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Welding, Shielded Metal Arc Certificate

Last updated 6/10/2014

Certificate Code 5760

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


Students completing the proposed Shielded Metal Arc Welding certificate will understand shop equipment and safety and be able to weld tee-joints, lap joints, butt joints, and outside corners to given specifications. Students will weld in the flat, vertical, and overhead position and be introduced to gas and bronze welding and cutting. In addition, students will weld using various electrode grades and pass a v-groove test. Students will also learn basic mathematical skills as applied to the field of mechanics and the measuring techniques required for machine operations in industry.

Welding Certificate
Certificate Code 5760
Course of Study Outline – Suggested Courses (Credit Hours)
First Semester
WLD 101 — Intro to Arc Welding (0.5)
WLD 102 — Basic Arc Welding in the Flat Position (0.5)
WLD 103 — Arc Welding in the Flat and Horizontal Positions (2)
WLD 105 — Oxy-Acetylene Welding and Cutting (2)
WLD 117 — Arc Welding in the Vertical Position (2)
WLD 118 — Arc Welding in the Overhead Position (1)
TMAT –Technical Mathematics or (3)
MATH 103 — Essentials of Technical Math (5)
MT 114 — Basic Precision Measurement (2)

Minimum total hours required for certificate (13)

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 Precision 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 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.


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Welding Certificate