Associate of Applied Science Degree: 125 credits
Enrollment Point: Fall, Winter or Spring Quarter
This program is designed to prepare welders for job entry in most phases of the welding industry. The certifications in this program are progressively sequenced for multiple completion points, and the student must take each certification in order, unless prior learning is deemed satisfactory.
Classroom and practical experience is offered in the seven most common manual and semi-automatic welding processes; OFW (gas), SMAW, GMAW, FCAW, GTAW, SAW (arc) (MIG and TIG) welding. The instruction in this program is hands on individualized as well as group lessons. Previous experience determines a student’s starting point. A student’s motivation and ability to move through the program competencies will determine the level of achievement in each welding process. Washington state welder certification, WABO (Washington Association of Building Officials) is available in six of the arc welding processes. This program articulates with Tech Prep programs through the Puget Sound Dual Credit Career Consortium.
Program Learning Outcomes:
- Practice professional and safe work habits expected in the welding industry.
- Operate common welding and fabrication equipment safely and with proficiency.
- Communicate effectively in writing and verbally with co-workers and supervisors.
- Evaluate and solve problems as a welder.
- Use mathematical concepts to accurately complete welding projects.
- Pursue employment in the welding industry with appropriate job search, interview and resume development skills.