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Integrated Metals: Welding Technology
Limited Entry Certificate

Catalog Year 2014-2015*

*Information regarding the requirements for this Limited Entry program is available by accessing the Admissions to Limited & Restricted Entry Programs page

MHCC Faculty Advisers:
Rick Walters: 503-491-7209 - Room IT 41

Steven Davis: 503-491-7629 - Room IT 44

The courses and certificate options under the Integrated Metals: Welding Technology program are designed to prepare the person with little or no welding skill to enter the welding field with skill, knowledge and confidence. These courses offer good choices for those wishing to upgrade their welding skills or to learn a new process. The curriculum is a day program designed to provide instruction for completion of specified weld test plates in various positions, as well as opportunities to obtain AWS Welder Certification. Processes include shielded metal arc, gas metal arc, flux cored arc and gas tungsten arc welding. Training in manual and CNC plasma cutting is included.

This program is designed for fall term entry. Entry during winter term may delay program completion by one or more terms and is based on individual qualifications as determined by welding technology instructors and completion of admission criteria. No students will be accepted in the spring. This is a limited-entry program. Students must apply and be accepted into the program to have their major changed to one of the Integrated Metals: Welding program options.

Students completing the one-year certificate will have completed nearly one-half of the degree requirements for the Integrated Metals AAS (Associate of Applied Science) degree.

Program Outcomes

At the completion of this program, the student should be able to:

  • Demonstrate safety procedures and safety inspections for welding processes and related equipment
  • Identify welding equipment and accessories and explain power source principles of operation
  • Read, interpret and apply blueprints for the production and inspection of manufactured work pieces.
  • List and perform set-up, adjustments and operations of welding and cutting equipment in preparing and the completion of welding practice plates
  • Describe and perform welding processes as they relate to the welding of ferrous and non-ferrous metals
  • Identify various electrodes, filler wires, shielding gasses and current types and their relationship to base-metal varieties
  • Describe and apply the variables and techniques used to weld carbon steel, stainless steel and aluminum to print specifications with regard to joint types, weld types and positions of welding
  • Visually examine welds for discontinuities, defects, correct weld size and placement, and provide solutions for welding procedure errors
  • Produce acceptable test plate weldments according to American Welding Society (AWS) Standards.

What are the employment opportunities?
Students who apply themselves in the program and obtain a satisfactory level of competence in welding should be able to secure employment in many areas, including ship repair, metal fabrication, construction and maintenance welding. Most companies require the prospective employee to pass a welding test as a condition of employment. This program will assist the student in preparing for welder qualification testing and provide testing opportunities for AWS certification in one or more positions and processes that will provide the skill credential for entry into a position in industry as a certified welder.

Note: Students must have a minimum grade of “C” in all IMTL courses and obtain AWS certification in a minimum of one process and position in order to be eligible for this certificate

First Quarter (Fall) Credits
IMTL124 Blueprint Reading for Welding Applications 4
IMTL120 SMAW (Shielded Metal Arc Welding/ Stick) Theory 2
IMTL121 SMAW (Shielded Metal Arc Welding/Stick) Lab 4
IMTL128 GTAW (Gas Tungsten Arc Welding/TIG ) Theory 2
IMTL129 GTAW (Gas Tungsten Arc Welding/TIG ) Lab 2
WR101 Workplace Communications or
WR121 English Composition
Second Quarter (Winter)
IMTL134 Metallurgy Theory
IMTL135 Metallurgy Lab
IMTL140 GMAW /FCAW (Gas Metal and Flux Cored A rc Welding/Wire Feed) Theory 2
IMTL141 GMAW /FCAW (Gas Metal and Flux Cored Arc Welding/Wire Feed) Lab 4
IMTL143 CNC Cutting 4
MTH060 Beginning Algebra I 4
Third Quarter (Spring)
IMTL152 Welding Processes and Procedures 2
IMTL160 Fabrication Practices Theory 2
IMTL161 Fabrication Practices Lab 3
IMTL163 Welding Certification Preparation Lab 4
MTH065 Beginning Algebra II1 4
PSY101 Psychology of Human Relations or
HUM202 Age of Technology: Ethics in the Workplace
  Total Credits 53-54

1 A College Placement Test (CPT) score does not fulfill this requirement. Students must successfully complete the required mathematics course (or higher.)

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