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 Course Title:   Introduction to Inert Gas and Aluminum Welding

 Title Abbreviation:   INERT GAS & ALUM WELDING

 Department:    WT

 Course #:    113

 Credits:    5

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    5

 CIP:    n/a

 EPC:    n/a

 REV:    2014


 Course Description  

Basic inert gas welding theory of operation and safety requirements. Introduction to Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) and Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) processes and electrode selection based on the AWS electrode classification system. Includes an introduction to hands-on welding techniques in the shop setting.

 Prerequisite  

CSS 100 and MATH 96 or concurrent enrollment or department chair permission. Call either (360) 416-7975 or (360) 416-7948 if you are receiving a “haven’t met prereq” message.

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 55

Lab: 0

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0


Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Vocational Preparatory Required for ATA degree, Required for certificate  

Equivalencies At Other Institutions

Other Institution Equivalencies Table
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Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Understand the theories of operation and the equipment used in the inert gas welding processes.
  2. Demonstrate correct use of gas welding equipment, and safety practices.
  3. Understand the aluminum welding theory.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the AWS electrode classification system.
  5. Demonstrate correct shop procedures (safety, housekeeping, equipment).
  6. Demonstrate manual techniques for making welds using inert gas processes.
  7. Demonstrate use of proper welding-related terminology as applied to gas welding processes.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

0. Application and Integration

Definition: Applying information from one or more disciplines and/or field experiences in new contexts (Outcome 0.1); developing integrated approaches or responses to personal, academic, professional, and social issues (Outcomes 0.2-0.5).

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
0.1 Apply theories and concepts studied in the classroom to field, clinical, shop, research, or laboratory settings.

1. Information Literacy

Definition: Recognizing when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
1.1 Determine the extent of information needed.
1.2 Access the needed information effectively, efficiently, ethically, and legally.

2. Critical Thinking

Definition: The ability to think critically about the nature of knowledge within a discipline and about the ways in which that knowledge is constructed and validated and to be sensitive to the ways these processes often vary among disciplines.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
2.1 Identify and express concepts, terms, and facts related to a specific discipline.

3. Communication

Definition: Understanding and producing effective written, spoken, visual, and non-verbal communication.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
3.1 Recognize, read, and comprehend academic and/or professional writing.

6. Individual Awareness & Responsibility

Definition: Understanding, managing, and taking responsibility for one’s learning and behavior in varied and changing environments.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
6.3 Apply successful organizational strategies of planning, goal setting, prioritizing, resolving conflict, and managing time to specific goals and/or projects.

10. Technology

Definition: Understanding the role of technology in society and using technology appropriately and effectively.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
10.3 Use technology appropriate to the context and task to effectively retrieve and manage information, solve problems, and facilitate communication.

Course Contents

  1. Inert gas welding equipment setup and principles of operation.
  2. Correct use of gas welding equipment, and safety practices.
  3. Aluminum welding theory.
  4. AWS electrode classification system.
  5. Correct shop procedures (safety, housekeeping, equipment).
  6. Manual techniques for making welds using inert gas processes.
  7. Use of proper welding-related terminology as applied to gas welding processes.