Program of Study
The Welding Technology program offers instruction in a wide range of topics, from oxyfuel and plasma arc cutting applications to advanced courses in pipe welding.
With the increased use of sophisticated welding equipment and exotic commercial alloys, a need exists for technicians who can coordinate the efforts of the highly skilled welder and the welding engineer. The person performing this function must be broadly educated in welding theory, processes, symbols and prints, codes and standards, metallurgy, mathematics, and science. Terra State's Associate in Applied Science degree program is structured to provide this background.
A well-equipped laboratory supports the theoretical instruction with hands-on instruction in the modern welding processes.
The faculty has identified the following Learning Outcomes for all graduates:
- Correctly apply and interpret welding symbols and prints.
- Select proper welding processes, equipment, accessories, and follow appropriate welding procedures required to manufacture or fabricate materials in accordance with engineering design.
- Develop a high degree of knowledge and skill in selecting and utilizing the major welding processes in all four welding positions on a variety of commercial ferrous and nonferrous alloys on sheet, plate, tubing, and/or piping, as well as other structural shapes requiring welding.
- Utilize industrial codes, standards, and specifications whenever and wherever they apply to specific jobs or projects.
- Be familiar with destructive testing methods and how they are used to verify engineering design data and qualify/certify materials, processes, procedures, and the personnel responsible for performing them.
- Be familiar with nondestructive testing methods and how they are used to determine the soundness of materials, components, and engineered products.
- Be knowledgeable in welding metallurgy and heat treating principles and how they apply to the modern day workforce.
- Welding Technician
- Welding Inspector
- Welder/Pipe Fitter