The Welding Technical Diploma is a 33 Credit program. The following is a typical semester breakdown of the courses within the program.

Credit for Prior Learning Available

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.

GAS METAL ARC WELDING 1: SHORT CIRCUIT TRANSFER (HORIZONTAL) (10442183)

1.00

Develops skill in gas metal arc welding. Learners use short circuit transfer to make fillet and groove welds in the flat and horizontal positions on steel. Weld quality is assessed per AWS D1.1 Structural Steel Code.

NTC Assessments Offered:

GAS METAL ARC WELDING 2: SHORT CIRCUIT TRANSFER (VERTICAL AND OVERHEAD) (10442184)

1.00

Develops skill in gas metal arc welding. Learners use short circuit transfer to make fillet and groove welds in the vertical and overhead positions on steel. Weld quality is assessed per AWS D1.1 Structural Steel Code.

NTC Assessments Offered:

GAS METAL ARC WELDING 3: SPRAY TRANSFER (10442185)

1.00

Develops skill in gas metal arc welding. Learners use spray transfer to make fillet and groove welds in the flat and horizontal positions on steel. Weld quality is assessed per AWS D1.1 Structural Steel Code.

NTC Assessments Offered:

GAS METAL ARC WELDING 4: PULSED SPRAY TRANSFER (10442186)

1.00

Develops skill in gas metal arc welding. Learners use pulsed spray transfer to make fillet and groove welds in the horizontal and vertical positions on steel. Weld quality is assessed per AWS D1.1 Structural Steel Code.

GAS METAL ARC WELDING 5: STAINLESS STEEL (10442187)

1.00

Develops skill in gas metal arc welding. Learners use pulsed spray transfer to make fillet and groove welds in the horizontal and vertical positions on stainless steel.

GAS METAL ARC WELDING 6: ALUMINUM (10442188)

1.00

Develops skill in gas metal arc welding. Learners use pulsed spray transfer to make fillet and groove welds in the horizontal and vertical positions on aluminum.

FLUX CORED ARC WELDING 1: THEORY, MAINTENANCE AND SET-UP (10442194)

1.00

Learn basic Flux Cored Arc Welding theory & set-up. After obtaining a basic understanding of the welding process in theory students turn to the welding lab for exciting experimental lab activities to proof out accepted FCAW welding techniques. Weld quality is assessed per AWS D1.1 - Structural Steel Code.

SOLIDWORKS 1 (10606133)

1.00

Introduces the learner to basic SolidWorks commands to produce 3-dimentsional parts, assemblies and engineering drawings. The learner will master beginner level commands and have a thorough understanding of the basic operation of the software.

Industry Credentials Accepted:
  • SolidWorks Certified Associate Exam CSWA

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.

NTC Assessments Offered:

INTRO TO WELDING CNC APPLICATIONS (10442111)

1.00

Introduces fundamental concepts of CNC programming as related to metal fabrication. Learners apply concepts by creating and running simple programs with a welding robot, thermal shape-cutting system, and a press brake.

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WELDING METALLURGY (10442165)

1.00

Investigates the effects of welding on the mechanical properties of metals. Learners explore hardness, strength, and weldability of various metals. Concepts are applied in various activities, including heat treating, hardness testing and tensile testing.

NTC Assessments Offered:

WELDING FABRICATION TECHNIQUES 1: INTERNATIONAL WELD SYMBOLS (10442189)

1.00

This course provides for advanced competency in interpreting international weld symbols and ISO prints. Prints utilizing first angle projection are studied and fabricated.

WELDING FABRICATION TECHNIQUES 2: GD&T AND PIPE PRINTS (10442190)

1.00

This course provides for an introduction to Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing and Pipe Prints. Prints are studied and fabricated.

WELDING FABRICATION TECHNIQUES 3: PRODUCTION WELDING (10442191)

1.00

Interpret and fabricate several different prints in this course. Practice interpreting and fabricating prints in a timely manner is emphasized. As the course progresses, student's design, plan, and fabricate a project of their own using all of the knowledge and skills they have acquired in Fab Tech 1 & 2.

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.

FLUX CORED ARC WELDING 2: .045 DIAMETER WIRE (10442195)

1.00

Make fillet and groove welds in all positions using .045" flux cored wire. Assessments for this course are 100% lab based with a focus on weld quality and technique. Weld quality is assessed per D1.1 - Structural Steel Code.

FLUX CORED ARC WELDING 3: SUBMERGED ARC WELDING & 1/16" DIAMETER WIRE (10442196)

1.00

Make fillet and groove welds using 1/16" diameter flux cored wire. In addition, students perform fillet welds in the flat and horizontal positions with the submerged arc welding process. Assessments for this course are 100 % lab based with a focus on weld quality and technique. Weld quality is assessed per D1.1 - Structural Steel Code.

GAS TUNGSTEN ARC WELDING 1: CARBON STEEL, FLAT AND HORIZONTAL POSITIONS (10442197)

1.00

Learn to setup GTAW equipment, and process fundamentals and variables. You’ll make fillets and grooves in the horizontal position on Carbon Steel. This course is the foundation for the other GTAW courses.

GAS TUNGSTEN ARC WELDING 2: CARBON STEEL, VERTICAL AND OVERHEAD POSITIONS (10442198)

1.00

Create fillet and groove welds in the vertical and overhead positions on Carbon Steel.

GAS TUNGSTEN ARC WELDING 3: STAINLESS STEEL (10442199)

1.00

Create fillet and groove welds in the Horizontal and Vertical positions on Stainless Steel. Pulsed TIG will also be introduced and applied.

GAS TUNGSTEN ARC WELDING 4: ALUMINUM (10442200)

1.00

Create fillet and groove welds in the Flat and Horizontal positions on Aluminum.

GAS TUNGSTEN ARC WELDING 5: PIPE AND TUBING (10442201)

1.00

Use the GTAW process to create fillet welds in the 2F and 5F positions on pipe to plate. You will also explore groove welds in the 5G and 6G positions on pipe.

WRITTEN COMMUNICATION (10801195)

3.00

Develops writing skills which include prewriting, drafting, revising and editing. A variety of writing assignments are designed to help the learner analyze audience and purpose, research and organize ideas and format and design documents based on subject matter and content. Also develops critical reading and thinking skills through the analysis of a variety of written documents.

NTC Assessments Offered:
National Exams Accepted:
  • CLEP® College Composition
  • AP English Language & Composition

ENGLISH COMPOSITION 1 (10801136)

3.00

This course is designed for learners to develop knowledge and skills in all aspects of the writing process. Planning, organizing, writing, editing and revising are applied through a variety of activities. Students will analyze audience and purpose, use elements of research and format documents using standard guidelines. Individuals will develop critical reading skills through analysis of various written documents.

NTC Assessments Offered:
National Exams Accepted:
  • CLEP® College Composition
  • AP English Language & Composition

Test-Out Option Term Definitions

Test

An exam that is scored by faculty or staff in NTC’s Testing Center.

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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