Welding - Certificates, Diploma and AAS

Join a dynamic industry with a big future. Get hands-on training with the latest types of equipment including oxyacetylene, shielded metal arc, gas metal arc and thermoplastic welding in SCC’s Welding program. Start here and enjoy a career in a variety of businesses with exciting opportunities from operating high-tech robots to running powerful lasers. 

SCC’s Welding Program is designed to give students a solid foundation in the principles, practices and usages of both gas and electric welding in the industrial setting. Additionally, ample practice is given in the welding skills, brazing and flame cutting. Students receive instruction on the latest types of equipment including oxyacetylene, shielded metal arc, gas tungsten arc, gas metal arc and thermoplastic welding. Instruction emphasizes production fabrication techniques, maintenance and repair procedures, blueprint reading, properties of metals, inspection methods, among other aspects of the welding trade. 

Many welding courses are offered at times other than the traditional term dates, including nights. 

For specific information regarding program rules and expectations, please view the program handbook. View The Program Handbook

Curriculum Sequence

Fall Semester I Course Title Credit
MAT-702 INTRODUCTION TO MATH APPLICATIONS 3
WEL-111 WELDING BLUEPRINT READING 3
WEL-160 ARC WELDING I (SMAW) 5
WEL-186 GAS METAL ARC WELDING 4
WEL-192 GAS TUNGSTEN ARC WELDING 4
TOTAL 19
Spring Semester I Course Title Credit
ENG-111 TECHNICAL WRITING 3
WEL-130 OXYACETYLENE WELDING 2
WEL-164 ARC WELDING II (SMAW) 4
WEL-172 ADVANCED SHIELDED METAL ARC WELDING II 4
WEL-197 GAS TUNGSTEN ARC WELDING - TUBE 3
TOTAL 16
Summer Semester Course Title Credit
SOC-115 SOCIAL PROBLEMS 3
TOTAL 3
Fall Semester II Course Title Credit
DRF-113 FUNDAMENTALS OF TECHNICAL DRAFTING 3
SDV-125 WORKPLACE READINESS 1
SOC-114 CONFLICT RESOLUTION IN THE WORKPLACE 3
WEL-182 FLUX CORED ARC WELDING 2
WEL-198 ADVANCED GAS METAL ARC WELDING - ALUMINUM 2
WEL-292 PIPE WELDING/SMAW - UPHILL 4
TOTAL 15
Spring Semester II Course Title Credit
MGT-130 PRINCIPLES OF SUPERVISION 3
PSY-102 HUMAN AND WORK RELATIONS 3
WEL-235 LAYOUT & FABRICATION 4
WEL-720 INTRODUCTION TO ROBOTIC ARC WELDING 2
TOTAL 12

MAT-702 - INTRODUCTION TO MATH APPLICATIONS

Lecture: 2

Lab: 2

Credit: 3

This course is offered to students who can profit from an applied course in mathematics and will prepare students who need to develop skills for MAT-704. It is designed as an introductory level algebra course recommended for students with one year of high school algebra. Emphasis is on the building of basic algebra skills and the application of these mathematical techniques. The course studies the relationship of geometry and algebra as they apply to various fields. This course will also cover whole numbers/decimals, integers, fractions/percents, direct measurement, basic geometric concepts/relationships, linear equations, and right-triangle trigonometry. Prerequisite:MAT-052 or meet minimum placement test requirement.

WEL-111 - WELDING BLUEPRINT READING

Lecture: 2

Lab: 2

Credit: 3

A course concerned with basic fundamentals of interpreting drafting as applied in the welding trade. Emphasis is placed on developing the ability to interpret blueprints from which the welder must work. A thorough coverage of welding symbols is integrated within the course.

WEL-160 - ARC WELDING I (SMAW)

Lecture: 2

Lab: 6

Credit: 5

Provides a thorough technical understanding of shielded metal arc welding fundamentals, weld hazards and weld safety, power sources and electrode selection. Provides ample time and direction to develop skills necessary to make high quality welds on 16 gauge to ¼" mild steel in all positions.

WEL-186 - GAS METAL ARC WELDING

Lecture: 2

Lab: 4

Credit: 4

Provides a technical understanding of the gas metal arc welding process, power sources and adjustment, metal transfer, shielding gases and weld safety. Develops skills necessary to produce high quality welds of 1/16"at 3/8" mild steel in all positions. Students will develop skills necessary to produce and bend-test single vee groove welds on 3/8" carbon steel in all positions according to American Welding Society code requirements.

WEL-192 - GAS TUNGSTEN ARC WELDING

Lecture: 2

Lab: 4

Credit: 4

Provides a thorough technical understanding of the TIG (Heliarc) process including metal characteristics, electrode, filler metals, and shielding gases with emphasis on weld safety and procedures.

ENG-111 - TECHNICAL WRITING

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

Studies the rhetorical techniques specifically oriented to industrial requirements. Applies expository patterns as incorporated within the report apparatus, including such specialized formats as process analysis, progress/ lab reports, feasibility study, and the proposal. Also includes correspondence and application of basic library research skills. Course designed to satisfy specified career program requirements. Prerequisites: Meet minimum placement test score requirement.

WEL-130 - OXYACETYLENE WELDING

Lecture: 1

Lab: 2

Credit: 2

To provide a thorough technical understanding of metallurgy, oxyacetylene welding, flame cutting and brazing fundamentals and to develop skills necessary to produce high quality fillet and square groove welds in 3/16" plate and schedule 50 carbon steel pipe. Students develop understanding of weld hazards and safety procedures throughout the course.

WEL-164 - ARC WELDING II (SMAW)

Lecture: 1

Lab: 6

Credit: 4

An advanced course designed to develop skills, integrity, and confidence necessary to pass skill tests on pre-qualified joints on plate and structural steel as required of code welding by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and American Welding Society. Prerequisite: WEL-160.

WEL-172 - ADVANCED SHIELDED METAL ARC WELDING II

Lecture: 1

Lab: 6

Credit: 4

Provides understanding and skill development necessary to produce high quality welds on 3/8" to 1" mild steel in all positions. Includes information relating to air-arc cutting and gouging, procedures and welder qualifications, testing of welds and metals identification. Prerequisite: WEL-160.

WEL-197 - GAS TUNGSTEN ARC WELDING - TUBE

Lecture: 1

Lab: 4

Credit: 3

Develops skills necessary for making high quality all position welds on schedule 10 to schedule 40 carbon steel pipe; preparation and testing of pipe is included. Prerequisite: WEL-192.

SOC-115 - SOCIAL PROBLEMS

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

An investigation into a selection of social problems involving alternative solutions. Topics may include drug and alcohol abuse, crime, violence, prejudice and discrimination, and human sexuality.

DRF-113 - FUNDAMENTALS OF TECHNICAL DRAFTING

Lecture: 1

Lab: 4

Credit: 3

Fundamentals of drawing techniques conveyed using free hand sketching. Emphasis is placed on the ability to visualize in three dimensions, neatness, accuracy, legibility, speed and use of computer graphics in the solution of graphic problems.

SDV-125 - WORKPLACE READINESS

Lecture: 1

Credit: 1

This course is designed to assist students in obtaining and maintaining employment. Topics include making career decisions, using labor market information, developing a portfolio and demonstrating positive attitudes and behaviors in the workplace.

SOC-114 - CONFLICT RESOLUTION IN THE WORKPLACE

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

Conflict Resolution in the Workplace will study conflict resolution theories and applications in the workplace. The course will provide students with the opportunity to develop their own effective interpersonal conflict resolution skills as well as skills needed to help employees resolve their conflicts with one another and the skills needed to negotiate contracts. Students will also be introduced to theories and skills needed to apply culturally sensitive principles to conflict resolution.

WEL-182 - FLUX CORED ARC WELDING

Lecture: 1

Lab: 2

Credit: 2

Provides thorough technical understanding of the flux cored arc welding process including adjustment and operation of power source, types of arc shielding, and safe operating procedure. Quality welds are produced on 3/8" to 1" carbon steel in all positions. Prerequisite: WEL-186.

WEL-198 - ADVANCED GAS METAL ARC WELDING - ALUMINUM

Lecture: 1

Lab: 2

Credit: 2

An advanced gas metal arc welding course designed for the student who wishes to develop skills necessary to weld 0.050" to 0.250" aluminum in all positions. Prerequisite: WEL-186.

WEL-292 - PIPE WELDING/SMAW - UPHILL

Lecture: 1

Lab: 6

Credit: 4

Provides thorough technical understanding of uphill pipe welding procedures and application. Students produce welds using schedule 40 and 60 carbon steel pipe in 1G, 2G, 4G and 6G positions with a degree of skill necessary to meet American Society of Mechanical Engineer’s code requirements. Prerequisites: WEL-160 and WEL-172 or successfully passing vertical and overhead guided bend-test on single vee open butt weld on 3/8" carbon steel according to American Welding Society code requirements.

MGT-130 - PRINCIPLES OF SUPERVISION

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

This course provides an overview of the principles involved in supervision, including planning, organizing, motivating, staffing and appraising. Also covered are interpersonal skills including communication, decision making, conflict and team work.

PSY-102 - HUMAN AND WORK RELATIONS

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

This is a course that includes the understanding of the applications of psychological principles, theory, and research related to the work setting.

WEL-235 - LAYOUT & FABRICATION

Lab: 8

Credit: 4

Teaches layout & fitting skills applicable to an industrial welding shop, including reading prints, estimating & ordering materials, performing layout & cutting work, and welding procedures applicable to fabricating a finished product. Emphasizes problem solving & cooperation within an industrial-like environment. Safety, accuracy and a commitment to excellence is emphasized. Prerequisite: Completion of first 3 semesters of welding program curriculum or approval of instructor.

WEL-720 - INTRODUCTION TO ROBOTIC ARC WELDING

Lecture: 1

Lab: 2

Credit: 2

This course is an overview of robots used in the welding industry. Basic mechanisms, hydraulics, and pneumatics are covered. Students receive hands-on experience in programming a robot to weld fixture parts using the GMAW process. Prerequisite: WEL-186.

Mike Kaczinski, Evening - Assistant Professor, (319) 208-5000 ext. 5130

Email: mkaczinski@scciowa.edu
AWS Certified Welding Educator (CWE)
AWS Certified Welding Inspector (CWI)

Bill (William) White, Days - Assistant Professor, (319) 208-5000 ext. 5132

Email: bwhite@scciowa.edu
AWS Certified Associate Welding Inspector (CAWI)

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