Sep 30, 2023  
2022-23 Gaston College Catalog 

Welding Technology Diploma (D50420)

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The Welding Technology curriculum provides students with a sound understanding of the science, technology, and applications essential for successful employment in the welding and metal working industry.

Instruction includes consumable and non-consumable electrode welding and cutting processes. Courses may include math, print reading, metallurgy, welding inspection, and destructive and non-destructive testing providing the student with industry-standard skills developed through classroom training and practical application.

Graduates of the Welding Technology curriculum may be employed as entry-level technicians in welding and metalworking industries. Career opportunities also exist in construction, manufacturing, fabrication, sales, quality control, supervision, and welding-related self-employment.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates will:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of and hands-on competencies in the areas of SMAW, GMAW, GTAW, PAC, OFW, and OFC, application of mathematics and physics at a basic college level, application of basic fabrication concepts, application of basic destructive and non-destructive weld testing, ability to produce weldments to specification, set-up, operation, and trouble shooting of welding equipment, and identification and proper use of basic hand tools.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge and hands-on competence in the application of the principles of welding materials, basic joint design, direction of applied load and the thermal conductivity of various metals and the fundamentals of electricity as they apply to the welding field.
  3. Demonstrate an ability to think, analyze and propose a solution to technical problems requiring knowledge at a diploma level in blueprint reading, equipment selection, choice of filler metals, basic fabrication principles, and communicate written, oral or electronic solutions effectively.
  4. Demonstrate an ability to accomplish tasks independently or as a team member.
  5. Demonstrate an ability to perform as a responsible professional, including an understanding of ethical and societal responsibilities, a respect for diversity, a knowledge of contemporary professional, societal and global issues, and a commitment to equality, and continuous improvement.

Course Selection Information

Students, to help you progress in your degree program, take prerequisite courses along with English and Math early in your academic career. This will align you for greater success in completing your program of study. Click on the courses listed below to ensure you are aware of prerequisites. The order shown below under the student program priorities is a guide.

Student Program Priorities:

  1. WLD 115 , BPR 111  

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