  • WLD 101Welding Safety2 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
  • WLD 105Thermal Cutting Processes4 credits

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

    Prerequisite:
    Completion of or concurrent enrollment in WLD 101, WLD 110 and WLD 120
  • 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 and WLD 105 and WLD 120
  • 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:
    Completion of or concurrent enrollment in WLD 101 and WLD 105 and WLD 110
  • 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
    4/3-6/19T 1:10p-3:20pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/4-6/20MW 8:30a-9:50aBURNS JOpenings: 26
    4/4-6/20MWF 2:10p-3:30pHOFFMAN COpenings: 26
    4/4-6/20MW10:10a-11:30aSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/3-6/20Online DONNELLY ROpenings: 24
  • WLD 106Print Reading I2 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 and WLD 105 and WLD 110 and WLD 120
  • 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 105 and WLD 110, and WLD 120

    Future Offerings
    2/14-3/21T10:30a-12:40pWRIGHT ROpenings: 13
     T12:50p-5:50p
     W10:15a-4:15p
     M 4:40p-5:55p
  • 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 105 and WLD 110 and WLD 120

    Future Offerings
    2/14-3/21T10:30a-12:40pRUSH COpenings: 13
     T12:50p-5:50p
     W10:15a-4:15p
     M 4:40p-5:55p
    4/3-5/9T10:30a-12:20pRUSH COpenings: 29
     W 8:00a-3:00p
     T12:30p-4:30p
    5/15-6/19T10:30a-12:20pRUSH COpenings: 29
     T12:30p-4:30p
     W 8:00a-4:30p
  • WLD 150Introduction to Metal Fabricating4 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 105 and WLD 110 and WLD 120
  • 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 communicating in a diverse world.

    Prerequisite:
    ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension score of 71 or RDG 085 with a C or better, and ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills score of 71 or a ENGL 092 with a C or better.

    Future Offerings
    4/4-6/20MW 2:10p-3:30pSMITH MOpenings: 28
    4/3-6/19TTh 8:00a-10:10aZAMORA AOpenings: 17
    4/4-6/20MWF 8:30a-9:50aSMITH MOpenings: 28
    4/3-6/19TTh 1:10p-3:20pMUDD SOpenings: 28
    4/3-6/20Online ZAMORA AOpenings: 30
    4/3-6/20Online ZAMORA AOpenings: 30
    4/3-6/20Online BURNS JOpenings: 30
    4/3-6/20Online BURNS JOpenings: 30
  • 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 106 and WLD 130 and WLD 140 and WLD 150

    Future Offerings
    5/15-6/19T10:30a-12:20pAPT ROpenings: 29
     T12:30p-4:30p
     W 8:00a-4:30p
    4/3-5/9T10:30a-12:20pAPT ROpenings: 29
     T12:30p-4:30p
     W 8:00a-3:00p
  • 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 116SMAW Practice2 credits

    Students will demonstrate all position SMAW welding techniques using E6010 or E7018 electrodes.

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 101 and WLD 105 and WLD 106 and WLD 110 and WLD 120 and WLD 130 and WLD 140 and WLD 150

    Future Offerings
    5/14-6/18M 8:00a-4:50pRUSH COpenings: 29
    4/9-5/7M 8:00a-4:50pRUSH COpenings: 29
  • WLD 131FCAW Practice2 credits

    Students will demonstrate all position FCAW welding techniques.

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 101 and WLD 105 and WLD 106 and WLD 110 and WLD 120 and WLD 130 and WLD 140 and WLD 150

    Future Offerings
    4/9-5/7M 8:00a-4:50pAPT ROpenings: 29
    5/14-6/18M 8:00a-4:50pAPT ROpenings: 29
  • 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 and WABO 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:
    Basic Welding Certificate or Instructor Permission
  • 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 B31.3; and AP1104 SMAW Pipe Welding Certification Standards for pressure piping applications required by local refineries and affiliated industrial piping applications.

    Prerequisite:
    Basic Welding Certificate or Instructor Permission
  • Quarter 5
  • WLD 205Print Reading II - Pipe3 credits

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

    Prerequisite:
    Basic Welding Certificate or Instructor permission
  • WLD 215SMAW Pipe6 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 practice follows AWS Welding Standard D1.1 and WABO 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:
    Basic Welding Certificate or Instructor Permission
  • WLD 256Pipe Fabrication I6 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 from NCCER Pipefitting Levels 1-4.

    Prerequisite:
    Basic Welding Certificate or Instructor permission
  • 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 Welding4 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 AWS and WABO certification testing.

    Prerequisite:
    Basic Welding Certificate or Instructor permission

    Future Offerings
    2/23-3/23ThF 7:00a-10:00aANDERSON DOpenings: 12
     ThF12:30p-4:30p
  • Quarter 7
  • WLD 209Codes & Standards3 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:
    Basic Welding Certificate or Instructor permission

    Future Offerings
    4/5-6/15ThF10:00a-11:30aANDERSON DOpenings: 24
    4/4-5/25WF 7:00a-9:00aJONES ROpenings: 24
  • 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

    Future Offerings
    4/4-5/9W10:00a-11:30aANDERSON DOpenings: 24
     WThF 7:00a-10:00a
     WThF12:00p-2:30p
    4/4-6/20WThFJONES ROpenings: 24
  • Required Elective: 6 credits6 credits

  • Electives
  • WLD 293Welding Internship I3 credits

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

    Prerequisite:
    Instructor permission

    Future Offerings
    4/3-6/20ARRANDERSON DOpenings: 24
    4/3-6/20ARRJONES ROpenings: 24
  • WLD 294Welding Internship II6 credits

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

    Prerequisite:
    Instructor permission

    Future Offerings
    4/3-6/20ARRANDERSON DOpenings: 24
    4/3-6/20ARRJONES ROpenings: 24
  • WLD 295Pipe Capstone Project I3 credits

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

    Prerequisite:
    Basic Welding Certificate or Instructor permission

    Future Offerings
    5/10-6/20W10:00a-11:30aANDERSON DOpenings: 24
     W 7:00a-10:00a
     WThF12:00p-2:30p
  • WLD 296Pipe Capstone Project II6 credits

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

    Prerequisite:
    Basic Welding Certificate or Instructor Permission

    Future Offerings
    5/10-6/20W10:00a-11:30aANDERSON DOpenings: 24
     WThF 7:00a-10:00a
     WThF12:00p-2:30p
TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS112 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.

Don Anderson - Instructor image

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


360 752-8346
danderson@btc.edu
Morse Center (MC) - Room 105

Background


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


Russell Jones - Instructor image

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


360 752-8301
rjones@btc.edu
Morse Center (MC) - Room 105

 

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Profile
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Basic Welding Skills

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.

Employment Information

81% BTC graduate placement rate

$36,892 starting annual wage

$45,552 average annual wage

$56,742 potential annual wage

Employment and wage data sources

Student Chapter of the American Welding Society (AWS)

Gainful Employment

Program Costs, Financing, and Outcomes

Gainful Employment Information

Jobs & Employment

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

About 81% of BTC Welding students are employed within nine months of graduation. The average annual wage in this field is $45,552, with an earning potential of about $56,742 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 are from the 2017-18 Catalog

  • 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
    4/3-6/19TTh 1:10p-3:20pHEGEBERG LOpenings: 28
    4/4-6/20MWF 8:30a-9:50aNEWTON KOpenings: 28
    4/3-6/20Online MOYLE VOpenings: 24
  • WLD 101Welding Safety2 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
  • WLD 105Thermal Cutting Processes4 credits

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

    Prerequisite:
    Completion of or concurrent enrollment in WLD 101, WLD 110 and WLD 120
  • 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 and WLD 105 and WLD 120
  • 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:
    Completion of or concurrent enrollment in WLD 101 and WLD 105 and WLD 110
  • 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
    4/3-6/19T 1:10p-3:20pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/4-6/20MW 8:30a-9:50aBURNS JOpenings: 26
    4/4-6/20MWF 2:10p-3:30pHOFFMAN COpenings: 26
    4/4-6/20MW10:10a-11:30aSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/3-6/20Online DONNELLY ROpenings: 24
  • WLD 106Print Reading I2 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 and WLD 105 and WLD 110 and WLD 120
  • 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 105 and WLD 110, and WLD 120

    Future Offerings
    2/14-3/21T10:30a-12:40pWRIGHT ROpenings: 13
     T12:50p-5:50p
     W10:15a-4:15p
     M 4:40p-5:55p
  • 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 105 and WLD 110 and WLD 120

    Future Offerings
    2/14-3/21T10:30a-12:40pRUSH COpenings: 13
     T12:50p-5:50p
     W10:15a-4:15p
     M 4:40p-5:55p
    4/3-5/9T10:30a-12:20pRUSH COpenings: 29
     W 8:00a-3:00p
     T12:30p-4:30p
    5/15-6/19T10:30a-12:20pRUSH COpenings: 29
     T12:30p-4:30p
     W 8:00a-4:30p
  • WLD 150Introduction to Metal Fabricating4 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 105 and WLD 110 and WLD 120
  • 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 communicating in a diverse world.

    Prerequisite:
    ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension score of 71 or RDG 085 with a C or better, and ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills score of 71 or a ENGL 092 with a C or better.

    Future Offerings
    4/4-6/20MW 2:10p-3:30pSMITH MOpenings: 28
    4/3-6/19TTh 8:00a-10:10aZAMORA AOpenings: 17
    4/4-6/20MWF 8:30a-9:50aSMITH MOpenings: 28
    4/3-6/19TTh 1:10p-3:20pMUDD SOpenings: 28
    4/3-6/20Online ZAMORA AOpenings: 30
    4/3-6/20Online ZAMORA AOpenings: 30
    4/3-6/20Online BURNS JOpenings: 30
    4/3-6/20Online BURNS JOpenings: 30
  • 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 106 and WLD 130 and WLD 140 and WLD 150

    Future Offerings
    5/15-6/19T10:30a-12:20pAPT ROpenings: 29
     T12:30p-4:30p
     W 8:00a-4:30p
    4/3-5/9T10:30a-12:20pAPT ROpenings: 29
     T12:30p-4:30p
     W 8:00a-3:00p
  • 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 116SMAW Practice2 credits

    Students will demonstrate all position SMAW welding techniques using E6010 or E7018 electrodes.

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 101 and WLD 105 and WLD 106 and WLD 110 and WLD 120 and WLD 130 and WLD 140 and WLD 150

    Future Offerings
    5/14-6/18M 8:00a-4:50pRUSH COpenings: 29
    4/9-5/7M 8:00a-4:50pRUSH COpenings: 29
  • WLD 131FCAW Practice2 credits

    Students will demonstrate all position FCAW welding techniques.

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 101 and WLD 105 and WLD 106 and WLD 110 and WLD 120 and WLD 130 and WLD 140 and WLD 150

    Future Offerings
    4/9-5/7M 8:00a-4:50pAPT ROpenings: 29
    5/14-6/18M 8:00a-4:50pAPT ROpenings: 29
TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS55 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.

Rachael Apt - Instructor image

Rachael Apt

Area of Instruction


Welding Technology

Degrees and Certifications


B.A., Anthropology, Western Washington University

A.A.S., Welding Technology-Aluminum/Steel, Bellingham Technical College

Contact Info


360 752-8493
rwright@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


360 752-8557
CRush@btc.edu
Morse Center (MC) - Room 105