Construction Welding – Associate in Science Degree, Certificate of Achievement

Top Code: 0956.50

The curriculum prepares students to seek employment in the welding/metal working trades as welders, welder’s helpers, cutting torch operators, or apprentice fitters. The focus of instruction and practical welding experience is on the Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW), semi-automatic Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW) and oxy-acetylene welding, brazing and cutting processes. These processes are used in the construction and manufacturing industries. Welding practice prepares the student for the Structural Steel Groove and Light Gauge Structural Certifications. Certification is now considered a mandatory requirement for successful employment in the construction and manufacturing industries.

Metal fabrication skills including blueprint reading, shop math, metal fit-up and production welding techniques. Instruction includes structural steel welding codes and welding theory. Students are required to purchase welding materials and protective clothing.

A Certificate of Achievement is awarded upon completion of all required courses with a grade of C or better.

Program Outcomes

  1. Perform shielded metal arc (SMAW), flux cored arc welding (FCAW) and oxy-acetylene welding and cutting.
  2. Select appropriate equipment and processes for metal/welding operations and demonstrate safe set-up and operations of welding equipment.
  3. Evaluate welds to industry standards and prepare inspections reports including welding defects and solutions.
  4. Fabricate a part from a blueprint including the layout, assembly, cutting of material guided by welding symbols.
  5. Prepare to successfully pass the practical and written L.A. City Structural Steel Certification exam for shielded metal arc (SMAW) and flux cored arc welding (FCAW).

Requirements for the Certificate of Achievement

Semester I
WELD 200AINTRODUCTION TO STRUCTURAL WELDING6
TECH 107ATECHNICAL CALCULATIONS3
Semester II
WELD 200BCONSTRUCTION TRADE WELDING6
DT 008AINTRODUCTION TO DIGITAL DESIGN AND FABRICATION3
Total Units18

Recommended Electives

BIT 010BASIC COMPUTER KEYBOARDING1
DT 017BUILDING DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION TECHNICAL GRAPHICS3
DT 1183-DIMENSIONAL BUILDING DESIGN & REPRESENTATION3
KINA 032ABEGINNING FITNESS ACTIVITIES1
WELD 044AINTRODUCTION TO GAS WELDING1
WELD 044BINTRODUCTION TO ELECTRIC ARC WELDING1
WELD 044CADVANCED ARC WELDING, FCAW & SMAW1
WELD 145INTRODUCTION TO TIG WELDING1
WELD 150DTUNGSTEN INERT GAS (TIG) WELDING5

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General Education Requirements for the Associate in Science Degree