Academic Catalog

Welding Technology AAT and AAS-T Degree

degree Info at a Glance
Type
AAT and AAS-T Degree
Estimated # of Quarters
This degree is approximately 5 quarters long, depending on the time students need to satisfactorily complete all graduation requirements.
Prerequisites
COMPASS algebra score of 32 or successful completion of MAT 082.

Designed to develop the technical knowledge and skills required for employment in welding, metal fabrication and related occupations. Graduates may qualify for many different opportunities within manufacturing, industrial maintenance and construction.

Students will develop skills in a variety of welding and metal cutting processes common to industry and are also able to gain practical experience through realistic projects.

In addition to the program course requirements, students must also complete the general education requirements for the degree they seek to obtain. The two degree options in this program are the Associate of Applied Technology (AAT) or the Associate in Applied Science – T (AAS-T). The different requirements for each degree are listed below.

Students pursuing an AAT or AAS-T degree must complete all college degree requirements prior to graduation. This includes courses that meet the requirements for diversity, computer literacy and the capstone project.

Admission Dates:
Day program: Summer, fall, winter and spring quarters, or by instructor permission.
Evening program: Fall and spring quarters, or by instructor permission.

Optional Electives

WLD 215, Cooperative Work Experience

WLD 217, Special Projects

Degree Requirements

Course NumberClass TitleCredits
WLD 105Welding Theory I5
WLD 110Thermal Cutting & Gouging3
WLD 112Oxyacetylene Welding & Brazing4
WLD 116Shielded Metal Arc Welding I7
WLD 120Shielded Metal Arc Welding II7
WLD 124Shielded Metal Arc Welding III7
WLD 135Shielded Metal Arc Welding IV7
WLD 142Welding Theory II5
WLD 144Print Reading for Welders5
WLD 152Gas Metal Arc Welding7
WLD 156Metallurgy2
WLD 168Flux Cored Arc Welding I7
WLD 172Flux Cored Arc Welding II7
WLD 177Preparation for Welding Certification2
WLD 179CAPFabrication3
WLD 210Gas Tungsten Arc Welding I7
WLD 213Gas Tungsten Arc Welding II7
ENGL& 101English Composition I5
Any 100-Level Math Class5
Computer Literacy Requirements3
 Technical Credits105

Welding Theory I

Item #
WLD 105
Total Credits
5

Introduces the tools and equipment used in welding. Includes safety considerations, electrical principles, weld quality, and technical orientation for select welding and cutting processes. 

Co-requisites
WLD 110 and WLD 112.
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Thermal Cutting & Gouging

Item #
WLD 110
Total Credits
3

Develops the knowledge and skills for manual and machine-guided oxyfuel cutting, manual plasma arc cutting, and carbon arc gouging. 

Co-requisites
WLD 105.
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Oxyacetylene Welding & Brazing

Item #
WLD 112
Total Credits
4

Develops the knowledge and skill for welding, brazing, and braze welding various joint designs using oxyacetylene equipment. 

Co-requisites
WLD 105.
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Shielded Metal Arc Welding I

Item #
WLD 116
Total Credits
7

Introduces the shielded metal arc welding (SMAW) process with emphasis on skill development using deep penetrating electrodes in the flat and horizontal positions. 

Prerequisites
Completion of or concurrent enrollment in WLD 105.
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Shielded Metal Arc Welding II

Item #
WLD 120
Total Credits
7

Builds further skill with SMAW deep penetrating electrodes by welding various joints in the vertical and overhead positions. 

Prerequisites
WLD 105.
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Shielded Metal Arc Welding III

Item #
WLD 124
Total Credits
7

Develops understanding of the applications and techniques for using low-hydrogen SMAW electrodes in the flat and horizontal positions. 

Prerequisites
WLD 105.
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Shielded Metal Arc Welding IV

Item #
WLD 135
Total Credits
7

Develops further skill with SMAW low-hydrogen electrodes by welding various joint designs in the vertical and overhead positions. 

Prerequisites
WLD 105.
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Welding Theory II

Item #
WLD 142
Total Credits
5

Explores methods of weld inspection and testing, and continues the technical orientation to select welding processes. 

Prerequisites
WLD 105.
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Print Reading for Welders

Item #
WLD 144
Total Credits
5

Develops the ability to interpret prints used in welding and fabrication. Introduction to sketching, lines, views, visualization, dimensioning, applied math, and welding symbols.

Prerequisites
WLD 105.
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Gas Metal Arc Welding

Item #
WLD 152
Total Credits
7

Develops the ability to use the gas metal arc welding process to join carbon steels and aluminum with various joint designs in all positions.

Prerequisites
Completion of or concurrent enrollment in WLD 142.
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Metallurgy

Item #
WLD 156
Total Credits
2

Examines metal identification and classification, mechanical properties, crystalline structures, heat treatments and metallurgical effects of welding.

Prerequisites
WLD 142.
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Flux Cored Arc Welding I

Item #
WLD 168
Total Credits
7

Develops the ability to use gas-shielded flux cored arc welding electrodes to join carbon steels with various joint designs in all positions.

Prerequisites
Completion of or concurrent enrollment in WLD 142.
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Flux Cored Arc Welding II

Item #
WLD 172
Total Credits
7

Develops the ability to use self-shielded flux cored arc welding to join carbon steels with various joint designs in all positions.

Prerequisites
Completion of or concurrent enrollment in WLD 142.
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Preparation for Welding Certification

Item #
WLD 177
Total Credits
2

Develops skill in preparation for employer, Washington Association of Building Officials (WABO), or similar welder qualification tests.

Prerequisites
WLD 142, or instructor’s permission.
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Fabrication

Item #
WLD 179CAP
Total Credits
3

Develops knowledge in project planning, layout methods, fixturing, distortion control, and the use of tools and equipment for metal fabrication.

Prerequisites
WLD 144.
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Gas Tungsten Arc Welding I

Item #
WLD 210
Total Credits
7

Develops the ability to use the gas tungsten arc welding process to join carbon and stainless steels with various joint designs in all positions.

Prerequisites
Completion of, or concurrent enrollment in, WLD 142.
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Gas Tungsten Arc Welding II

Item #
WLD 213
Total Credits
7

Develops the ability to use the gas tungsten arc welding process to join aluminum alloys with various joint designs in all positions.

Prerequisites
Completion of, or concurrent enrollment in, WLD 142.
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English Composition I

Item #
ENGL& 101
Total Credits
5

Introduction to expository writing with an emphasis on unified, coherent essays. Learn to generate essays that support a thesis and to use the rhetorical modes of development — narration, description, comparison/contrast, cause and effect, persuasion — appropriately. Recognize writing as a process and use secondary MLA/ APA documentation styles to support critical thinking and writing.

 

Prerequisites
COMPASS score of 77 in writing and 81 in reading. Placement score or successful completion of ENG 094.
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Any 100-Level Math Class

Total Credits
5
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Computer Literacy Requirements

Total Credits
3
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AAT Requirements

Course NumberClass TitleCredits
 Technical Course Requirements105
AAT General Education Requirements15
 Total Credits120

AAT General Education Requirements

Total Credits
15
To receive an AAT degree students must meet the following requirements
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AAS-T Requirements

Course NumberClass TitleCredits
 Technical Course Requirements105
AAS-T Degree General Education Requirements20
 Total Credits125

AAS-T Degree General Education Requirements

Total Credits
20
All AAS-T degrees must have a minimum of 20 credits of transferable general education. These credits replace the academic courses required for the AAT degree. Required credits include:
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This page was last updated on July 22, 2015.