Welding Technology

AOS Degree - Code #0666

Mark Shaw, Program Coordinator

Email address: shawmd@alfredstate.edu

The welding technology program is taught according to the standards set by the American Welders Society (AWS) and is AWS-certified.

The program focuses on welding processes performed in all positions on both plate and pipe. Topics include proper safety methods, required math, related skills, layout and fit up, welding codes and standards, welding inspection, testing, and drawing/welding symbol interpretation.

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.

OCCUPATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

Industrial welder

Steel construction

Equipment repair

Self-employment

Fabrication welder

Structural welder

EMPLOYMENT STATISTICS

Employment and transfer rate:

Welding Technology (AOS degree): 90 percent – 60 percent are employed; 30 percent transferred to continue their education.

RELATED PROGRAMS

Air Conditioning and Heating Technology

Autobody Repair

Drafting/CAD: Model Building & Process Piping Drawing

Drafting/CAD: Technical Illustration

Machine Tool Technology

Mechanical Engineering Technology

ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS/RECOMMENDATIONS

Recommended: In-depth knowledge of basic math skills.

TECHNICAL STANDARDS

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.

Welding-AOS Degree

TYPICAL FOUR-SEMESTER PROGRAM

First

WELD

1724

Gas Welding, Gas Cutting and Plasma Cutting

4

WELD

1733

Weld Metallurgy, Blueprint Reading and Inspection & Testing

3

WELD

1728

Arc Welding, Carbon Arc Cutting and Gouging

8

WELD

1723

Welder’s Calculations

3

18

Second

WELD

2715

Shielded Metal Arc and Flux Cored Arc Welding

5

WELD

2725

Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW I)

5

WELD

2735

Gas Tungsten Arc Weld’g

5

WELD

2733

Tolerancing and Working Drawings

3

18

Third

WELD

3005

SMAW II, Codes/Insp., Basic CNC

5

WELD

3015

GMAW II, FCAW II

5

WELD

3025

GTAW II, Comp of Materials

5

WELD

3813

Metallurgy Codes, Cert., Inspections & Testing

3

18

Fourth

WELD

4425

GMAW III, FCAW III, SAW

5

WELD

4435

SMAW III, GTAW III

5

WELD

4445

Welding Fabrication

5

WELD

4013

Senior Project

3

18

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

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.