Welding

Diploma
Residential
English

Program Description

The Welding Diploma Program offers the technical and practical knowledge needed to interpret manufacturing and construction drawings, calculate measures, and bend, cut, grind, and weld ferrous and nonferrous metals. Students will learn shielded metal arc, gas metal arc, flux core arc, gas tungsten arc, and pipe welding.

DISCLAIMER: In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19), this program is temporarily delivered 100% online. When the Florida Commission for Independent Education’s approval for temporary distance education ends, the remainder of the program will revert to in-person teaching on campus.
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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 Program

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

Core Courses

Safety and Craft Skills

This course encompasses classroom and lab work study of introductory safety and craft skills. Areas of study include basic safety, construction math, hand and power tools, basics of construction drawings, rigging, communication skills, employability skills, and material handling. Department of Labor and Occupational Safety and Health Administration

(OSHA) regulations applicable to general industry are also covered.

64 hours

Applied Math for Welding

This course provides the students with an in-depth knowledge of the mathematical skills required to apply procedures, technologies, and practices in the welding profession. Students will learn to solve and clearly explain real practical problems that reflect the latest advancements in the welding industry. Basic mathematics, metrics, geometry, and trigonometry, as related to the welding career, will be discussed.

64 hours

Welding Drawings

In this course, students will learn the theory and interpretation of welding symbols. They will study how to read, use, and sketch welding drawings. In addition, they will discuss the physical characteristics and mechanical properties of metal and its relationship with the structure.

300 hours

Introduction to Welding and Cutting Process

This course provides an overview of the importance of safety in the welding workplace and the methods and procedures used for the oxyfuel cutting process. Students will learn the fundamentals of plasma arc cutting (PAC), air carbon arc cutting (CAC-A), air carbon arc gouging (ACAG), base metal preparation, and weld quality. Students will practice cutting-related tasks. In addition, electrodes, equipment, and setup for shielded metal arc welding (SMAW) will be introduced.

Prerequisites: SKL1000, WEL1000, WEL1001

220 hours

Shielded Metal Arc Welding I (SMAW)

This course provides the students with the knowledge related to methods and procedures of shielded metal arc welding (SMAW), as well as beads and fillet welding. Students will demonstrate the acquired competencies by preparing welding equipment, striking an arc, overlapping beads, performing fillet welds, among other tasks.

Prerequisites: SKL1000, WEL1000, WEL1001

380 hours

Shielded Metal Arc Welding II (SMAW)

This course introduces students to the methods and techniques needed to correctly make fit-up joints and properly inspect them. They will study procedures related to shielded metal arc welding (SMAW) to make groove welds. Students will be able to demonstrate the acquired competencies by making different joint positions with backing V-groove welds and openroot V-groove welds.

Prerequisites: SKL1000, WEL1000, WEL1001

380 hours

Flux Core Arc Welding and Gas Metal Arc Welding

This course provides the students with an overview of flux core arc welding (FCAW) and gas metal arc welding (GMAW) processes, equipment, preparation, and filler metals. Students will learn to make multiple-pass FCAW-G/GM (gas-shielded) and/or FCAW-S (self-shielded) on ferrous and nonferrous metals.

Prerequisites: WEL1002, WEL1003, WEL1004

380 hours

Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW)

This course provides the students with the methods and techniques related to gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW) processes, equipment, and preparation. Students will be able to select GTAW shielding gas and filler metal, as well as perform multiplepass fillet and open-root V-groove welds on ferrous and nonferrous metals.

Prerequisites: WEL1002, WEL1003, WEL1004

380 hours

Pipe Welding II (GMAW & FCAW)

This course provides the students with the necessary knowledge and skills to work with gas metal arc welding (GMAW) and flux core arc welding (FCAW) of open-root V-groove pipe welds. Students will explain the basic concepts of GMAW and FCAW of pipe. In addition, they will be able to make GMAW open-root V groove pipe welds and FCAW V-groove pipe welds in different positions.

Prerequisites: WEL1002, WEL1003, WEL1004

380 hours

Pipe Welding III (GTAW)

This course provides the student with knowledge and skills to work with gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW) of carbon steel pipe welds and open-root V-groove low alloy or stainless steel pipe welds. Students will learn the basic concepts of openroot GTAW of carbon steel pipe welds, and open-root V groove low alloy or stainless-steel pipe welds, and will be able to make them in different positions.

Prerequisites: WEL1002, WEL1003, WEL1004

380 hours

Aluminum Welding III (GTAW & GMAW)

This course is designed to introduce students to welding with aluminum. Students will learn and describe concepts related to gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW) and gas metal arc welding (GMAW) aluminum plates and pipes.

Prerequisites: WEL1002, WEL1003, WEL1004

380 hours

Related Programs

Campuses Available

Admission Requirements

High school diploma or a recognized equivalent.

Possible Employment Opportunities *

  • Aluminum Welder
  • Maintenance Welder
  • Mig Welder

*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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