The first year, students will complete AWS Level I standards for an entry-level welder. The second year will take students toward AWS Levels II and III - advanced welder and expert welder. Additional techniques such as high-pressure vessel, high-pressure pipe, and ship fitting will be taught as well as other advanced welding techniques.
The students perform extensive hands-on work in a fully equipped approximately 2,600-sq.-ft. welding lab. Every student will have an individual welding booth with adequate ventilation and air replacement equipment. Lecture will be held in a separate facility utilizing the latest instructional techniques.
PROGRAM STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES
Demonstrate mathematical operations using accepted mathematical applications.
Practice shop safety and welding safety.
Perform straight, bevel and cuts using manual and automatic oxyfuel and plasma equipment.
Set-up and operate constant current welding equipment.
Set-up and operate constant voltage welding equipment.
Perform fillet and groove welds in all positions on carbon steel plate.
Perform fillet and groove weld on pipe in all positions.
Identify and describe the heat relationship to the grain structure of various metals.
Maintain and develop testing and inspection records.
Demonstrate layout and fabrication skills which culminates the previous materials used in program.
DIRECT ENTRY INTO BACCALAUREATE DEGREE PROGRAM
Alfred State welding technology graduates may enter directly into the technology management BBA degree program.
Employment and transfer rate:
Welding Technology (AOS degree): 90 percent – 60 percent are employed; 30 percent transferred to continue their education.
Air Conditioning and Heating Technology
Drafting/CAD: Model Building & Process Piping Drawing
Drafting/CAD: Technical Illustration
Machine Tool Technology
Mechanical Engineering Technology
Recommended: In-depth knowledge of basic math skills.
Applicants for the welding program must meet the following physical requirements:
Must be able to perform safely in the shop.
Must be able to lift 50 pounds to eye level.
Must be able to communicate orally with a person six-10 feet away in a shop environment.
Must be able to diagnose mechanical failures that are distinguished audibly.
Must be able to understand and retain information found in service repair manuals and use diagnostic flow charts.
Must be able to visually read an LCD display on welding equipment.
Must have the dexterity and mobility to weld in all the welding positions to meet all requirements.
Good eyesight is recommended.
TYPICAL FOUR-SEMESTER PROGRAM
Gas Welding, Gas Cutting and Plasma Cutting
Weld Metallurgy, Blueprint Reading and Inspection & Testing
Arc Welding, Carbon Arc Cutting and Gouging
Shielded Metal Arc and Flux Cored Arc Welding
Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW I)
Gas Tungsten Arc Weld’g
Tolerancing and Working Drawings
SMAW II, Codes/Insp., Basic CNC
GMAW II, FCAW II
GTAW II, Comp of Materials
Metallurgy Codes, Cert., Inspections & Testing
GMAW III, FCAW III, SAW
SMAW III, GTAW III
A student must successfully complete all courses in the prescribed four-semester program and earn a minimum cumulative index of 2.0, which is equivalent to a “C” average. Students are required to earn a grade of “C” or higher in WELD 1723 welders calculations to be eligible for graduation. (Articulation is available in this area.)
A "C" or higher must be received also for WELD 4013 senior project.