Welding Technology

A Seamless, In-Demand Career

Welding Technology

A Seamless, In-Demand Career

Welding Technology

A Seamless, In-Demand Career

The Welding Technology (WT) program prepares students to work as entry-level welders, fitters, or metal fabricators in a variety of industries including boat-building, construction, industrial maintenance, and manufacturing. Students study a variety of layout, fabrication, and metal joining techniques using steel, stainless steel, and aluminum. Processes include oxyfuel cutting, shielded metal arc welding, gas metal arc welding, flux cored arc welding, and gas tungsten arc welding. Instructional facilities include individual welding practice booths and a large metal fabrication area.

Program Options

The Welding Program stays current with industry needs through an active Advisory Committee made up of representatives from local businesses that regularly seek our graduates for employment. SVC is an accredited through the American Welding Society entry-level welder training program. SVC is also a certified Washington Association of Building Officials (WABO) testing site. Students will move from theory to application to certification in all common manual and semi-automatic welding processes.

Students are required to supply various tools, protective clothing, and welding consumables. A complete list can be obtained by contacting Michael Baker at [email protected] or 360.416.7703.

Degree Paths

Welding Technology, AAS
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Certificate Options

Advanced Welding Specialty Certificate
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Aluminum Welding Specialty Certificate
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American Welding Society Certificate
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Flux-Cored Arc Welding Specialty Certificate
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Shielded Metal Arc Welding Specialty Certificate
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WABO Certification
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Welding Fundamentals-Aluminum Micro-Certificate
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Welding Fundamentals-Steel Micro-Certificate
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Welding Technology Certificate
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Welding Technology Individual Technical Certificate
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Program Courses

Courses List
WT 111 - Introduction to Shielded Metal Arc Welding

WT 111 - Introduction to Shielded Metal Arc Welding

(5)
Basic Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) theory of operation and safety requirements. Covers SMAW electrode selection based on the AWS electrode classification system and includes an introduction to hands-on welding techniques in the shop setting. Prerequisite: CSS 103 or concurrent enrollment.

WT 112 - Introduction to Wirefeed Welding

WT 112 - Introduction to Wirefeed Welding

(5)
Basic Wirefeed Welding theory of operation and safety requirements. Covers Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) and Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW) processes, shielding gas selection, and electrode selection based on the AWS electrode classification system. Safety procedures are also covered. Includes an introduction to hands-on welding techniques in the shop setting. Prerequisite: WT 111, 114, and 211.

WT 113 - Introduction to Inert Gas and Aluminum Welding

WT 113 - Introduction to Inert Gas and Aluminum Welding

(5)
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: WT 111, 114, and 211.

WT 114 - Thermal Cutting Processes

WT 114 - Thermal Cutting Processes

(3)
Introduction to the plasma arc and oxy-fuel cutting processes. Covers process safety and theory of operation. Course includes an introduction to hands-on thermal cutting techniques in the shop setting. Prerequisite: CSS 103 or concurrent enrollment.

WT 116 - Introduction to Welding Metallurgy

WT 116 - Introduction to Welding Metallurgy

(5)
Metallurgical theory as it applies to the welding of ferrous and nonferrous metals. Covers properties of metals, melting and solidification, phase changes, weld bead chemistry, and heat affected zones. Effects of alloying elements and heat treatments will be investigated along with welding-induced distortion and methods for distortion control. Prerequisite: WT 112 and 221. WMATH 100 or concurrent enrollment.

WT 117 - Hand and Power Tools

WT 117 - Hand and Power Tools

(3)
Introduction to the safe and proper use of hand and power tools commonly used in the welding and fabrication trades. Covers set-up, operation, trouble-shooting, and maintenance of saws, grinders, drill press, roller, sheet metal brake, and planer. Prerequisite: WT 111, 114, and 211.

WT 118 - Welding Joint Design and Welding Symbols

WT 118 - Welding Joint Design and Welding Symbols

(3)
Introduction to the five basic Weld Joint Designs. Focuses on selecting the most appropriate joint design for a welding job. Also focuses on recognizing, reading and understanding Welding Symbols which let the welder know exactly what is needed. Prerequisite: WT 111, 114, and 211.

WT 131 - Shielded Metal Arc Welding for Mechanics

WT 131 - Shielded Metal Arc Welding for Mechanics

(2)
Shielded metal arc welding (SMAW) for auto/diesel mechanics. Welding of steel plate in the flat position using E6010 and E7018 electrodes with emphasis on shop safety. None

WT 133 - Oxy-Fuel Processes for Mechanics

WT 133 - Oxy-Fuel Processes for Mechanics

(2)
Introduction to oxy-fuel cutting and welding for auto/diesel mechanics. Welding of steel plate in the flat position with emphasis on shop safety. Also covers air-carbon arc gouging. None

WT 199 - Cooperative Education Experience

WT 199 - Cooperative Education Experience

(1-15)
Supervised work experience in the field. Includes a weekly seminar. Prerequisite: Instructor permission required.

WT 200 - Weld Skill Upgrading

WT 200 - Weld Skill Upgrading

(1-16)
Skill upgrading in the areas of stick, wire, or tig welding. Course content to be arranged with instructor prior to registration. Prerequisite: department chair permission.

WT 211 - Intermediate Shielded Metal Arc Welding

WT 211 - Intermediate Shielded Metal Arc Welding

(9)
Fillet welds on carbon steel using the SMAW process in the flat, horizontal, vertical and overhead positions. Introduction and/or review of shop safety, metal cutting, fitting, and gouging procedures. Prerequisite: CSS 103 or concurrent enrollment.

WT 212 - Intermediate Wirefeed Welding

WT 212 - Intermediate Wirefeed Welding

(9)
Fillet welds on carbon steel using the semi-automatic wirefeed FCAW and GMAW processes in the flat, horizontal, vertical and overhead positions. Introduction and/or review of shop safety, metal cutting, fitting, and gouging procedures. Prerequisite: WT 112, 221 and MANF 140.

WT 213 - Intermediate Inert Gas and Aluminum Welding

WT 213 - Intermediate Inert Gas and Aluminum Welding

(9)
Fillet welds on aluminum and steel using GTAW and GMAW inert gas processes in the flat, horizontal, vertical and overhead positions. Introduction and/or review of shop safety, metal cutting, fitting, and gouging procedures. Prerequisite: WT 212.

WT 221 - Shielded Metal Arc Welding Applications and Certification

WT 221 - Shielded Metal Arc Welding Applications and Certification

(9)
Shield Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) certification and application. Covers all-position groove welding and general fabrication using the SMAW process. Covers techniques for passing a standard AWS welder qualification test. Includes trade math, blueprint reading, and layout techniques. Prerequisite: WT 111, 114, and 211.

WT 222 - Wirefeed Welding Applications and Certification

WT 222 - Wirefeed Welding Applications and Certification

(9)
All-position groove welding and general fabrication using wirefeed processes. Covers techniques for passing a standard AWS welder qualification test. Includes trade math, blueprint reading, and layout techniques. Prerequisite: WT 221.

WT 223 - Inert Gas and Aluminum Welding Applications & Certification

WT 223 - Inert Gas and Aluminum Welding Applications & Certification

(9)
Gas Metal (GMAW)and Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) certification and application. All-position groove welding and general fabrication of steel and aluminum using the GMAW and GTAW processes. Covers techniques for passing standard AWS welder qualification test. Includes trade math, blueprint reading, and layout techniques. Prerequisite: WT 222.

WT 224 - Shield Metal Arc Welding Certification

WT 224 - Shield Metal Arc Welding Certification

(1)
Principles and practices relating to weld procedure qualification and welder certification. Unlimited thickness, all-position SMAW welder qualification test on carbon steel in conformity with AWS and WABO standards. Prerequisite: 2 credits from any WT course or Department Chair permission.

WT 225 - Flux-Cored Arc Welding Certification

WT 225 - Flux-Cored Arc Welding Certification

(1)
Principles and practices relating to weld procedure qualification and welder certification. Unlimited thickness, all-position FCAW welder qualification test on carbon steel in conformity with AWS and WABO standards. Prerequisite: 2 credits from any WT course or Department Chair permission.

WT 226 - Gas Metal Arc Welding Certification

WT 226 - Gas Metal Arc Welding Certification

(1)
Principles and practices relating to weld procedure qualification and welder certification. Limited thickness, all-position GMAW welder qualification test on carbon steel in conformity with AWS and WABO standards. Prerequisite: 2 credits from any WT course or Department Chair permission.

WT 227 - Gas Tungsten Arc Welding Certification

WT 227 - Gas Tungsten Arc Welding Certification

(1)
Principles and practices relating to weld procedure qualification and welder certification. Limited thickness, all-position GTAW welder qualification test on carbon steel in conformity with AWS and WABO standards. Prerequisite: 2 credits from any WT course or Department Chair permission.

WT 231 - Gas Metal Arc Welding for Mechanics

WT 231 - Gas Metal Arc Welding for Mechanics

(2)
Gas metal arc (MIG) welding for auto/diesel mechanics. Welding of steel plate in the flat position with emphasis on shop safety. None

WT 234 - Welding Skill Building

WT 234 - Welding Skill Building

(2)
Skill upgrading in the areas of stick, wire, or tig welding for experienced welders. Course content to be arranged with instructor. None

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Outcomes

Graduates of the Welding Technology program will be able to:

  • Utilize effective techniques for proper care and safe use of welding tools and other related equipment.
  • Understand the characteristics of a variety of metals used in the fabrication industry.
  • Demonstrate competence in the selected welding processes: SMAW, GMAW, FCAW, GTAW.
  • Analyze & interpret welding blueprints, specifications, & instructions for construction assemblies.
  • Apply and practice workplace safety policies and procedures.
  • Select and apply the most appropriate welding process to industrial applications.
  • Demonstrate basic and precision measurement methods.
  • Participate and contribute to the effectiveness of work teams.
  • Communicate effectively using verbal and written methods.
  • Work effectively in a metalworking environment.
  • Complete a resume, develop a job search plan, & present oneself positively in a job interview.
  • Prepare for and pass the Washington State Building Officials (WABO) welding tests in the application processes.
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