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Welding 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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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 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

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.

NTC Assessments Offered:

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 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.