Metal Fabrication - Coming Soon!

Metal Fabrication - Coming Soon!

Technical Diploma

About the Metal Fabrication Program

The Metal Fabrication program will help students develop fabrication skills used in today's manufacturing industries. Students will learn shielded metal arc welding, gas metal arc welding, gas tungsten arc welding, and oxy-fuel cutting methods. Students will also develop blueprint reading skills, design and layout, metal forming and assembly, as well as inspection and quality control. They will gain hands-on experience with automated cutting processes and first-hand exposure assembling metal projects.

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Program Outline

Semester: 1
Course # Course Title Credits
1044211200 Print Reading for Manufacturing
Description

Develops print interpretation skills needed in metal fabrication. Learners study orthographic projection, dimensioning, welding symbols and bill of materials. Learners apply concepts in hands-on activities, practicing basic layout skills and safe operation of saws, shears and drills.

4.00
1044215800 Shielded Metal Arc Welding
Description

Develops skill in shielded metal arc welding. Learners use titania, low hydrogen and cellulose "stick" electrodes to complete fillet and groove welds in all positions. Learners complete a 3G bend test conducted per AWS D1.1 - Structural Steel Code. Prerequisite(s): 1044217200 Safety in Manufacturing (C or better) (concurrent enrollment allowed).

2.00
1044215900 Gas Metal Arc Welding
Description

Develops skill in gas metal arc welding. Learners use the “mig” process in all positions on steel, stainless steel and aluminum. 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(s): 1044217200 Safety in Manufacturing (C or better) (concurrent enrollment allowed).

3.00
1044216300 Weld Inspection and Testing
Description

Emphasizes measurement of weld defects and assessment of weld quality conformance to common welding codes. Learners conduct etch tests, bend tests and break tests on welds. The process of procedure and welder qualification is explored through group activities.

1.00
1044217200 Safety in Manufacturing
Description

Prepares learners for safe operation of work site equipment. Procedures regarding welding machines, band saws, shears, drill presses, punches, grinders, oxy fuel equipment and an array of hand tools are practiced. Crane and forklift operation are introduced.

1.00
1044217300 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(s): 1044217200 Safety in Manufacturing (C or better) (concurrent enrollment allowed).

1.00
1044217400 Advanced Gas Metal Arc Welding
Description

Builds on skills developed in Gas Metal Arc Welding. 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(s): 1044217200 Safety in Manufacturing (C or better) (concurrent enrollment allowed) and 1044215900 Gas Metal Arc Welding (C or better) (concurrent enrollment allowed).

3.00
3180430200 Applied Technical Mathematics
Description

Develops skills in using mathematics principles, essential to the technical service and production workplace, through applied learning contexts. Content includes whole numbers, fractions, percent, graphs, fundamentals of algebra, geometry and trigonometry, and tools and techniques for precision measurement. Accuplacer Arithmetic score >= 61 or TABE Math Comp score >= 10 or ACT Math score >= 17

2.00
Semester: 2
Course # Course Title Credits
1045712000 Advanced Print Reading
Description

This course provides the opportunity for the learner to develop advanced blueprint reading skills to read and interpret moderate to advanced blueprints and shop drawings most frequently encountered in industry. Includes multi-view prints, arrangement of views, dimensions and notes, sections, shop sketching, welding symbols, and various welding prints used in the fabrication industry. Prerequisite(s): 1044211200 Print Reading for Manufacturing (C or better).

2.00
1045714800 Metal Cutting and Forming
Description

Students will develop knowledge of metal cutting saws, shears, plasma, and water jet cutting systems and forming processes. Safety and maintenance is emphasized as students practice cutting techniques on projects. Prerequisite(s): 1044217200 Safety in Manufacturing (C or better).

3.00
1045715000 Jig and Fixture Development
Description

Students will develop the concepts of design and building of simple to intermediate jigs and assembly fixtures. Students will use various software applications and metal fabrication equipment to build jig and fixtures for projects used in the class. Prerequisite(s): 1044217200 Safety in Manufacturing (C or better).

2.00
1045716000 Design and Layout
Description

This course provides the opportunity for the learner to develop the knowledge, skills, process, and understanding of basic line and angle construction along with flat pattern development for radial line, parallel line, and triangulation. Students will also be able to design a project and use basic layout procedures. Prerequisite(s): 1044217200 Safety in Manufacturing (C or better).

2.00
1045717000 Intro to Assembly
Description

Students will translate the competencies established in Design and Layout to the use of forming equipment. Students will create assemblies from industrial drawings conforming to industry standards. Emphasis will be placed on safe operation procedures, the selection of tooling, and calculations required to accurately complete an assembly. Prerequisite(s): 1044217200 Safety in Manufacturing (C or better).

2.00
1045718000 Advanced Assembly
Description

Students will build upon the competencies established in the Intro to Assembly course. Students will create advanced assemblies from industrial drawings conforming to industry standards. Emphasis will expand upon operational safety, tooling types and selection, multiple types and combinations of bending, as well as assembly techniques. Prerequisite(s): 1044217200 Safety in Manufacturing (C or better).

2.00
1045719000 Fabrication Inspect and Quality Control
Description

Students will incorporate measurement of weld defects and assessment of fabrication quality conformance to common welding and assembly codes. Learners conduct etch tests, bend tests and break tests on welds. The process of procedure, welder qualification, and quality control in the fabrication industry is examined. Prerequisite(s): 1044217200 Safety in Manufacturing (C or better).

2.00

At A Glance

Flexible Options

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Multiple Start Dates

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Personalized Pace

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.

What You'll Learn

  • Learn the basics of cutting, forming and joining common manufacturing materials.
  • Use a variety of manual and programmable equipment, techniques and processes.
  • Get hands-on training to learn fundamental concepts of safety, measurement, layout, forming, joining, assembly, finishing and production.
  • Develop your technical knowledge of blueprint reading, layout metal fabrication, welding and inspection.
  • Perform industry standard welding processes.
  • Produce fabricated assemblies and detailed drawings that conform to industry quality-control methods and standards.

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

Your Potential Careers

  • Steel Fabricator
  • Welder
  • Structural Steel Fitter
  • Metal Layout/Designer
  • Robotic Welding Operator
  • Automated Equipment Operator

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