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Industrial

Welding Diploma

Welding is a two-semester Diploma program designed for individuals seeking skill development and certification in common welding procedures leading to employment in a variety of industries. The program is recognized as an Institutional Member of the American Welding Society and upon completion of all coursework, AWS Certification can be attained. The program’s outlined competencies are achieved through a combination of classroom theory, welding demonstration, and practice. Primary emphasis is placed upon hands-on skill development in a state-of-the-art lab facility. Through completion of the program, students gain competency in arc, gas, and automated welding and cutting processes.

Career Opportunities for Welding

Completion of this program prepares graduates to enter the following occupations:

    • Production Welder
    • Maintenance Welder
    • Robot Operator
    • Building/Structural Welder
    • Ag/Construction Equipment Repair Technician
    • Fabricator

Industries that use welding:

    • Agriculture
    • Manufacturing
    • Automotive
    • Construction
    • Mining
    • Utilities

For specific information contact the NIACC Industrial Division.

Gainful Employment

Degree Earned

Upon successful completion of the Welding curriculum with a grade point average of 2.00 (C) or higher, the student is awarded a Diploma.

Costs

Tuition is based on the number of credit hours and legal residence and is subject to change or modification. To see the current cost per semester hour click here.

Financial Aid/Scholarships

Financial assistance is available in the form of grants, scholarships, loans, and part-time employment (work study). Students apply for financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). For more information on Financial Aid click here.

First Year - First Term

IND-190 Skills and Safety in Industry 1 s.h.
MAT-801 Applied Math A* 1 s.h.
MAT-802 Applied Math B** 1 s.h.
MFG-108 Computer Aided Drafting*** 2 s.h.
WEL-110 Welding Blueprint Reading 2 s.h.
WEL-244 Gas Metal Arc Welding Short Circuit 2 s.h.
WEL-245 Gas Metal Arc Welding Spray Transfer: SENSE1 2 s.h.
WEL-262 Thermal Cutting Processes I
Manual and Mechanized OxyFuel Cutting: SENSE 1
2 s.h.
WEL-274 Shielded Metal Arc Weld I 3 s.h.
WEL-275 Shielded Metal Arc Welding IL: SENSE1 3 s.h.
19 s.h.
Second Term
BCA-119 Computer Orientation 1 s.h.
ENG-701 Communications I 3 s.h.
SDV-135 Job Seeking Skills 1 s.h.
WEL-240 Welding Fabrication/certification**** 3 s.h.
WEL-250 Welding Automation**** 2 s.h.
WEL-251 Gas Tungsten Arc Welding Carbon Steel: SENSE 1***** 2 s.h.
WEL-252 Gas Tungsten Arc Welding Aluminum: SENSE 1+ 1 s.h.
WEL-253 Gas Tungsten Arc Weld Stainless Steel: SENSE 1+ 1 s.h.
WEL-280 Flux Cored Arc Welding (Self-Shielded): SENSE1++ 2 s.h.
WEL-281 Flux Cored Arc Welding (Gas-Shielded): SENSE1++ 2 s.h.
18 s.h.
Total Program Hours 37 s.h.

*Prerequisite: COMPASS Pre-Algebra score of at least 49, or ACT math score of at least 16, or MAT-063 Pre-Algebra with a grade of C or higher, or Accuplacer Arithmetic score of at least 59, or Accuplacer Elementary Algebra score of at least 50, or Accuplacer College Math score of at least 21.

**Prerequisite: COMPASS Pre-Algebra score of at least 49, or ACT math score of at least 16, or MAT-063 Pre-Algebra with a grade of C or higher, or Accuplacer Arithmetic score of at least 59, or Accuplacer Elementary Algebra score of at least 50, or Accuplacer College Math score of at least 21.

*** Prerequisite: MFG-120 Machine Trade Print Reading I, MFG-130, Machine Trade Print Reading II, or instructor permission.

****Prerequisites: WEL-244 Gas Metal Arc Welding Short Circuit Transfer: SENSE1, WEL-274 Shielded Metal Arc Welding I: SENSE1, WEL-280 Flux Cored Arc Welding (Self-Shielded): SENSE1, and WEL-281 Flux Cored Arc Welding (Gas-Shielded): SENSE1.

*****Prerequisite: IND-190 Skills & Safety in Industry.

+Prerequisite: IND-190 Skills and Safety in Industry; Co-requisites: WEL-251 Gas Tungsten Arc Welding for Carbon Steel: SENSE1 and WEL-253 Gas Tungsten Arc Welding for Austenitic Stainless Steel: SENSE1.

++Prerequisites: IND-190 Skills & Safety in Industry, WEL-244 Gas Metal Arc Welding Short Circuit Transfer: SENSE1 and WEL-245 Gas Metal Arc Welding Spray Transfer: SENSE1.

Other Elective Welding Courses
WEL-108 Oxy-acetylene Welding and Cutting and Shielded
Metal Arc Welding
2 s.h.
WEL-109 Gas Metal Arc Welding and Gas Tungsten Arc Welding 2 s.h.
WEL-335 Ag and Industry Welding 2 s.h.