BWLD101 Welding Safety
Students will become familiar with all the general safety precautions of the welding environment, including use of tools and PPE, cutting and arc welding safety, hazardous substances and job site regulations such as OSHA and MSDS’s. This course must be taken concurrent with welding courses.
BWLD102 Oxy-Acetylene Cutting and Beveling
Students will master the operation of the torch and become knowledgeable of the gases used in this cutting process. Cutting, beveling and gouging of various thicknesses of steel using appropriate tip size, will be accomplished. Also the use of alternate fuels will be covered.
BWLD103 SMAW Theory
This course continues the foundation introduced in BWLD102 by introducing the SMAW processes fundamental to all applications: power sources, electrode identification, joint design, preparation and fit-up, and oxy-fuel cutting according to AWS Standards.
BWLD104 SMAW Lab
This course provides hands-on instruction in the application of the theories introduced in BWLD102 and BWLD103. Students will apply their skill in laying multiple beads in four welding positions. This course prepares the student for weld certification and advanced arc welding classes according to AWS Standards.
BWLD106 Blueprint Reading I
This course introduces the different lines, dimensions, and symbols used in blueprints, as well as the views, symbols, and inspection markings. Measurement and math for welders will be covered.
BWLD107 GMAW / FCAW Theory
This course is designed to cover the theory behind Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) (sometimes referred to by its subtypes metal inert gas (MIG) welding) and Flux Core Arc Welding (FCAW) processes, safe practices, power sources, wire selection and gases used, as well as the proper applications used on carbon steel.
BWLD108 GMAW / FCAW Lab
This lab course provides students with the theory and techniques needed to properly set up and use Gas Metal Arc Welding (sometimes referred to by its subtypes metal inert gas (MIG) welding) and Flux Core Arc Welding (FCAW) equipment safely. Students will weld common joints found in today’s welding industry using solid and flux core wire. Students will receive instruction on wire selection and consumables used in these processes. Safety hazards and safety practices are emphasized.
BWLD110 Math for Welders
This course covers basic mathematical concepts including the use of a calculator. It is designed to improve the student’s analytical thinking skills by demonstrating how problems are solved and by encouraging students to verbalize their problem solving strategies. Topics covered are whole numbers, fractions, decimals, percentages, and SI metric system.
BWLD113 FCAW Certification
This Flux Core Arc Welding (FCAW) Certification course is designed to provide students with the specific skills necessary to successfully complete the American Welding Society (AWS) D1.1 Unlimited Thickness Structural Steel Test using 0.045 inch diameter wire in the 3G Vertical-Up Position. Safety hazards and safety practices are emphasized.
BWLD201 Welding Safety II
Students will build on their knowledge by covering more detail on previous subjects as well as new topics such as harnesses and tie-offs, lifting and ladder safety, welding gases and proper ventilation, confined spaces and TIG welding. This course must be taken concurrent with welding courses. (Prerequisite: BWLD101)
BWLD202 Welding Safety III
Students will build on their knowledge by covering more detail on previous subjects as well as new topics such as band saw and pipe cutting safety, the basics of electrical safety, grinding and the injury reporting process. This course must be taken concurrent with welding courses. (Prerequisites: BWLD101, 201)
BWLD205 GTAW Welding Theory
This course is designed to cover the theory behind the Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) (sometimes referred to tungsten inert gas (TIG) welding) process, safe practices, shielding gas selection, power sources, filler wire selection, joint design, preparation used on ferrous and non-ferrous metals. (Prerequisites: BWLD102, 103, 104, 107, 108)
BWLD206 Blueprint Reading II
This course completes the study of measurement and math covered in BWLD106, working with more complicated drawings and markings. Students will master the blueprint reading required for employment in the field. (Prerequisite: BWLD106)
BWLD210 GTAW Lab
This lab course is designed to provide students with a thorough knowledge of the Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) process. Students will learn proper set up and operation of equipment. The course provides extensive practice to develop the skills necessary to achieve the AWS D.17.1 Certification Test. This course will also provide the opportunity for skilled development in walking-the-cup technique. Safety hazards and safe practices will be emphasized. (Prerequisites: BWLD102,103,104,107,108)
BWLD215 Advanced Arc Welding
This lab course is designed to provide students with the advanced, technical training in Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) and Submerged Arc Welding (SAW). Students will develop the manual skills necessary to provide high quality welds on mild-steel plate according to AWS Standards. Topics include special arc cutting techniques, air carbon arc, oxy-acetylene, and plasma arc cutting. Students will become familiarized with a variety of industrial tools including hand tools, power tools and specialty tools used in the welding industry. Safety hazards and safe practices will be emphasized. (Prerequisites: BWLD102,103,104,107,108)
BWLD216 Plasma Cutting Technology
This course is designed to introduce students to what plasma is, how it works and how it is used in industry today. It also covers the safe operation of the plasma machine, and the gases, pressures and consumables used in the cutting process.
BWLD217 Quality Testing and Inspection
TThe course covers visual inspection, defects and discontinuities, destructive testing and non-destructive testing methods such as penetrant, magnetic particle, eddy current, radiographic, and ultrasonic testing. An overview of the relevant AWS and ASME codes will be covered with applicable sections covered in further depth. Much of the information for this course comes from the American Welding Society’s certified welding inspectors’ test.
BWLD218 Pipe Cutting and Welding Prep
This lab course is designed to provide students with the skills necessary to cut, bevel and prepare pipe according to AWS Standards. Students will learn the theory and techniques needed to properly set up and use a variety of industrial tools used in this process. Safety hazards and safe practices will be emphasized. (Prerequisites: BWLD202, 225 or POI)
BWLD219 Advanced Technologies
The course covers a number of advanced processes in welding. Some have been introduced and will be expanded upon, such as advanced GTAW techniques (with the Dynasty 350’s and 200’s) and expanded Plasma use and theory. Also covered will be the impact of PC’s, Mobile Devices and Cloud Computing on the welding industry (with the Lincoln C300’s and iPad Apps). Alternative welding processes and techniques will also be covered in some detail.
BWLD220 Pipe Welding
This lab course provides the student with advanced training to develop the skills necessary to produce high quality welds on carbon steel pipe. This skill places our graduates in high demand for advanced level jobs in a variety of companies offering attractive pay and benefit packages. Carbon steel GTAW (TIG) pipe welding will be also introduced. Safety hazards and safe practices will be emphasized. (Prerequisites: BWLD202, 225 or POI)
BWLD222 Precision Welding Certification
This advanced gas tungsten arc welding course, also known as TIG (tungsten inert gas), prepares the student with the skills needed to pass the American Welding Society (AWS) D17.1 Aerospace Certification test. (Co-requisites: BWLD201, 205, 206, 210, 215, & 216)
BWLD223 Welding Co-op
The Co-op provides the opportunity for the student to utilize learned course competencies in an industrial setting. It provides supplemental laboratory experience on an extensive array of equipment and processes. The students will be required to work in some type of approved work experience that will enable them to utilize the skills learned as students in the Precision Welding Certificate program. The responsibility for finding a suitable work experience lies with the student and not WMCC. Faculty and staff will assist if possible, but a position meeting the requirements defined in the syllabus is required before enrolling in this course. (Prerequisites: BWLD222)
BWLD224 Welding Capstone
Provides the opportunity for the student to utilize learned course competencies in a project based setting. Provides supplemental laboratory experience on varied equipment and processes. The students will be required to work on some type of approved self-directed project that will enable them to utilize the skills learned as students in the Precision Welding Certificate program. The responsibility for finding or creating a suitable project lies with the student. (Prerequisites: BWLD222)
BWLD225 AWS Certification
This lab course is designed to provide students with the specific skills necessary to successfully complete the American Welding Society (AWS) Certification Test (Unlimited Thickness D1.1, Vertical and Overhead). Safety hazards and safe practices will be emphasized. (Co-Requisites: BWLD201, 205, 210, 215, 216 or POI)
BWLD227 ASME Certification
This lab course is designed to provide students with the specific skills necessary to successfully complete the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Certification Test Section IX Boiler and Pressure Vessel Standards (SMAW: 6G Position and a combination GTAW: 6G Root and SMAW: 6G Fill on Schedule 80 Pipe). Safety hazards and safe practices in SMAW and GTAW are emphasized. (Prerequisites: BWLD202, 225 or POI)
BWLD229 Intro to CAD/CNC
An introduction to the basic concepts and practices of producing drawings with computer aided drafting (CAD) software and converting those drawings for use on Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) equipment. Covers designing and generating drawings, using CAD software, the process of translating drawings for use on CNC equipment as well as the operation and use of CNC in the Welding industry. Students should be familiar with basic metallurgy pertaining to the plasma cutting of metals and safety in the welding shop.
BWLD333 Project Fabrication and Design
This course covers the basics of welding design and project fabrication. Topics include estimating of typical welding costs, controlling distortion and developing welding procedure specifications. Students will learn the layout of plate and sheet metals and the proper use of jigs, fixtures and positioners. Although not a formal capstone course, this is one of the final courses required in the Associates degree. Students must be able to safely perform practical projects with minimum supervision in the lab.