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Welding Fabrication and Robotics Test-Out Options

Earn credit for what you already know by testing out of a class, or by providing national exam scores or industry credentials. If you have any questions, or would like to start the process, please contact Wendi Ludwig at 715.803.1023 or studentrecords@ntc.edu.

ADVANCED GAS METAL ARC WELDING (10442174)

Credits: 3.00

Builds on skills developed in Gas Metal Arc Welding. Learners use the “mig” process in the flat, horizontal and vertical positions on steel, stainless steel and aluminum. Required welds include fillet and groove welds with spray and pulsed spray transfer.

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COLLEGE MATHEMATICS (10804107)

Credits: 3.00

This course is designed to review and develop fundamental concepts of mathematics pertinent to the areas of: 1) arithmetic and algebra; 2) geometry and trigonometry; and 3) probability and statistics. Special emphasis is placed on problem solving, critical thinking and logical reasoning, making connections and using calculators. Topics include performing arithmetic operations and simplifying algebraic expressions, solving linear equations and inequalities in one variable, solving proportions and incorporating percent applications, manipulating formulas, solving and graphing systems of linear equations and inequalities in two variables, finding areas and volumes of geometric figures, applying similar and congruent triangles, converting measurements within and between U.S. and metric systems, applying Pythagorean Theorem, solving right and oblique triangles, calculating probabilities, organizing data and interpreting charts, calculating central and spread measures and summarizing and analyzing data.

NTC Assessments Offered:

National Exams Accepted:

  • CLEP® College Mathematics

ECONOMICS (10809195)

Credits: 3.00

This course is designed to give an overview of how a market-oriented economic system operates, and it surveys the factors which influence national economic policy. Basic concepts and analyses are illustrated by reference to a variety of contemporary problems and public policy issues. Concepts include scarcity, resources, alternative economic systems, growth, supply and demand, monetary and fiscal policy, inflation, unemployment and global economic issues.

NTC Assessments Offered:

National Exams Accepted:

  • CLEP® Principles of Microeconomics
  • AP Macroeconomics
  • CLEP® Principles of Macroeconomics
  • AP Microeconomics

ENGLISH COMPOSITION 1 (10801136)

Credits: 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. Learners 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

GAS METAL ARC WELDING (10442159)

Credits: 3.00

Develops skill in gas metal arc welding. Learners use the “mig” process in all positions on steel, stainless steel and aluminum. Required welds include fillet and groove welds with short circuit, spray and pulsed spray transfer. Weld quality is assessed per AWS D1.1 Structural Steel Code.

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INTRO TO PSYCHOLOGY (10809198)

Credits: 3.00

This introductory course in psychology is a survey of the multiple aspects of human behavior. It involves a survey of the theoretical foundations of human functioning in such areas as learning, motivation, emotions, personality, deviance and pathology, physiological factors and social influences. It directs the student to an insightful understanding of the complexities of human relationships in personal, social and vocational settings.

NTC Assessments Offered:

National Exams Accepted:

  • CLEP® Introductory Psychology
  • AP Psychology

INTRO TO SOCIOLOGY (10809196)

Credits: 3.00

Introduces students to the basic concepts of sociology: culture, socialization, social stratification, multi-culturalism and the five institutions, including family, government, economics, religion and education. Other topics include demography, deviance, technology, environment, social issues, social change, social organization and workplace issues.

NTC Assessments Offered:

National Exams Accepted:

  • CLEP® Introductory Sociology

INTRO TO WELDING CNC APPLICATIONS (10442111)

Credits: 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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INTRODUCTION TO WELDING (10442101)

Credits: 2.00

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.

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Industry Credentials Accepted:

  • Youth Apprenticeship Certificate

ORAL/INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION (10801196)

Credits: 3.00

Focuses upon developing speaking, verbal and nonverbal communication and listening skills through individual presentations, group activities and other projects.

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PRECISION MEASURING (10623124)

Credits: 1.00

Introduces the different aspects of utilizing a precision measurement system in the manufacturing process. The learner will investigate different measurements systems and procedures used to control measurement processes. Learning activities will include hands on measuring activities, gage r&r, and developing procedures for management of the system.

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ROBOTIC WELDING APPLICATIONS 1 (10442141)

Credits: 2.00

Develops fundamental skill in GMAW robotic programming. Learners create linear, circular, weaving and circular weaving programs and weld sequences in various joint types and positions. Weld parameters and quality, as well as repeatability will be emphasized.

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ROBOTIC WELDING APPLICATIONS 2 (10442144)

Credits: 2.00

Applies the fundamental skills developed in Robotic Welding Applications 1 to functional parts needed for manufacturing. Learners will create and implement fixtures to optimize efficiency and repeatability. They will also utilize a programmable robotic welding positioner to replicate "real-world" production, as well as explore other systems used in our local industry.

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TECHNICAL REPORTING (10801197)

Credits: 3.00

Prepare and present written, oral and visual communication products, including instructions, proposals, informal and formal reports. Produce clear, usable communication by incorporating information design principles, arranging content to satisfy diverse audience needs and presenting visuals for various contexts. Designed as an advanced course to develop collaborative communication practices, information literacy skills and ethically responsible professional communication strategies.

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THINK CRITICALLY & CREATIVELY (10809103)

Credits: 3.00

This course provides instruction on the vital, realistic and practical methods of thinking which are in high demand in all occupations of substance today. Decision making, problem solving, detailed analysis of ideas, troubleshooting, argumentation, persuasion, creativity, setting goals and objectives and more are considered in depth as the student applies specific thinking strategies and tools to situations in a wide variety of workplace, personal, academic and cultural situations. Classroom instruction is demonstration, discussion, project and teamwork based. Assignments range from the short and simple to the detailed and complex. Reality and practicality are the focuses all through the course. These skills are in high demand by employers. Having this course in your background can significantly enhance your appeal as an employee. It certainly will make you a more adept and confident person.

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WELD INSPECTION & TESTING (10442163)

Credits: 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.

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Industry Credentials Accepted:

  • Certified Welding Inspector (CWI)

WELDING FABRICATION TECHNIQUES (10442113)

Credits: 2.00

Expands on skills developed in Weld Print Reading. Learners study groove and projection welding symbols, geometric tolerances, and international prints. Learners apply concepts through individual and group fabrication activities.

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WELDING METAL FORMING 1 (10442175)

Credits: 1.00

Applies principles of bending in metal fabrication. Learners select tools, calculate blank lengths, develop bend corrections and sequence bends. Learners perform bends in the manual mode and with software assist.

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WELDING METAL FORMING 2 (10442176)

Credits: 1.00

Expands on bending principles explored in Metal Forming 1. Learners explore advanced tooling solutions, metal rolling, radial bending and hemming.

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WELDING METALLURGY (10442165)

Credits: 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.

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WRITTEN COMMUNICATION (10801195)

Credits: 3.00

Develops writing skills which include prewriting, drafting, revising and editing. A variety of writing assignments is 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

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.