A.A.S. - Occupational Degree
In industrial manufacturing, the practice of joining and severing metals is a science and an art which requires combined knowledge and skills in a variety of industrial/technical fields. The welding faculty offers a selection of technology courses and programs that prepare the individual for entry level in a welding career. The curriculum offers a variety of ways in which students can realize their training and educational goals. Student needs are matched with the appropriate sequence of course work within one of the following: specialized single course, the certificate program, or the A.A.S. program. The content and instruction within welding centers on the “traditional” welding processes and practices of oxyacetylene welding and cutting, shielded metal arc (stick), gas tungsten arc (Tig-Heliarc), gas metal arc (MIG), as well as the “non-traditional” processes of plasma arc, resistance welding, fluxed core arc, submerged arc, and electron beam. Participation in, and completion of, the different sequences of instruction within the welding department prepares the individual for a rewarding career in metal fabrication, maintenance, education, supervision, sales and service, as well as many other opportunities associated with welding technology.
Graduates will demonstrate (1) basic knowledge in welding that will prepare them to obtain an entry-level position within the field and (2) critical thinking skills in AWC’s General Education focus areas.
- Perform entry-level weldments.
- Effectively communicate orally and in writing.
- Analyze welding applications and quantify the needed materials and equipment to perform the task.
- Use computer technology and the Internet to communicate and obtain information related to their professional needs.
- Complete modules leading to American Welding Society S.E.N.S.E. Level I.