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Welding

Instructor: Dustin Benningfield

Possible Industry Certifications:

  • AWS – Sense Certification (Level 1)
  • 2-F (AWS) Qualification Certification
  • KY Dept. of Transportation 3-G

An Entry Level Welder demonstrates the ability to assist lead welders in the fabrication of steel and metal structures. Must be adept at performing basic welding functions and calculating dimensions as well as operating power equipment, grinders and other related tools. Must be proficient in reading and interpreting basic blueprints and following work procedure specifications (WPS).

Our courses include:

WLD 170 Blueprint Reading for Welding – This course provides a study of occupationally specific prints for welders. Advanced study of multi-view drawings, assembly drawings, datum dimensions, numerical control drawings, sheet metal prints, castings and forgings, instrumentation and control charts and diagrams, working drawings, geometric dimensioning and tolerance and use of reference materials and books are included. Occupational specifics including welding drawings, symbols, joint types, grooves, pipe welding symbols, testing symbols, and specification interpretations are stressed.

WLD 100 Oxy-Fuel Systems – A working knowledge of: oxy-fuel identification, set-up, inspection, and maintenance; consumable identification, selection and care; principles of operation; and effects of variables for manual and mechanized oxy-fuel cutting, welding, brazing principles and practice, and metallurgy. Shop safety and equipment use are also covered.

WLD 120 Shielded Metal Arc Welding – Teaches students the identification, inspection, and maintenance of SMAW electrodes; principles of SMAW; the effects of variables on the SMAW process to weld plate and pipe; and metallurgy.

WLD 140 Gas Metal Arc Welding– Identification, inspection, and maintenance of GMAW machines; identification, selection and storage of GMAW electrodes; principles of GMAW; and the effects of variables on the GMAW process. Theory and applications of related processes such as FCAW and SAW and metallurgy are also included.

WLD 123 SMAW Groove Welds with Backing– Provides experiences in which students acquire the manipulative skills to do groove welds in all positions with backing.

WLD 130 Gas Tungsten Arc Welding– Identification, inspection, and maintenance of GTAW machines; identification, selection and storage of GTAW electrodes; principles of GTAW; the effects of variables on the GTAW process; and metallurgy. This course also teaches the theory and application of Plasma Arc Cutting.

IEX 293 Special Topics – Welding – Explores concepts and/or skills from special areas of interest in Welding.

WLD 299 Co-Op Education – Cooperative Education provides supervised on-the-job work experience related to the students’ educational objectives. Students participating in the Cooperative Education program receive compensation for their work.

WLD 198 Internship – The practicum provides supervised on-the-job work experience related to the students’ education objectives. Students participating in the practicum do not receive compensation.