Gas Metal Arc Welding

Gas Metal Arc Welding

Technical Certificate

This certificate is offered for individuals interested in pursuing the skills necessary to be a successful welder in the Gas Metal Arc Welding process. Students will learn how to interpret prints and weld symbols prior to engaging in the weld process using various metal types including carbon steel, stainless steel, and aluminum. They will also perform the thermal cutting processes during this educational experience.

Virtual welding in class
arch welding simulator
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Welding instructor helping student

Program Outline

Term: 1
Course # Course Title Credits
1044210100 Weld Symbols
Description

Students will develop print interpretation skills needed in metal fabrication. Learners study prints containing section views, detail views, and weld symbols. Learners apply concepts in hands-on activities, print interpretation skills, calculating dimensions, identifying and interpreting weld symbols.

1.00
1044215700 Thermal Cutting
Description

Develops skill in thermal cutting and gouging processes. Learners practice manual and machine oxy-fuel cutting, plasma cutting and gouging and air carbon arc gouging. Prerequisite: 1044217200 Safety in Manufacturing (B or better).

2.00
1044215900 Gas Metal Arc Welding on Carbon Steel
Description

Develop skills in gas metal arc welding. Learners use the “mig” process in all positions on carbon steel. Required welds include fillet and groove welds with short circuit, spray and pulsed spray transfer. Weld quality is assessed per AWS D1.1 Structural Steel Code. Prerequisite: 1044217200 Safety in Manufacturing (B or better).

3.00
Term: 2
Course # Course Title Credits
1044215000 Gas Metal Arc Welding on Stainless Steel
Description

Builds on skills developed in Gas Metal Arc Welding on stainless steel. Learners use the “mig” process in the flat, horizontal and vertical positions on steel, stainless steel and aluminum. Required welds include fillet and groove welds with spray and pulsed spray transfer. Prerequisite: 1044217200 Safety in Manufacturing (B or better).

1.00
1044215300 GMAW on Aluminum
Description

Develop skills in gas metal arc pulse welding on aluminum. Learners use the “mig” process in flat, horizontal, and vertical positions on aluminum. Required welds include fillet and groove welds with pulsed spray transfer. Weld quality is assessed per AWS standards. Prerequisite: 1044217200 Safety in Manufacturing (B or better).

1.00

At A Glance

How You'll Learn

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On Campus

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Online Classes

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Multiple Start Dates

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Flexible Pace

2021 Start Dates

January 6 May 7 September 1
February 1 June 7 October 4
March 1 July 5 November 1


2022 Start Dates

January 5 March 1 June 6
February 7 May 2 July 11

 

What is Competency-Based Education?

Competency-Based Education (CBE) is learning at your own pace by mastering competencies through demonstration. Once all competencies for a program have been assessed and mastered, students will earn a certificate, diploma, or degree.

Approximate Cost

$1,554*

*Based on 10-level courses—materials, books, and fees may be additional

Student Equipment

Students are required to purchase welding kits through the college bookstore or obtain the minimum tools and equipment listed to be able to successfully complete coursework and performance assessments in the welding lab.

  • Safety glasses
  • Welders gloves MIG and TIG
  • Chipping hammer
  • Welding beanie
  • 8-way welder pliers
  • Soapstone holder
  • Triple flint spark lighter
  • Tape measure
  • Weld fillet gauge
  • Mag tool
  • Material handling gloves
  • Backhand pad
  • Tool bag
  • Welder pencils
  • Auto darkening helmet
  • Lens cover
  • Welding jacket

What You'll Learn

  • Print interpretation and weld symbols
  • Gas metal arc welding on carbon steel
  • Gas metal arc welding on stainless steel
  • Gas metal arc welding on aluminum
  • Thermal cutting

Your Potential Careers

  • Production Welder
  • Maintenance Welder
  • Welding Sales and Service
  • Self-Employment

Median Annual Salary

$39,085 $42,437 $41,198
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