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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 79% of BTC students in the Welding Technology Program are employed within nine months of graduation. The average annual wage in this field is $48,737, with an earning potential of about $58,105 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

79% BTC graduate placement rate

$37,783 starting annual wage

$48,737 average annual wage

$58,105 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 79% of BTC Welding students are employed within nine months of graduation. The average annual wage in this field is $48,737, with an earning potential of about $58,105 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 2018-19 Catalog

TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS102 credits

  • Quarter 1
  • AMATH 100 *Applied Occupational Math5 credits

    This course emphasizes mathematics used in the professional technical occupations. Students will learn mathematical skills in the following: fractions, decimals, percents, ratios & proportions, U.S. Customary Units and metric measurement systems, basic geometry and elementary algebra. The course will include relevent technical applications and the use of a calculator.

    Prerequisite:
    ACCUPLACER Arithmetic score of 38 or ABE 050 with a C or better or approved alternative placement criteria.

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  • 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.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with WLD 105, WLD 110 and and WLD 120.
    Prerequisite:
    ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension score of 71 or RDG 085 with a C or better and ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills score of 71 or ENGL 092 with a C or better. ACCUPLACER Arithmetic score of 38 or MATH 090 or ABE 050 with a C or better.
  • 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.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with WLD 101, WLD 110 and and WLD 120.
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    WLD 101, WLD 110 and WLD 120 all with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in WLD 101, WLD 110 and WLD 120 or Instructor permission.
  • 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.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with WLD 101, WLD 105 and and WLD 120.
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    WLD 101, WLD 105 and WLD 120 all with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in WLD 101, WLD 105 and WLD 120 or Instructor permission.
  • 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.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with WLD 101, WLD 105 and and WLD 110.
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    WLD 101, WLD 105 and WLD 110 all with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in WLD 101, WLD 105 and WLD 110 or Instructor permission.
  • 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.

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  • 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.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with WLD 130, WLD 140 and and WLD 150.
    Prerequisite:
    WLD 101 and WLD 105 and WLD 110 and WLD 120
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    WLD 130, WLD 140 and WLD 150 all with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in WLD 130, WLD 140 and WLD 150 or Instructor permission.

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  • 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.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with WLD 106, WLD 140 and and WLD 150..
    Prerequisite:
    WLD 101 and WLD 105 and WLD 110, and WLD 120
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    WLD 106, WLD 140 and WLD 150 all with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in WLD 106, WLD 140 and WLD 150 or Instructor permission.

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  • 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.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with WLD 106, WLD 130 and WLD 150.
    Prerequisite:
    WLD 101 and WLD 105 and WLD 110 and WLD 120
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    WLD 106, WLD 130 and WLD 150 all with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in WLD 106, WLD 130 and WLD 150 OR Instructor permission.

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  • 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.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with WLD 106, WLD 130 and WLD 140.
    Prerequisite:
    WLD 101 and WLD 105 and WLD 110 and WLD 120
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    WLD 106, WLD 130 and WLD 140 all with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in WLD 106, WLD 130 and WLD 140 OR Instructor permission.

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  • Quarter 3
  • CMST& 210 *Interpersonal Communications5 credits

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

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

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  • 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.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with WLD 116, WLD 131 and and WLD 141..
    Prerequisite:
    WLD 106 and WLD 130 and WLD 140 and WLD 150
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    WLD 116, WLD131 and WLD 141 all with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in WLD 116, WLD131 and WLD 141 OR Instructor permission.

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  • 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.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with WLD 116, WLD 121 and WLD 131.
    Prerequisite:
    WLD 101 and WLD 105 and WLD 140
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    WLD 116, WLD 121 and WLD 131 all with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in WLD 116, WLD 121 and WLD 131 OR Instructor permission.

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  • WLD 116SMAW Practice2 credits

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

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with WLD 121, WLD 131 and and WLD 141.
    Prerequisite:
    WLD 101 and WLD 105 and WLD 106 and WLD 110 and WLD 120 and WLD 130 and WLD 140 and WLD 150
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    WLD 121, WLD 131 and WLD 141 all with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in WLD 121, WLD 131 and WLD 141 or Instructor permission.

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  • WLD 131FCAW Practice2 credits

    Students will demonstrate all position FCAW welding techniques.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with WLD 116, WLD 121 and and WLD 141.
    Prerequisite:
    WLD 101 and WLD 105 and WLD 106 and WLD 110 and WLD 120 and WLD 130 and WLD 140 and WLD 150
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    WLD 116, WLD 121 and WLD 141 all with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in WLD 116, WLD 121 and WLD 141 or Instructor permission.

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  • 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.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with WLD 230, WLD 242 and WLD 252.
    Prerequisite:
    Basic Welding Certificate or Instructor Permission
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    WLD 230, WLD 242 and WLD 252 all with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in WLD 230, WLD 242 and WLD 252 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.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with WLD 206, WLD 242, WLD 252 if part of Welding & Fab: General pathway OR WLD 213, WLD 257 and WLD 262 if part of Welding & Fab: Pipe pathway.
    Prerequisite:
    Basic Welding Certificate or Instructor permission
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    (WLD 206, WLD 242 and WLD 252 if part of Welding & Fab: General pathway all with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in WLD 206, WLD 242 and WLD 252 if part of Welding & Fab: General pathway) OR (WLD 213, WLD 257 and WLD 262 if part of Welding & Fab: Pipe pathway all with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in WLD 213, WLD 257 and WLD 262 if part of Welding & Fab: Pipe pathway) OR Instructor permission.

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  • 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.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with WLD 206, WLD 230 and WLD 252.
    Prerequisite:
    Basic Welding Certificate or Instructor Permission
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    WLD 206, WLD 230 and WLD 252 all with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in WLD 206, WLD 230 and WLD 252 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.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with WLD 206, WLD 230 and WLD 242.
    Prerequisite:
    Basic Welding Certificate or Instructor permission
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    WLD 206, WLD 230 and WLD 242 all with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in WLD 206, WLD 230 and WLD 242 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.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with WLD 220, WLD 232, and WLD 254 if part of Welding & Fab: General pathway OR WLD 230, WLD 257 and WLD 262 if part of Welding & Fab: Pipe pathway.
    Prerequisite:
    WLD 205, or WLD 206, or Instructor permission
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    (WLD 220, WLD 232 and WLD 254 for Welding & Fab: General pathway all with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in WLD 220, WLD 232 and WLD 254 for Welding & Fab: General pathway) OR (WLD 230, WLD 257 and WLD 262 for Welding & Fab: Pipe pathway all with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in WLD 230, WLD 257 and WLD 262 for Welding & Fab: Pipe pathway) OR Instructor permission.

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  • WLD 232FCAW Practices II4 credits

    FCAW process in various positions for advanced welding techniques.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with WLD 213, WLD 220 and WLD 254.
    Prerequisite:
    Basic Welding Certificate or Instructor permission
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    WLD 213, WLD 220 and WLD 254 all with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in WLD 213, WLD 220 and WLD 254 OR Instructor permission.

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  • 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.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with WLD 213, WLD 220 and WLD 232.
    Prerequisite:
    Basic Welding Certificate or Instructor permission
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    WLD 213, WLD 220 and WLD 232 all with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in WLD 213, WLD 220 and WLD 232 OR Instructor permission.

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  • 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.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with WLD 213, WLD 232 and WLD 254.
    Prerequisite:
    Basic Welding Certificate or Instructor permission
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    WLD 213, WLD 232 and WLD 254 all with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in WLD 213, WLD 232 and WLD 254 OR Instructor permission.

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  • 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.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with WLD 271.
    Prerequisite:
    Basic Welding Certificate or Instructor permission
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    WLD 271 with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in WLD 271 OR Instructor permission.

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  • 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.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with WLD 209.
    Prerequisite:
    WLD 220 and WLD 232; or WLD 230 and WLD 215; or Instructor permission
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    WLD 209 with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in WLD 209 OR Instructor permission.

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  • 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.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with WLD 209 and WLD 271.
    Prerequisite:
    Basic Welding Certificate or Instructor Permission
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    WLD 209 with a C- or better and WLD 271 with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in WLD 209 and WLD 271 OR Instructor permission.

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  • 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.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with WLD 209 and WLD 271.
    Prerequisite:
    Basic Welding Certificate or Instructor Permission
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    WLD 209 with a C- or better and WLD 271 with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in WLD 209 and WLD 271 OR Instructor permission.

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  • WLD 293Welding Internship I3 credits

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

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with WLD 209 and WLD 271.
    Prerequisite:
    Instructor permission
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    WLD 209 with a C- or better and WLD 271 with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in WLD 209 and WLD 271 OR Instructor permission.

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  • WLD 294Welding Internship II6 credits

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

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with WLD 209 and WLD 271.
    Prerequisite:
    Instructor permission
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    WLD 209 with a C- or better and WLD 271 with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in WLD 209 and WLD 271 OR Instructor permission.

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TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS102 credits

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

Entry Information

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When Can I Start?


This program typically starts in Fall Quarter.

What Are The Minimum Entry 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

What Are My Next Steps?


  1. Apply to BTC and Financial Aid
  2. Take the ACCUPLACER/Placement Test
  3. Attend an Advising & Registration Session
  4. Prepare to Attend

Program Outcomes

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

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Russell Jones

Area of Instruction


Welding Technology

Degrees and Certifications


U.S. Navy HT-Hull Maintenance Technician

Ironworkers Local #509

Certificate, AWS-Certified Welding Inspector (CWI)

Certificate, AWS-Certified Welding Educator (CWE)

Certificate, AWS-Certified Radiographic Interpreter (CRI)

WABO-Structural steel and Welding Inspector

Certificate, WABO-Certified Welder

WABO-Weld Examiner

ICC-Structural Steel and Welding Inspector

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


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

79% BTC graduate placement rate

$37,783 starting annual wage

$48,737 average annual wage

$58,105 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 79% of BTC Welding students are employed within nine months of graduation. The average annual wage in this field is $48,737, with an earning potential of about $58,105 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.

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Courses are from the 2018-19 Catalog

TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS107 credits

  • 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.

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  • 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.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with WLD 105, WLD 110 and and WLD 120.
    Prerequisite:
    ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension score of 71 or RDG 085 with a C or better and ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills score of 71 or ENGL 092 with a C or better. ACCUPLACER Arithmetic score of 38 or MATH 090 or ABE 050 with a C or better.
  • 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.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with WLD 101, WLD 110 and and WLD 120.
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    WLD 101, WLD 110 and WLD 120 all with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in WLD 101, WLD 110 and WLD 120 or Instructor permission.
  • 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.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with WLD 101, WLD 105 and and WLD 120.
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    WLD 101, WLD 105 and WLD 120 all with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in WLD 101, WLD 105 and WLD 120 or Instructor permission.
  • 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.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with WLD 101, WLD 105 and and WLD 110.
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    WLD 101, WLD 105 and WLD 110 all with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in WLD 101, WLD 105 and WLD 110 or Instructor permission.
  • 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.

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  • 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.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with WLD 130, WLD 140 and and WLD 150.
    Prerequisite:
    WLD 101 and WLD 105 and WLD 110 and WLD 120
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    WLD 130, WLD 140 and WLD 150 all with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in WLD 130, WLD 140 and WLD 150 or Instructor permission.

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  • 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.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with WLD 106, WLD 140 and and WLD 150..
    Prerequisite:
    WLD 101 and WLD 105 and WLD 110, and WLD 120
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    WLD 106, WLD 140 and WLD 150 all with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in WLD 106, WLD 140 and WLD 150 or Instructor permission.

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  • 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.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with WLD 106, WLD 130 and WLD 150.
    Prerequisite:
    WLD 101 and WLD 105 and WLD 110 and WLD 120
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    WLD 106, WLD 130 and WLD 150 all with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in WLD 106, WLD 130 and WLD 150 OR Instructor permission.

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  • 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.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with WLD 106, WLD 130 and WLD 140.
    Prerequisite:
    WLD 101 and WLD 105 and WLD 110 and WLD 120
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    WLD 106, WLD 130 and WLD 140 all with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in WLD 106, WLD 130 and WLD 140 OR Instructor permission.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with WLD 116, WLD 131 and and WLD 141..
    Prerequisite:
    WLD 106 and WLD 130 and WLD 140 and WLD 150
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    WLD 116, WLD131 and WLD 141 all with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in WLD 116, WLD131 and WLD 141 OR Instructor permission.

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  • 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.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with WLD 116, WLD 121 and WLD 131.
    Prerequisite:
    WLD 101 and WLD 105 and WLD 140
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    WLD 116, WLD 121 and WLD 131 all with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in WLD 116, WLD 121 and WLD 131 OR Instructor permission.

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  • WLD 116SMAW Practice2 credits

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

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with WLD 121, WLD 131 and and WLD 141.
    Prerequisite:
    WLD 101 and WLD 105 and WLD 106 and WLD 110 and WLD 120 and WLD 130 and WLD 140 and WLD 150
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    WLD 121, WLD 131 and WLD 141 all with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in WLD 121, WLD 131 and WLD 141 or Instructor permission.

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  • WLD 131FCAW Practice2 credits

    Students will demonstrate all position FCAW welding techniques.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with WLD 116, WLD 121 and and WLD 141.
    Prerequisite:
    WLD 101 and WLD 105 and WLD 106 and WLD 110 and WLD 120 and WLD 130 and WLD 140 and WLD 150
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    WLD 116, WLD 121 and WLD 141 all with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in WLD 116, WLD 121 and WLD 141 or Instructor permission.

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  • 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.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with WLD 230, WLD 242 and WLD 252.
    Prerequisite:
    Basic Welding Certificate or Instructor Permission
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    WLD 230, WLD 242 and WLD 252 all with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in WLD 230, WLD 242 and WLD 252 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.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with WLD 206, WLD 242, WLD 252 if part of Welding & Fab: General pathway OR WLD 213, WLD 257 and WLD 262 if part of Welding & Fab: Pipe pathway.
    Prerequisite:
    Basic Welding Certificate or Instructor permission
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    (WLD 206, WLD 242 and WLD 252 if part of Welding & Fab: General pathway all with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in WLD 206, WLD 242 and WLD 252 if part of Welding & Fab: General pathway) OR (WLD 213, WLD 257 and WLD 262 if part of Welding & Fab: Pipe pathway all with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in WLD 213, WLD 257 and WLD 262 if part of Welding & Fab: Pipe pathway) OR Instructor permission.

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  • 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.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with WLD 206, WLD 230 and WLD 252.
    Prerequisite:
    Basic Welding Certificate or Instructor Permission
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    WLD 206, WLD 230 and WLD 252 all with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in WLD 206, WLD 230 and WLD 252 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.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with WLD 206, WLD 230 and WLD 242.
    Prerequisite:
    Basic Welding Certificate or Instructor permission
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    WLD 206, WLD 230 and WLD 242 all with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in WLD 206, WLD 230 and WLD 242 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.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with WLD 220, WLD 232, and WLD 254 if part of Welding & Fab: General pathway OR WLD 230, WLD 257 and WLD 262 if part of Welding & Fab: Pipe pathway.
    Prerequisite:
    WLD 205, or WLD 206, or Instructor permission
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    (WLD 220, WLD 232 and WLD 254 for Welding & Fab: General pathway all with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in WLD 220, WLD 232 and WLD 254 for Welding & Fab: General pathway) OR (WLD 230, WLD 257 and WLD 262 for Welding & Fab: Pipe pathway all with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in WLD 230, WLD 257 and WLD 262 for Welding & Fab: Pipe pathway) OR Instructor permission.

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  • WLD 232FCAW Practices II4 credits

    FCAW process in various positions for advanced welding techniques.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with WLD 213, WLD 220 and WLD 254.
    Prerequisite:
    Basic Welding Certificate or Instructor permission
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    WLD 213, WLD 220 and WLD 254 all with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in WLD 213, WLD 220 and WLD 254 OR Instructor permission.

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  • 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.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with WLD 213, WLD 220 and WLD 232.
    Prerequisite:
    Basic Welding Certificate or Instructor permission
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    WLD 213, WLD 220 and WLD 232 all with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in WLD 213, WLD 220 and WLD 232 OR Instructor permission.

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  • 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.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with WLD 213, WLD 232 and WLD 254.
    Prerequisite:
    Basic Welding Certificate or Instructor permission
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    WLD 213, WLD 232 and WLD 254 all with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in WLD 213, WLD 232 and WLD 254 OR Instructor permission.

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  • 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.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with WLD 271.
    Prerequisite:
    Basic Welding Certificate or Instructor permission
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    WLD 271 with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in WLD 271 OR Instructor permission.

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  • 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.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with WLD 209.
    Prerequisite:
    WLD 220 and WLD 232; or WLD 230 and WLD 215; or Instructor permission
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    WLD 209 with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in WLD 209 OR Instructor permission.

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  • 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.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with WLD 209 and WLD 271.
    Prerequisite:
    Basic Welding Certificate or Instructor Permission
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    WLD 209 with a C- or better and WLD 271 with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in WLD 209 and WLD 271 OR Instructor permission.

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  • 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.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with WLD 209 and WLD 271.
    Prerequisite:
    Basic Welding Certificate or Instructor Permission
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    WLD 209 with a C- or better and WLD 271 with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in WLD 209 and WLD 271 OR Instructor permission.

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  • WLD 293Welding Internship I3 credits

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

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with WLD 209 and WLD 271.
    Prerequisite:
    Instructor permission
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    WLD 209 with a C- or better and WLD 271 with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in WLD 209 and WLD 271 OR Instructor permission.

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  • WLD 294Welding Internship II6 credits

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

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with WLD 209 and WLD 271.
    Prerequisite:
    Instructor permission
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    WLD 209 with a C- or better and WLD 271 with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in WLD 209 and WLD 271 OR Instructor permission.

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TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS107 credits

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

Entry Information

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When Can I Start?


This program typically starts in Fall Quarter.

What Are The Minimum Entry 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.

What Are My Next Steps?


  1. Apply to BTC and Financial Aid
  2. Take the ACCUPLACER/Placement Test
  3. Attend an Advising & Registration Session
  4. Prepare to Attend

Program Outcomes

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

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Russell Jones

Area of Instruction


Welding Technology

Degrees and Certifications


U.S. Navy HT-Hull Maintenance Technician

Ironworkers Local #509

Certificate, AWS-Certified Welding Inspector (CWI)

Certificate, AWS-Certified Welding Educator (CWE)

Certificate, AWS-Certified Radiographic Interpreter (CRI)

WABO-Structural steel and Welding Inspector

Certificate, WABO-Certified Welder

WABO-Weld Examiner

ICC-Structural Steel and Welding Inspector

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


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

79% BTC graduate placement rate

$37,783 starting annual wage

$48,737 average annual wage

$58,105 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 79% of BTC Welding students are employed within nine months of graduation. The average annual wage in this field is $48,737, with an earning potential of about $58,105 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 2018-19 Catalog

TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS117 credits

  • 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.

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  • 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.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with WLD 105, WLD 110 and and WLD 120.
    Prerequisite:
    ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension score of 71 or RDG 085 with a C or better and ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills score of 71 or ENGL 092 with a C or better. ACCUPLACER Arithmetic score of 38 or MATH 090 or ABE 050 with a C or better.
  • 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.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with WLD 101, WLD 110 and and WLD 120.
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    WLD 101, WLD 110 and WLD 120 all with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in WLD 101, WLD 110 and WLD 120 or Instructor permission.
  • 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.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with WLD 101, WLD 105 and and WLD 120.
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    WLD 101, WLD 105 and WLD 120 all with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in WLD 101, WLD 105 and WLD 120 or Instructor permission.
  • 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.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with WLD 101, WLD 105 and and WLD 110.
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    WLD 101, WLD 105 and WLD 110 all with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in WLD 101, WLD 105 and WLD 110 or Instructor permission.
  • 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.

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  • 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.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with WLD 130, WLD 140 and and WLD 150.
    Prerequisite:
    WLD 101 and WLD 105 and WLD 110 and WLD 120
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    WLD 130, WLD 140 and WLD 150 all with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in WLD 130, WLD 140 and WLD 150 or Instructor permission.

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  • 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.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with WLD 106, WLD 140 and and WLD 150..
    Prerequisite:
    WLD 101 and WLD 105 and WLD 110, and WLD 120
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    WLD 106, WLD 140 and WLD 150 all with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in WLD 106, WLD 140 and WLD 150 or Instructor permission.

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  • 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.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with WLD 106, WLD 130 and WLD 150.
    Prerequisite:
    WLD 101 and WLD 105 and WLD 110 and WLD 120
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    WLD 106, WLD 130 and WLD 150 all with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in WLD 106, WLD 130 and WLD 150 OR Instructor permission.

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  • 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.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with WLD 106, WLD 130 and WLD 140.
    Prerequisite:
    WLD 101 and WLD 105 and WLD 110 and WLD 120
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    WLD 106, WLD 130 and WLD 140 all with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in WLD 106, WLD 130 and WLD 140 OR Instructor permission.

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  • 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.

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    4/3-6/19MW 2:10p-3:30pSTAFFOpenings: 24
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  • 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.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with WLD 116, WLD 131 and and WLD 141..
    Prerequisite:
    WLD 106 and WLD 130 and WLD 140 and WLD 150
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    WLD 116, WLD131 and WLD 141 all with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in WLD 116, WLD131 and WLD 141 OR Instructor permission.

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  • 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.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with WLD 116, WLD 121 and WLD 131.
    Prerequisite:
    WLD 101 and WLD 105 and WLD 140
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    WLD 116, WLD 121 and WLD 131 all with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in WLD 116, WLD 121 and WLD 131 OR Instructor permission.

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  • WLD 116SMAW Practice2 credits

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

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with WLD 121, WLD 131 and and WLD 141.
    Prerequisite:
    WLD 101 and WLD 105 and WLD 106 and WLD 110 and WLD 120 and WLD 130 and WLD 140 and WLD 150
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    WLD 121, WLD 131 and WLD 141 all with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in WLD 121, WLD 131 and WLD 141 or Instructor permission.

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    4/2-5/8M 8:00a-4:50pRUSH COpenings: 29
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  • WLD 131FCAW Practice2 credits

    Students will demonstrate all position FCAW welding techniques.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with WLD 116, WLD 121 and and WLD 141.
    Prerequisite:
    WLD 101 and WLD 105 and WLD 106 and WLD 110 and WLD 120 and WLD 130 and WLD 140 and WLD 150
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    WLD 116, WLD 121 and WLD 141 all with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in WLD 116, WLD 121 and WLD 141 or Instructor permission.

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  • 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.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with WLD 211.
    Prerequisite:
    Basic Welding Certificate or Instructor Permission
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    WLD 211 with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in WLD 211 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.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with WLD 210.
    Prerequisite:
    Basic Welding Certificate or Instructor Permission
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    WLD 210 with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in WLD 210 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.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with WLD 215 and WLD 256.
    Prerequisite:
    Basic Welding Certificate or Instructor permission
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    WLD 215 with a C- or better and WLD 256 with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in WLD 215 and WLD 256 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.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with WLD 205 and WLD 256.
    Prerequisite:
    Basic Welding Certificate or Instructor Permission
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    WLD 205 with a C- or better and WLD 256 with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in WLD 205 and WLD 256 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.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with WLD 205 and WLD 215.
    Prerequisite:
    Basic Welding Certificate or Instructor permission
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    WLD 205 with a C- or better and WLD 215 with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in WLD 205 and WLD 215 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.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with WLD 220, WLD 232, and WLD 254 if part of Welding & Fab: General pathway OR WLD 230, WLD 257 and WLD 262 if part of Welding & Fab: Pipe pathway.
    Prerequisite:
    WLD 205, or WLD 206, or Instructor permission
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    (WLD 220, WLD 232 and WLD 254 for Welding & Fab: General pathway all with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in WLD 220, WLD 232 and WLD 254 for Welding & Fab: General pathway) OR (WLD 230, WLD 257 and WLD 262 for Welding & Fab: Pipe pathway all with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in WLD 230, WLD 257 and WLD 262 for Welding & Fab: Pipe pathway) OR Instructor permission.

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  • 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.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with WLD 213, WLD 230 and WLD 262.
    Prerequisite:
    WLD 256 or Instructor permission
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    WLD 213, WLD 230 and WLD 262 all with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in WLD 213, WLD 230 and WLD 262 OR Instructor permission.

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  • 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.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with WLD 213, WLD 230 and WLD 257.
    Prerequisite:
    WLD 215 or Instructor permission
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    WLD 213, WLD 230 and WLD 257 all with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in WLD 213, WLD 230 and WLD 257 OR Instructor permission.

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  • 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.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with WLD 206, WLD 242, WLD 252 if part of Welding & Fab: General pathway OR WLD 213, WLD 257 and WLD 262 if part of Welding & Fab: Pipe pathway.
    Prerequisite:
    Basic Welding Certificate or Instructor permission
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    (WLD 206, WLD 242 and WLD 252 if part of Welding & Fab: General pathway all with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in WLD 206, WLD 242 and WLD 252 if part of Welding & Fab: General pathway) OR (WLD 213, WLD 257 and WLD 262 if part of Welding & Fab: Pipe pathway all with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in WLD 213, WLD 257 and WLD 262 if part of Welding & Fab: Pipe pathway) OR Instructor permission.

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  • 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.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with WLD 271.
    Prerequisite:
    Basic Welding Certificate or Instructor permission
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    WLD 271 with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in WLD 271 OR Instructor permission.

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  • 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.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with WLD 209.
    Prerequisite:
    WLD 220 and WLD 232; or WLD 230 and WLD 215; or Instructor permission
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    WLD 209 with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in WLD 209 OR Instructor permission.

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  • 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.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with WLD 209 and WLD 271.
    Prerequisite:
    Instructor permission
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    WLD 209 with a C- or better and WLD 271 with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in WLD 209 and WLD 271 OR Instructor permission.

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  • WLD 294Welding Internship II6 credits

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

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with WLD 209 and WLD 271.
    Prerequisite:
    Instructor permission
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    WLD 209 with a C- or better and WLD 271 with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in WLD 209 and WLD 271 OR Instructor permission.

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  • 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.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with WLD 209 and WLD 271.
    Prerequisite:
    Basic Welding Certificate or Instructor permission
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    WLD 209 with a C- or better and WLD 271 with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in WLD 209 and WLD 271 OR Instructor permission.
  • 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.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with WLD 209 and WLD 271.
    Prerequisite:
    Basic Welding Certificate or Instructor Permission
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    WLD 209 with a C- or better and WLD 271 with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in WLD 209 and WLD 271 OR Instructor permission.
TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS117 credits

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

Entry Information

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When Can I Start?


This program typically starts in Fall Quarter.

What Are The Minimum Entry 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.

What Are My Next Steps?


  1. Apply to BTC and Financial Aid
  2. Take the ACCUPLACER/Placement Test
  3. Attend an Advising & Registration Session
  4. Prepare to Attend

Program Outcomes

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

Associate Applied Science

Welding and Fabricating Technology

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

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

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

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

• Observe and practice welding industry safety guidelines.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

• Use efficient organizational skills.

• Stay current with new and emerging technologies in welding.

Associate Degree Program & Transfer Opportunities

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

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

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

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

Welding Technology Jobs & Employment

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

About 79% of BTC students in the Welding Technology Program are employed within nine months of graduation. The average annual wage in this field is $48,737, with an earning potential of about $58,105 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

79% BTC graduate placement rate

$37,783 starting annual wage

$48,737 average annual wage

$58,105 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 79% of BTC Welding students are employed within nine months of graduation. The average annual wage in this field is $48,737, with an earning potential of about $58,105 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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TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS112 credits

  • Quarter 1
  • AMATH 100 *Applied Occupational Math5 credits

    This course emphasizes mathematics used in the professional technical occupations. Students will learn mathematical skills in the following: fractions, decimals, percents, ratios & proportions, U.S. Customary Units and metric measurement systems, basic geometry and elementary algebra. The course will include relevent technical applications and the use of a calculator.

    Prerequisite:
    ACCUPLACER Arithmetic score of 38 or ABE 050 with a C or better or approved alternative placement criteria.

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  • 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.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with WLD 105, WLD 110 and and WLD 120.
    Prerequisite:
    ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension score of 71 or RDG 085 with a C or better and ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills score of 71 or ENGL 092 with a C or better. ACCUPLACER Arithmetic score of 38 or MATH 090 or ABE 050 with a C or better.
  • 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.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with WLD 101, WLD 110 and and WLD 120.
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    WLD 101, WLD 110 and WLD 120 all with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in WLD 101, WLD 110 and WLD 120 or Instructor permission.
  • 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.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with WLD 101, WLD 105 and and WLD 120.
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    WLD 101, WLD 105 and WLD 120 all with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in WLD 101, WLD 105 and WLD 120 or Instructor permission.
  • 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.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with WLD 101, WLD 105 and and WLD 110.
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    WLD 101, WLD 105 and WLD 110 all with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in WLD 101, WLD 105 and WLD 110 or Instructor permission.
  • 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.

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  • 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.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with WLD 130, WLD 140 and and WLD 150.
    Prerequisite:
    WLD 101 and WLD 105 and WLD 110 and WLD 120
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    WLD 130, WLD 140 and WLD 150 all with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in WLD 130, WLD 140 and WLD 150 or Instructor permission.

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  • 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.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with WLD 106, WLD 140 and and WLD 150..
    Prerequisite:
    WLD 101 and WLD 105 and WLD 110, and WLD 120
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    WLD 106, WLD 140 and WLD 150 all with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in WLD 106, WLD 140 and WLD 150 or Instructor permission.

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  • 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.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with WLD 106, WLD 130 and WLD 150.
    Prerequisite:
    WLD 101 and WLD 105 and WLD 110 and WLD 120
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    WLD 106, WLD 130 and WLD 150 all with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in WLD 106, WLD 130 and WLD 150 OR Instructor permission.

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  • 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.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with WLD 106, WLD 130 and WLD 140.
    Prerequisite:
    WLD 101 and WLD 105 and WLD 110 and WLD 120
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    WLD 106, WLD 130 and WLD 140 all with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in WLD 106, WLD 130 and WLD 140 OR Instructor permission.

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  • CMST& 210 *Interpersonal Communications5 credits

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

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

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  • 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.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with WLD 116, WLD 131 and and WLD 141..
    Prerequisite:
    WLD 106 and WLD 130 and WLD 140 and WLD 150
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    WLD 116, WLD131 and WLD 141 all with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in WLD 116, WLD131 and WLD 141 OR Instructor permission.

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  • 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.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with WLD 116, WLD 121 and WLD 131.
    Prerequisite:
    WLD 101 and WLD 105 and WLD 140
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    WLD 116, WLD 121 and WLD 131 all with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in WLD 116, WLD 121 and WLD 131 OR Instructor permission.

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  • WLD 116SMAW Practice2 credits

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

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with WLD 121, WLD 131 and and WLD 141.
    Prerequisite:
    WLD 101 and WLD 105 and WLD 106 and WLD 110 and WLD 120 and WLD 130 and WLD 140 and WLD 150
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    WLD 121, WLD 131 and WLD 141 all with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in WLD 121, WLD 131 and WLD 141 or Instructor permission.

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  • WLD 131FCAW Practice2 credits

    Students will demonstrate all position FCAW welding techniques.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with WLD 116, WLD 121 and and WLD 141.
    Prerequisite:
    WLD 101 and WLD 105 and WLD 106 and WLD 110 and WLD 120 and WLD 130 and WLD 140 and WLD 150
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    WLD 116, WLD 121 and WLD 141 all with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in WLD 116, WLD 121 and WLD 141 or Instructor permission.

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  • 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.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with WLD 211.
    Prerequisite:
    Basic Welding Certificate or Instructor Permission
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    WLD 211 with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in WLD 211 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.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with WLD 210.
    Prerequisite:
    Basic Welding Certificate or Instructor Permission
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    WLD 210 with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in WLD 210 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.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with WLD 215 and WLD 256.
    Prerequisite:
    Basic Welding Certificate or Instructor permission
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    WLD 215 with a C- or better and WLD 256 with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in WLD 215 and WLD 256 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.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with WLD 205 and WLD 256.
    Prerequisite:
    Basic Welding Certificate or Instructor Permission
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    WLD 205 with a C- or better and WLD 256 with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in WLD 205 and WLD 256 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.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with WLD 205 and WLD 215.
    Prerequisite:
    Basic Welding Certificate or Instructor permission
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    WLD 205 with a C- or better and WLD 215 with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in WLD 205 and WLD 215 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.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with WLD 220, WLD 232, and WLD 254 if part of Welding & Fab: General pathway OR WLD 230, WLD 257 and WLD 262 if part of Welding & Fab: Pipe pathway.
    Prerequisite:
    WLD 205, or WLD 206, or Instructor permission
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    (WLD 220, WLD 232 and WLD 254 for Welding & Fab: General pathway all with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in WLD 220, WLD 232 and WLD 254 for Welding & Fab: General pathway) OR (WLD 230, WLD 257 and WLD 262 for Welding & Fab: Pipe pathway all with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in WLD 230, WLD 257 and WLD 262 for Welding & Fab: Pipe pathway) OR Instructor permission.

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  • 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.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with WLD 213, WLD 230 and WLD 262.
    Prerequisite:
    WLD 256 or Instructor permission
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    WLD 213, WLD 230 and WLD 262 all with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in WLD 213, WLD 230 and WLD 262 OR Instructor permission.

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  • 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.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with WLD 213, WLD 230 and WLD 257.
    Prerequisite:
    WLD 215 or Instructor permission
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    WLD 213, WLD 230 and WLD 257 all with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in WLD 213, WLD 230 and WLD 257 OR Instructor permission.

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  • 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.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with WLD 206, WLD 242, WLD 252 if part of Welding & Fab: General pathway OR WLD 213, WLD 257 and WLD 262 if part of Welding & Fab: Pipe pathway.
    Prerequisite:
    Basic Welding Certificate or Instructor permission
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    (WLD 206, WLD 242 and WLD 252 if part of Welding & Fab: General pathway all with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in WLD 206, WLD 242 and WLD 252 if part of Welding & Fab: General pathway) OR (WLD 213, WLD 257 and WLD 262 if part of Welding & Fab: Pipe pathway all with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in WLD 213, WLD 257 and WLD 262 if part of Welding & Fab: Pipe pathway) OR Instructor permission.

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  • 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.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with WLD 271.
    Prerequisite:
    Basic Welding Certificate or Instructor permission
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    WLD 271 with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in WLD 271 OR Instructor permission.

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  • 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.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with WLD 209.
    Prerequisite:
    WLD 220 and WLD 232; or WLD 230 and WLD 215; or Instructor permission
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    WLD 209 with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in WLD 209 OR Instructor permission.

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  • 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.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with WLD 209 and WLD 271.
    Prerequisite:
    Instructor permission
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    WLD 209 with a C- or better and WLD 271 with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in WLD 209 and WLD 271 OR Instructor permission.

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  • WLD 294Welding Internship II6 credits

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

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with WLD 209 and WLD 271.
    Prerequisite:
    Instructor permission
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    WLD 209 with a C- or better and WLD 271 with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in WLD 209 and WLD 271 OR Instructor permission.

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  • 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.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with WLD 209 and WLD 271.
    Prerequisite:
    Basic Welding Certificate or Instructor permission
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    WLD 209 with a C- or better and WLD 271 with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in WLD 209 and WLD 271 OR Instructor permission.
  • 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.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with WLD 209 and WLD 271.
    Prerequisite:
    Basic Welding Certificate or Instructor Permission
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    WLD 209 with a C- or better and WLD 271 with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in WLD 209 and WLD 271 OR Instructor permission.
TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS112 credits

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

Entry Information

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When Can I Start?


This program typically starts in Fall Quarter.

What Are The Minimum Entry 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

What Are My Next Steps?


  1. Apply to BTC and Financial Aid
  2. Take the ACCUPLACER/Placement Test
  3. Attend an Advising & Registration Session
  4. Prepare to Attend

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.

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

79% BTC graduate placement rate

$37,783 starting annual wage

$48,737 average annual wage

$58,105 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 79% of BTC Welding students are employed within nine months of graduation. The average annual wage in this field is $48,737, with an earning potential of about $58,105 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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TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS55 credits

  • Quarter 1
  • AMATH 100 *Applied Occupational Math5 credits

    This course emphasizes mathematics used in the professional technical occupations. Students will learn mathematical skills in the following: fractions, decimals, percents, ratios & proportions, U.S. Customary Units and metric measurement systems, basic geometry and elementary algebra. The course will include relevent technical applications and the use of a calculator.

    Prerequisite:
    ACCUPLACER Arithmetic score of 38 or ABE 050 with a C or better or approved alternative placement criteria.

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  • 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.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with WLD 105, WLD 110 and and WLD 120.
    Prerequisite:
    ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension score of 71 or RDG 085 with a C or better and ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills score of 71 or ENGL 092 with a C or better. ACCUPLACER Arithmetic score of 38 or MATH 090 or ABE 050 with a C or better.
  • 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.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with WLD 101, WLD 110 and and WLD 120.
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    WLD 101, WLD 110 and WLD 120 all with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in WLD 101, WLD 110 and WLD 120 or Instructor permission.
  • 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.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with WLD 101, WLD 105 and and WLD 120.
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    WLD 101, WLD 105 and WLD 120 all with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in WLD 101, WLD 105 and WLD 120 or Instructor permission.
  • 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.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with WLD 101, WLD 105 and and WLD 110.
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    WLD 101, WLD 105 and WLD 110 all with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in WLD 101, WLD 105 and WLD 110 or Instructor permission.
  • 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.

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  • 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.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with WLD 130, WLD 140 and and WLD 150.
    Prerequisite:
    WLD 101 and WLD 105 and WLD 110 and WLD 120
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    WLD 130, WLD 140 and WLD 150 all with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in WLD 130, WLD 140 and WLD 150 or Instructor permission.

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  • 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.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with WLD 106, WLD 140 and and WLD 150..
    Prerequisite:
    WLD 101 and WLD 105 and WLD 110, and WLD 120
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    WLD 106, WLD 140 and WLD 150 all with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in WLD 106, WLD 140 and WLD 150 or Instructor permission.

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  • 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.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with WLD 106, WLD 130 and WLD 150.
    Prerequisite:
    WLD 101 and WLD 105 and WLD 110 and WLD 120
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    WLD 106, WLD 130 and WLD 150 all with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in WLD 106, WLD 130 and WLD 150 OR Instructor permission.

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  • 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.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with WLD 106, WLD 130 and WLD 140.
    Prerequisite:
    WLD 101 and WLD 105 and WLD 110 and WLD 120
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    WLD 106, WLD 130 and WLD 140 all with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in WLD 106, WLD 130 and WLD 140 OR Instructor permission.

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    1/9-3/20W 8:00a-9:15aRUSH COpenings: 4
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  • Quarter 3
  • CMST& 210 *Interpersonal Communications5 credits

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

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

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  • 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.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with WLD 116, WLD 131 and and WLD 141..
    Prerequisite:
    WLD 106 and WLD 130 and WLD 140 and WLD 150
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    WLD 116, WLD131 and WLD 141 all with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in WLD 116, WLD131 and WLD 141 OR Instructor permission.

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  • 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.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with WLD 116, WLD 121 and WLD 131.
    Prerequisite:
    WLD 101 and WLD 105 and WLD 140
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    WLD 116, WLD 121 and WLD 131 all with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in WLD 116, WLD 121 and WLD 131 OR Instructor permission.

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  • WLD 116SMAW Practice2 credits

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

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with WLD 121, WLD 131 and and WLD 141.
    Prerequisite:
    WLD 101 and WLD 105 and WLD 106 and WLD 110 and WLD 120 and WLD 130 and WLD 140 and WLD 150
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    WLD 121, WLD 131 and WLD 141 all with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in WLD 121, WLD 131 and WLD 141 or Instructor permission.

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  • WLD 131FCAW Practice2 credits

    Students will demonstrate all position FCAW welding techniques.

    Notes:
    • This class must be taken concurrently with WLD 116, WLD 121 and and WLD 141.
    Prerequisite:
    WLD 101 and WLD 105 and WLD 106 and WLD 110 and WLD 120 and WLD 130 and WLD 140 and WLD 150
    Completion or Concurrent Enrollment:
    WLD 116, WLD 121 and WLD 141 all with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in WLD 116, WLD 121 and WLD 141 or Instructor permission.

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TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS55 credits

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

Entry Information

Check out the information below to learn how you can get started!

When Can I Start?


This program typically starts in Fall Quarter.

What Are The Minimum Entry 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

What Are My Next Steps?


  1. Apply to BTC and Financial Aid
  2. Take the ACCUPLACER/Placement Test
  3. Attend an Advising & Registration Session
  4. Prepare to Attend

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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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


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Rachael Wright

Area of Instruction


Welding Technology

Degrees and Certifications


B.A., Anthropology, Western Washington University

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

Certificate, Certified Welding Inspector (CWI), American Welding Society

Contact Info


360 752-8493
rwright@btc.edu
Morse Center (MC) - Room 105