Welding

Diploma
Residential
English

Program Description

In the Welding Diploma Program, Florida Technical College students will develop technical skills and practical experiences related to cutting metal. In addition, they will interpret manufacturing and construction drawings and measurements used in the field. Students will also apply gained knowledge of SMAW (Shielded Metal Arc Welding), GMAW (Gas Metal Arc Welding), FCAW (Flux Core Arc Welding), and GTAW (Gas Tungsten Arc Welding) processes, as well as pipe welding techniques related to these four welding processes.

Possible Employment Opportunities *

  • Aluminum Welder, Fabricator
  • Maintenance Welder
  • Mig Welder

Credential Earned

Welding Diploma

Related Certifications and/or Credentials

  • OSHA 10 Training Course
  • National Center for Construction Education & Research (NCCER) Core Curriculum
  • (NCCER) Welding Level 1, 2 and 3
  • American Welding Society (AWS) Membership

Duration of the Welding Program

12 Months | 61 quarter credit hours
Total Contact Hours: 960
Lecture Hours: 260
Lab Hours: 700

Core Courses

Safety and Craft Skills

In this  welding course, students will examine the basics of jobsite safety for construction trades. Moreover, they will explore safety standards and regulations covered in National Center for Construction Education & Research (NCCER) certification assessments and performance tasks and enforced by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Students will also analyze common equipment and tools used in the construction industry. Additionally, they will evaluate the importance of communication skills and employability skills. Likewise, students will practice construction math and drawings.

Applied Math for Welding

In this  welding course, students will analyze mathematical equations applicable to the welding industry. Moreover, they will practice addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division using modern measuring equipment. Florida Technical College students will also examine measurements and systems of measurement, focusing on conversions and calculations. In addition, they will evaluate volume and weight calculations and conversions, including those related to the bending of metal.

Welding Drawings

In this welding course, students will design drawings and blueprints. They will interpret welding symbolic language. Also, they will evaluate design specifications and safety standards of assembly. Moreover, they will plan detailed drawings that show the importance of blueprint interpretation in the welding field.

Introduction to Welding and Cutting Process

In this  welding course, students will discuss the importance of safety as it relates to welding equipment. They will also examine oxyfuel cutting and plasma arc cutting (PAC) processes. Additionally, Florida Technical College students will examine the fundamentals of air-carbon arc cutting (A-CAC) and air-carbon arc gouging (ACAG). They will evaluate base metal preparation, weld quality, and the welder testing process, which are crucial topics to succeed in the welding industry. Moreover, students will explore shielded metal arc welding (SMAW) equipment and consumables, focusing on electrodes.

Course Prerequisites: SKL1000, WEL1000, WEL1001

Shielded Metal Arc Welding I (SMAW)

In this welding course, students will analyze shielded metal arc welding (SMAW) equipment and consumables. Moreover, they will distinguish the electrodes and filler rods utilized for different types of welds. Florida Technical College students will also examine the shielded metal arc welding process, focusing on safety and equipment setup. In addition, they will evaluate the techniques used for weld beads and fillet welds.

Course Prerequisites: SKL1000, WEL1000, WEL1001

Shielded Metal Arc Welding II (SMAW)

In this welding course, students will operate the basic tools and practices necessary for the proper joint setup and spool alignment before welding. The Florida Technical College students will also apply all welding positions to two types of welding techniques that are well used in the SMAW process, V-groove using backing plate and open root groove welds. Furthermore, students will analyze welding skills that meet the specifications of the building codes and the quality standards of the weld.

Course Prerequisites: SKL1000, WEL1000, WEL1001

Flux Core Arc Welding and Gas Metal Arc Welding

In this  welding  course, students will examine gas metal arc welding (GMAW) and flux-cored arc welding (FCAW) processes and equipment. They will also explore multiple-pass GMAW and FCAW welds on ferrous and nonferrous metals. In addition, Florida Technical College students will distinguish the filler metals used for different gas metal arc welding and flux-cored arc welding processes.

Course Prerequisites: WEL1002, WEL1003, WEL1004

Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW)

In this welding course, Florida Technical College students will analyze the fundamentals of gas tungsten arc welding, focusing on safety and welding currents. They will also examine gas tungsten arc welding equipment and consumables. Moreover, they will evaluate common gas tungsten arc welding methods and techniques.

Course Prerequisites: WEL1002, WEL1003, WEL1004

Pipe Welding I (SMAW)

In this welding course, students will develop the necessary welding skills when working with shielded metal arc welding (SMAW) of open-root V-groove welds.  Florida Technical College students will examine the basic concepts of welding. In addition, they will apply these concepts in different positions using special equipment and electrodes.

Course Prerequisites: WEL1002, WEL1003, WEL1004

Pipe Welding II (GMAW & FCAW)

In this welding course, the Florida Technical College students will evaluate the Open-root concepts and the pipe welding preparation of the Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) process. In addition, they will develop skills related to the Flux-cored Arc Welding (FCAW) process. Lastly, they will analyze the safety practice fundamentals for the two welding processes.

Course Prerequisites: WEL1002, WEL1003, WEL1004

Pipe Welding III (GTAW)

In this welding course, students will analyze the basic knowledge of open-root GTAW on carbon-steel, low alloy and stainless-steel pipes, and pipe preparation. They will evaluate welding positions and techniques for open-root V-groove pipe using GTAW welding process. In addition,  Florida Technical College students will examine the fundamentals of pipe preparations for pre-welding, work area setup, and GTAW equipment.

Course Prerequisites: WEL1002, WEL1003, WEL1004

Aluminum Welding III (GTAW & GMAW)

In this  welding course, the student will analyze the characteristics of aluminum welding techniques, and aluminum metallurgy. Also, they will prepare Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) equipment, areas, and materials for aluminum pipe welding considering safety practices. The Florida Technical College students will demonstrate GMAW methods and techniques using aluminum material on groove and fillet welds on a plate, and pipe welds in different positions. In addition, they will practice Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) methods and techniques in aluminum materials on groove and fillet welding plates, as well as butt pipe welds in various positions.

Course Prerequisites: WEL1002, WEL1003, WEL1004

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Admission Requirements

High school diploma or a recognized equivalent.

Possible Employment Opportunities *

  • Aluminum Welder
  • Maintenance Welder
  • Mig Welder
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*These examples are intended to serve only as a general guide of possible employment opportunities. There are many factors that determine the job an individual may obtain and Florida Technical College cannot guarantee its graduates any particular job. Some positions may require a license or other certifications. We encourage you to research the requirements for the particular position you desire. Program Availability varies by campus.

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