Welding Technology includes classroom and laboratory experiences that develop a variety of skills detailed in American Welding Society (AWS) Entry Level Guidelines and Certifications. Areas of study include GTAW, GMAW, SMAW, FCAW, OFW, OFC, and PAC. Instructional activities emphasize properties of metals, safety issues, blueprint reading, electrical principles, welding symbols, and mechanical drawing through projects and exercises that teach students how to weld industrial metals in four basic welding positions.
Reinforcement of mathematical skills in geometry, precision measurement, and estimation will be part of the daily instruction. Understanding the principles of metallurgy, gases, and materials science is integral to this course.
This program is open to sophomores, juniors and seniors and is a two year program. Students may earn a maximum of six (6) high school credits per year and may earn up to fifteen (15) college credits from Ivy Tech Community College.
Suggested high school courses before taking welding technology are applied math, algebra, applied science, drafting and industrial technology courses.