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Welding Certificate

Last updated 3/18/2014

Certificate Code 5655

Program Contacts:
East Campus
Mark Washburn, 309-854-1826, washburnm@bhc.edu
QC Campus
Advising Center, 309-796-5100


The Welding Certificate Program is designed to enable the graduate to succeed in employment as a welder in industry. The graduate will be proficient in oxy-acetylene welding and cutting, arc welding, MIG and TIG welding. Students receive various levels of welding proficiency after successfully completing tests which measure their welding skills. Technician level skills are developed in courses such as blueprint reading, and measurement.

At the Quad-Cities Campus, courses are taught at the United Township High School facilities.

Courses for this program include: »

MATH 103 Essentials of Technical Math
5 cr. hrs.;
5 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
This course includes a thorough review of arithmetic, an in-depth study of plane geometry concepts, an introduction to the metric system, and an introduction to trigonometry.

MT 114 Basic Measurement
2 cr. hrs.;
1 lecture hour; 2 lab hours per week.
Measuring techniques required for machine operations in industry.

WLD 101 Introduction to Arc Welding
.5 cr. hrs.;
0 lecture hours; 1 lab hour per week.
The study of arc welding processes that are most widely used in lead industry. Students will learn about shop equipment, safety, and housekeeping. Electrode selection and identification will be studied. These types of weld joints are thoroughly discussed.

WLD 102 Basic Arc Welding in the Flat Position
.5 cr. hrs.;
0 lecture hours; 1 lab hour per week.
Prerequisite: WLD 101 “C” or better.
This course is a continuation of WLD 101. Using the flat position, the student will weld three beads, tee-joints, lap joints, butt joints, and outside corner to specifications given by the instructor. Gloves are to be purchased by the student. Shop safety will be stressed during course.

WLD 103 Arc Weld in the Flat & Horizontal Positions
.5-2 cr. hrs.;
0 lecture hours; 4 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: WLD 102 “C” or better.
This course is a continuation of WLD 102, using the flat position and horizontal welding position. Student will weld using various electrode grades. A v-groove test must be passed. Shop safety will be employed during the course.

WLD 105 Oxyacetylene Welding and Cutting
.5-3 cr. hrs.;
1 lecture hour; 4 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: WLD 122 “C” or better.
An introduction to gas welding, bronze welding, and cutting with emphasis on obtaining manipulative skills in each area. Instruction is given in related technical terms.

WLD 109 Blueprint Reading for Welders
2 cr. hrs.;
1 lecture hour; 2 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: Shop math equivalency/high school drafting.
Reading welding prints using mathematics, interpreting welding symbols, gauges and inspection techniques.

WLD 117 Arc Welding in the Vertical Position
.5-2 cr. hrs.;
0 lecture hours; 4 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: WLD 103 “C” or better.
This course is a continuation of WLD 103, using the vertical position. Students will weld using various electrode grades. A V-groove test must be passed. Shop safety will be emphasized in the course.

WLD 118 Arc Welding in the Overhead Position
.5-1 cr. hr.;
0 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: WLD 117 “C” or better.
This course is a continuation of WLD 117 using the overhead welding position. Students will weld using various electrode grades on various materials. A v-groove test must be passed. Shop safety will be emphasized in the course.

WLD 120 Introduction to MIG Welding
.5-1 cr. hr.;
0 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: WLD 118 “C” or better.
Course designed to cover production methods and techniques in gas metal arc welding (MIG). This process will include spray transfer, short arc transfer and cored wires. This will be done by studying machine set-up, handling the gun, weld size, gun angle, wire feed and gas quantities. Safety will be emphasized.

WLD 121 MIG Welding with Spray Arc Process
.5-3 cr. hrs.;
0 lecture hours; 6 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: WLD 120 “C” or better.
Course provides theory and welding experience in the flat, horizontal and vertical positions using various joint designs. Various fillet sizes and material thickness will be the welding lab experiences. Shop safety will be emphasized.

WLD 122 MIG Globular Transf Process & Short Arc
.5-2 cr. hrs.;
0 lecture hours; 4 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: WLD 121 “C” or better.
Student will learn when welding with consumable wire electrodes that transfer of metal is achieved by three methods. The type of metal transfer that occurs will depend on electrode wire size, shielding gas, arc voltage, and welding current. Various lab exercises employ different processes with different joint types and various welding positions. Shop safety will be emphasized.

WLD 125 TIG Welding
.5-3 cr. hrs.;
1 lecture hour; 4 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: WLD 122 “C” or better.
The course will introduce gas tungsten-arc welding (GTAW or TIG). Students will learn how to properly set up machine and weld in various positions with ferrous and non-ferrous material. The student will learn how to regulate oxygen and acetylene for the oxyacetylene welding process. Student will weld various material thickness in different positions and pass a weld joint test. Shop safety will be emphasized.

WLD 151  Shielded Metal Arc Welding I
3 cr. hrs.;
0 lecture hour; 6 lab hours per week.
Students will study shielded metal arc welding processes that are most widely used in industry including electrode selection and identification and types of weld joints. Using the flat position, the student will weld three beads, tee-joints, butt joints, and outside corner to specifications given by the instructor. Students will also weld in horizontal welding position. Student will weld using various electrode grades. Students will learn about shop equipment, safety, and housekeeping. A V-groove test must be passed.

WLD 152  Shielded Metal Arc Welding II
5 cr. hrs.;
0 lecture hour; 10 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: WLD 151 or WLD 103.

This course is a continuation of WLD 151, using the vertical and overhead welding positions. Students will weld using various electrode grades on various materials. Also introduces gas welding, bronze welding, and cutting with emphasis on obtaining manipulative skills in each area. Shop safety will be emphasized in the course. A V-groove test must be passed.

WLD 199  Welding Competency Transitions
.5-5 cr. hrs.;
0 lecture hour; 1-10 lab hours per week.
Instructors will evaluate what skills are needed to prepare students for entry into second semester welding courses. Students in dual credit welding courses or students who have completed non-credit welding courses may not have completed all required arc welding positions or oxyacetylene welding and cutting. Instructors will provide training in shielded metal arc welding so students are at a level of proficiency of completion of WLD 152 – Shielded Metal Arc Welding II.

WLD 210 Professional Seminar
1 cr. hrs.;
1 lecture hour; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

Discussion of workplace issues, development of job-seeking strategies, and enhancement of interpersonal skills.

WLD 251  Introduction to MIG
4 cr. hrs.;
0 lecture hour; 8 lab hours per week.
This course covers product methods and techniques in gas metal arc welding (MIG). This process will include spray transfer, short arc transfer and cored wires. This will be done by studying machine set-up, handling the gun, weld size, gun angle, wire feed and gas quantities. In addition, theory and welding experience over the flat, horizontal and vertical positions using various joint designs is covered. Various fillet sizes and material thickness will be the welding lab experiences. Good housekeeping practice and safety will be emphasized.

Course of Study Outline – Suggested Courses (Credit Hours)
First Semester
MATH 103 — Essentials of Technical Math (5)
WLD 151 — Intro Shielded Metal Arc Welding I  or  (3)
WLD 101 — Intro to Arc Welding (0.5)
WLD 102 — Basic Arc Welding in the Flat Position  and
WLD 103 — Arc Welding in the Flat and Horizontal Position (2)
WLD 152 — Intro Shielded Metal Arc Welding II  or  (5)
WLD 117 — Arc Welding in the Vertical Position (2)
WLD 118 — Arc Welding in the Overhead Position (1)
WLD 105 — Oxy-Acetylene Welding and Cutting  or  (2)
WLD 199 — Welding Competency Transitions

Second Semester
WLD 109 — Welding Blueprint Reading (2)
WLD 251 — Introduction to MIG Welding  or  (4)
WLD 120 — Intro to MIG Welding  and
WLD 121 — MIG Welding with Spray Arc Process
WLD 252 — Introduction to TIG Welding  or
WLD 122 — MIG Welding with Globular Transfer and Short Arc  and
WLD 125 — TIG Welding
MT 114 — Basic Precision Measurement (2)
WLD 210 — Professional Seminar (1)

Minimum total hours required for certificate (26)


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Welding Certificate