The Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) Technical Diploma is a 10 Credit* program. The following is a typical semester breakdown of the courses within the program.

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INTRODUCTION TO WELDING (10442101)

1.00

Compares equipment and techniques used in the major arc welding and thermal cutting processes. Learners perform introductory level welds in the SMAW, GMAW, FCAW and GTAW processes. Learners also perform material preparation skills including shearing, grinding and thermal cutting.

NTC Assessments Offered:
Industry Credentials Accepted:
  • Youth Apprenticeship Certificate

WELD INSPECTION & TESTING (10442163)

1.00

Emphasizes measurement of weld defects and assessment of weld quality conformance to common welding codes. Learners conduct etch tests, bend tests and break tests on welds. The process of procedure and welder qualification is explored through group activities.

NTC Assessments Offered:
Industry Credentials Accepted:
  • Certified Welding Inspector (CWI)

WELDING SAFETY (10442172)

1.00

Prepares learners for safe operation of work site equipment. Procedures regarding welding machines, band saws, shears, grinders, oxy fuel equipment and an array of hand tools are practiced. Crane and forklift operation are introduced.

THERMAL CUTTING (10442173)

1.00

Develops skill in thermal cutting and gouging processes. Learners practice manual and machine oxy-fuel cutting, plasma cutting and gouging and air carbon arc gouging.

WELD PRINT READING 1: BASIC VIEWS AND DIMENSIONS (10442181)

1.00

Develop print interpretation skills needed in metal fabrication. Learners study orthographic projection, dimensioning, welding symbols and bill of materials. Learners apply concepts in hands-on activities, practicing basic layout skills and safe operation of saws, shears and drills.

WELD PRINT READING 2: OTHER VIEWS AND SYMBOLS (10442182)

1.00

Builds on print interpretation skills developed in Weld Print Reading 1. Learners study increasingly complicated prints and welding symbols. Learners will apply concepts in hands-on activities, practicing basic layout skills and safe operation of saws, shears and drills.

SHIELDED METAL ARC WELDING 1: E7018 (10442192)

1.00

Introduces process fundamentals, electrode selection and machine setup are discussed. Learners use Low hydrogen, "stick" electrodes to complete fillet and groove welds in all positions. Weld quality is assessed per AWS D1.1 - Structural Steel Code.

SHIELDED METAL ARC WELDING 2: E6010, E7018 (10442193)

1.00

Builds on skills developed in SMAW 1. Learners cellulose and low hydrogen electrogen electrodes in fillet and groove welds in all positions. Weld quality is assessed per AWS D1.1 - Structural Steel Code.

COLLEGE 101 (10890165)

1.00

Examines proven strategies designed to help learners achieve greater personal, academic, and professional success. Learners will apply personal responsibility thinking and behaviors; self- management, awareness, and motivation strategies; as well as interdependence skills to develop a proactive life plan.

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APPLIED MATHEMATICS 1 (31804305)

2.00

Review and application of basic arithmetic skills involving whole numbers, fractions and decimals. Introduction and application of percents, area, volume, ratios and proportions will also be covered. The measurement system, angle, perimeter, square and board feet and formulas for geometric shapes as well as algebra will be taught.

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Test-Out Option Term Definitions

Test

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Skill Demonstration

A performance of your expertise that is evaluated by faculty.

Combination: Test & Skill Demonstration

A combination of both a test and a skill demonstration.

Portfolio

A collection and explanation of your past learning through work or life experience.

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