Gas Tungsten Arc Welder
Offered at the Following Campuses
The Gas Tungsten Arc Welder (GTAW) Technical certificate program prepares an individual for employment within the welding and fabrication industry as well as similar working environments where GTAW applications are required.
The standard curriculum for the Gas Tungsten Arc Welder (GTAW) certificate program is designed for the semester system. Students are encouraged to begin the program in the Fall semester to maximize their progress toward completion. However, students may begin the program any semester. The program generally takes 1 semester to complete. To graduate, students must earn a minimum of 16 semester hours.
- Submit a completed application;
- Be at least 16 years of age;
- Submit official high school/high school equivalent transcripts;
- Submit official college transcripts, if applicable;
- Satisfy Placement Testing requirements.
(Prerequisite: Program admission) Provides an introduction to welding technology with an emphasis on basic welding laboratory principles and operating procedures. Topics include: industrial safety and health practices, hand tool and power machine use, measurement, laboratory operating procedures, welding power sources, welding career potentials, and introduction to welding codes and standards.
(Prerequisite: Program admission) Introduces fundamental principles, safety practices, equipment, and techniques necessary for metal heating and oxyfuel cutting. Topics include: metal heating and cutting principles, safety procedures, use of cutting torches and apparatus, metal heating techniques, metal cutting techniques, manual and automatic oxyfuel cutting techniques, and oxyfuel pipe cutting. Practice in the laboratory is provided. A $20 fee is associated with this course due to the increased cost of acetylene and mild steel.
(Prerequisite: Program admission) Introduces the knowledge and skills necessary for reading welding and related blueprints and sketches. Topics include: basic lines; sketching; basic and sectional views; dimensions, notes, and specifications; isometrics; and detail and assembly of prints.
(Prerequisite: Program admission) Provides knowledge of theory, safety practices, inert gas, equipment, and techniques required for successful gas tungsten arc welding. Qualification tests, all positions, are used in the evaluating of student progress toward making industrial standard welds. Topics include: GTAW safety and health practices; shielding gases; metal cleaning procedures; GTAW machines and set up; selection of filler rods; GTAW weld positions; and production of GTAW beads, bead patterns, and joints. A $20 fee is associated with this course due to the increased cost of welding rods and steel.