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Welding Technology

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Welding is the common way of permanently joining metal parts. Clark College trains its students to skillfully weld with many different processes so that they are fully prepared for a career in welding and fabrication industries.

Clark students spend up to two hours each day in lab, practicing welds and making repairs to manufactured metal items. Instruction includes codes and standards, weld inspection and the certification process, welding safety, principles of metallurgy, shielded metal arc welding, plasma and flame cutting, gas metal arc welding, oxy/fuel welding and cutting, gas tungsten arc welding and submerged arc welding. Before completion of Clark's Welding coursework, students are required to become certified in FCAW and one process of their choice in either GTAW or SMAW processes.

Find information on taking the next steps on this informative flyer. For a degree overview, check out the class flow chart.

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New Certification Available 

Clark now offers its students certification tests that are approved by the Washington Association of Building Officials and required for welding professionals doing code work in Washington State. The certifications, called the 3G Limited Certification and the 3G and 4G Unlimited Certification, are normally administered outside of a student’s academic institution at private facilities.

Each test generally costs between $350 and $500. However, students and recent graduates now have the option of taking the tests at Clark College for $230 (3G Limited) or $280 (3G and 4G Unlimited), a significant savings. Welding professionals in the community can also take the tests at Clark, but are not eligible for the student pricing. 

Anyone interested in taking the certification tests at Clark may contact BrianMcVay, welding technologies instructor, at bmcvay@clark.edu or 360-992-2359.

In-Demand Field

Welders are employed in a large variety of industries, ranging from the oil and gas to underwater. Two of three welding and fabricator jobs in the U.S. are found in manufacturing. Potential employers include transportation equipment manufacturing, automobile manufacturing and repair, machinery manufacturing (agriculture, packaging, construction and mining machinery), shipbuilding, piping industry, aircraft and aerospace applications and other manufacturing applications.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics has classified welding as a high growth occupation in the future. The average national hourly wage of an entry-level welder is $17, and $35,500 annually. The amount, however, will vary based on region, years of experience and industry where welders may earn in excess of $100,000. 

Where to Start?

Welded Sculpture continues to be an excellent introductory course to welding fabrication that does not require pre admittance to the program. The class offers beginning to advanced skills in wire feed arc welding and fabrication. The art portion covers design and model development. Students create either a welded sculpture or a functional design piece. Past projects have included fountains, tables, lights, and 3-dimensional sculptures.

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The Welding Technology program is eligible for financial aid.  Visit our Financial Aid page for more information and steps on how to apply.

Degree Options

Welding Technology
The Welding Technology program prepares students for entry-level welder employment in production, job shop, or maintenance positions. Students master basic and advanced welding skills while operating heavy industrial fabrication equipment and state-of-the-art welding equipment. The curriculum places equal focus on the development of fabrication skills and techniques. Student will be expected to not only demonstrate their proficiency with various weld processes but their ability to fabricate projects within specified tolerances using those processes.

The multiple certificates and degree options available within this program allow students the option to stop-out and enter the workforce, and re-enter the program as needed, or complete their program of study without stopping. Students enrolled in a welding program will have the opportunity to earn multiple American Welding Society certifications.
Welded Sculpture/Fabrication (CC)
Major Area Requirements
ART 295
WELDED SCULPTURE THEORY I
1 cr.
ART 296
WELDED SCULPTURE THEORY II
1 cr.
ART 297
WELDED SCULPTURE THEORY III
1 cr.
WELD 120
WELDED SCULPTURE LAB I
3 cr.
WELD 121
WELDING SCULPTURE LAB II
3 cr.
WELD 122
WELDED SCULPTURE LAB III
3 cr.
Total Required Credits: 12
Program Outcomes
Program outcomes are overarching skills that are emphasized and reinforced throughout several courses in a specific program; they are measurable statements that define what students should know or be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College. After successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
  • Use personal-protection safety equipment and demonstrate safe work habits.
  • Operate state-of-the-art welding equipment used in today's fabrication industries.
  • Weld components in the flat, horizontal, vertical, and overhead positions.
  • Utilize CNC software for plasma shape-cutting.
Flux Core Arc Welding (CA)
Major Area Requirements
HLTH 120
ADULT CPR AND FIRST AID
1 cr.
WELD 102
INTRODUCTION TO WELDING
6 cr.
WELD 110
WELDING BLUEPRINT READING
5 cr.
WELD 142
FLUX CORE ARC WELDING
6 cr.
WELD 143
FLUX CORE ARC FABRICATION
6 cr.
Total Required Credits: 24
To learn more about this program's employment outlook, approximate cost and potential careers, please visit the Gainful Employment Program Information page.
Program Outcomes
Program outcomes are overarching skills that are emphasized and reinforced throughout several courses in a specific program; they are measurable statements that define what students should know or be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College. After successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
  • Demonstrate Welding Technology principles of operation, terminology and safe practices related to Flux Core Arc Welding (FCAW) and cutting processes.
  • Explain the use of FCAW electrodes.
  • Demonstrate the functions of FCAW power sources, electrical parameters, output characteristics and auxiliary controls.
  • Describe the criteria for visual inspection of FCAW weldments.
  • Demonstrate Oxy Fuel Cutting and Plasma Arc Cutting principles of operation.
  • Interpret blueprints and specifications.
Gas Metal Arc Welding (CA)
Major Area Requirements
HLTH 120
ADULT CPR AND FIRST AID
1 cr.
WELD 102
INTRODUCTION TO WELDING
6 cr.
WELD 110
WELDING BLUEPRINT READING
5 cr.
WELD 140
GAS METAL ARC WELDING
6 cr.
WELD 141
GAS METAL ARC FABRICATION
6 cr.
Total Required Credits: 24
To learn more about this program's employment outlook, approximate cost and potential careers, please visit the Gainful Employment Program Information page.
Program Outcomes
Program outcomes are overarching skills that are emphasized and reinforced throughout several courses in a specific program; they are measurable statements that define what students should know or be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College. After successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
  • Demonstrate Welding Technology principles of operation, terms and safe practices related to Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) and cutting processes.
  • Explain the use of GMAW electrodes.
  • Describe the functions of GMAW power sources, electrical parameters, output characteristics and auxiliary controls.
  • Describe the criteria for visual inspection of GMAW weldments.
  • Demonstrate Oxy/fuel Cutting and Plasma Arc Cutting principles of operation.
  • Interpret blueprints and specifications.
Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (CA)
Major Area Requirements
HLTH 120
ADULT CPR AND FIRST AID
1 cr.
WELD 102
INTRODUCTION TO WELDING
6 cr.
WELD 110
WELDING BLUEPRINT READING
5 cr.
WELD 240
GAS TUNGSTEN ARC WELDING
6 cr.
WELD 241
GAS METAL ARC FABRICATION
6 cr.
Total Required Credits: 24
To learn more about this program's employment outlook, approximate cost and potential careers, please visit the Gainful Employment Program Information page.
Program Outcomes
Program outcomes are overarching skills that are emphasized and reinforced throughout several courses in a specific program; they are measurable statements that define what students should know or be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College. After successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
  • Demonstrate Welding Technology principles of operation, terms and safe practices related to Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) and cutting processes.
  • Explain the use of GTAW electrodes.
  • Describe the functions of GTAW power sources, electrical parameters, output characteristics and auxiliary controls.
  • Describe the criteria for visual inspection of GTAW weldments.
  • Demonstrate Plasma Arc Welding and Plasma Arc Cutting principles of operation.
  • Interpret blueprints and specifications.
Shielded Metal Arc Welding (CA)
Major Area Requirements
HLTH 120
ADULT CPR AND FIRST AID
1 cr.
WELD 102
INTRODUCTION TO WELDING
6 cr.
WELD 110
WELDING BLUEPRINT READING
5 cr.
WELD 144
SHIELDED METAL ARC WELDING
6 cr.
WELD 145
SHIELDED METAL ARC FABRICATION
6 cr.
Total Required Credits: 24
To learn more about this program's employment outlook, approximate cost and potential careers, please visit the Gainful Employment Program Information page.
Program Outcomes
Program outcomes are overarching skills that are emphasized and reinforced throughout several courses in a specific program; they are measurable statements that define what students should know or be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College. After successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
  • Demonstrate Welding Technology principles of operation, terms and safe practices related to Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) and cutting processes.
  • Explain the use of SMAW electrodes.
  • Describe the functions of SMAW power sources, electrical parameters, output characteristics and auxiliary controls.
  • Describe the criteria for visual inspection of SMAW weldments.
  • Demonstrate Plasma Arc Welding and Plasma Arc Cutting principles of operation.
  • Interpret blueprints and specifications.
Welding Technician (CP)
General Education Requirements
Communication Skills (3 credits required)
3 cr.
Computational Skills (3 credits required)
3 cr.
Human Relations (3 credits required)
3 cr.
Major Area Requirements
HLTH 120
ADULT CPR AND FIRST AID
1 cr.
WELD 102
INTRODUCTION TO WELDING
6 cr.
WELD 110
WELDING BLUEPRINT READING
5 cr.
WELD 140
GAS METAL ARC WELDING
6 cr.
and
WELD 141
GAS METAL ARC FABRICATION
6 cr.
or
ART 295
WELDED SCULPTURE THEORY I
1 cr.
and
ART 296
WELDED SCULPTURE THEORY II
1 cr.
and
ART 297
WELDED SCULPTURE THEORY III
1 cr.
and
WELD 120
WELDED SCULPTURE LAB I
3 cr.
and
WELD 121
WELDING SCULPTURE LAB II
3 cr.
and
WELD 122
WELDED SCULPTURE LAB III
3 cr.
WELD 142
FLUX CORE ARC WELDING
6 cr.
WELD 143
FLUX CORE ARC FABRICATION
6 cr.
WELD 144
SHIELDED METAL ARC WELDING
6 cr.
WELD 145
SHIELDED METAL ARC FABRICATION
6 cr.
WELD 156
WELDING CERTIFICATION
2 cr.
WELD 240
GAS TUNGSTEN ARC WELDING
6 cr.
WELD 241
GAS METAL ARC FABRICATION
6 cr.
Total Required Credits: 71
To learn more about this program's employment outlook, approximate cost and potential careers, please visit the Gainful Employment Program Information page.
Program Outcomes
Program outcomes are overarching skills that are emphasized and reinforced throughout several courses in a specific program; they are measurable statements that define what students should know or be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College. After successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
  • Demonstrate proficiency in gas metal arc welding.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in flux core arc welding.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in gas tungsten arc welding.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in shielded metal arc welding.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in oxy/fuel cutting, plasma arc cutting and carbon-arc cutting processes.
  • Demonstrate correct operation of metal working equipment.
  • Interpret blueprints and specifications.
Welding Technologies (AAT)
General Education Requirements
Communication Skills
5 cr.
Computational Skills
5 cr.
Human Relations (5 credits required)
5 cr.
Major Area Requirements
HLTH 120
ADULT CPR AND FIRST AID
1 cr.
WELD 102
INTRODUCTION TO WELDING
6 cr.
WELD 110
WELDING BLUEPRINT READING
5 cr.
WELD 140
GAS METAL ARC WELDING
6 cr.
and
WELD 141
GAS METAL ARC FABRICATION
6 cr.
or
ART 295
WELDED SCULPTURE THEORY I
1 cr.
and
ART 296
WELDED SCULPTURE THEORY II
1 cr.
and
ART 297
WELDED SCULPTURE THEORY III
1 cr.
and
WELD 120
WELDED SCULPTURE LAB I
3 cr.
and
WELD 121
WELDING SCULPTURE LAB II
3 cr.
and
WELD 122
WELDED SCULPTURE LAB III
3 cr.
WELD 142
FLUX CORE ARC WELDING
6 cr.
WELD 143
FLUX CORE ARC FABRICATION
6 cr.
WELD 144
SHIELDED METAL ARC WELDING
6 cr.
WELD 145
SHIELDED METAL ARC FABRICATION
6 cr.
WELD 156
WELDING CERTIFICATION
2 cr.
WELD 240
GAS TUNGSTEN ARC WELDING
6 cr.
WELD 241
GAS METAL ARC FABRICATION
6 cr.
WELD 242
ADVANCED WIRE FEED WELDING
6 cr.
WELD 243
ADVANCED WIRE FEED FABRICATION
6 cr.
WELD 244
ADVANCED GAS TUNGSTEN ARC WELDING
6 cr.
WELD 245
ADVANCED GAS TUNGSTEN ARC FABRICATION
6 cr.
Total Required Credits: 105
Program Outcomes
Program outcomes are overarching skills that are emphasized and reinforced throughout several courses in a specific program; they are measurable statements that define what students should know or be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College. After successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
  • Operate manual, semi-automatic, and automatic welding equipment to fuse metal joints.
  • Interpret blueprints and specifications.
  • Examine work pieces for defects and measure work pieces with straightedges or templates to ensure conformance with specifications.
  • Perform manual and semi-automatic oxyfuel cutting and plasma cutting operations required by skilled welders.
  • Operate automatic CNC plasma cutting equipment.
  • Apply material classifications and identifications to metal fabrication methods.
  • Apply physical metallurgy oriented toward the metalworking trades.