Welding is a highly skilled trade, and there is a significant demand for welders in many industries, including manufacturing, construction, and automotive. As infrastructure continues to expand, so does the need for skilled welders to build and repair bridges, buildings, pipelines, and other structures.
Welding is both an art and a science regarding creativity and problem-solving skills. Welders must be able to read blueprints and plans, interpret technical drawings, and use their creativity to design and build structures. Welders can work in a variety of settings and industries, including construction, manufacturing, and repair.
Weatherford College's Welding Technology program provides knowledge, skills, and training in SMAW (Stick), Mig, and Tig processes, including oxy/fuel and plasma cutting in support of industry certification through American Welding Society.
Degrees and Certificates
Oxy-fuel welding and cutting equipment. Includes equipment safety, setup, and maintenance. Will demonstrate proper setup and use of oxy-fuel welding equipment; demonstrate safety procedures for oxy-fuel equipment; and demonstrate proper welding of basic joints and basic cutting.
Fundamentals of Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW). Includes setup and safe use of GTAW equipment as well as instruction in flat positions on joint designs.
Basic welding techniques using some of the following processes: Oxy-fuel welding (OFW) and cutting, shielded metal arc welding (SMAW), gas metal arc welding (GMAW), flux cored arc welding (FCAW), and gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW).
A study of industrial blueprints. Emphasis placed on terminology, symbols, graphic description, and welding processes. Includes systems of measurement and industry standards. Also includes interpretation of plans and drawings used by industry to facilitate field application and production. Will define terms and abbreviations; interpret views, lines, dimensions, detail drawings and welding symbols; identify structural shapes; demonstrate the proper use of measuring devices; and calculate dimensions.
An introduction to welding of pipe using the shielded metal arc welding process (SMAW), including electrode selection, equipment setup, and safe shop practices. Emphasis on various welding positions and electrodes.
A comprehensive course on the welding of pipe using the shielded metal arc welding (SMAW) and/or other processes. Welds will be done using various positions. Topics covered include electrode selection, equipment setup, and safe shop practices.
A work-based learning experience that enables the student to apply specialized occupational theory, skills, and concepts. A learning plan is developed by the college and the employer. The student must have at least 8 work hours per week. Student is required to obtain appropriate paid or unpaid employment.