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Integrated Metals: Welding Technology
Limited Entry Certificate

Catalog Year 2015-2016

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

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The courses listed under the certificate option Integrated Metals: Welding Technology make up a comprehensive 52-53 credit one-year program designed to prepare individuals with little or no welding experience to enter the welding field with confidence, utilizing a very broad welding and fabrication skill profile. The program is a good choice for those wishing to upgrade their welding skills or to learn new welding and cutting processes. With the opportunity to use the latest equipment technologies, this day program curriculum is designed to provide instruction for completion of specified weld test plates in various positions, as well as opportunities to obtain welder certifications according to American Welding Society (AWS) code specifications. Processes include shielded metal arc, gas metal arc, flux cored arc and gas tungsten arc welding. Training in blueprint reading, welding metallurgy and Computer Numerical Control (CNC) plasma cutting is included with opportunities for students to create and plasma cut objects of their own design.

This day 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 into this program for a spring term start. This is a one-year, limited-entry program. Students must apply and be accepted into the program to have their major changed to this Integrated Metals: Welding Technology day program.

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

MHCC Welding Technology celebrates and endorses the efforts of our local high school students interested in becoming trained as welders. Program specific laboratory training at the high school level earns college credit applicable toward approved Integrated Metals certificates and degrees.

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 manual welding, manual and CNC cutting equipment and accessories and explain power source principles of operation
  • Read, interpret and apply blueprint specifications and weld symbols for the production and inspection of manufactured work pieces
  • List and perform set-up, adjustments and operations of manual welding, and manual CNC plasma and oxy-fuel cutting equipment in preparation and completion of welding practice plates and automated cutting examples
  • Describe and perform welding and cutting processes as they relate to 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
  • Describe and apply principles of metallurgy including heat treating, hardness testing and observe-and-report inspection methodology
  • Formulate and write a unique welding procedure specification based on data collected from local welding and fabrication industry employers
  • Visually examine welds for discontinuities, defects, correct weld size and placement, providing solutions for welding procedure errors
  • Produce acceptable test plate weldments according to American Welding Society (AWS) code specifications

What are the employment opportunities?
Students who apply themselves in the program and obtain a satisfactory level of competence can secure employment in many areas, including ship and barge building and repair, metal fabrication, aircraft component assembly and repair, automotive, custom car, race car/truck and hot-rod fabrication, repair and retrofit, motorcycle and ATV customization and repair, armorer applications, construction and maintenance welding to name just a few. 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 welder certification to American Welding Society code standards in one or more positions and processes, providing the skill credential for entry into a position in industry as a certified welder.

Our success stories include students who graduate to form their own companies or apply their newfound abilities to their hobby passions; others find their niche with welding and fabrication firms large and small, local and abroad utilizing their skills to build and repair "all things metal" the world over.

Note: Students are required to maintain a minimum grade of “C” in all IMTL courses in order to progress through all three terms of this program.

First Quarter (Fall)
Course Number  
Course Title  
Credits
IMTL120   SMAW (Shielded Metal Arc Welding/ Stick) Theory
2
IMTL121   SMAW (Shielded Metal Arc Welding/Stick) Lab
3
IMTL124   Blueprint Reading for Welding Applications
3
IMTL128   GTAW (Gas Tungsten Arc Welding/TIG ) Theory
2
IMTL129   GTAW (Gas Tungsten Arc Welding/TIG ) Lab
2
IMTL171   Welding Certificate Program Lab I
1
WR101   Workplace Communications
3
16  
Second Quarter (Winter)
Course Number  
Course Title  
Credits
IMTL134   Metallurgy Theory
3
IMTL135   Metallurgy Lab
1
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
3
IMTL143   CNC Cutting
4
IMTL172   Welding Certificate Program Lab II
1
MTH060   Beginning Algebra I
4
18  
Third Quarter (Spring)
Course Number  
Course Title  
Credits  
IMTL152   Welding Processes and Procedures
2
IMTL160   Fabrication Practices Theory
2
IMTL161   Fabrication Practices Lab
3
IMTL163   Welding Certification Preparation Lab
3
IMTL173   Welding Certificate Program Lab III
1
MTH065   Beginning Algebra II2  
4
  Human Relations requirement ‡
3-4
18-19  
Total Credits 52-53  

1 Students considering transfer and an advanced degree should substitute this course with WR121.
2 A College Placement Test (CPT) score does not fulfill this requirement. Students must successfully complete the required mathematics course (or higher.)
‡ See Associate of Applied Science degree requirements, page 22 of the printed catalog.

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