Industrial Technology - Welding/Metal Fabrication

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Program Description

The Welding/Metal Fabrication program prepares individuals as welders or metal fabricators. The curriculum focuses on the development of knowledge and skills in Oxy-fuel welding, brazing and cutting, plasma arc cutting and carbon arc cutting, Flux-Core Arc Welding (FCAW), Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) (MIG), Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) (TIG), and Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW).

Students enrolled in the program may attain selected certifications from the following organizations:

Program competencies

The Welding/Metal Fabrication graduate is competent to:

  1. Use welding terminology, procedures and joint design meeting AWS D1.1 structural, ASME IX, API 1104 Code requirements.
  2. Perform arc weld according to AWS D1.1 structural welding code requirements.
  3. Perform arc and GTAW welds according to ASME Section IX code requirements on ferrous and non-ferrous metals.
  4. Examine metallurgical metallographic specimens and identify materials microscopically, apply hardness and tensile tests and interpret the results; demonstrate an understanding of metals and their crystalline structure; and understand the effects of heat, rate of heating and cooling, and alloying elements on metals.
  5. Design and fabricate products using triangulation and radial line principles.
  6. Construct fabrication forms using parallel and radial line pattern development techniques.
  7. Weld pipe using ASME, AWS, TRA specifications by passing visual and guided bend test in the 6 G position.
  8. Prepare special metals with plasma cutting and the use of GTAW, GMAW and special processes including preheat, pre-purge, weld, post purge and post heat.
  9. Demonstrate and perform safe working practices in the welding industry.
  10. Upon completion of teh program, all students will demonstrate critical thinking skills for inquiry and analysis, assimilation of facts and knowledge, and problem solving.

Five-year Job Placement Rate is 94%

Media Salary* 

*Source: Tennessee Career Information Delivery System

Program Content

Fall Semester

MATH 1050 Trigonometric Applications (credits - 4)
SPCH 2300 Public Speaking (credits - 3)
WELD 1060 General Welding (credits - 4)
WELD 1070 Applied Welding (credits - 4)
WELD 1210 Welding Blueprints (credits - 3)

Spring Semester

INTC 1020 Safety in the Workplace (credits - 3)
PHYS 1030 Introduction to Physics (credits - 4) or PSCI 1010 Physical Science I (Physics and Chemistry) (credits - 4)
WELD 1130 Fabrication Tools and Processes (credits - 3)
WELD 2110 Inert Gas Arc Welding (credits - 3)
WELD 2120 Pipe Welding (credits - 3)

Fall Semester

ENGL 1010 Composition I (credits - 3)
INTC 1010 Quality and Inspection (credits - 3)
INTC 1030 Industrial Concepts (credits - 3)
WELD 1010 Pattern Development I (credits - 3)
Elective Social/Behavioral Science Elective (an approved elective from the general education core) (credits - 3)

Spring Semester

WELD 1410 Metallurgy and Materials Testing (credits - 4)
WELD 2010 Pattern Development II (credits - 2)
WELD 2150 Properties of Special Materials (credits - 2)
Elective Humanities Elective (an approved elective from the general education core) (credits - 3)

Total Credit Hours - 60

Additional courses may be required to overcome deficiencies in English, mathematics, and reading.

Job Opportunities 

  • Combination Welder: Produces a variety of welds using different welding processes.
  • Welding Fabricator: Assists engineers in designing, fabricating, inspecting, and installing welding fabrications.
  • Pipe Welder: Performs welding on different types of pipe using a variety of welding processes.

How to Apply

A student desiring to enroll in the Associate of Applied Science degree program in Industrial Technology - Concentration: Welding/Metal Fabrication must:

  • Submit the Northeast State Application for Admission to the Office of Admissions and Records.
  • Indicate Industrial Technology - Concentration: Welding/Metal Fabrication as the desired major on the Northeast State application form.
  • Meet with a Welding/Metal Fabrication program faculty advisor prior to registering for classes.

For More Information

Please contact the following individuals for more information about this program:

Sam Rowell, Dean, Advanced Technologies

Jeremy Maskew, Instructor, Welding/Metal Fabrication

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